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1L243

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Posted: 10/06/21 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm going to carry a replacement water pump as a spare. I'm interested in max flow and quiet operation.

Any recommendations?


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1L243 wrote:

I'm going to carry a replacement water pump as a spare. I'm interested in max flow and quiet operation.

Any recommendations?


I'd post this in general forum.

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Posted: 10/07/21 07:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since you can get one anywhere anytime why bother with an extra. I replaced mine this year because it had started leaking a tiny bit. It was still working and quiet after 20 years. I did fix it and put it in the garage. Hoarder!!!!!

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Posted: 10/07/21 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Carrying a spare isn’t a bad idea after having one fail while traveling in my TC. The pump head started leaking a fair amount, and at that time there was no shutoff valve after the pump to isolate it from the water system, so I had a leaky mess on my hands even if I switched to campground water.

I replaced it with an AquaPro pump just because that’s what was readily available where I was. I was happy with it as it was a very quiet pump with good flow. About 6-8 months later, that pump failed without warning. One minute it’s working, the next minute it’s not. AquaPro has very good customer service, they replaced it promptly. I got another year or so service out of that one, and then it failed. Not the same way, but failed nonetheless. Again AquaPro replaced it promptly, but before I received the replacement I bought a ShurFlow pump like the original, and installed it, along with a shutoff valve after the pump. Great flow, but definitely louder than the AquaPro pump.

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I’m keeping the new AquaPro as an emergency spare, but I guess I’ll stick with the noisy but reliable Shurflo.

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Posted: 10/07/21 08:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

How long does a pump last?

I've had 2 rv's. The one from 1987 had to have the pump replaced after 2002. My current ride was produced in 2004. The pump is still just fine.

With limited storage space--I don't see the need to carry a spare.


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I should have explained better. We were recently Boondocking 100 miles from the nearest store that would carry a water pump. As you know when dry camping your in a pickle without water.

If you do little to know dry camping I would not see a need to carry a spare.

Water pumps vary in output and sound was just looking for experienced comments.

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A good pump can obviously last a long time. My camper is 20 years old, and the original lasted about 18 years. I use my pump all the time, and prefer to never hook to an external water supply.

I don’t think the answer is going to be the same across the board. It depends on what you can do without a water pump, or perhaps despite a leaking pump. In my case, I had a major mess even on campground water.

I also do a wide range of camping, everything from remote boondocking to very pricey “resort” glamping (at the ones that don’t frown on TC’s anyways). There are some places I can’t do without a water pump.

Putting in the shutoff valve has changed my options somewhat, so that now I can close the valve and connect to campground water even if my water pump is removed entirely. I can also replace the pump with very little mess now, too.

If AquaPro hadn’t warranty replaced the failed pump, I can’t say if I’d buy a spare or not. But, the OP did say he was going to carry a spare, so there’s that.

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I carry a extra water pump and the fittings to replace it. We never go to places that have hook ups. And on some trips we dump the black tank when we get home at the local treatment place. So having a extra pump is good insurance.

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To make my a rat-a-tat-tat water pump quiet(er) I used the following: Styrofoam and flexible faucet hoses.

Styrofoam insulates noise:
Using long machine screws and fender washers, secure the pump to the styrofoam piece (2+ inches thick) such that the heads of the long machine screws are positioned on styrofoam bottom side and use regular washers and nuts to secure the pump feet to the top of the styrofoam.

Using wood screws and fender washers, secure the styrofoam piece to your RV. My pump is located inside a cabinet and is screwed into the floor.

Use flexible faucet hose to reduce pipe vibration noise:
Instead of connecting the pump directly to the rigid pipe, use flexible faucet hoses to connect the pump to the rigid pipe (both in and out). I loop the flexible hose and make sure it does not touch anything, so when the pump does vibrate, the loop absorbs most of the back and forth action.

Of course having an expansion tank is heaven during the night, no pump action to wake up wifey when flushing toilet.

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Be careful to not get too high a flow pump. The reason is since most demands are small, even showering, the pump can come on, quickly satisfy the pressure requirement, shut off then have to come on again, etc.


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