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Old 11-27-2019, 09:21 PM   #1
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Noisy water pump

I have a 1999 Fleetwood Bounder 34J. To my knowledge, the water pump is the one that came in it from the factory. The pressure is fine but it seems awfully noisy when running. It sounds like a loaded 18 wheeler going down a mountain with the Jake break on. The only thing I have to compare it with is a pop up camper I used to own and that water pump was very quiet in comparison. I realize it's 20 years old and old technology but is this normal. As I said before, it seems to perform OK. It's just an annoyance. Any thoughts?
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Here's a couple of thoughts:
1) Have you cleaned out the pumps screened bowl lately
2) Are you sure you have plenty of water in the tank
3) Rubber isolation pads under the feet may be missing or are shot
4) It's 20 years old. Don't even waste your time trying to figure it out, or repair it. Just replace it. It’s not that expensive
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Here's a couple of thoughts:
1) Have you cleaned out the pumps screened bowl lately
2) Are you sure you have plenty of water in the tank
3) Rubber isolation pads under the feet may be missing or are shot
4) It's 20 years old. Don't even waste your time trying to figure it out, or repair it. Just replace it. Itís not that expensive
That's what I was thinking. It's about as noisy outside as it is inside. As I said, it's more of a nuisance than anything.
Thanks for the response.
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:09 PM   #4
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Had the same problem with my '95 Bounder 34J. I wrapped all the PEX pipes attached to the pump with gray foam pipe insulation from home depot so that there was no contact with the floor and changed the rubber feet on the pump. It reduced most of the noise to make it tolerable. We just learned to live with it.
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Old 11-28-2019, 07:32 PM   #5
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Consider one of the variable speed water pumps from Flojet or Shurflow. Not cheap, but very quiet. I have had one in 2 different motorhomes and am very satisfied.


Edit. Going from memory, the variable speed pumps are around 2 inches longer than the OEM versions. This was an issue on our '95 Trek, but not on the '99, so be sure you have additional room.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:18 PM   #6
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My next question was going to be which is the best water pump. I might not bother with it but if I find myself with extra time and money on my hands (yeah, right) I might swap it out for a new one.
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