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    Default Unable to fill water tank - 1982 Pierce Arrow

    I'm trying to put water in my 1982 Pierce Arrow for the first time and am having problems.

    There is an access port on the top of the truck which I assume leads to the 1,000 gallon water tank (I'm not sure what else it could possibly be). When I add water through that port it immediately drains via a large black rubber hose underneath the truck.

    All drain valves are closed.

    Because this is a private apparatus, I'm not able to use a hydrant to fill the tank.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks

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    It sounds like one of two things.

    1) When you're putting the hose into the fill tower, the end of the hose is going into the overflow pipe, which is often contained within the fill tower. Simply look carefully into the fill tower and make sure the end of the hose is going into the tank, not the overflow.

    2) The tank is already full, and the extra water is simply coming out of the overflow. I have a feeling this isn't very likely, because you probably know if the tank is full or not.

    As for using a hydrant, have you stopped at the local fire station and asked if you might be able to fill it? We've done this for a couple of collectors in our area.
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    Make your own adapter to go from the hose you are using to the intake ???

    If need be get a small pump and pump the water through the his to the adapter
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    Thanks BoxAlarm187, that was really helpful. It was the overflow that I was trying to fill!

    Do you have experience with this particular type of truck? I'd like to learn how to prime the pump and spray some water!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uogecko View Post
    Thanks BoxAlarm187, that was really helpful. It was the overflow that I was trying to fill!

    Do you have experience with this particular type of truck? I'd like to learn how to prime the pump and spray some water!
    You will find that even though the truck was built by Pierce, many things on it were manufactured by others- the pump is more than likely built by Waterous, of St Paul Mn. You should get the serial number of the pump from the data/rating plate that is attached to the pump panel. Give them a call with your serial number handy and request an operations manual, build/pick sheet and parts manual- all of which they supply for free.

    NOTE: If you are not familiar with pump operations you SHOULD NOT operate it at any time without proper supervision, as serious damage and/or injury to bystanders could result from improper use. You should find a basic pump course somewhere near you and take it, or find a qualified pump operator to guide you through the basics.
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    Great advice - I will follow it. You're right, it is a Waterous. Thanks!

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    Those mid 80's Arrows are awesome trucks. First learned to pump on an '84 with a two stage Waterous. That truck was a tank. On my current vollie department we have a 1990 Arrow that is pretty much identical to the 84 I learned on.... while it is now a reserve, I always love getting a chance to wheel the old girl around town.
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    What part of the world are you from? You may just find someone on here that could help you learn to pump your rig.
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    Heck if he is in Northern Illinois or Wisconsin I would help him out. Might cost him a steak dinner though!!
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    I'm in Missoula, Montana and I'd LOVE to learn how to use the pump! Anybody nearby?

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    http://www.haleproducts.com/_Downloa...l%20manual.pdf

    even though this manual is on HALE pumps, a midship-mounted centrifugal pump is a midship-mounted centrifugal pump no matter if it is a Waterous, Hale, Darley, etc.\

    I suggest you download this, print it out (300 pages!!) and put into a 3-ring binder and read it, great basic stuff in here.
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    I am retiring in July...pay for my gas and I would be happy to come to Missoula and help you out!!
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    Thanks FWDbuff - I'll grab that file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uogecko View Post
    Thanks FWDbuff - I'll grab that file.

    FyredUp - you should take a vacation out here - Glacier National Park and all that good stuff
    Oh I know it is beautiful out there.
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