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Old 07-08-2016, 06:08 PM   #15
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Went to the trailer yesterday, and found to trouble with little water flow. The filter was packed up. Removed it, and cleaned it. Great flow now.

What was a little more difficult was changing the cartridge in the Moen shower valve. The retainer clip would not come out, or the cartridge itself. In the heat of the trailer in a confined space ie. the shower and head I nearly had a heat stroke. I was completely soaked with sweat. Finally getting the whole valve assembly I headed for the wholesale plumbing supply we do some business with just up the road. They destroyed the clip getting it out, and 3 brutes pulling on it could not get it out. Finally we got a pulling tool. It worked with much coaxing. Part of the cartridge was broken off.

The problem was hardwater and probably well water with mineral deposits. That valve cartridge was really stuck.

Well. there was good news and bad news. They had the replacement cartridge but no retaining clip. So off to Lowes to see if I could find one there. Finally I found a bubble pack repair kit that had one. Of course I had to buy the whole kit. Then back to the trailerto reinstall the shower valve.

The water flowed, and cut off. No dripping. It doesn't take much to make me happy.
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Old 07-10-2016, 12:16 PM   #16
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How are you doing? Hopefully all fixed and on the road again!

Happy Trails,

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Thank you everyone for the advice! I tried all the above recommendations, plus a few others, and unfortunately the pump seems to be completely kaput. It hasn't really been an issue so far because we've been staying at campgrounds with full-hookups, but whenever we stop along the side of the road for a pit stop it's been a minor annoyance.

A replacement pump is in order when we get back to home base.

Thanks everyone for the advice! It's great to have such strong community support.
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Thanks for the update.

Happy Trails!

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Old 08-11-2016, 05:44 PM   #18
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Turns out my pump was NOT defective after all. I had my more mechanically inclined brother come over to install the new pump I ordered and he determined that the old one was just fine, there was just a big air bubble in the line, presumably from when I emptied the tank. Cleared the air bubble and viola! It worked! For anyone else having a similar issue, check for air bubbles, especially if you recently ran your water tank dry.
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Turns out my pump was NOT defective after all. I had my more mechanically inclined brother come over to install the new pump I ordered and he determined that the old one was just fine, there was just a big air bubble in the line, presumably from when I emptied the tank. Cleared the air bubble and viola! It worked! For anyone else having a similar issue, check for air bubbles, especially if you recently ran your water tank dry.
Glad it wasn't something more serious. But I am curious how you cleared the "big air bubble"?
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Glad it wasn't something more serious.

I'm afraid it was something more serious: turns out I'm not as smart as I thought I was (something my wife has suspected for years). Haha

I cleared the air bubble by filling the tank all the way up, shutting off the shore water connection, then letting the pump cycle a couple times. I suppose alternatively I could have poured some water down the intake pipe leading to the pump from the tank...
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