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mosquitodirk 11-19-2010 09:03 AM

Noisy water pump
Last year I had my pump replaced with a quiet one (the original one had frozen anyways). All was working well, and very quietly, until yesterday.

It didn't freeze, I didn't go on any bumpy roads, but I did switch water tanks (I have two). Is it possible that there is some sort of air bubble trapped? Anyone able to provide insight? Or a fix?

Dirk (in Panguitch, UT)

shanngord 11-19-2010 09:57 AM

Re: Noisy water pump
Can't help with the water pump other than it should be easy to test whether it is faulty or not.

I am new to this forum (15b is on order) and I just read your posts regarding Dempster Hwy etc last year.

Any ideas on how to prep an Escape for adventure travel. We have ordered all the factory options that might support this type of camping but there may be other ideas that you have. Most of the modifications listed in the forum seem like peoples ideas of adventure involves multiple night stays in the Walmart parking lot.

How did you fit in two fresh water tanks?
Have you tried different brands of trailer tires that might be more puncture resistant?
Any tips learned from experience taking your Escape to the car/truck wash?
In your opinion, does the fiberglass shell feel secure enough if you have a grizzly and cubs bumping into it at night?

Happy Escape trekking!


escape artist 11-20-2010 06:19 AM

Re: Noisy water pump
Hi: mosquitodirk... The only way I know if the pump is working properly is either watch the water or listen to the pump!!! The less water in the tank the softer it sounds and the quicker it seems to run. When the tank is full and the pump has completely filled, the louder and slower it is. Sorry I can't be more help. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie ;)

mosquitodirk 11-20-2010 09:39 AM

Re: Noisy water pump
Thanks Alf, although that's a bit reverse of usual with this pump (the second last fill up it ran smooth, this time not so much). My thought was that maybe an air bubble is trapped in it? I tried running the pump with city water attached (hoping to purge the air if there were any) to no avail. Any thing else? The pump looks fine, and the last pump (that broke) made the water taste like metal post breakage. Not so this time.

Dirk (Escalante, UT)

JeffZ 11-20-2010 10:05 AM

Re: Noisy water pump
I know we had a burping with ours in the AS.. it would pressure up every hour 1/2.. We took it to a dealer an they essentially just tighten everything up on the pump and that was it. I think they also ran the pump for around 20min as well to purge the lines.

gbaglo 11-20-2010 12:32 PM

Re: Noisy water pump
I recollect that the instruction manual said NOT to run the pump when connected to city water.
I'd check, but it's cold and snowy outside.


Hokie Escape 11-21-2010 08:07 PM

Re: Noisy water pump

Originally Posted by gbaglo
I recollect that the instruction manual said NOT to run the pump when connected to city water.
I'd check, but it's cold and snowy outside.


Cold and snowy! We just returned from 3 days at James River State Park, and it was sunny and 60 degrees everyday! Now it did get to 31 (all this is Fahrenheit) at night, but our well insulated Escape kept us "snug as two bugs in a rug" with a little cube heater! Canada is a great place to visit, but I'm sure glad I live in Virginia : - )

escape artist 11-21-2010 11:18 PM

Re: Noisy water pump
Hi: Mosquitodirk... What if you were to open the low drain plug, then the taps and drain the lines, then re boot the pump???
Dan...Cold and snowy is what our friends hit in Virginia on their way south in early November. Good thing they had a 4X4 Lincoln. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie ;)

memobug 11-22-2010 02:09 AM

Re: Noisy water pump
I put an accumulator in my U-haul and it did a great job at quieting the pump. The Shurflo one is inexpensive, but it doesn't actually have a very big volume. Maybe a pint or so. But it will keep the pump from cycling needlessly if you just want to rinse your hands quickly or wet a toothbrush. It also does a good job of modulating the pulsatile flow that's typical with these pumps.



mosquitodirk 11-22-2010 09:19 AM

Re: Noisy water pump
Great advice Gentlemen,

I'll look into the accumulator - in the meantime I'll see if I can drain the pump. All's quiet now, we're on city water in COLD and near SNOWY Moab, UT. (we got chased out of southcentral UT yesterday by a wicked wind and snow storm - not quite blizzard, but darn close).


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