Water Pumps

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:36
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Considering fitting a 12V water pump to the CT .... a touch of luxury perhaps, but what the hell.

Needs to be compact, inexpensive and most importantly SELF PRIMING .... anyone been there, done that??

CheersFidei defensor

Rosco
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:42

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:42
Rosco,
What is a CT? Brain not working after the reply to the dual battery question. I think I need a bex.

WayneAlways Out'N About
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Reply By: Dave from Fraser Coast 4WD Club - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:46

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:46
Camper Trailer Perhaps???
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:49

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:49
Thank you Dave.Always Out'N About
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:55

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:55
Rosco,
I fitted a "Whale" brand inline pump to uor CT. As long as it is fitted below the tank outlet it works a treat. Very easy to fit and available at most caravan places. Ray
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:57

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 19:57
Rosco,
Now that I know what a CT is I will tell you that I picked up a in line 12v pump for $20 .
About 160mm (6.5") long and about 32mm (1.250") dia, I have also seen them on some 12v shower units for about $25. A caravan accessorie shop might be worth a visit. The pump is fully submersible so they are self priming.

Wayne Always Out'N About
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 20:52

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 20:52
Thanks cobber

Bought a Whale as Ray spoke of, but they aren't self priming so I guess I'll keep it for when the shower pump packs it in.

The tank on our trailer has the plumbing internally with outlet from the top of the tank, hence the need for a self priming job.

Tried the whale on a piece of hose about 300mm above a bucket of water today and no joy whatsoever. Worked a treat when submerged though.

I'll check out the caravan parts suppliers .... just thought I'd try here first.

CheersFidei defensor

Rosco
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 21:51

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 21:51
Rosco,

Check the Whitworths site (whitworths.com.au), as they have number of 12v pumps. Jabsco, Shurflo and others. They put out good pressure too, and think some are self priming. Competitive pricing as well

Hooroo...
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Reply By: Roachie - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:06

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:06
Rosco,
I plumbed a Flojet into my older model Ultimate (before they came fitted with them ex-factory). It's located about a foot above the tank and self-primes no worries.
I also have a Shurflow (spelling???) on my Patrol for shower, but that sometimes needs priming if I haven't used it for a while. To do that little job, I simply installed a rubber bulb as used on outboard motor fuel systems, on the end of my intake hose.
The Flojet was $113- about 2 years ago, but you might be able to do better. As with all of these self priming units, it is imperitive to have the hose from the tank to the pump air tight to avoid it sucking air instead of H2O.
Cheers,
Roachie
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Reply By: Gajm - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:26

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 22:26
Rosco, a bloke at http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/campertrailers/ group has a detailed run down on his installation of a Shurflo pump that he fitted to his Trak Shak, its in "files " if you want to look. I will be copying the same system when I pick up my Trak Shak in April.....as they have no water tank and jerries can be a pain sometimes
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Reply By: Member Eric - Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:19

Saturday, Feb 28, 2004 at 23:19
Rosco , what wrong with a bilge pump from a marine shop ? very cheap get a tap with a switch to avoid mishaps . Venus Bay
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 06:55

Sunday, Feb 29, 2004 at 06:55
Eric

That's what we use with my Acme Jim Dandy homemade shower, but they need to be submersed so I'd have to drop the tank and cut a bloody great hole in it to insert the pump unit .... get my drift ...;-]Fidei defensor

Rosco
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Reply By: flappan - Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 09:00

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 09:00
A friend of mine has a small inline 12v pump he bought from a Irrigation place. Used for Fountains and stuff.

Self priming as far as I'm aware . . . also, around $20 . . . might be worth looking at .
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Reply By: rolande- Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 23:24

Monday, Mar 01, 2004 at 23:24
Rosco,
In the process of fitting water tank / pump and eventually shower system to my CT, (SWMBO hates ruffn' it). I bought a good quality shurflo, self priming with pressure sensor, (turns on by itself when drop in water pressure sensed, ie, turn tap on). On special at Whitworth's for $119, usually closer to $190. This is an excellent pump which should give years of trouble free operation, pumps up to 12.5 litres per minute @ 40 p.s.i.
Hope this helps
Rolande
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 07:34

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 07:34
Thanks mate. That's the direction I'm heading. Spoke to them yesterday and picking one up today or tomorrow.

CheersFidei defensor

Rosco
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Reply By: rolande- Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 14:08

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 14:08
Rosco,
I'd be interested to hear how you go. I'm still waiting for my tank and the filler, already have the pump and tap set-up in the pull out kitchen, so will be another couple of weeks before I get it all in. BTW, what sort of tank setup have you got?
Rolande
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 14:44

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 14:44
Rolande

Just picked up the Shurflow pump and a couple of connection elbows.
Looks like a good unit and reduced from about $179 down to $119.

Our CT is made by the Camel Group who also make their own tanks. They're very rigid moulded plastic, completely different from the std black poly jobs. Bolt direct to the underside of the floor members with 6*5/16 or so bolts. It's located behind the axle and the kitchen is fairly typical on the side hinged swing out rear tailgate.

External gas bottle is mounted on driver's side just behind the guard so there's a good spot to locate the pump on the outside behind the bottle, which is where the hoses from the tank are also located so plumbing it inline should be a breeze. Aux battery at rear on opposite side so no real prob there. I'll be using a sealed starter motor button beside the sink to activate the pump. This will be a press and hold job so I may be better off with an on/off switch. I'll see how it goes ... thought I'd try a button first as it should help conserve water.

CheersFidei defensor

Rosco
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Reply By: rolande- Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 07:32

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 07:32
I don't have a camel trailer but have bought one of their tanks, as you said, not thin plastic like the others, and reasonable value at $185. Would be interested if you have any photo's of the installation as it seems you will be ahead of me.
Rolande
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 08:31

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 08:31
Rolande

Not a prob ... happy to oblige. I'll take a few piccies before and after.
Shoot off an email so I have your address.

Double click the piccie below for mine.

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Rosco
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