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Old 01-01-2017, 01:35 PM   #1
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I bought a used 2010 17" Casita last spring. due to an unimaginably awful service experience, i was unable to use the trailer at all this year. I paid Camping World 229.99 to do a 45 point inspection, which was supposed to help me find out what might need attention. In spite of keeping the trailer for over 3 months, the inspection was never done, as far as i can tell. The water pump switch does not seem to be doing anything. I was going to flush the system and winterize, but i cannot seem to figure out how to get the pump to turn on. i'm afraid that i will have to get into the place where the pump is located to figure out what is going on, which will be very difficult. there is a custom made mattress that will be a nightmare to get out by myself. (obviously, that inspection was never done) any ideas?
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:21 PM   #2
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Have you got water in your fresh water tank?
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Old 01-01-2017, 02:34 PM   #3
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" The water pump switch does not seem to be doing anything. "(
Is the pump not turning on or is the pump turning on but not pumping water ? Multiple but different issues / answers for each scenario. You should be able to hear / feel the pump run when you turn it on .
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Old 01-01-2017, 03:27 PM   #4
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My pump in my Escape makes no noise when the switch is turned on. It only makes noise when a tap is opened and it pumps water.
If no water in tank, it won't pump. Or, if the aerator in the faucet is plugged with debris, it won't pump, and won't make noise.
It works like a petrol pump at a gas station. When it senses back-pressure, it stops pumping. Debris in the aerator can create that back pressure.
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Old 01-01-2017, 05:37 PM   #5
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steve, that's what i expected, based on past experience. there is just nothing. also, i think it is a lighted switch, isn't it? no light comes on.
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Old 01-01-2017, 05:38 PM   #6
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glenn, there is antifreeze in the fresh water tank, which should work, right?
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Old 01-01-2017, 05:45 PM   #7
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If there is enough. I don't put antifreeze in the fresh water tank. I just drain it. It's a large space, allowing for plenty of expansion if a little bit of water freezes. There needs to be enough liquid for the pump to pick it up.

I don't use the electric pump to winterize. I use a hand pump through the city water inlet. Water heater has to be drained and bypassed.

If you can, I would fill the fresh water, try the pump and then drain the tank and winterize. Kind of hard to trouble-shoot the pump without water.
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Have you got another faucet, shower or toilet that you could try to run with the pump switched on? If that works, you'd know that the aerator in the faucet you have been using is clogged.
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both faucets are open--nothing. i'l try what you have suggested tomorrow, when there's daylight!
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could the problem be a fuse?
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Old 01-01-2017, 06:28 PM   #11
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I'm not familiar with your trailer and can't remember if mine lights up or not when switched on. Might as well check the fuse. Replace it if you have a spare as it can be deceptive whether fuse is gone or not.
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Old 01-01-2017, 06:39 PM   #12
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good advice--i'll try that tomorrow, too. now;;if only i had some help moving that mattress!
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:09 PM   #13
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I'm not familiar with your trailer and can't remember if mine lights up or not when switched on. Might as well check the fuse. Replace it if you have a spare as it can be deceptive whether fuse is gone or not.
The standard factory pump switch on a Casita is a black , non illuminated , rocker style switch. LHC sells an aftermarket illuminated pump switch which glows red in the on position for the Casita.
I have installed the illuminated switch in my 2013 Casita but have no idea what type of switch the OP has.
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:28 PM   #14
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Just a note: many switches with lights have the lighted part wired separately from the poles of the switch. Many automotive switches have the light turned on all the time if wired for light (so that you can find the switch in the dark). My Scamp's lighted switch was not wired to light up, which I'm just fine with. Otherwise I'd see it at night while trying to sleep.
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