Installing Electric water pump in camper trailer

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 17:19
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Hey all I guess there is an easy way to do this.... I have a goldstream CT with a 2 way hand pump in the sink, hold lever down for when you have mains water pressure connected and pump to get water from tank.
Do you just put an electric pump in the line?
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 17:46

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 17:46
Yes, you can place an in-line pump in the line.

But, have you already got 12 volt electrics wired in the camper?
If not, you will need a 12 volt battery (preferably AGM) and a means of maintaining a charge. Plus the wiring to the pump.

I thought about the idea of replacing the double action hand pump with an electric one and decided the noise of the pump running would be probably worse than the sound of the hand pump.

I get up early in the mornings and make my first cuppa while SHE is still trying to stay asleep:-))

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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 17:53

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 17:53
Staying with a hand pump.
As sand man says, not just an electric pump to install but battery as well.
Got put off electric pumps when camping next to a well known brand of up market off-road CT. All night we heard during the pump running (well at least three times :o)) as some one got a drink of water.

Some thing else to go wrong. Keep the fridge in the back of the car for the same reason, just simpler that way.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:01

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:01
Hi John.
Have to agree with your comments.
I put a pump on the new camper & wife would rather use the hand pump due to noise of pump.
Sometimes you win but most times you don't LOL.
Where are you heading to in July?
Cheers.
Vince
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 08:02

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 08:02
Heading up the Savannah way to Darwin for a few weeks.
Was going to do it last year but it was cancelled due to work getting in the way.
PLanning it a bit better this year. Doing my usual and telling my clients I am having 6 weeks off, but will be on the road for 5. Gives me a few days in the back room of the office to finish off those last minute things and make sure David & Kees are into running the jobs before I go.
Gives us a couple of days to pack and we leave 1st August for 5 weeks. Taking phone and laptop/modem just in case. Might have to spend a couple of days here or there helping out the office if a rush job or urgent quote needs doing. But at least I have the option to be in contact, could be amazing how the phone connects , or doesn't , as we find it :o) If they run out of work, the holiday might be a bit more expensive.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 08:06

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 08:06
Looks like we have found another topic that is black and white :o)
engel/waeco , yota/trool, to gen or not, hand or electric pump on the CT.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:47

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:47
John,

Having owned one of those "up market off-road CTs" I couldn't agree more. Travelling for 7 months in it, I don't think we used the electric pump once. Don't like the noise and my family would describe me as the 12 volt Nazi, just seems silly to use an electric pump when there is a perfectly good hand pump fitted. I found the hand pump has a much better flow rate as well.

Cheers,

Matt.
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Reply By: Stu-k - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:09

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:09
Maybe I should have asked this question before I went to the caravan and camping show and brought the pump ;/
I was thinking of having both the hand pump and the electric pump working so you could take your pick, guess its not that easy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:12

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:12
Stu.
My hand pump works fine. The flow is not affected by the inline 12v pump.
Cheers.
Vince
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Follow Up By: Stu-k - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:27

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 18:27
Any idea how I know if the pump is suitable for inline use?
The one I brought Site Link

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Follow Up By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 21:48

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 21:48
That pump is the same type as I fitted.
I have used a similiar type on my previous 2 campers with no flow problems.
Cheers.
Vince.
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Reply By: raazor - Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 19:28

Thursday, Jun 05, 2008 at 19:28
Hey Stu-k I would n't be put off with a little bit of noise that a pump
makes nowhere near as bad as my little foxy yapping at nothing, much better using electric espicially if you filling something that holds
a bit more than usual.
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Reply By: floody- Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:20

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:20
I not only fitted a pump for my sink on the camper, but I also put a T piece in the water line and added a water tank tap. The tap is situated on the offside of the trailer, between the guard and rear tailgate. I just added a length of hose with a snap on fitting, so the water doesn't end up on the trailer when used. The external tap is very handy for washing hands etc when stopped.
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Follow Up By: Stu-k - Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:54

Friday, Jun 06, 2008 at 09:54
I was thinking of doing that also. Sounds like my weekend plan(gets me out of mowing the yard) with a few beers throw in.

Thanks all for the advice

Cheers
Stu
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