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Old 09-07-2006, 07:18 PM   #1
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No water pressure

I filled the water tank, turned on the pump it was going like crazy but no water no leaks?

Also how do I hook up to a water hose? All I see is the water fill which goes to the tank???

No place to screw on a hose?
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Old 09-07-2006, 07:44 PM   #2
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Bob, most likely, if the pump is running, and you see no water at the spiket, the water heater is empty and filling up; maybe the water heater drain plug is out; does it have a valve at the water pump for winterizing, and it was left turned the wrong way? I have seen pumps go completely bad (pumps zero) but it is rare. Oh, and the tube into your tank may have a split in it thereby defeating the draw from the tank.
As for the water hookup, your odel should have a hookup back at the back bumper, unless my memory is failing. There is a house style pressure regulator inside the rear access hatch, open that and then follow the piping to the inlet. The fresh water tank should have a filler door with a lock on it to prevent tampering. Hope this helps and that my memory has not caused me to give eroneous info.
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Old 09-07-2006, 07:57 PM   #3
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Bob,

I assume that after you've checked all of the previous suggestions, you've opened your water taps to check for an air lock. I've had the same thing happen after my tank ran dry and upon refilling needed merely to open the spigots to let the trapped air out. The water soon followed. Maybe it will work for you as well. Hope you solve your problem. Happy Trails.

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Old 09-07-2006, 08:13 PM   #4
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Try cleaning the faucet screens. Those commonly plug up with sediment.
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:55 PM   #5
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I just checked the valve in the head was closed, but more importantly there is a small prepump filter it is bone dry.

So I guess I need to check the pump or tank connection.

I reached down to check the tank hose connection but can't get in there hardly???????
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:07 PM   #6
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I'm assuming that you have water running out of the fill door on the side of the trailer that indicates that the water tank has been filled full, and no water has come out under the trailer (an indication that the water tank has been allowed to freeze and crack).

Running street water will eliminate a lot of potential causes, or introduce a second problem that causes us to start again with the elimination of causes on the water pump.

If you run the street water, make sure the water pump is off. Check your owner's manual for any additional tasks related to your specific trailer.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:47 PM   #7
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I filled the water tank, turned on the pump it was going like crazy but no water...
My pump had dried out and I simply needed to take apart the bottom section and free up the bellows. I then oiled the rubber with a very light coating of Vaseline.

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Old 09-08-2006, 07:53 PM   #8
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I can't test the street water!

It was ripped out by the PO?

All I see a pipe dropping out og the belly pan in front of the tire going nowhere.

I guess I should just install thru the outside wall and going under the sink a connection flange and pressure regulator.

Any suggestions on the hose connection flange?
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:38 PM   #9
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Hmmm. I haven't looked closely at a '77, but the three early '70's trailers in my family all have streetwater connections attached to the back bumper on the "street side" (the non-door side). The streetwater is connected just forward of the sewer drain on the bumper.

I can't say what the pipe is that you are looking at. I would be surprized to hear your streetwater is supposed to run up through the belly pan.

I don't think we are to the point where we want to run a new streetwater connection yet.

It would be better to attempt sfixx's recommendation on the pump, or invest in a new water pump to eliminate that as an issue. Another place to check is the screen filter that sits between the water tank and the pump. In my experience if this filter is not airtight then the pump can not draw water. I am a bit concerned that you say it is bone dry. My usually had some splatter in it, but would not fill completely and thus the pump could not build enough pressure.
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:37 AM   #10
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I had the 2 housing sections for the pump unscrew enough to pull air instead of water...simple matter to twist to tighten.
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Old 09-12-2006, 06:45 PM   #11
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Ok, figured it out the inline filter was sucking air, put a small connector in and it starting pumping---------------all over the floor the pipes had 4 or holes in as many places.

I was replacing it all anyway.

Then I hooked up a hose to discharge the water outside, empty the tank water looked clean.

Should I treat the tank with something to make it nice and clean.

I started looking at some of the hoses after I pulled out the kitchen cabinets, the PO used auto heater hose that water must have tasted great.

I have no street water pipes but found out where they were cut, I need to add a outside connection a pressure regulator and I guess a valve.

Any recomendations and or pic's

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Old 09-20-2006, 06:31 PM   #12
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Several threads on annual water tank cleansing with bleach/water or other cleaner.

Try the thread called "re-plumbing issues" for some pictures of part of the street water connector.
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We haven't heard from you for a while. Did you get you water problem fixed yet? If so how do you like working with PEX? I don't know if you heard but we sold the Tradewind. I'm now concentrating on the GT. I also heard a rumor that we could maybe be neighbors. Hope all is going well for you and Kimber. Brad
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Water problems have been fixed in the curbside bath to mid-rear of the trailer. I did not go clear to the streetwater, nor over behind the toilet to the water heater. I decided to hold off until the bathroom is pulled out for coating.

I found working with PEX to be fairly easy. As others have stated, the hard part is getting the copper out of the trailer if you haven't pulled things apart. I did not use the crimp rings. I used a couple of different connection types. Some from Home Depot (screw on) and some from Fleet Farm (slide in).

I replaced the bathroom faucet as a part of the job. I plan to replace the kitchen faucet this winter, but won't need to use PEX for that job.

The job of coating the bathroom, might end up being coordinated with other family trailers. We'll see.

I'll PM you about being neighbors.

I did hear that you sold the tradewind. I was sad to hear that, but I'm sure it was a good deal for you to cut back from having 3 trailers in your stable.
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