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Old 10-26-2005, 06:48 PM   #1
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Water pump question

If there's a better forum to post this type of question, feel free to let me know what it is. I've spent a total of 4 nights now in my new 2006 25' SE. The first two nights (coming home from the dealer), I did not hear any noises. But the last two nights I was boodocking (as it seems to be called when not hooked up anywhere). The water pump seems to make about 6 or 7 moans every...oh....15 to 20 minutes (don't hold me to that time). Now, I did notice that one of the petcocks on my fresh tank was dripping, but I fixed that and it still did it. We got to turning off the pump when we went to sleep. Is this normal? I assume a noisy water pump is normal too. This is our first trailer, first Airstream. Thanks for any advice.

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Old 10-26-2005, 06:55 PM   #2
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My experience is that indicates you have a leak in the pressurized system. You will want to catch it early, because water and time mean mold and rot. The other possibility is the pumping unit is leaking pressurized water backwards thru the pump. Either way, you need to check for pipe/connection leaks, dripping faucets, or dripping commode filler.
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Try this thread http://www.airforums.com/forum...every-1-a.html
It may provide you with a direction ....
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Hey jimlegs -- It was interesting hearing your story of getting your unit home. We have the same trailer except for the bed arrangement so I can add that this isn't happening with mine. The only time the pump runs is when we run water at night. Noisy buggers, ain't they?

While reading to install a winterizing bypass valve this weekend, I noted the Aquatec manual stating not to put the water pump inside an enclosure. I have thought about isolating it a bit better from using the floor as a sounding board.

Best wishes with your current issue!
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Old 10-29-2005, 07:58 AM   #5
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Will check today

Thanks for the advice and pointers. My trailer is currently sitting in my driveway, so I'll put water in it (drained for "winter"), pressurize everything and see what happens.
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We always turn our pump off unless it's being actively used...mostly to conserve battery life when boondocking. I think it just puts extra strain on it to maintain the pressure through the night. There is a convienent switch right by the bed if we do need to 'get up in the middle of the night'...not sure about newer trailers, but I'd guess there's a similar switch inside.

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My experience is that indicates you have a leak in the pressurized system. You will want to catch it early, because water and time mean mold and rot. The other possibility is the pumping unit is leaking pressurized water backwards thru the pump. Either way, you need to check for pipe/connection leaks, dripping faucets, or dripping commode filler.
Could also be caused by a tiny piece of construction debris in the one way valve, or simply a defective valve.
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Old 11-05-2005, 09:21 AM   #8
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At the dealer

Well, I pulled all sorts of panels off and could not find anything leaking anywhere. It's at the dealer now (for 2 days) and they have not found anything yet either. They'll have it all next week too, I suppose. I'll let y'all know what the outcome is.

Thanks again for the replies.
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