(circa 1975) has a hand pump faucet at the sink that is connected to a 12 gal storage tank that we haven't used before. The pump is chrome with a round black plastic ball on the end of the pump handle and the sticker on the underside has a coleman logo on it.
I am trying to get everything up and running and have a few questions for anyone that uses this setup: 1. what is the best way to prime the hand pump or should it be self priming? 2. once primed ( i had to suck the water up into the valve body to get it working) how long should i expect the pump to hold its prime? I have already trimmed and re-attached the 3/8" water line going to the tank (it is PE plastic and had little stress cracks in it at the barb fittings that were letting in some air) but I am now tempted to replace the line altogether with something that isn't 35 years old.
I want to make sure my expectations for how this pump should work are realistic.
we are trying to get everything ready for a 3 week trip through new brunswick leaving next thursday but the past few days things are coming apart faster than I can get things together.