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Old 07-18-2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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water pump and faucet advice

I have an 11 year old Palomino pop-up with a water tank on board and the sink has this J&C manual pump (with tank and city hook up)



It does not work well. I am on my second unit, and third pump handle. It leaks around the handle gasket and I would like a better solution. The City water side works well.

I would like to find a better quality hand pump. I have done some shopping, but I am unsure of the best solution.


This unit at least "looks stronger" Faucet and Hand Pumps : Attwood Marine
It also comes in a 3 way electric model that would drive a water pump.
Any comments on the Attwood model?

I need something with a similar or slightly larger diameter than what I have so it would fit in the counter.

I looked at this unit RV Faucets - SHURflo in combination with a pump, but I would have to drill a separate hole and mount it next the the original. Kinda messy looking. Also, I would lose manual pumping.


As for pumps I first thought a demand pump would be good but then wondered if switch activated pump would be safer. Safer as in, if the hand pump started leaking like my current unit, the constant pressure would create a continuous leak.

What experience do others have?

Has anyone connected a demand pump to the "city" side connection of a J&C pump? That might work.

Suggestions?

Thanks for the advice.

Peter
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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I would get a small shurflo pump mount it beside the water tank and put you a switch on the outside of the booth get a regular faucet and tie the hot and cold together to have one pipe then connect it to the pump tie the city water hook up to the pressure side of the pump then tee off to your faucet very simple and don't have to mess with all the hand pumps that break all the time.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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Interesting and good idea. I could even connect the city to the hot tap and the tank/pump to the cold tap since the popup does not have hot anyway. I would lose the ability to manually pump.

Any other thoughts?
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That's a good point or if you run it the other way city water fill then tee off to the faucet then the other end of the tee to the pump you could add a small portable HWH it only heats a couple of gallons and throw the handpump out
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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I thought I should share the results of my work.

In the end I installed a Flojet demand pump and a Phoenix lav. Faucet. I connected the existing city line to the hot side and the Flojet to the cold side. The pump came with 3/8 inch barbed connectors and 1/2 inch barbed adapters. The tank connector was 3/8 so that worked. The RV dealer had a 1/2" flex hose to faucet adapter so I used 1/2" hi pressure hose from the pump to the faucet. The faucet covered the old pump hole, but not the old screw holes - some caulking required. I purchased a panel mount switch with indicator LED from an automotive shop and mounted it near the sink. The LED is bright so it reminds me the pump is on.
I understand that that newer pop-ups come with this configuration - no hand pump for units with a battery source.

I am in a non-serviced site today since it had nice tree shade - who cares, since I have a water pump and my fridge is working well on propane (another post)! Time to plug in the solar panel.

Thanks for the advice.

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