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Old 06-01-2011, 10:04 PM   #1
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Greetings all. I'm new to this, bought a 1999 maxum 2800 SCR a year ago. Need some advice regarding on-board fresh water.
Last week shop dewinterized my boat - had antfreeze in the system. Since then, I turn the red toggle switch in the galley to ON, I can hear the pump making noise, few onces of water come out the galley (cold) spout, noise stops, water stops running. I can still get some hot water.
Can you tell me what might be wrong with the system. I would also like to know where the pump is.

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Old 06-01-2011, 10:11 PM   #2
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first off..welcome to the zoo....2nd off...the 2800 is a nice sized boat....really like that model..
the water pump is in the engine bay behind the water tank....your san tank (aka poop tank) is usually mounted above it....that being said....don't confuse the 2....

the water tank may not have enough water in it if it's just spurtting out air and water..but you need to bleed the system....so...start up the pump.....leave it on till you hear the pump stop growling at you...
then open the tap...if your getting plenty of hot water...turn it over to cold only...do that in the head also....you just might have an air lock somewhere....

once that's all done...you will have a nasty antifreeze taste and smell to the water...use about a bottle of white vinegar in the water tank and let sit for 24 - 48 hrs....then drain it out....run it thru the lines and that will remove any smell/taste of the pink stuff.....PLEASE ensure that you don't allow the water heater to go dry with power on..that will burn out the thermostats and it won't heat the water up.....(don't ask how I know)....

hope this helps.....

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Ditto on what Steve said.......................... and if I might add and this seems to work on our 2001 3000SCR every spring. To get the the water tank flushed out from your anti-freeze turn all the faucets on. Turn the water hose on and insert it in the water inlet and let it run for 15 or 20 minutes. Bad water goes out, good fresh water goes in.

Another method that we use is to put a half of a cup of bleach in the water inlet and let it sit overnight in the tank and then flush it all out again.

We personally don't drink the water from the tank but do use it for washing dishes and cleaning our hands. We usually have a case of bottled water on hand for drinking or brushing the teeth etc etc.

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Gents, many thanks for the prompt response. I'll try it tonight.
And thank you for the warm welcome.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:01 AM   #5
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Where in the seattle area are you located...I'm up in Everett...



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Old 06-02-2011, 03:11 AM   #6
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Having the same problem ....I don't have a switch for my water pump it only says water heater....would there be a different spot for the switch?

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Old 06-02-2011, 03:15 AM   #7
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somewhere in the galley or head..there has to be a water pump switch....ie pump.....it usually lights up when you turn it on...runs on 12vdc not 120vac.....



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I found it but getting a nasty smell and it's not antifreeze....any good ideas to get rid of the smell....thanks

Also does the engine have to be running to heat up the water?
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yeah....put a few cups of bleach in it and then fill the water tank up with water..pump thru all the lines.......then let sit for about 2 days....pump out......refill with water and see if this doesn't take care of it...if it still has some smell.....do it again with about a cup of bleach and fill with water....pump thru the lines again...and let sit for a day.....then drain the system.....refill with fresh water and this time add some purification tabs to keep the water from fouling out..


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I believe(still trying to figure it out too) that the rear(deck) shower runs off water from the motor.

The galley sink and shower run off the hotwater heater which I think is run only from 110v.......
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