With motorhomes becoming extremely popular nowadays, and one of the preferred ways of spending time with family and friends, more and more people are faced with problems they haven’t encountered before. There are many small things that are important and make a camping trip a whole. Unless you are the one in charge of the motorhome, there are many behind-the-scene things that are happening without you being aware of them. If you are the one in charge of it however, you probably understand how much hard work and preparation in advance it takes to provide a pleasant experience for all the people that are going to be accommodated by it.
One of these behind-the-scene things that not so many people are aware of but are of utmost importance, is the motorhome water pump. Its job is to take the water from your tank, bring it up in the piping system of your motorhome and increase the flow of water and stabilize the pressure. The average motorhome comes with a 50 to 200 gallon water tank and the ability to consume that water in your tank comes with the help of the modern wonder known as a motorhome water pump.
But before you purchase a water pump, go through your motorhome’s manual for water specs. If you don’t have one, call a service or a dealer that works with your brand of motorhome. Other things to keep in mind are the amount of gallons optimal for your motorhome, the recommended water pressure, and the dimensions of your current water pump.
After you’ve done the aforementioned, test what your water pump is producing. You can check your gpm (gallons per minute) by placing a 1 gallon jug under the faucet. Open it and measure how long it takes to fill to the top. Divide that into a minute and you’ll have your operation gpm. The next step is to test the pressure. In order to do this, purchase a pressure test gauge. The gauge will allow you to test the water pressure of your unit as well as the water coming in your tanks through the campground.
Choosing a motorhome water pump is a long process, so don’t haste your decision. Read reviews, check forums and talk to motorhome specialists. Once you locate the problem, make an informed decision. They’re easy to replace, just make sure that you do it right. Also worth noting is that you should almost always winterize it at the end of the season, especially if you live in colder parts where temperatures drop below the zero. If you don’t do so, you risk ruining the pump and the pipes along with other appliances that have water in them.