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RV Water Pump FAIL & Replace + BLOOPERS!

RV Water Pump FAIL & Replace + BLOOPERS!

Our RV’s on-demand water pump has served us well for over 14 years. But now that it’s finally failed, we’ll show you how we replaced it, as well as the details on why we chose the replacement pump we did.

While you might think “More Water = Better!” we talk about the reasons why a lower flow capacity might actually be a better choice. That may sound counterintuitive, but check out the video to see why that reasoning worked perfectly for us.

Whenever we’ve included bloopers at the end of a video, we’ve gotten lots of positive comments about them. We thought this one was especially funny, and hope you do, too.


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Lawrence Fuchs

Sunday 29th of September 2019

Thank you. Another well done video. While watching this video I learned that there is such a thing called a latching controller. My motorhome only came with one location to activate the water pump. Always wanted to add a switch by the pump and another in the bathroom. This seems the way to go. My problem now is to find the right switches. A friend of mine told me that this requires a momentary switch that activates the controller. Do you know if this is accurate and do you know what the type of switches you have and if possible the manufacturer. Larry Fuchs

TheRVgeeks

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Hi Larry. Yes... the latching controller needs momentary switches that are used to toggle the state of the pump on/off. As far as we know, the switches Newmar used are from Carling Technologies. Your best bet may be to give Newmar Customer Service a call at 800-731-8300 and see what they can tell you about the water pump switch they sell (you can ask about the ones from a 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire Diesel Pusher if you want the same switches we have). We'd get you the part numbers from Newmar... but trying to access their parts store right now and it shows that it's down for maintenance. ????

Pat

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

WOW can just imagine all that happening but it normally is with us and our rig...LOL Just flushed our hot water tank again and thanks for the video. Hope all is well Pat and Rita

TheRVgeeks

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

LOL! What?!?! You cursing?!?! Say it isn't so, Pat! ???? Glad you got the water heater all flushed out and ready to go! Safe travels!

John Schretlen

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Another DIY project that you've made easier.

I replaced my pump (with identical one) two summers ago and the big take-a-way was that my pump had quick-disconnect fittings. All you have to do is reach up and click them off, unscrew the pump and no lines are disturbed.

Have to admit that I found out that ONLY AFTER I spent quite some time with a wrench in a tight spot.

Love the booper part. I do not recall having that much water come out the lines I disconnected. A bit different from you: I used the faucet in the water bay to release pressure. So perhaps all the water was held in the upstairs lines by vacuum.

Twist to the story: I thought my pump was leaking but it turned out that my 4-way valve was the problem. I now carry a spare water pump and, last summer, ALMOST gave it to a fellow RV'er who needed a new water pump. As I was digging it out of basement storage the repair guy showed up and the neighbour decided to go with a new (bigger?) pump.

TheRVgeeks

Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Hi John. Our pump had the quick-disconnect fittings, too. But since we wanted to replace them as well as the pump, unscrewing them was just as easy (for us). Sounds like yours was definitely more of a tight fit. Glad to hear you didn't have the "Niagara Falls" event we did! ????

Roger B

Saturday 21st of September 2019

If I have a water pump failure, I'm using my portable air compressor to blow out all the water lines. Thanks for showing the bloopers and showing us the big picture. I also have a flow restrictor on my kitchen sink to help save water when boondocking.

TheRVgeeks

Saturday 21st of September 2019

Hey, that's not a bad idea, Roger! Might have to try that next time!

Mike

Saturday 21st of September 2019

Sooo!!!!! Just for S&G, how come you didn’t do this one in real time? Thanks guys.....

TheRVgeeks

Saturday 21st of September 2019

Ha! Ha! Maybe we'll have to release a full-length director's cut! ????????????????

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