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- January 20, 2019 at 10:25 am #158963
My experience has been that the pump’s pressure is typically better.
The drawbacks to using the pump are the effort it takes and long term wear on the pump. The advantages are not having to disconnect in freezing temps or having to use a heated hose, not worrying about water pressure, and just gaining a better familiarity with the onboard system if you don’t boondock much.
We have a filter just in case we need to pull from a stream, but don’t use it regularly. We carry bottled water, as many do, so don’t see the need to filter water from a tap. The screens on the inlet and the pump are enough to catch any debris that might harm the pump.
In general, we don’t worry too much about water pressure spikes either, though we carry a regulator from RV Water Filter Store.
We carry a spare pump, which IMO is cheap insurance.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorJanuary 21, 2019 at 3:27 am #159018
Overland: What’s involved in replacing the pump? (Not having my unit here to look at, I’m at a disadvantage.) That might not be a bad idea.
Are the pumps used in the Ollies readily available?
2018 Elite II, Hull #414 (the very last 2018 produced). Trailer name "2 HOBOS" . 2006 Dodge 3500 Megacab, 4x4 with 5.9L Cummins diesel.January 21, 2019 at 7:54 am #159021
Yes, the water pump is easy to get to on the CURB side under the bed. Replacement is also relatively easy with just two water line connections and three or four screws that hold the pump to a board. Entire process should take less than 1/2 hour. Take a look at the picture below.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"
Attachments:January 21, 2019 at 8:53 am #159030
Shurflo also sells rebuild kits, if you don’t want to carry an entire pump. I think the only thing not in the rebuild kit is the motor, but I also think there’s more than one ‘kit’ so be sure of what you’re buying . I figure that if my pump goes out, I’m not going to be in the mood to rebuild it then and there, plus I think the full rebuild kit was almost as expensive as the pump itself.
Snowball • LE2 256 • 2018 Ford RaptorJanuary 21, 2019 at 9:00 am #159032
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
Sureflo also sells rebuild kits, if you don’t want to carry an entire pump. I think the only thing not in the rebuild kit is the motor. But I figure that if my pump goes out, I’m not going to be in the mood to rebuild it then and there.
Agreed 100%, it is easier to swap the pump assembly, and repair the bad one later and use that as your spare. If the pump quits you will not be in the mood to fuss around with diagnosing things. But always check for 12 volt DC power at the pump connector before changing parts, it may just be a blown fuse., which only takes a couple of minutes to change. If you carry spare fuses….
"Mouse": 2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/
Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags.January 21, 2019 at 9:39 am #159036
Yes, the water pump is easy to get to on the street side under the bed.
Our water pump is located on the CURB side of the trailer under the bed.
Horace & Dianne
2016 Toyota Tundra Crewmax 4x4 Limited
2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II - Hull # 93
1 user thanked author for this post.January 21, 2019 at 11:56 am #159045
OOPS! Sorry about that – original post is edited! Should have read curbside!
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"January 21, 2019 at 4:48 pm #159102
Thanks to all who contributed.
This looks like an easy fix if and when the pump (or fuse) goes down. Probably will get a spare to carry with me. It’s cheap insurance in my mind.
2018 Elite II, Hull #414 (the very last 2018 produced). Trailer name "2 HOBOS" . 2006 Dodge 3500 Megacab, 4x4 with 5.9L Cummins diesel.January 21, 2019 at 5:03 pm #159108
Our original water pump lasted 10 years. And, we have never used the city water connection.
Just our experience.
2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4
2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12January 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm #159404
As I continue preparations for Oliver Elite II pickup (#444) in April 2019, I am putting together a notebook of camping “Best Practices” with pictures clearly showing the best way to camp with the Oliver (a “How to Oliver Camp Manual”). A perfect example is John Davies picture of hose and filter attached to the City Water Connection – truly a Best Practice. Being new to camping with a travel trailer, I am interested in actual camping pictures showing Best Practice setups with shore power, generators, rugs, grills, Clams, levels, cooking, dishwashing, setup in Walmart for overnight boondocking – practically any routine activities where your experience has found the “Best Practice”.
