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Can I Leave My RV's Water Pump On?

by Nicole

Leaving the Water Pump on in Your RV

Leaving the Water Pump on in Your RV

Leaving the Water Pump on in Your RV
Can I Leave My RV's Water Pump On?

My spouse wants me to turn the pump off after I am done doing dishes, washing hands and then turn it back on when I need it again, is this a have to or can it be left on at all times?

ANSWER: Hi Nicole, as long as your RV is not connected to city water you can leave the fresh water pump on. When you are not hooked up to city water the water for your RV is pumped from the on-board Fresh Water Holding Tank.

The fresh water pump in your RV is an on demand pump in other words the only time the pump will operate is when you turn on a faucet or flush a toilet. As long as the pump is operating properly it will not use any power when there is no demand for water.

When you are hooked up to city water you do not need the pump as you want the water to your RV to be provided by the city water connection. On most RVs if you leave the pump on when connected to city water you will continue to pump the water out of your fresh water holding tank when a faucet is turned on or a toilet is flushed.

The key to making sure that your RV's on-demand water pump works properly is performing some routine maintenance on the water pump annually. Take a look at the video below from RV Expert Mark Polk from RV Education 101 to see how easy this routine maintenance actually is.

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Small inconvenience for Large protection
by: Cochise49

We follow the on when home (in the RV) and off when away. Reasons for leaving on....inconvenient to turn pump on just before needed running water (especially if the switch can't be reached from the "best" seat in the house)...ice maker needs a water supply to work....pump will short cycle if there is the smallest of leaks in the fresh water line.....Reasons for leaving off...if a line breaks, you will return to a flood....if the valve for the toilet flush fails, they black tank may overflow into the rig, literally destroying your RV. BTW...Also turn off city water when away if you are connected to that.

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Our Pump Modification
by: LiveWorkDream.com

When boondocking, we leave ours on during the daytime but always turn it off at night and when we're away. This is why: http://www.liveworkdream.com/2014/02/13/rv-freshwater-pump-boondocking-modification/

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Water Pump options
by: 1/2 time RV'er

we turn ours off at night or if we are going "out" for the day, but when we are around the camper we leave it on.

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water pump
by: Anonymous

My pump runs when the faucets are closed.

Note From RVing Al: You should read the answer I gave to this question: My RV's Water Pump Keeps Cycling On and Off

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I turn ours off just in case
by: Anonymous

When we leave the unit for any amount of time, or no one is in the motorhome, we turn off the pump. The reason being that the "on demand" pump will continue to pump until the tank is empty in the event of a leak. This happened to my parents in their unit. Someone closed a cabinet and pushed some dishes into the hose causing a leak. The pump interpreted this as an open faucet and pumped all the water out through the leak.
Just something to think about

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