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Old 07-20-2013, 09:45 PM   #15
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I am sure you have made up your mind now but I will add my experience with the VSD pumps. We went through three of them in about 5 years on our sailboat before I gave up.
They are not any quieter than the conventional type. I finally switched to a Jabsco 6 valve monster pump that is now 4 years old and is working just fine.
Also our little 16' Serenity has not got a VST pump. They may use the VST in larger units? I hope you do better than We did.
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:50 PM   #16
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Thanks for sharing your experience Bruce. I haven't so much "made up my mind" as decided to "give it a try". I installed the FJ VSD pump this morning - so far so good and it seems quieter (just perception?) But as you point out time will tell. The install instructions on the VSD pump have made me think about power a bit more - my next purchase will be a surge/voltage protector from Progressive Industries. It doesn't make much sense for me to think of that relative to "protecting" a water pump that cost $194 given the cost of all of the other electronics that I have including solar. But better late than never. Thanks again.
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This has happened to me. You pull into a campground and hook up. Your surge guard will not let power pass because it says the polarity is reversed.

At that point your dead. If you have a portable unit you can just unplug it and not use it. Essenually bypassing it. If its built in you will have no power at all and cannot read the screen on it if its buried under a cabnet.

Reverse polarity is not good for flat screen TVs and AC but you can still use a toaster, fridge and charge the batterys.
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This has happened to me. You pull into a campground and hook up. Your surge guard will not let power pass because it says the polarity is reversed.

At that point your dead. If you have a portable unit you can just unplug it and not use it. Essenually bypassing it. If its built in you will have no power at all and cannot read the screen on it if its buried under a cabnet.

Reverse polarity is not good for flat screen TVs and AC but you can still use a toaster, fridge and charge the batterys.
You're not dead. You just plug into the front outlet that bypasses the surge unit.

Buried under a cabinet? How hard is it to open a door?

I guess that's why they make both built in or portable so you can make a choice.


I thought this thread was about water pumps.
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