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Old 08-15-2010, 08:32 PM   #1
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80 Gallon Fresh Water Questions

Hi all,

I am the proud new owner of a Jay Flight 26BH, and we just finished our maiden voyage to a local mountain lake. Had a lot of fun, and am very happy upgrading from a 1994 18' Dutchman Duck. Our new unit is so much better with the DW, 3 kids and a friend or two.

My question is this... we "ran out" of water on our second day. I KNOW we didn't use all 80 Gallons. I did lose a little water from the overflow backing it up the first day (the driveway is on a bit of an angle), but the gauges said we were full.

This morning, we started to get a spurting popping noise, synonymous with being out of water. The gauges said we had 2/3 on the FW tank, and we were totally leveled. We popped and sputtered, and then got a weird "lighter hum" from the pump that didn't go away until I turned it off... tried again 5 minutes later, same deal. I was not worried, we were packing up, but still.... I took 5 gallons from the low point outlets, and then the gauges measured 1/3 on the FW.

Now we get home, I power up the pump, and we have water again. (the usual pops of air in the line before the water flows of course) It actually shows Full on the gauge! I poured 5 gallons into the sinks, and now the Grey water is Full... that makes sense, but what's with the Fresh Water?

Any ideas would be appreciated... phoning the dealer tomorrow, to find out if they need to see it. (maybe an air pocket between two 40 gallons tanks, bad pump, some weird valve thing?)

I do know the gauges can be sporadic, and battery power can make a difference, but weirdness ensues and we want to get camping again next weekend....
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:01 AM   #2
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Those gauges never work right-- did you check to see if your low point drain is closed?

I'd fill up the Fresh water tank-- and check for outside leaks first off.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:28 AM   #3
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Could it be your water manifold stteings?
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:13 AM   #4
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Congrats on the new Jayco Steppenwolf, and welcome to the Jayco Owners Forum. Bummer when things go wrong but it comes with the territory when you buy new. The 2 year warranty is great though! Hope you aren't too far from the dealer if you have to bring it in for the fix.
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Old 08-16-2010, 11:38 AM   #5
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Ther is a screen/filter in the water pump; if the water supply that you used to fill the fresh water tank was not filtered OR if the tank had impurities in it from the factory, the screen can be clogged. Have the dealer check out the pump and it the screen is clogged, have the dealer also check the fresh water tank.

Also, if you fill your fresh water tank at home before traveling to the campground, it is quite possible that most of the water siphoned out during the drive. That was a problem with our last two Jayco trailers. Jayco authorized the dealership to fix the siphon problem as a warranty repair.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:11 AM   #6
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Thanks All.

It seems like I have lots of water left, so I think it's not the siphon issue or a leak... dealer thinks it was probably garbage in the tank, temporarily clogging the filter (?), and maybe that the battery was getting low(er) --- we did run a few lights, a lot of fan and even the furnace a few times, to simulate an extra day.

We will see this weekend. Camping closer to home in a more civilized location this time, to be sure to work a few more kinks out.

Thanks again, it's good to be here!
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:44 PM   #7
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I have a 2010 26BH also. I'm about 1500 miles away from it and the manual, but I think it holds less than 80gal. I did run into a similar sounding situation the first week I had it in the driveway. It sounded to me that the water pump got full of air and couldn't prime itself. Made a different noise and the water coming out of the faucet was like a big waterpik toothbrush. The next morning I checked it before hitching up to go back to the dealer for another issue, and it was back to normal. Whatever the problem was, it hasn't happened since.

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That happened to me down in Mexico once-- the pump lost it's prime. I forgot all about that.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:39 AM   #9
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According to the Jayco web site the 26BH has a fresh water capacity of 37 gallons including the water heater.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:47 AM   #10
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I am almost certain you don't have a 80 gallon tank. You would be talking over 600 lbs of water and that is just wrong. I have had a problem with my 2009 Jayco where the water comes out of the overflow as if the tank is full and then when I get to the campground I have something short of a full tank. I now fill it until water comes out the overflow and then go back and top it off to make certain the tank is full.
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