In this important RV Repair Club class, Dave Solberg will show you many essential aspects of your RV’s fresh water system, and how to ensure you enjoy clean and safe water on every trip you make.
Fresh water can be provided an outside pressurized source referred to as City Water, or by an on-board pump and a fresh water tank. Most tanks are made of rotocast plastic with connections attached by a process call spin-welding. Tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the floorplan and the space available to install them. Some manufactures design and build their own tanks allowing them to wrap around basement foundations and provide more capacity while others that purchase tanks from a third party usually are limited. These tanks are filled with either an outside connection called the gravity feed, or a valve that switches the pressurized water from a city connection to the tank. Water is supplied to the faucets, shower head, and toilet by a demand pump that runs on 12-volt power and automatically turns on when a faucet is opened and the need for water is sensed. Most trailers and entry level motorhomes come with a smaller pump that provides approximately 30-35 psi while upgrades can go as high as 50-60 psi. It’s important to know the limitations of your water lines and connections before installing a higher psi pump!
The city water connection uses a fresh water recommended hose to go from the campground source to the service center and bypasses the on-board water pump to provide pressurized water similar to that in your home. This class will show the proper hoses to use at the campground as well as filters and pressure regulators to ensure you are filtering out sediments and won’t flood your rig. You will also learn how to check the water for quality and purity and what to do if your water quality is unacceptable. Winterizing is an important step when traveling across the country and some owners preferred to use RV antifreeze while others blow out the entire water system leaving nothing in the lines and tanks to freeze. And finally, our RVIA Certified Master Technician shows how the water heater operates, maintenance, and troubleshooting as well.
In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this online class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the class instruction; two resource documents that will help you winterize and troubleshoot your system; and two BONUS video tutorials, walking you through installation of a shower head and kitchen faucet.
NOTE: You’ll receive this Class video instruction in two forms: As on-demand streaming video (in your RV Account); and as a physical DVD, mailed to you.