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HydroMax RV Fresh Water Pump Review

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Review of the HydroMax RV Fresh Water Pump


Hey everybody, Adam here, with the trailer today we're going to be taking a look at the Hydro Max freshwater RV pump. This is a 12 volt water pump. So we just have two wires coming out here. And that's what we replaced it with. We had a 12 volt pump here before, and this is going to give us about three gallons per minute, and we're replacing it with a three gallon per minute. So we're not really upgrading there, but this one has 55 psi.

The other one only had 40. So the nice thing about the increase in psi, we're just going to be able to clean. This is a little bit easier and just take those high pressure showers everybody likes. Before I kind of just held this around this area, just in line with our little hose and it wasn't really getting up to the top. So let's see if we actually get an increase in pressure.

Oh yeah, Oh yeah that is, so 15 psi jump. And before we weren't even getting up there and this was straight up, so that is a, an extreme, extreme difference. And that's exactly what this customer is looking for. We're even seeing an extreme increase in pressure over here. That is very intense.

You can kind of just see how it's just shooting off of my hand. That is kind of the pressure that I have at my house to clean my dishes. But one thing to kind of explain the difference between psi and gallons per minute. We just wanted to get more pressure, but notice how this is kind of going You can see that or not, but that cannot be fixed by just increasing psi. If you want to do increase that, we're going to have to go a little bit more than a three gallon per minute pump.

