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Old 10-17-2016, 02:17 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by BRietkerk View Post
This happens to us from time to time. I suspect when this occurs the pump is pumping air. I have a length of hose I keep handy which I hold on to the faucet and then draw the air out and water through. The first time this happened I called Tammy and she giggled and said "you have to suck on the tap".
I definitely have a problem if I turn on the pump after running on water hookups unless I open a faucet. It appears that water pressure on the output of the pump prevents it from drawing from the tank. Dropping the output pressure by opening a faucet (or the toilet) gets the pump start pumping again.

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Old 10-17-2016, 02:35 PM   #12
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To make you feel better, I just got a call from Toyota that my water pump is leaking and needs replacement. Parts and labour come to $1,010.78.

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Old 10-17-2016, 06:27 PM   #13
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I had this happen to me and it turned out to be a bad pump. The check valve got stuck closed so nothing could flow even though the pump motor worked fine. In fact, Escape replaced it (Shurflo) once with another brand (Artic), and that failed, too, and I had to get a warranty replacement of it, too. I think I have a working pump now. Coincidentally, it first happened after I switched from city water to the pump so I suspect that there was a design or manufacture problem with the check valve in the first pump.
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:01 PM   #14
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I concur with several others. Water naturally flows downhill. If your water pump is mounted on the floor, and the level of water in your fresh water tank is above the pump, then it seems water from the tank should flow naturally down into the pump to fill and "prime" it - provided there is nothing blocking the flow of water such as; 1) a closed cut-off valve at the tank that needs to be turned open, 2) a stuck in-line one-way check valve, or 3) air in the line beyond the pump that needs to be bled out through an open sink/shower/toilet faucet so water can then flow in to replace it. Does your water pump have a settling bulb on the bottom that you can loosen to see if water drips (or gushes) out?
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:38 PM   #15
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FWIW, the pump in the new 2nd generation 19 model is mounted on the refer wall, under the bed, with a foam base and flexible hoses to eliminate noise. Quite quiet.....
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Old 10-18-2016, 05:40 PM   #16
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Our pump in our previous 19 used to do this. We would just suck on the kitchen tap with the valve open and the pump on. Worked every time.
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:54 PM   #17
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Our pump in our previous 19 used to do this. We would just suck on the kitchen tap with the valve open and the pump on. Worked every time.
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