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When boondocking it appears that running the water pump frequently could easily deplete your batteries.  I tend to wash my hands after going to the bathroom, petting the dog, etc, which ends up being a lot of times.  I ended up having a gallon jug of water sitting in the sink so I can wash without running the pump.  Or use some kind of wipes.  Any other suggestions?
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sunvalleyjoe
our 150 has small water tank so we always carry 2 5 gal cans just in case. Got the beaver fever years ago from untreated water almost killed me never again.GBA!!SVJ
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mikes
Retro-Active wrote:
When boondocking it appears that running the water pump frequently could easily deplete your batteries.


No, not really. The water pump uses about 6.5 A when running at 45 psi, and will pump over 2.5 gpm. That will empty a 40 gallon tank in about 16 minutes, so less than 2 amp-hours to empty a tank. A group 24 typical battery will have about 80 Ah of capacity. For most people, lighting is the biggest energy draw.
Mike
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Thanks Mike and Joe.  I did accidently leave the water pump on when I left the trailer for three hours.  Does that have any negative effect?  No water was running of course.
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mikes
The water pump has an automatic pressure switch - there's no need to turn off the manual switch when camping - unless you hear it running, it's not using any battery. The reason to turn the manual switch off when not camping is in case there's a leak, so things don't get flooded.
Mike
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