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Old 02-15-2020, 04:19 PM   #1
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Water pump

Hello.. I am a newbie..just got a Springdale 1860Ss brand new.... Iam getting use to all the "bell and whistles" and came across a water pump switch...when should I use this????
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:26 PM   #2
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Shame on your dealer if they didnít show you during your walk through/orientation. You will use it when your fresh water tank has water in it and you arenít hooked up to a pressurized source.

Make sure you donít run the pump dry for an extended period of time or it may cause failure. If you can locate the pump, I would check the valve at the intake side of the pump to be sure itís set to draw from the tank and not the winterizing hose.

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Old 02-15-2020, 05:20 PM   #3
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The water system is capable of being operated in 3 different ways.

The first is when you attach a garden hose to the city-inlet connection and you then turn the water spigot on at the source. The water will pressurize inside the camper water lines and work just like they would in your house. When you use the water this way, you want to make sure the on-board water pump is turned off.

The second way to use the water system in your camper is when you are not hooked up to a water source. In this situation, you fill your fresh water tank, where and when you do have available water. Depending on hour your camper is designed, you may fill the fresh water tank by sticking the garden hose in a fill port. This is called "gravity fed".

Other systems require the garden hose to be connected to the fill port but there is a valve that flips from "fill" to "run" or something like that. In this situation, flip the valve to "fill" to fill the fresh water tank. When filled, flip it back.

Then you need to turn on the 12 volt on-board water pump and pressurize the water lines. Then leave the pump turned on all the time. It will cycle (turn on and off), only when you turn a water faucet on.

The third way to use the water system is when you winterize the water lines so they won't freeze in the winter. There will be a separate hose, or a separate place to connect a hose that is stuck in a bottle of RV anti-freeze and sucked out of the bottle to displace any water in the lines with RV antifreeze.

In the process of getting things set up, you will also need to make sure the water heater is filled with water BEFORE turning it on. If the tank is empty and you turn it on with electricity, it only takes about 5 seconds for the heating element to burn out. If empty on gas, it could burn out the thermostat.

There are multiple videos on YouTube that will explain how to hook up the water, how to run your on-board, and a bunch of other things that will help you. YouTube is your friend.

Good luck!

And congrats on that new camper!
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:07 PM   #4
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Thanks, our dealer show us all the panels and switches but not the purpose of their operation. I though there will be an operating manual, but all we got was papers on the independent systems.
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:17 PM   #5
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Thanks, our dealer show us all the panels and switches but not the purpose of their operation. I though there will be an operating manual, but all we got was papers on the independent systems.


Well at least he gave you something!! This forum and itís members will likely turn out to be your best resource. Remember that the only dumb question is the one not asked.
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:58 PM   #6
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This is the link to the Keystone site location with the somewhat generic manuals they provide. They really aren't much, but it might help a little. Just download the one for your year rig. https://www.keystonerv.com/owners/owners-manuals/
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