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Old 05-26-2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Pump Storage Upgrades

I got really tired of the vibration & noise my water pump made so I got busy and revamped my pump area. I started with installing flexible hoses so the vibrations don't carry down the rest of my plumbing lines. Then added an accumulator tank (pressure tank) to make the flow more even instead of cylcing pressure. Rubber pads (old truck bed mat material) under pump and first connection after accumulator tank. R-4 Styrofam insulation on all sides of the compartment for sound and heat. Clamped piping before and after flex hoses with rubberized clamps for vibrations. Installed a tee valve so I can pump in RV antifreeze easily for winterizing. Rerouted and clamped the LP sensor wiring. Strainer filter before pump to get any chunks or sand that might get in the diaphragm.

I have also added the pipe foam insulation around most of the rigid piping since I took the photos.

With all of this done I have to really listen for my pump it's so quiet now! Hopefully the insulation of the waterlines and compartment will help reduce chances of freeze up as well for fall hunting. I did leave small gaps in the insulation so heat from inside the camper will still get into the compartment.

The pump is now purring like a kitten, producing even flowing water, and hopefully protected better from cold. Forest River sould do this stock it only cost around $60 for the entire upgrade.

Let me know if anyone sees anything blatantly wrong with the setup.

Thanks for looking,

Jeff

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Old 05-26-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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I like it !!!! I just might incorporate a few your ideas into my setup.....that is of course you don't have a patent on things.
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:54 PM   #3
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great mod
and the spare parts box is a BIG A PLUS
thanks for the write up
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:55 PM   #4
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I need to add a "winterizing" system to our new Wldwood 26BHXL. Where did you get the "T" valve?
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:19 AM   #5
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Only one question--- do you make house calls?
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:01 AM   #6
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Sorry I haven't replied to the posts sooner, busy on the next upgrades.

I don't have a patent, so go for it! It's been one of my better upgrades.

You have to have spare parts, to insure that they never fail. As we all know the parts that fail are the ones you don't have replacements for.

The "T" was already installed, but you can get them at about any hardware store.

As far as house calls go, getting from Montana to anywhere is a roadtrip! It takes a good part of the day to get out of state!

I'll be posting some more upgrades soon on winterproofing with tank heaters, and solar. Got to get through hunting season and see how it all goes!
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:59 PM   #7
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i was wondering where you got the accumulator tank?
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:35 AM   #8
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Accumlator tank ?

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i was wondering where you got the accumulator tank?
I just got one off eBay for $38. It is a ShurFlo model #181-201 - if you do a search on eBay or Google you will see many are selling it. I am sure you can get one from your local RV shop. It does make a big difference - I installed one in my MH years ago and it was so much better. I will install this one in my new Shamrock 19.

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