No water - argh!

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  1. yorkieman

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    Just got my motorhome out for first time this year. Got to site. Filled her up with water. Turned taps on, but alas, no water is coming out :-(

    I should have checked when I was at home, but I was in a rush so I thought I would fill her up on site.

    Do you reckon pump is bust?

    I have checked under van and there's no water leaking out.

    Luckily dishwashing block and toilet block are only thirty yards away.

    Anyone got any bright ideas on things I could try?
     
  2. Emmenay

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    Frozen?
     
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    No bright ideas just a checklist I would go for if it was me

    is the pump isolator on the control panel set right. With the taps in, does 'wiggling' the isolator make any difference
    is the fuse behind the control panel good (approximate location, could actually be anywhere)
    Do you hear a pump normally, if so, can you now
    on 12v, do your lights flicker when you turn the taps in (ours have in the caravan, the MH and now the camper) if so do they now
    can you get to any pipework? If so can you disconnect and blow through it?
    does any of the pipework run under the van outside and if so can you tell if there are any blockages.. I'm thinking either frozen or furred up..

    Someone who really knows will be along soon with better ideas no doubt if you have already thought of those
     
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    I can hear the whirring noise the pump makes and I don't think anything is frozen as I had drained the system.
     
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    Airlock!!!
     
  6. mjltigger

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    Well I would have guessed that if the pump is making the same noise it always has its probably not the pump.. my novice brains tell me it would sound different if it was broken.

    In terms of frozen, I've seen comments about blowing through the pipes when you drain down to ensure all the water is gone from lower parts that might 'hang' under the van. Not something I've done myself because all my pipes are internal but a possibility perhaps?
     
  7. Tackle man

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    I agree
     
  8. TheBig1

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    unscrew the shower head. turn it on to cold water and suck on the end to prime the pump
     
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  9. glenm

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    What motorhome do you have??;)
     
  10. Janine

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    Stick a hose onto one of the taps and blow - worked for us (y)
     
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    All of the above, and, what happened to mine was that the pickup pipe in the water tank had come detached and it was a tank off, curse and cuss job in the heat of a Moroccan camp site at Marrakesh! It's still working though!
     
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    We have a similar problem and started a thread on it last week. Thanks to a lot of learned, helpful funsters we have got to the bottom of our problem.......it's not working!:rofl:

    Seriously, our problem was the pressure switch, we're taking it back to our dealers on Monday on our way back north. Thankfully ours is still under warranty(y)

    It's a real pain having to lug bottles of water for washing dishes etc back to the van and not being to just turn a tap.......just as well ours didn't go before now, as we've been on the road since late November.

    Hope you get yours sorted out soon.

    Bill
     
  13. yorkieman

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    It is a Burstner Ixeo.

    I've managed tonight as went to cinema, so will give all these ideas a try in morning. Thanks y'all!
     
  14. EthnGeoff

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    Could it be that the boiler drain valve has been left open in which case the pump is continually trying to fill the boiler with water?
     
  15. jenny and mitch

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    That would mean water under the van.. They have none.
    Just air-locked as said previously we hope.. Good luck..
     
  16. Judge Mental

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    truma heating? dump valve? ignore that, you have not lost water have you....

    if its a submersible pump in tank, stick your hand in and tap it with tap open..it should then splutter into life. if not a submersible and on EHU try a hair dryer as may be frozen
     
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    Mine takes ages to come through, I just alternate on, off, hot, cold, between bathroom and kitchen taps, mind you I can reach both of those easily:whistle: always comes through in the end though(y)
     
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    Must resist......Must resist. ..

    Phew. Almost told the obvious blow job joke:)
     
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  19. mickymouse

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    It seems that your non return valve on the discharge side of the pump is not working and allowing the water to drain back into the tank.

    The easiest way I found of clearing the airlock was to open a tap so the pump runs then get hold of the pump and shake it while it is submerged this normally clears airlock.
     
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  20. wizzer59

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    No:doh: you failed I'm afraid:LOL:;)
     
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