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Author Topic: ON/OFF switch right above fuse box in Rockwood?  (Read 5175 times)
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« on: July 04, 2011, 07:40:39 AM »

We were out in our new Rockwood 1910 for the 2nd time this weekend and one of my kids flipped this switch from ON to OFF....and nothing happened. I had assumed it was some sort of main power switch but we didn't lose power when they flipped it so... Huh?
I turned it back ON just and I heard a faint motor "hmmmmmmmmmm" sound start from somewhere inside/underneath tha camper. Switched to OFF again and the noise stopped. I ended up leaving it off for the remainder of the trip since I couldn't tell what it was actually doing and there didn't appear to be any ill effects but it was ON for the duration of our 1st trip about a month prior. Anyone know what this thing is? I meant to consult the manual but forgot and now everything's all packed, stowed and lowered (I keep all the documents inside).  Embarrassed   
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2011, 07:53:42 AM »

... and I heard a faint motor "hmmmmmmmmmm" sound start from somewhere inside/underneath tha camper. Switched to OFF again and the noise stopped.

Who knows? ... but my guess is it's a master switch that allows you to turn the water pump off for those times you absolutely want it disabled.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2011, 09:05:53 AM »

Hi Rockford.  I have a 2008 Rockwood 1610 popup and know exactly what the switch is.  It turns your water pump on.  When you turn on the faucets in the camper, it pumps the water through the faucet.  If your not using the water, either city (a water hose to the camper) or the storage tank in the floor, then you won't need to turn it on.  If you are using the water, then turn it on and leave it on while your camping.  The pump will turn it self on and off when you use the faucets.  You need of course to turn it off when you pop down, otherwise you may run down your battery.  Hope this helps.  Happy camping.   
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011, 09:22:31 AM »

Ok, thanks guys. Yes, we've only used city water so far so that would explain why having it OFF didn't matter.

Wait, I just re-read that. I'm pretty sure our water was still flowing while on the city hook-up. Do you need the pump only if you're using the tank or anytime you're using water? Like I said, I flipped the switch OFF and - while on city water - still had flow...I think. To be honest I was more focused on the electrical stuff and whether or not it was all working properly.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2011, 09:48:10 AM »

power to the pump on ONLY if using water from tank.

using city water  you don't need it, and the pump will fight city water pressure, and eventually lose.

 I've gone thru our new Flagstaff and labeled everything, one to remind me, and so that DW and DD know what I'm talking about if I need something turned on or off during any given task and I'm not able to get there.

the manual doesn't really describe location, and dealer wasn't real informative either during walk around.
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2011, 10:32:47 AM »

On my Niagara, the switch next to the fuse box is the water heater.  There is no way to know what it does just by flipping it on or off.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2011, 10:52:21 AM »

Unfortunately, that can't be the case for me since we don't have a water heater in our pop-up.  Sad
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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2011, 11:36:25 AM »

Unfortunately, that can't be the case for me since we don't have a water heater in our pop-up.  Sad
Odd that they would build a camper without a water heater these days. I know that it is an "Option" but I've never actually seen a later model camper that didn't have one.
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2011, 11:44:26 AM »

Well, it did come with a bunch of other goodies standard (fridge, furnace, heated matresses, power lift, porta potty, inside stove AND RV-que for outside, awning, propane tank, battery) but I don't think a water heater was included. We didn't opt for any...options so that might explain it. I'll double-check.
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2011, 11:52:19 AM »

Well, it did come with a bunch of other goodies standard (fridge, furnace, heated matresses, power lift, porta potty, inside stove AND RV-que for outside, awning, propane tank, battery) but I don't think a water heater was included. We didn't opt for any...options so that might explain it. I'll double-check.
If it has one, it would be on the opposite end of the front storage comp't, where it says "W/H Opt".

From the outside, just forward of the sink, you may see a grille with 2 little tabs to twist, to open the grille and expose the W/H. If there is just a flat panel with 4-screws and no grille (or no hole at all), there's no W/H.

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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2011, 11:57:52 AM »

You mean IN the storage compartment? I definitley don't have it then.
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2011, 11:59:29 AM »

You mean IN the storage compartment? I definitley don't have it then.
Check my post again..... I added to it...... Wink
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« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2011, 06:03:21 PM »

As others mentioned, the switch is for your water pump.  If you are connected up to city water, do NOT turn the pump on (as my Rockwood manual states), as damage to the pump can occur.

When you are not connected to city water, turn the pump on after you have filled your popup water tanks and want to pull water to the faucets.   

Hope you enjoy many years with your Rockwood.
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« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2011, 06:48:53 PM »

I'm surprised your dealer did not give a thorough walk through to explain all the features of your pup. Also, usualy a manual is included with you pup. I would suggest you read front to back. Might save you some confusion and possible problems in the future.
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 05:10:18 AM »

The dealer did give us a demonstration. They spent about an hour with us. That was 2 months ago and I guess I forgot some things. As for the manual, yes we have one, and yes, I did read it. In fact, when we bought the trailer in the fall it was with the intention to pick it up in the spring. I asked them for the manual up front so I could read it over the winter. Thankfully, this site exists for people like me whose memories aren't all that they should be.
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