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Old 07-08-2015, 01:48 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Redhawk Water Fill

Recently had occasion to try and ad water via the Country Fill option, when no "City Water" connection was available. Followed the instructions to a tee, but pump would not draw water from a container. Went to the dealer today for a "learning session" and they couldn't get the "Country Fill" option working either, even after calling Jayco's tech support for guidance.

Now the fun part...one of the "senior/experienced" owners came by and pulled the cone shaped screen & washer out of the fill connection, turned it around and put it back in "backwards" so it pressed on the relief valve, and voila, all was good! We think this "trick" should be in the owner's manual somewhere, but none of us, including the Jayco techie could find it, and it wasn't mentioned by anyone we contacted.

Minor issue, but might be something Jayco could make clear in their instructions. Our dealer will be adding it to their demonstrations in future sales. One never knows when the need for a little detail like that will come in handy!
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:05 PM   #2
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A) Never heard it called "Country Fill". Usually "Gravity Fill". Or simply potable water tank fill port.
B) Who put a relief valve in there?


Both my old trailer (1983) and brand new have unobstructed 1" line from the fill port into the fresh water tank. The old trailer's fill port included a protected 1/4" vent that often needed burping.
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A) Never heard it called "Country Fill". Usually "Gravity Fill". Or simply potable water tank fill port.
B) Who put a relief valve in there?
Since it was purchased "new" a couple of months ago, have to assume Jayco installed the valve during assembly, along with the label on the rear compartment wall that lists one of the 6 water system valve settings as "Country Fill"!
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My Bad.


I'm too used to staying in the cheep seats. Keeping everything as simple as possible. Only the outside valves on the 19RD are labeled. And the indoor ones are obvious because of the pipe they are on.


You are right that the rep who does the PDI's should know of such things.
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We learned quickly that to fill from a bottle or bucket (water, antifreeze, or Clorox), we had to put the tube / hose in the filled bucket, turn on the pump, and lift the bucket up to, or a little above the level of the pump. With it at that level, it immediately primed, and started pumping. We then set the bucket on a step stool to keep it somewhat elevated.

It works fine once the pump is primed.
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We learned quickly that to fill from a bottle or bucket (water, antifreeze, or Clorox), we had to put the tube / hose in the filled bucket, turn on the pump, and lift the bucket up to, or a little above the level of the pump. With it at that level, it immediately primed, and started pumping. We then set the bucket on a step stool to keep it somewhat elevated.

It works fine once the pump is primed.
We tried that too, without success. The key fix was "to pull the cone shaped screen & washer out of the fill connection, turned it around and put it back in "backwards" so it "the cone" pressed on the relief valve button" allowing the pump action to suck water into the tank...no priming required.
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That relief valve button prevents water from shooting out the inlet hose fitting when you use your fresh water tank and water pump. Next time your water pump has pressurized the plumbing system, hold the button in and see how much water comes out. Make sure you put the washer with the cone screen back to its original position.
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I have not experienced this problem on my 2012 31FS. I have sucked water from gallon juggs without issue. As soon as I set the switch to the country fill, the pump automatically comes on and starts sucking.
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When we winterized our 29xk last fall we also had to turn the screen also to get it to suck antifreeze out of the bottle,dealer told me they have had to do this with the redhawks!
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I'm gonna try to lift the bucket because we had very inconsistent pump pressure when doing our initial fresh tank sanitation. I bet this will work! It pulled water, but it was intermittent in nature so I bet if we give it some gravity help it will work like a charm. Once again, love this forum!
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