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Old 06-24-2008, 07:13 PM   #1
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My pump suddenly quit working. I've filled it and rechecked all the hoses, still nothing. Before i replace it, I'd like to ask if anyone has ever taken the above counter portion apart and found an internal problem in the pump itself. I'd also like to avoid crawling under the trailer and taking off the wooden case that houses the tank. thanks for any tips.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:56 PM   #2
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It is possible it lost it's prime.

Stick your finger over the end of the spout and pump several times.. or more.. and see if you can coax the water up.

These things will loose their prime frequently of they haven't been used on a regular basis.

If that isn't it, they are easy to replace. You should have a nut under the sink and a hose.. the bottom of the pump has a thread that fits through the counter, the nut tightens on that thread (Much like your home faucet) and thats all there should be to it.

I replaced on in my 13 about 4 years ago. It was only 20 bucks or so. Hardly worth tearing apart and fixing at that price.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:04 PM   #3
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If you have to replace it, it's a big problem. At least it wasn't for mine. There should be three for four screws holding the pump to the cabinet. Once those are taken out the pump should come up and out. The hose going to the pump should still be attached. At that point you should be able to see exactly how to replace it with a new one.

NOTE: I used the word "should" a lot in this.


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Old 06-25-2008, 02:50 PM   #4
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It is possible it lost it's prime.

Stick your finger over the end of the spout and pump several times.. or more.. and see if you can coax the water up.

These things will loose their prime frequently of they haven't been used on a regular basis.

If that isn't it, they are easy to replace. You should have a nut under the sink and a hose.. the bottom of the pump has a thread that fits through the counter, the nut tightens on that thread (Much like your home faucet) and thats all there should be to it.

I replaced on in my 13 about 4 years ago. It was only 20 bucks or so. Hardly worth tearing apart and fixing at that price.
Thanks, i will try that. I like to avoid getting parts b/c it's almost 20$ in gas these days to drive out to the rv center.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #5
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If you have to replace it, it's a big problem. At least it wasn't for mine. There should be three for four screws holding the pump to the cabinet. Once those are taken out the pump should come up and out. The hose going to the pump should still be attached. At that point you should be able to see exactly how to replace it with a new one.

NOTE: I used the word "should" a lot in this.


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Yes, i'm very familiar with 'should'. Taking out the old cabinets 'should' have been simple, but the last screw took over two hours and three people to get out. I'm nervous about touching anything on the trailer, usually 1/2 expecting that it will take an extra week than planned.
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I recently installed a new one (mounts with three screws from the top), which I ordered from Scamp after not being able to find an exaxt replacement at any of the local RV places. It was very inexpensive and easy to change, especially compared to what I'd have to do to change to a different model.

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Old 06-25-2008, 08:49 PM   #7
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I recently installed a new one (mounts with three screws from the top), which I ordered from Scamp after not being able to find an exaxt replacement at any of the local RV places. It was very inexpensive and easy to change, especially compared to what I'd have to do to change to a different model.

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Thanks. i'll keep that in mind if i cant fix it or get one here.
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:17 PM   #8
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We have a leak in our hand pump faucet that comes out at the handle, I tried to add some of that white tape around the nut that holds it in place, but it seems the water is coming out between the nut and the handle... I know they are not expensive to replace, so I was looking for a good replacement. The picture below is of the one we already have, I don't have faith in ordering one just like it, as the one we already have looks new. I looked into the low boy, but wonder how well it really functions having 3 water sources in one faucet. Any advice in this area before we buy one??
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Since you're already contemplating replacing it, you should take it further apart and see exactly how the manf expected the seal to work (might be an O-ring).

It's wise to get the exact same kind so the screw holes line up correctly. It's also not a bad idea to have a spare.

Something all these pumps have in common is that the position the lever is left in determines whether it keeps or loses prime. Directions are usually printed or embossed on the side.
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:28 PM   #10
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I took this faucet apart, took out all the screws, the tap, and tried to remove the housing from the top case, but it would not release. The handle also would not come out, and that is where the leak is. It apears there is a gap around the metal part of the handle so it can rotate back and forth, that is where water is squirting out from. I can not seal that area and still have the arm rotate, and the way the bend is I can not remove the little nut from the handle to put any kind of gasket in there. It seems it would be just as well to get a replacement. Are there any other pump faucets out there?
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:55 AM   #12
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Thanks Tom, we are considering the low boy, and checking out that RV shop.
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Thanks Tom,
nice site, good prices! Too bad the sale prices ended yesterday. Dan
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:47 PM   #14
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The boating stores, such as West Marine, have better quality pumps than the RV places.

Of course, the price reflects the added quality.
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