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Old 03-17-2019, 07:00 PM   #1
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Where goes the water?

Wife and I recently spent a couple of nights in the trailer. Getting ready for a big trip. So testing everything and getting in the spirit in the drive way.


We were using both the city water hook up and then the tank water. As usual you can hear the water pump running. Way too loud. (going to isolate the pump with rubber washers or something) But back to the question.


In the middle of the night the pump ran briefly a couple of times when no one was using the water. Is this normal? If so, why?


No leaking faucets. I opened up all the panels I could and checked from pump to kitchen to outside kitchen and under bathroom sink. Can not get under tub easily.


Anyone, any ideas?



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Old 03-17-2019, 10:59 PM   #2
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The ONLY time you want the pump to cycle on is when you are flowing water.
If it cycles on in the middle of the night then the pressure is leaking down due to water leaking, somewhere.
Oh yeah, check the pump itself for a leak.
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A couple of possibilities; check your low point drains and the drain down valve on the fresh water tank. I have had all of those leak at some point or another causing the pump to come on. Also, check the pump fittings and valves closely for cracks that could be pulling in air.

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Old 03-18-2019, 03:56 AM   #4
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The ONLY time you want the pump to cycle on is when you are flowing water.
If it cycles on in the middle of the night then the pressure is leaking down due to water leaking, somewhere.
Oh yeah, check the pump itself for a leak.

Yeah I figured that. Was hoping for a different answer.......haha


Checked everything I can see from pump on.


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A couple of possibilities; check your low point drains and the drain down valve on the fresh water tank. I have had all of those leak at some point or another causing the pump to come on. Also, check the pump fittings and valves closely for cracks that could be pulling in air.

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I have checked the low point drains. And fresh water tank drain. No issues. I will take a closer look at the pump. I need to noise proof it anyway.


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[QUOTE=ArmyVeteran;66758]I have checked the low point drains. And fresh water tank drain. No issues. I will take a closer look at the pump. I need to noise proof it anyway.


noise may also come from the pipes against a wall ot floor ...I had bad noise in bathroom from that ...foam pipe insulation from the hardware store around the pipes does a good job
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Quiet is nice, often preferred in many walks of life.


However, a super quiet demand water pump in one's RV won't notify one of a water leak and future damage.
Making it less noisy is fine but I still want some indication that I may have a small leak in the system.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:23 PM   #8
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Is it possible that the pump is not holding the pressure once it pumps up. It may be leaking back into the supply if you can't find leaks elsewhere.

I was thinking that the vibration in mine was kinda loud and it sounded like the pipes were shaking all over the place. This guy has a DUH moment... why didn't I think of that myself.

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alot can be said for putting this accumulator in the system and isolating the pump from the coach making the pump operation MUCH quieter.

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I have checked the low point drains. And fresh water tank drain. No issues. I will take a closer look at the pump. I need to noise proof it anyway.


noise may also come from the pipes against a wall ot floor ...I had bad noise in bathroom from that ...foam pipe insulation from the hardware store around the pipes does a good job

Thanks, I will double check that.
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