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« on: May 31, 2011, 07:05:00 PM »

I have a 1998 jayco pop up and was wanting to install an electric water pump for the sink.  Do I need a 110 volt or a 12 volt pump. I was going to hook up the electricity from a GFI outlet that is already located under the sink.  I am sure this would be a 110, but was looking for a second opinion.  Do you think this would be a problem? I was gonna put an extra in-line fuse for added protection. (what amp do you suggest?)

I was gonna use a triple action pump, so i could have several options to pump water.  I was also gonna install an in-line strainer to the pump.

Help!  any advise would be awesome and greatly aprecciated.

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2011, 05:10:16 AM »

Twelve volt.

I don't know what you mean by "triple action pump".

Make certain to use a pump approved for potable water use.  Any RV demand pump will work.
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2011, 05:56:59 AM »

Go with a 12V pump so you can use it when you don't have shore power.
Pick a pump that has a pressure switch, so it turns off when the faucet is closed.
You might want to use a lighted power switch, so you know the pump is turned on.
Mount it with a rubber or foam pad between the pump and the floor / wall, this will keep vibration noise down.
Think about using an Accumulator with the system to reduce rapid pump cycling.

There are a number of different pumps out there, but SHURFlow is one that is often used in RV's.
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2011, 02:33:45 PM »

Thanks for the info. Trying to do as much research before i start the project as i can.  Hopefully this will eliminate any hang-ups.

More suggestions or info is still apreciated

As for the triple action pump; its a faucet that has positions for city, electric pump, or you can use as a manual pump. Here is the one I'm looking at.

http://www.rvpartscountry.com/Triple-Action-Low-Boy-Pump-Polar-White_p_11347.html

Low Boy Pump Faucet by LEISURE COMPONENTS
 
Low silhouette design is just right for fold down campers! Features include aluminum spout and lever arm. Functions as combination hand, city water and electric pumps. Repair kit (868094) is available and you can choose between two different colors.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2011, 02:59:16 PM »

Here is what I've thought of doing.
Use a regular faucet. Hook city water to hot and 12v pump to cold, ditch the hand pump. This frees up both hands once the water is on and would supply more water flow.
Fuse per pump requirements.

I have a three way faucet. The faucet is anemic at best to match the tiny sink. I stopped using the on board water system. Most of my water needs are outside where I use large mouth one gallon jugs (old Arizona tea jugs). I keep one in the sink inside for pill taking/teeth brushing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2011, 04:17:19 AM »

Forget the triple action faucet.  Use an RV folding faucet or a regular residential bath lavatory faucet.  If you have a battery and a 12v water pump why would you want to pump by hand?
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 07:32:48 PM »

OK I don't have a battery, and not sure if the camper ever had one. 

would i still want the 12 volt pump, or should i go 110 (hope this isnt a stupid question)

Valid points on the hand pump by the way.  Of course I don't prefer to pump by hand, but I wanted to be prepared to camp without electricity if needed.
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2011, 04:21:30 AM »


would i still want the 12 volt pump, or should i go 110 (hope this isnt a stupid question)


If you want to use a 110/120v AC pump you will be on your own to design and build the system.  RV demand water pumps are 12v DC.  They automatically come on when a faucet is opened and go off when closed.  They incorporate a check valve to prevent backflow and are approved for potable water.  I always prefer to use items that are designed for the purpose rather than reinventing something.
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30 nights camped in 2013
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Momma said; "If you argue with a fool, it makes it hard to tell which one is the fool".


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1998 Ford E150 towing 2006 Weekend Warrior FK1900 TravTrl Long Blue Van Blue
1996 BMW R1100GS
2005 Trek Madone
1994 Burley tandem
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