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Old 10-08-2007, 09:53 PM   #1
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Water Pressure drops while boondocking

Hi there: I bought my Safari 2 months ago. On friday I filled the fresh water tank and just like the manual says I turned on the hot water heater and opened the hot water faucet in the galley to clear air out of the line, then the cold water, then the bathroom sink, then the shower. Great water pressure all around. Turned off the water and unhooked the hose and stowed it away. I drink bottled water so didn't need to run the tap.

Next morning went to shower turned on the water heater switch and the pump and could not get any water out of the shower. Just a lot of air and really sad water pressure out of the faucets. Went home. Drained the tank. Today did the same thing again. Same result, I am thinking bad pump because I have great pressure with city hook-up OR did I miss a step in there? Any thoughts?
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Old 10-08-2007, 09:55 PM   #2
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I always run off my pump so I am not entirely sure, but it seems to me there is a bypass valve you should have turned near the pump.
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My '86 Sovereign has a bypass valve in front of the pump which allows RV antifreeze to be sucked through a clear vinyl tube into the pump and throughout the system. I have to rotate a valve to do this. I wonder if your valve was left in that position by some chance?
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Old 10-13-2007, 12:10 AM   #4
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Hi there: I bought my Safari 2 months ago. On friday I filled the fresh water tank and just like the manual says I turned on the hot water heater and opened the hot water faucet in the galley to clear air out of the line, then the cold water, then the bathroom sink, then the shower. Great water pressure all around. Turned off the water and unhooked the hose and stowed it away. I drink bottled water so didn't need to run the tap.

Next morning went to shower turned on the water heater switch and the pump and could not get any water out of the shower. Just a lot of air and really sad water pressure out of the faucets. Went home. Drained the tank. Today did the same thing again. Same result, I am thinking bad pump because I have great pressure with city hook-up OR did I miss a step in there? Any thoughts?
Brad...did you get this figured out?

I'm wondering...the way you described your process makes me think that perhaps you were not actually filling the fresh water tank, but instead were hooked up to the city water input port... What made me wonder was when you said "unhooked the hose" because on our AS you can't thread the hose to the fresh water tank fill port...you can only do that with the city water source port. This would explain the good pressure while the hose was attached because if you are hooked up to city water, you'd be using that water source (and it's pressure), not the fresh water tank, even if you had the pump on...and if you didn't fill the fresh water tank, it would explain the poor pressure when you ran the pump...because there's not enough water to pump.

But then you said you drained the tank the next day, so there must have been something in there...so...if the tank was filled and you aren't getting water out by using the pump, there must be a valve in the line that is "off," as other have suggested, therefore not allowing water into the lines from the fresh water tank...

Hopefully this is all moot and you have pressure by now!

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