The forum is great for sharing pictures pertaining to fixing or modifying things – my request is for pictures showing the everyday Oliver camping life you probably take for granted, but, newbies like me may find instructional.
Just a thought.
2019 Oliver Legacy Elite II, Hull#444
2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab, 4WD, Denali, Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 Engine with Allison 6-speed transmissionJanuary 25, 2019 at 10:25 am #159449
Ken & Karren –
While your thoughts on this are great (in theory) the actual situation is a bit more complicated. All of us develop a set of “best practices” that are good for us and/or for the camping that we like to do. What is one persons best practice is not necessarily anothers. As an example – John seems to always use his water setup as shown in his pictures. But, in reading that thread, there are a number of other ways that people get water that seem to work perfectly fine for them. Add to this that almost each camping situation is different, what is a best practice in one situation just may have to be modified for another situation. And, this applies even to boondocking at a WalMart – one may be very flat while another may be severely angled, one may be near a busy road while another may be relatively quiet and have a nice grass median.
So, even though I think I know what you are requesting, be aware that what just may be a perfect solution for you will not be a perfect solution for someone else. There are many ways to get a job done and as long as you do that job in a safe manner I am not going to tell you that my way is “better” than your way.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"January 25, 2019 at 6:43 pm #159474
Excellent point. Let me restate my effort as a desire to gather pictures showing the different ways people Oliver camp. As you rightly point out, a “Best Practice” is in the eye of the beholder, and circumstances certainly influence methods. Being a complete newbie, I am the least qualified to recognize a “Best Practice” when comes to Oliver camping. Hopefully the pictures will simply give me ideas and help me prepare my mind for this new experience.
Another example (and picture) from a thread I will never be able to find again was a 30amp male connector attached to an inexpensive voltmeter and current checker meter (technical name) used to test shore power connections before connecting the Oliver. This picture represented one way to check shore power before hooking up the Oliver. I am sure there are other good ideas about safely connecting to shore power at campgrounds. These are the type pictures that will help me prepare for blastoff in April 2019.
2019 Oliver Legacy Elite II, Hull#444
2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab, 4WD, Denali, Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 Engine with Allison 6-speed transmissionJanuary 26, 2019 at 2:14 pm #159554
@ John D:
I like your set-up. High and tight, out of the mud and not underfoot. With the gauge at the trailer, it also pretty much guarantees that you will not accidentally leave it on the faucet when you depart!
Tug: 2019 F-150 SuperCrew Lariat, 3.5L EcoBoost, Max Trailer Tow, FX-4, 4X4, Rear Locker
1 user thanked author for this post.May 31, 2019 at 10:01 am #172928
John thanks for this post. I bought one yesterday and am going to configure it like yours I think. I had it at the hydro first. But I have a question. You said in an earlier response the if the gauge changes pressure readings when you turn on water in the trailer, that means the gauge is bad. That is what mine is doing. I set it 50, but when I turn on the water inside or the outside shower, it drops to 45. I am going to exchange it today, but can you clarify if I understand correctly? Also, Jason at Oliver said keeping pressure at 50 to 55 is fine. That they tested them at the factory to 80 but the problem with any higher then 50 to 55 could cause the hot water heater pop off valve to go. With mine set at 50 now, I am very pleased at the increase pressure inside so don’t see a need to go higher. Just thought I would mention it.May 31, 2019 at 10:15 am #172931
Speaking of BEST practices, we make it a routine task to shut off the water valve at the source every time we leave the Ollie for a hike or whatever just to be safe. Also, I have used an inline filter (at the source valve) every time I connect to the Oliver water system to prevent rust/crap from getting into our lines. So far – so good.
Legacy Elite I
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