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Old 08-23-2016, 10:49 AM   #1
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Best Water Pump?

The Shurflo pump in our 68 Tradewinds has gone out and Im wondering what brand I should buy. The previous owner went through several Shurflos before we bought it and I thought I would try a different brand. I was about to buy a REMCO till I saw a review that said it was faulty and put extreme pressure in his lines which blew many of his connections. Yikes, I currently have a 2.8 GPM model which is fine for my small trailer. Any thoughts out there?
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:29 PM   #2
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Keep in mind GPM is the inverse to filling gray water tank. You are not watering the lawn.

Marketers try to make people think they should have in their camper what they have at home. I have a device on my bathroom sink that gets it down to less than a qt. per min. and requires my hand has to in the water flow to stay on.

Consider installing an accumulator to reduce the cycle count on the pump.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:13 PM   #3
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I'm using a 2.8-GPM water pump and it delivers plenty of water. I have an accumulator tank which smooths out the water flow, so that when, for example, we take a shower, the the flow is smooth with plenty of pressure. The only negative aspect of the accumulator tank is that it makes winterizing a bit more difficult. That problem was solved by going to AZ from November to April.
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If you have anything left in the piggy bank, get a Jabscco Marine pump.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:24 PM   #5
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SHURFLO 3GPM 12v pump is all you need. Runs like a champ and only costs $55 no tax or shipping costs, available from various online retailers. Takes all of 10 minutes to swap pumps.

The 3GPM model supersedes the older 2.8 GPM versions from SHURFLO....

http://shurflo.com/rv-products/rv-pu...12-vdc-3-0-gpm
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How do you know the existing pump is bad?
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Over the years I've had 3 water pumps fail, all without warning, and at inopportune times. As a result, I carry a spare in a zip lock bag right beside the working pump. I've had to swap one out on a Sunday morning while Boondocking in the Sonora Desert.
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Shurflo is always a good bet, mine has held on nearly 20 yrs...rattles a bit tho
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Agree with Wulfraat.

11yr old original Shurflo simply made unnecessary racket. With all the good hype on the new Revolution series (about same cost as an additional accumulator) Swapped out to the 4008. Also added quiet kit to decouple the vibrations even more.

VERY much improved performance and MUCH lower pump noise.

Highly recommended.
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Yup I've got the same pump. It works well for the $$.
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How do you know the existing pump is bad?

Signs of aging can include increased noise, increased vibration, higher amperage draw, reduced water pressure while pump is cycling...

Signs of failure - water stops being pumped in one side and out the other
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