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Old 11-08-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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I went to pump the pink stuff into my son's camper yesterday, with no luck.

I forgot to notice the model of the pump, but it is in a 2001 2980.

It already has the hose attachment in the pump line.

I already drained the system of water a week ago when the temps were supposed to drop. So there is not any water in the fresh tank or the lines, or the hot water heater.

It sounds as though the pump is running, but it does not draw the anti-freeze into the hose.

Does the pump need to be primed now that the lines are empty?


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Old 11-08-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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These pumps are designed to pull water from the fresh tank, either under the camper, or under a piece of furniture. Priming should not be necessary. I would say that you should check the winterizing kit's valve, to be sure it's working properly when you turn it. If the valve is not working properly, you could still be drawing from the fresh tank.

Please let us know what you find.


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When I set the bottle upright and drop the hose from the pump into the top, the pump won't draw the fluid up and out. I drilled a tight hole in the cap to force the hose through and lay the bottle side ways along side of the pump. Punch a hole in the bottle or you'll suck it flat in a few seconds. Keep the new custom cap by the pump for next year.
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Some times the pump gets air locked. I had that happen and it will not draw from the jug.

Open a faucet before turning the pump on, It gives the pressurized air a place to go and the pump can draw easier. Make sure the hose is not sucked up against the bottle sealing the hose off. Some have the end of the suction hose cut on and angle to help prevent the sucking of the jug.

Jiggle the hose with the faucet open and pump running if it does not catch prime. Once it does catch it will suck that gallon dry quick so be ready to turn the one faucet off and work your way thru the camper. 2 people make it easier when it does not want to cooperate.

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Some very good tips, thanks.

My son went up and just used air to blow the lines out, and then just filled all the traps with the anti-freeze.

Thanks again,
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