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Old 06-23-2016, 08:38 AM   #1
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Country Fill Tank???


Our situation is that we're about to head off to "almost boondocking". There will be water but it will be out of reach of the hose.

My thought was to fill a 5 gallon jug and then just use the Country Fill switch on our Jayco Greyhawk 31FK to pull from the jug and into the coach tank.

I've got the valves switched over to Country Fill and I turned on the pump.
It seemed to work for a minute; it seemed to pump out of the jug - but now it's stopped. The pumps running but nothing is being pumped out of the jug.

Am I doing something wrong?
Am I misunderstanding what Country Fill is supposed to do?

I'm wondering if pressure has built up in the coach tank?


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Old 06-23-2016, 09:07 AM   #2
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Yes you missing a step! The water from the jug goes into the fresh tank. When done pumping into the tank you have to position the switches to Normal to use it from the tank.

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Old 06-23-2016, 09:09 AM   #3
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Try reversing the screen washer on the MH inlet. I believe there is a checkvalve just inside there to avoid backsplash, reversing the pointed screen will open that calve for you.
It worked for me.
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:48 AM   #4
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Are you filling an empty system? When I tried doing this with our new 31FK right after we picked it up (since mostly all the camping we do is dry), I had the same problem. Once I filled the system using City Fill and got all the air out of the lines, it works fine.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:18 PM   #5
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Thanks all - norty, yes - I was attempting to fill the *tank*, not run directly from the jug.

Race - no, the coach tank was about 1/4 full. I did try opening the faucets, and ran the pump to purge - but I'll try that again.

DreamGolfer - ok, I'll give that a shot.

This is all a practice run in my driveway before I head out, so I appreciate all of the suggestions.
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Old 06-23-2016, 04:20 PM   #6
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I've used the Country Fill on our 31FK many times when we "camp" in the apartment parking lot while visiting our daughter in Nashville. Never had to reverse the inlet washer on ours but others seem to have to do that to get it going.

I don't think it's possible to build up pressure in the freshwater tank. It seems to have an overflow outlet that dumps water when filling it with a hose.

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Old 06-23-2016, 04:28 PM   #7
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Under powered pump

You will find you have the same issue down the road when winterizing. It seems to me that the pump does not have sufficient power to depress the check valve.

That is where flipping the screen comes in. I had to do the same to get my Country Fill and my Winterization to function properly.

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Old 06-23-2016, 05:09 PM   #8
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Had a similar issue with my 31 FS. It pumped ok for five minutes than slowed to a trickle from a 5 gal Poland spring jug. I tried elevating the jug but that only helped a little. With three more jugs to go was getting a little scared until, with the pump running in country mode, I flipped the switches back into normal than back to country and then it magically sucked in the water at a rate of a few minutes per jug. I suspect there was an air pocket impeding the flow initially until it released in normal mode.
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:21 PM   #9
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Whelp - I'm dense. I don't know how to flip the screen. It's surrounded by the plastic, knurled knob. Can someone help me and tell me how to pop it out, please?


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Old 06-24-2016, 01:40 PM   #10
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I've given up on the Country Fill also, wish it was just a simple gravity fill, maybe the could be plumbed somehow.
Also unable to get the screen out, and reverse, which is supposed to make the Country fill work.
Anyone who has had success with that? And can describe how?

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