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Old 07-27-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Water pump while dry camping

First time dry camping in our 2013 flying cloud 23'. Things are going pretty well.

Second day and we still have battery power, water, cold frig and hot water.

While running on the water pump, under battery power, sometimes the pump will not kick on. You can open a faucet and nada. The only solution that seems to work is to turn off the pump, hit the battery disconnect button and then reverse the procedure.

Am I missing something?


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Old 07-28-2013, 12:30 AM   #2
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Did you try plugging it to the truck and see if that makes a difference? If so, battery is running low. Did you check fluid level in battery ( just because it new doesn't mean battery was checked when delivered. If fluid levl is low in batteries add "distilled" water. If none available, boil some water, let it cool then pour into cells.

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Old 07-28-2013, 05:41 AM   #3
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I second Safari-Rick's suggestion. Keep in mind the water pump may be the highest amperage draw item in your 12 volt system. As a result, it may act up prior to other low-amperage items ( such as lights, etc. ) when the battery is getting low.

Does your rig have a battery monitor? If so, what does it show? If not, can you take a voltage reading from the battery with a multimeter? Either would give you a clearer picture of what is happening.

Another possibility is a faulty water pump pressure switch. These are integral to the water pump in modern configurations.

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Old 07-28-2013, 11:55 AM   #4
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Batteries were fully charged when we arrived. Happened that evening and intermittently throughout the weekend. Sunday morning and battery monitor show 1/2.

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