Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-02-2014, 09:18 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 70
Potable Water

I have a question for the experienced campers on this forum. I have always setup and used the water hookup at camp sites. I am heading south this weekend and know I will be boondocking at least one of the nights. I have never used the onboard water tank so I'm not sure what to do.

I have the Jayco Swift 185BH and it includes factory switches in the kitchen that tell tank capacities and a "pump" switch. Other than the Potable tank, is there any other tank I should know about to fill or add water to - like the water heater? And, do I need to flip any waterline valves (usually used for winterizing) to draw from that Potable water tank? Once Im at my campsite with water, where/how do I drain the potable tank. Sorry for such an involved question but any help would be appreciated.
__________________

smacdonald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 09:46 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Bremerton
Posts: 305
If you have camped without incident using the water hookup at campsites, then there are no additional valves to manipulate when you use the onboard water tank.

there is a drain valve outside and underneath the trailer - probably near the gravity fill line for the tank. Open this valve to drain the tank.

SInce you haven't used the potable water tank, you will want to disenfect and de-orderize it. Find some means to dilute about 1/2 to 1 cup of ordinary bleach (not bleach with detergent) into at least a gallon of water. For example, rinse clean a gallon milk jug. Pour in the bleach, then fill with water. Pour this into your potable water tank using the outside gravity fill connection. Then use your garden hose and fill the tank full.

Turn your water pump on, then open each faucet for a bit to get the bleach water into the lines. Turn the pump off and let the system sit that way for 3 to 4 hours. after that, open the outside drain valve, drain, then fill the potable water tank and you are ready to camp.

If you still smell or taste bleach coming out of your faucets, then drain and fill your tank again and run some water through the lines.

My gray water tank starts to get full by this point, but I have no problem just dumping it at the side of the house, since it is just water.

Your owner's manual ought to have more info on this procedure.
__________________

tjpolsin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 10:03 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 70
so, just be be clear, in order to have water "flowing" the pump needs to be turned on. Do I leave it on? or do i only turn it on when I want to run some water.
smacdonald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 10:22 AM   #4
Lost in the Woods
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Woodstock
Posts: 1,128
you leave it on. Once the demand for water has stopped(faucet shut off) the pump will pressurize the lines then shutoff.
nbhybrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 10:38 AM   #5
Site Team
 
FPM III's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Fayette Ridges of PA, USA
Posts: 2,301
As a suggestion: For safety, I always turn the pump off and the gas or electric for the HWT too whenever no one's going to be at the coach for an appreciable amount of time. If I'm on city water, I turn off the water.

You learn this "lesson" after returning back to your rig and finding a river of water coming out from the bottom of the door due to a water line that failed while you were away.

I do the same thing to my home if I'm going to be away longer than a day.
__________________
MODERATOR
Can't find what you're looking on JOF? Try:Jayco Owners Forum Custom Google Search

TV: 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD | Crew Cab | Std. Box | 4WD | Duramax/Allison
RV: 2000 Jayco Eagle 266 | FBS | TT -- 1986 Coleman Laramie pop-up -- Still in the family!!!
FPM III is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 10:56 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: South Texas
Posts: 4,190
Also, when you turn on your pump, your Water Heater will fill automatically (assuming you have the valves in their standard usage position and not the "winterizing bypass" position"). My FW tank is 80 gals, so I don't travel with it full. I put about 25 gals in, (not including the WH), just for incidentals on the road. We use our rig for potty stops. In your case, if I read your post correctly, you just need enough water to stop for the night, so you may not need to fill your tank all the way to make the trip. Whatever you do, remember to account for the water that will fill your water heater; it would suck to put 8 gals in the on board FW tank for incidentals, and have 6 of it go to the WH...

As an alternative, you could drink bottled water on the road, and have a couple gallons of "toilet water" to use the facilities on the road. Then you wouldn't have to deal with the pump or the FW tank at all.
__________________


2014 Jay Flight 28 BHBE
2015 RAM 2500 6.4L HEMI, Tradesman 4x4, 3.73
Blue Ox SwayPro (BXW 1503)

Upgraded from an REI internal frame backpack and a Eureka 1/2 dome tent!
Camper_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 11:18 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Bremerton
Posts: 305
Quote:
Originally Posted by Camper_bob View Post
Also, when you turn on your pump, your Water Heater will fill automatically (assuming you have the valves in their standard usage position and not the "winterizing bypass" position"). My FW tank is 80 gals, so I don't travel with it full. I put about 25 gals in, (not including the WH), just for incidentals on the road. We use our rig for potty stops. In your case, if I read your post correctly, you just need enough water to stop for the night, so you may not need to fill your tank all the way to make the trip. Whatever you do, remember to account for the water that will fill your water heater; it would suck to put 8 gals in the on board FW tank for incidentals, and have 6 of it go to the WH...

As an alternative, you could drink bottled water on the road, and have a couple gallons of "toilet water" to use the facilities on the road. Then you wouldn't have to deal with the pump or the FW tank at all.
I didn't go into details about the HWH capacity or bypass valve, as I assumed that all worked fine when you are on city water.

While you at your campsite, you can keep the water pump and HWH (LP gas mode) switches on. I turn mine off when we are taking a day trip away from the camp ground.

Lots of advice and stories on this forum about how to "boondock" or "dry camp". This type of camping really opens up your travels, and with an 18' trailer, you can fit into a lot of smaller forest service, BLM, or other federal or state public land campgrounds. Or just park on the side of the road on our public lands and enjoy.
tjpolsin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 11:25 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Highland
Posts: 314
I turn mine off at night and when I leave, you just never know
__________________
Chris Moore
2010 Starcraft/Jayco 297BHS pulled by
2009 Chevy Silverado
chrismoore701 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 11:41 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: South Texas
Posts: 4,190
Quote:
Originally Posted by smacdonald View Post
is there any other tank I should know about to fill or add water to - like the water heater?
Yes. Regardless whether you're connected to city or potable on board tank, the first thing that will happen when the system pressurizes is the HW tank will fill. Since you have such small tanks on that trailer, this is valuable information. If you need all 20 gals of the fresh water in your potable tank, but you didn't fill the WH before, you're going to immediately move 6 gals from FW tank into WH as soon as you flip the pump switch. This leaves you with only 14 gals of regular potable water.

So fill your FW tank, then flip the pump switch on (which then fills the HWH), wait for the pump to cycle off (indicating the HWH is full and the system is pressurized), then top off your FW tank (to replace that water pumped to the HWH and the lines).
__________________


2014 Jay Flight 28 BHBE
2015 RAM 2500 6.4L HEMI, Tradesman 4x4, 3.73
Blue Ox SwayPro (BXW 1503)

Upgraded from an REI internal frame backpack and a Eureka 1/2 dome tent!
Camper_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 02:46 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 70
Thanks for all the advice folks. I really appreciate it. Wasn't certain how it all worked, but now I have a much better understanding. Will print all this advice and carry with me.

The reason for the question was not so much for a potty stop, it was to be able to use toilet in evening at Walmart since we'll be driving late into the evening and to have quick shower or sponge bath in the AM before we hit the road on last leg of drive.

Thanks again for all your input.

Cheers,
Scott
__________________

smacdonald is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.