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Posted: 05/15/22 11:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I found out last year that my new trailer had the loudest possible water pump, it shook the fiberglass sides so hard that I was embarrassed to use the bathroom at night as it would wake my kids up, and possibly anyone within 5 sites of us or any tent campers in the same county. I tried deadening the lines with pool noodles, I tried isolating the pump with cork and rubber vibration pads. None of that worked. So I finally decided to get a new pump. Just got around to installing it since we've had freezing temps up until 2 weeks ago and last weekend was booked. I installed this DC House 5GPM pump and it's SO much quieter. It's a good thing too because we've got over 30 days booked so far this year for electric only sites. So far I'd definitely recommend it if you need a replacement 12V water pump, $70 is definitely reasonable and it's much better than whatever junk ShurFlo sold Dutchmen.


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I think the was pointing to This Pump


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The other big mod to make is to connect the pump to the plumbing with a length of stainless braided faucet supply hose. This isolates the pulses of the pump from the rigid pex piping. Also consider an expansion tank so that the pump doesn't have to run every time you flush, especially nice for those wee hours potty trips.

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2112 wrote:

I think the was pointing to This Pump


Yup, that's the one, not sure what happened with my pasted link.

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It's funny how we all have a different take on matters.
I have come to like hearing the pump run. I want to know if there is water flowing.
Especially want to know when running off the fresh tank, when the water supply is limited.
I've evolved see the pump noise as a "water flow alarm".
More than once the pump has let me know that water was flowing when it should not have been flowing!
I have no desire to silence my pump.


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afidel wrote:

2112 wrote:

I think the was pointing to This Pump


Yup, that's the one, not sure what happened with my pasted link.

Take out everything between "url=" and "https" and it will work. (But leave in the "url=" and "https".) After "url=" it expects only the link. You have included some descriptive text in there.


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Lantley wrote:

It's funny how we all have a different take on matters.
I have come to like hearing the pump run. I want to know if there is water flowing.
Especially want to know when running off the fresh tank, when the water supply is limited.
I've evolved see the pump noise as a "water flow alarm".
More than once the pump has let me know that water was flowing when it should not have been flowing!
I have no desire to silence my pump.

This isn't hearing the pump run, this was the entire wall between my kitchen and bathroom vibrating back and forth 1/4" and acting as a giant water hammer powered drum. It was at least 10dB louder than the AC compressor startup.

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I would describe my pump noise as a humm not an earthquake. No vibrating walls just a steady hum coming from the pump

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Lantley wrote:

I would describe my pump noise as a humm not an earthquake. No vibrating walls just a steady hum coming from the pump


My current pump set up with no mods is about as loud as the highly-modified set up I had on the TT....and it's the same pump. It's a lot quieter just by virtue of being in the basement on the 5er vs. under the sink or cabinet like on a TT

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