People at campgrounds are some of the friendliest most helpful people you will ever meet. I have seen it time and again when a camper pulls in and they are having problems with something and their next door neighbor, whom they never met, is right there to assist them. I have also observed and assisted several campers who were new to RVing and not really sure how to set their unit up when they arrive at the campground. While talking to these new Rvers it came up more than once how they wished that they had a checklist to follow to make things easier. I compiled over 25 checklists in an attempt to cover all aspects of RVing. This is an excerpt from the book to assist new campers when they arrive at the campground. However most RVs do have many things in common and that is what we will concentrate on. The purpose of this checklist is to provide a basic system of what to do when you arrive at your site.
How do you hook up to city water?
When you hook up to city water, does it atomatically start filling your hot water tank and should you wait a while before turning the heater on? I have heard some people say that you need to have your switch for your water pump on even with city water connection and some say absolutly no. Where is the check valve located and how would I know if I neede to replace it? I guess with all the water topics questions these days I wish someone would post a water
Water Pressure Regulator Round-Up; Water Pressure Regulator Round-Up Know before you blow (your pipes, that is) THIS is the kind of water supply your RV dealer warned you about! it’s not an issue because we don’t hook up to city water – we use the regulator only to protect our water filter when using the gravity fill.
They offer accommodation to a constantly increasing segment of society that own or rent RVs for leisure or use them for business. Transit RV parks that offer a convenient overnight stop are typically located close to highways; destination RV parks cater to tourists visiting vacation attractions and usually provide accommodation for a few nights; and residential RV parks that cater to retirees and snowbirds offer monthly and six-month contracts.
Almost all RV parks offer at least a basic standard of provision to each vehicle location, properly called a slip, which comprises water and electricity supplies and sewage outflow. Laying down these services is a complicated and expensive process. Laying out the utilities for an RV park is a complex project. Step 1 Install a hook-up post, properly called a pedestal, at every slip to provide electricity.
Pedestals are manufactured with integral , and amp outlets, all protected by their own inline circuit breakers, and some feature usage meters and a pedestal light to make hooking up easier after dark. The supply to each pedestal must be adequate to meet the peak amperage and usage demand anticipated from the slip, and the distribution board must be adequate to meet the peak demand anticipated from maximum slip occupation. Step 2 Install a separate post with a securely mounted water supply tap.
Ensure your water connections are matched to industry-standard hose ends; RV city water hoses typically end in male-threaded connectors, so your supply tap should have a female-threaded end.
Fresh Water Connection
January 31, Laura H P Great information! Thanks again for sharing your knowledge. The ones I see are always inside the house usually in a closet, basement, or crawlspace. Dan Odell I agree with Brad However, at my house in upstate New York, the sewer line clean out is inside under the basement stairs. Campskunk thanks, dan and brad — i had the feeling things were different up North.
I would like to put in rv hookups so she can be more comfortable while she’s here. I searched the City of Palo Alto website, where I see information about storing an rv, but nothing about.
When in doubt, read the owners manual! Try that first when you have a question about your camper. The owners manual should have most of the information about operating the systems in your camper. Here are a few simple tips about using a camper. Most campers have a fresh water system with a fresh potable water tank, a 12 volt demand water pump, and a city water hookup. The city water hookup is usually on the outside or in a storage compartment.
Hook a garden hose to the city water hookup, and it will pressure up the water system in the camper. It may take a bit to get pressure while the water heater is filling. Open a water faucet on the hot side to bleed off air in the water heater. The water heater is full when the water stops gurgling at the faucet. If your hot water doesn’t bubble when filling the water heater, the bypass valves are probably turned the wrong way, keeping water out of the water heater.
Make sure the water heater bypass is set for normal use to get water in the water heater! Don’t turn the water heater on unless it’s full of water! The water heater bypass is located on the back of the water heater.
There are two water systems in the RV. An onboard system with a 48 gallon storage tank and 12 volt pump. There is also a city water system that requires a water faucet connection. There is a water hose connector at the drivers side rear of RV for each system. It uses the faucets water and pressure to deliver water directly to the RV faucets and toilet.
Before unloading anything else, test campsite water hookup by opening & closing campsite water valve. Then test electric power with a multi-meter. If campsite hookups aren’t working, find out if another site with working hookups is available before continuing with RV Campsite Setup.
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RV Utilities sure help make RV’ing easier! Today’s RV’s themselves are built better with improved water tanks, better filters and more and more parks with everything to make life easier. Also, RV Hookups are usually better and easier today than they were 10 years ago. Before we get into hooking up your RV – let’s understand how this all comes together “under one roof”, so to speak. Unless you have a firm grasp of the differences, we strongly recommend reading these pages as well.
It must be properly handled and preserved or serious illness can result. Years ago, the water storage tanks were steel and had to be flushed and maintained regularly. Today’s water tanks are a special plastic that don’t need much to keep them clean.
You don’t want to find burst pipes come spring! To drain the water from your RV, you’ll need to open what’s called the “petcock. You should also flush both tanks at this time. If your RV does not come equipped with a built-in system, you should clean the tanks out with a wand or a product designed to clean both of the tanks. Take all the tanks’ contents to your local dump station.
Water inlets and accessories for all your fresh water needs.
The RV city water inlet on the outside of the RV makes it possible to hook up to an outside source, such as a campground or residential faucet using a hose, and have pressurized water running on the inside. To hook up to the RV city water inlet you must first remove the outside cap and get a hose that is designed for drinking water. A specialized RV drinking water hose is drinking water safe and made of materials approved by the National Sanitation Association, which contains no toxins rubber or lead.
Attach the hose to the unit directly or you can use an elbow connector to make it easier to get connected and disconnected to the RV city water inlet. Once connected to the RV city water inlet, pressurized water will come into your unit bypassing the water pump. This provides pressurized water to faucets, showers and toilets. On newer models with an enclosed service center, you can also fill the freshwater tank by switching the valve inside near the tank.
Be careful of the pressure when connecting to the RV city water inlet, because some campgrounds use wells with a pump and can have high pressure levels.
There is a check valve that is supposed to keep the water from doing what it sounds like it is now doing. My guess is that the check valve is bad or now disassembled. What did you take out last year? When you winterize, there is nothing that you should need to do with the city water connection other then blow some air through it. I agree, Chris It sounds like the check valve is stuck open.
Prevent freezing pipes and other damage by winterizing your RV. Includes winterization checklist &2%%: Your RV’s water system draws water either from your fresh water tank and/or from water through the RV. (No pump is needed for water coming from the city hookup.) The water from the water tank and city water hookup will always be cold.
April 12, We treated ours exactly the same way as we did the city water supply when connected to it. The only real difference in operation is that the city supply is almost infinite while your pump is limited by the size of your potable water tank. Unless you go out and turn off the water after each use when connected to city water, what is gained by turning off the pump each time?
The water pump will only turn on when you use some water while operating on the tank, as it is a pressure sensing device and as long as there is pressure in the system the pump will not operate. If it cycles when no water is in use, you are loosing pressure due to a leak or a back-flow through the pump and that is a concern when on city water as well. We did turn off the pump when leaving the RV for more than a short period, but we also did that same thing with a city supply. We did not turn off either after each use, or at night, or just leaving for a few hours.
If you do turn off the water supply then you might also turn off the water heater just to be sure you don’t operate it when dry.