Things that go pump in the night

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  1. Jase

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    Hi, new to the group and looking for a bit of advice on the plumbing in an elddis autoquest 140 2011 model. The pump seems to come on during the night and I am 99% sure I don't have any leaks in the van. I have recently replaced the pump with a new whale latest model which was a straight swap. When I look at the clear glass filter after the pump stops running, I can see water dripping back through it heading back towards the storage tank. Is there a non return valve fitted somewhere between the pump and the storage tank that could be faulty? Or any other suggestions that could be causing this? Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Turn pump off when not using it n get a good night's sleep :)
     
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    Does everyone turn their pump off when they are not using it?
     
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    Can't answer for everyone, but I have always switched pump off when not in use also just open cold tap to relieve pressure on the system .never had a problem with surges noise or pumps going us :)
     
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    Yep;)
     
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    My last caravan (a 2010 bought new Sterling Elite Explorer) had a habit of doing this but I was told that its alright, its only making sure the pressure is correct.

    Hope this helps...Robert.
     
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    Hi
    We don't always turn off of a night, but try and remember to turn off if we go out. Pete
     
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    When I bought the van I never had to turn it off at night this has been a sudden change.
     
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    Carefully check all the pipe work for leaks.
     
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    We found a drip on the old pump so we changed it, nothing leaking now almost 99% sure no leaks.
     
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    Hi @Jase

    I've got an Autoquest 155 (Marquis variant). My pump cuts in briefly at approx 10 mins intervals automatically to keep the pressure up. However, this is annoying at night, so I turn the pump off. Bit of a nuisance though because the loo flushes from the main tank and obviously needs the pump. It's just a question of what I stub my toe on when switching it on again!
     
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    Toilet on ours is separate so wouldn't be a problem to turn off at night.
     
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    Yes
     
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    And from the title I thought this was going to be a doggie thread :)
     
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    The dogs don't pump but their snores are shocking..lol
     
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    No we don't switch our pump off at night
    The only time the pump started up I the night was when I left the tap in the bathroom dripping
    Sounds to me like you have a leak or are not maintaining pressure
     
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    That's what I think as well and I am sure I am losing pressure because the water is making it's way back slowly over a few hours into the storage tank.
     
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    Ours used to do it, although it was usually only every couple of hours - just the pressure switch "topping off" the pressure. A new pump (when we thought the old was on it's way out) did the same so we just switched it off overnight. Fitted one of those pressure reservoir thingies (onset of Alzheimers? can't remember name) and once we'd got the balance pressure right doesn't seem to happen any more.
    But if yours is going every 10 mins you've got a leak, even if it is the "new improved" pump leaking back into the tank. Don't think there is a non-return valve fitted as standard but it should be relatively easy to do so if turning the pump off at night is a problem.
     
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    Mines isn't every 10minutes .it seems to sit about 5 hours until it fires up during the nite then stays on like it's just turning air. I switch it of until morning.then in morning when I switch back on it'll run til we let some water through taps,turn the taps off then it'll go of as it should and will be fine for hours. But I was sure I could see water dripping back through the glass filter on the pump heading back to tank
     
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    Ever so slight back leak in the non return valve will cause it to pulse on intermittently..
    Solution.
    Turn the damn thing off at night.
     
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