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Old 02-05-2003, 03:13 PM   #1
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I have at random times a rattle/viberation throughout the trailer when I open a faucet to run water from the tank through the water pump. Sometimes when I fill the tank to capacity and turn on the faucet, no rattle. Somethime when I fill the tank only partially, it rattles and viberates all the time with the water pump running. A call to the factory resulted in seeing if the water pump mounting was loose. But it's tight. I also can't trace any pipes that might be viberating against a wall or something.

Any ideas anyone?

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Old 02-05-2003, 04:48 PM   #2
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You may be experiencing water hammer. This is a vibration set up within the water piping itself and can be caused by several different factors such as a quick closing valve on a washing machine or the ballcock on a water closet. One senario that might apply in an airstream would be a loose bib washer on the faucet stem you are using at the time the vibration starts.
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Old 02-06-2003, 07:47 AM   #3
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Maybe this thread will be of some help. There are other threads on water

Hammer.http://www.airforums.com/forum...4275#post24275

Just type in Water Hammer in the search field.

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Thanks a lot, Ken. I didn't think I was alone with this problem....just didn't know about the term "water hammer".

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Jay,
Is it only when you use water from the tank? How about when you are hooked up to city water? I have a 1999 and never had any hammer issues. Also, you said "throughout" can you isolate it to any general area where it is loudest or is it equally bad in the shower as well as the galley? Have you tried one faucet at a time? Does it do it no matter which faucet?
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The water pump apllies pulses of water and or pressure. The displacement between the high pressure and the low pressure causes the "water Hammer".

I would not expect it to do it more than once when you hook up to city water. The water pressure is constant, (you do have your regulator on dont you?) , especially through the water regulator.

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For Jace' questions. The plumbing rattles only happen when using the tank and pump. Never when on city water.

For others comments.......It happens with all faucets and the shower...makes no difference what faucets are being used.

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