A Beginner's Guide to RV Water Systems

A Beginner's Guide to RV Water Systems

One of the most important aspects of your recreational vehicle is its water system, particularly when you’re planning on embarking on long trips. After all, those two-week camping excursions are significantly less fun (and sanitary) when you don’t have access to clean, warm water for showers and washing dishes. Unfortunately, it can be pretty difficult to pin down which water setup will work best for your RV because there are so many small factors that complicate that decision. How many traveling companions are coming with you? How many gallons can your RV’s water tank hold? Will you have access to a reliable water source at your destination? Could the temperature there cause your system to freeze up or burst?

At Restore RV™, our goal is to provide RV lovers with all of the tools and advice they need to enjoy exciting, fun and safe traveling adventures. Today, we’ll be giving you a quick and easy guide on the basics of recreational vehicle water systems to help you determine which water heaters, pumps and tanks will work best for your next RV journey.

Finding the Right Water Tank for Your RV

RV water tanks come in a variety of different styles and sizes. To figure out which one will suit your vehicle, you have to assess how much water you and your guests will use up between refills. If you have a small group and are restocking the tank with water frequently, then you should only need around 10 to 15 gallons. Larger parties of people and/or fewer refills will require a significantly larger water tank (30 to 40 gallons is usually a safe bet for mid-sized to large groups). Use this handy calculator to get a general estimate of how much water your RV will burn through and use that figure to decide on tank size. And remember, it’s always better to pick up a larger tank than you absolutely need. That way, you’ll have a bit of wiggle room if you end up using more water than you thought you would.

A majority of gas stations have special RV sections with water pumps that you can use for free, though some require you to fill up on gas before you do. Moreover, many campgrounds and RV parks have similar facilities, so you probably won’t have to worry about running out of H2O as long as you stick near these locations. Alternatively, you can load up on large jugs of water (about 4 to 5 gallons each) and use those to replenish your tank, but this strategy will only work if you have a decent amount of free storage space… unless you’re OK with sitting, eating and sleeping on all of those containers.

The Benefits of RV Hot Water Heaters

RV hot water heaters are a fantastic investment for your vehicle because they allow you to take the comforts of home life with you on the road. There’s nothing like a nice, warm shower after an intense hiking session or a night out by the campfire. Just like RV water tanks, there are many types of recreational vehicle water heaters, including manual, direct spark ignition, electric and more, but they all essentially serve the same function.

When choosing between RV water heater models, we highly recommend versatile units that are easy to use and maintain. For example, the Atwood G10-3E is one of our most popular RV heaters because it’s incredibly user-friendly in terms of installation and operation. It has a capacity of ten gallons, is 30 pounds lighter compared to other competitor models and is clad with aluminum to protect against corrosion. Furthermore, 95% of the Atwood’s parts can be accessed through the outside door, making it simple and convenient to service. Most importantly, this model features a high-quality thermostat, temperature switch and pressure/temperature valves to prevent performance and safety issues before they arise.

A Rundown on RV Water Pumps

RV water pumps are used to transfer water from your RV’s water tank to whichever appliance you’re using. After installation, all you have to do is flip a switch and watch these powerful machines work their magic. Regrettably, many RV water pumps have a penchant for making loud vibrating noises as they generate pressure for your system, an inconvenient trait that’s made even more annoying when you’re stuck inside of your vehicle due to poor weather conditions or trying to operate water appliances in the middle of the night. Low-quality models usually experience pulsations that create flow issues as well, which may require you to pick up an accumulator tank. Luckily, you can eliminate both of these issues by investing in the right RV water pump.

The Flojet 12v 2.9 GPM is one of our most convenient and affordable water pump models. It’s a self-primed unit that can be run dry without causing damage to your RV’s water system. Furthermore, the Flojet is equipped with a special pulsation eliminator that ensures a smooth flow of water for all of your appliances. This unit also features incredibly soft mounts on each side of the pump that help to absorb sound, mitigating loud vibration sounds during use. Perhaps most importantly, the Flojet is exceptionally durable and convenient to install and operate, making it a great choice for veteran and novice RVers alike.

Note: Regular wire checking and water-air mixture are essential to ensure that your pump continues to function properly.

Contact Restore RV™ Today

Now that you have a solid understanding of how your vehicle’s water system works, all that’s left to do is pick up the parts you need and embark on your big trip! If you have any questions about which RV products you should pick up or want more information about recreational vehicles and how they work, then be sure to call us at 574-848-0405. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Jan 12th 2018

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