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Old 07-11-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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This feature (country fill) on our new Greyhawk 31FS was a blessing on a recent dry camping trip. I'm confused about exactly how the system is supposed to work. Is the pump supposed to turn on when I set the control valves to the 'country fill' position or must I manually turn the pump on. It appears that if the pump is on when you go to 'country fill' then it will draw a few inches from the container with the extra water and then quit drawing, since we were dry camping, it is logical that the pump be on. However, once the pump stopped drawing, I had to make sure all the pump switches were off in order to get it to draw again. I added water twice and the second time I once again had the pump draw a few inches then quit. This time the only way to get the pump to restart was to cycle the main battery switch. So how is this thing supposed to work?
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:18 PM   #2
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A search on google I found this PDF for the MANUAL for the 2013 CLASS C MOTOR HOME which states this:

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- This setting allows you to fill your fresh water tank (using the 12-volt water pump) when you do not have access to city water.

Not owning one of these I have no other info to pass along on how this works.. i.e. where does the hose go that uses the 12VDC pump to suck water from a portable water can?

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Old 07-13-2014, 08:33 PM   #3
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On our 05, I think this setting is the came as the "sanitize" setting, where you're supposed to suck up a 5 gallon mixture of bleach and water. Our Granite Ridge, came with a hose that slips over one of the drain lines and drops into a bucket.

I've never used it. When we sanitize, I put bleach in the hose and push it in.

On mine, you have to manually activate the pump, switch the controls to "normal" then use the pump on-demand. I can't imagine that yours is different (but I could be wrong) - if you're right and it shuts off automatically, there would need to be a water level switch somewhere.
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I just picked up my pinnacle. During the walk through the tech said in order for the country fill to work the screen at the fill spot needed to be turned around and then the pointed part would contact something and it would then pump the water from the container. Have not tried it but walk thru was fri. 7/11/2014 that's what I remember. Hope it helps
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Did your new unit come with instructions, that should explain it.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:57 AM   #6
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not really a little in the book and nowhere about turning the screen around.
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After having read the instructions, the one thing that is not clear is that your container might have to be higher, the pump may not have enough lift to pull the water. My pumps stays on the entire time.
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I agree with having the container higher. This was mentioned to me when we did the PDI. This is the first time I have heard about a pointed screen. My system works as is. The pump stays on until I turn it off.
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country fill

We recently purchased an '11 Greyhawk which also has Country Fill (also called Normal) as a choice for the water valving. I've been checking out everything I can since there are a few differences between this and the Winnebago we previously owned.

For Country Fill you basically just have to be sure there is water in the clean tank and set the valves to Normal. When you turn on a water pump switch it will run until pressure builds in the system then shut off. When you open a faucet, flush the toilet, etc, the pressure drops and the pump comes on until the pressure comes back up. There are several switches in different locations, so far I've found 3, so in order to be sure the pump is not inadvertently left on, turn it off with whichever you used to turn it on.

The only part that confuses me is that if you're set up and using site supplied water you have to set the valves to City Fill. I suppose by someone's logic that makes sense.
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That doesn't sound right to me: Country fill and normal as in the same position?

Here's what I'm thinking:
Normal - Pump works from the water tank. It's got a pressure switch, so the pump will run when a decrease in water pressure is seen.

Country Fill - this is filling from an external container or source of water that isn't pressurized.. In this case, the water is pumped from the external container (via a hose you need to hook up) to the RV water tank. To use the water you'll need to go back to "normal".

City Fill - this is for filling the tank with a pressurized source of water. It by-passes the water pump completely. This is used to fill the RV tank with a garden hose.
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