As an RV owner, you need to have at least some rudimentary knowledge on how your RV plumbing system and how it works. This includes the plumbing parts that are important. In your RV, we can forget the city water connection and focus on how RV plumbing works.
Water enters the system through the freshwater inlet valve to fill up the freshwater holding tank.
A 12-volt RV water pump carries water from the tank into the system. This pump gives the RV system pressure, so that when you turn on a faucet or the shower, you get running water.
These little pumps are the lifeline of the RV plumbing system.
An on-demand water pump is an excellent feature used by most modern motorhomes. You can keep the water pump turned on, but it will only run when it senses that the water system needs pressure (which happens when you run water through a faucet, etc.)
Once your water system has been pressurized by the RV water pump, you now have access to running water through the many RV plumbing fixtures that are available to you. You can turn on your faucet to wash your hands or to do your dishes.
Your RV has a shower faucet that brings you running water to wash yourself. Many RV’s also have outdoor showers to wash equipments or maybe your dog. (Some even have their RV’s equipped with ice- making machines that utilize water from the freshwater tank).
Lastly, your RV has a toilet that uses water to flush your waste into the black water tank.
Your RV has three different water tanks -- the freshwater tank (with clean water), the black water tank (filled with waster from your toilet), all of them having their own set of piping system within your RV working independently.
The grey water tank is filled with water that runs down your drain when you shower, wash your hands or do the dishes. Both the gray and black water tanks have RV plumbing vents, a pipe that runs upward to vent out the roof of your RV.
State of the system
As you can see, your RV plumbing system play an important role in delivering you a comfortable camping experience. Because of this, it is important to get to know how it operates and what important pieces it entails.
You need to know what type of tubing, fittings, fixtures, pump and water heater you have and how to maintain them. With this, you are well equipped to handle any issues that arise with you and your RV plumbing system.
From RVPartShop, here are some small parts (which are important) that you may need for your system maintenance or repair.
Zurn Pex Cone For 1/2 Tubing NT10-3293 - Plumbing Parts Quick view
Cone For 1/2 Tubing
Watts Sea Tech Union Elbow 1/2 Casting NT10-8170 - Plumbing Parts Quick view
Union Elbow 1/2 Casting
Vitrifrigo 2043 ME
Watts Sea Tech Union Connector 1/2 Casting NT10-8172 - Plumbing Parts Quick view
Union Connector 1/2 Casting
ASTS Inc. RVC-NSW-WW-WW
Watts Sea Tech Stackable Elbow 1/2 CTS NT10-8178 - Plumbing Parts Quick view
Stackable Elbow 1/2 CTS
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