We have a lot of different options on our website, but right now we're using the Hydro Max three gallon per minute pump. And if you really want to prevent this pulsating from happening, what you can do is just increase the gallons per minute. So SEAFLO has a lot of options. We have 3.3 gallons per minute, or you can get the big boy which is 5.5 gallons per minute. One thing to think about though, the more water you're pumping, the more water you're using, the less time we're going to have water when you're off grid. But the other nice thing about just having more gallons per minute, whenever you're taking a shower and someone goes ahead and cleans dishes or whatever, when they turn this on, you're going to be less effected on that end of the RV, just because they're going to have more water flow. So you'll notice the difference a little bit less. One thing that's really nice about this one is that its self-priming might as well get the one that self-priming. So you don't have to spend all that time priming up your pump. You literally hook it up, you turn it on, it's going to pump all the way up to it, and it's going to be able to prime six-foot vertically and 30 foot horizontally. Basically, what that means is right now, it's about from here to up here and that's only about three foot or so. So we're definitely good there. Even if this thing was literally in the bottom of the camper that we're in, we would still be totally fine. And where this pump is and how big this camper is, we're definitely not going to be 30 foot away. Typically it is placed in the kitchen and kitchen is usually around the main center area. So you're not really going to have to worry about that. And once it's primed, you don't got to worry about it getting unprimed because it does have a check valve. So it's not going to back feed and allow that water to backflow through it. It does come with a little filter or strainer or whatever you want to call it. So that's just going to make sure no debris goes through your pump and it's just going to make sure it's works plenty Good. All we want going through there is water and this is in place just to prevent anything else, but water from going through there. Another thing with this that I love right here is a little mountain feet. So these mounting feet, they are made of rubber. So it's going to kind of isolate all that vibrations that you may hear. If you hear them, it's not going to be that loud, just because of this is going to help limit that feel that you may feel. And the sounds may hear. All in all, the goal here with the customer was to have a little bit more pressure. So we really didn't need more gallons per minute. So we replaced a three gallon per minute pump with a three gallon per minute pump, but this one is 55 psi. That's what I like. I think 55 is perfect. It was 40 before, but just that 15 psi jump really did change a lot, especially in the shower, which is really important to me whenever I'm camping. So, I would suggest if you are planning on kind of staying off-grid for a little bit, I think three gallons for a minute is good. Yeah. You're going to have this little pulsing and stuff like that, that's not a huge deal. I'd rather have water than have to deal with this. You know what I mean So I would definitely say three gallons per minute it's going to keep the water in your tank for a decent amount of time. But if it's only for like a weekend trip and you really want to make sure everything's going to have plenty of water and not really notice when you're taking a shower and someone's doing dishes, you can probably jump up to that 3.3 or 5.5 gallon per minute, just because you're not really going to be out there that long. But if you want my opinion, 55 psi, oh yeah. If you're a performing maintenance, maybe just fixing something or just replacing your whole entire water pump, you've got to find out where it is, what I've found it best to do is run it and see if you can hear it. We want to put it a little bit farther away from the kitchen sink, because typically it's around that area. So I'm going to go in the bathroom here, turn on the pump and the road run a little bit of water to see. I don't know if you can hear that, but that is what we really want to kind of figure out exactly where it's at. They're typically near the kitchen. So kind of start there and you really got to use your ears to really find out where it's at. Usually it's behind a weird, hidden little panel. So we we're following the sound. We thought it was right next to the hot water heater, but it wasn't, it was actually over here and again, right next to the sink. So step one, find the pump check. Before we do the swap we want to see what we're working with before, just to give us a base, to see if we're increasing our pressure. So let me turn this pump on, let's turn this on and decent amount of pressure. That almost goes up to the vent, not really. But not the best. Now for the sinks, the sinks actually have a decent amount of pressure, definitely enough to clean some dishes. But the problem really is in the shower. That's what we're really trying to solve here. And that's all, we're really replacing this pump before we do anything to the pump, we need to cut power. You can do it at a bunch of different ways. You can just go and pull a fuse. You can maybe just flip a little breaker on the inside, but what I'm doing just to make sure everything doesn't have power just in case is we do have a battery shut off. So I'm just going to turn that off just to make sure that there's no power running that pump whatsoever to get all the water out of the lines. If you have a valve like this, it's going to be very, very easy. So all we got to do with this valve is just kind of turn it like this. It's going to cut off the water source and then it's going to bring it down to this too. It's just going to suck in air. But if you don't have one in here, we do have one. So if you are replacing your pump, I highly suggest doing it But if you don't have one on your pump and you need to take it out right now, just make sure to have a couple of little bit of towels and stuff. You'll have a little bit of water trying to come back, but we don't have to worry about that. So now that I turn that valve, it's going to be taking an air from this tube. So now all we really need to do is turn on the faucet and let it run. And it's gonna take a little bit of time. Well, you'll see some air pockets start to come through. Pressures are going to go down. It's going to start spitting for awhile. I was going to let this run for a little bit to get all that air out and then a little bit, yeah. See all that air. So it's going to do this for a little bit. Just let it run until basically nothing comes out from here. It's a little tough to see in there. It's kind of a small space. So hopefully we get it for you, but I'm going to go ahead and just take this thing off the ground, there's just four different screws. This one's going to be a little bit easier for me to access all the different hoses and such. So it is extremely tighten here, but basically what I'm going to do over here, this little white, little 90 degree, there's just a little nut on there. I'm just going to loosen that and that'll come off. And then on this side, I'm going to loosen this just because our new pump does come with this piece. So I'm going to disconnect this and that side, and then of course cut the wires, but super, super tight. So I need to get two hands in there to do it. All our connections are cut and all the wires All our connections are cut and all the wires are disconnected. This whole thing should come right out. Now with the new pump, what we're going to get, we're going to these little fittings and then we are going to get another one of these. So we're not using that from the old one, has a little filter in it, which is nice. So we're not going to be using these just because all of our fittings are just going to screw right in. But if you needed these, they just go on the ends like this. And then you can use a hose clamp or whatever to connect your hoses, but we're not using these. So you can put those wherever you want. And then of course, with any type of water fitting, we do want to have some thread tape. You need to do this on this threads just to make sure that it's not going to leak. So go ahead and wrap those up. Tighter the better, trying to find the end stuff is Tighter the better, trying to find the end stuff is usually pretty interesting to use usually pretty interesting to use this is so hard to find the end. But once you find it, it's pretty easy. There we go. Check that out. So I like to, since we're going to be twisting it this way, I want to wrap it that way, just so we're not putting too much strain on it. You don't need a whole lot, just enough, kind of cover You don't need a whole lot, just enough, kind of cover most of those threads, tighter the better really. So it doesn't get all bound up once you get that on. I just kind of like to run it over, see how as I'm doing that ,the the threads start to get a little bit darker. So you know, it's nice and seated in there just I liked doing that, especially when I'm working in tiny, tiny little small spaces, just so it doesn't give me trouble when I'm in there. So you're going to see two little arrows are pointing this way. And when we pulled that pump out, it's going like this. So, we just basically went and mapped what was there before. So this was on the side, go ahead and take that filter. And we'll just thread the filter on. Now, so we don't have to do it when we're down there. Perfect. So now we can put our new pump in and it actually does have the same footprint. So we don't really have to drill any more holes. So basically just gonna connect this side and then connect to that other side right there. And then of course, Red is power, Black is ground. I am going to put just a twist that's on there right now. We have a lot of water pumps. We're testing out just to see which one's the best for this customer. But what you want to do is get heat shrink butt connectors, especially if you're going to leave it. And we do have those on our website and that's just going to give you the best connection. So I want to do all this just because there's literally hardly any room for both of us to fit in there. And now we are done. Everything's connected, made sure everything was nice and tight and we have power and ground going to our pump. Now that we are good, we can go ahead and put the switch and give everything power again. Now we would have to just make sure that is actually getting power and working properly. One more switch. I hear something, Okay. So it is definitely working, I hear something, Okay. So it is definitely working, building up pressure. And now that that's done, I want to get all these air out of the lines. I'm gonna start with the kitchen sink. That was actually pretty good. I'll leave that running for now and just do the other sinks in the bathroom to make sure these are all good. in the bathroom to make sure these are all good. And of course, we're going to do the shower as well. Okay cool, Cool, cool. Get out of there air. Get out of there air. Once all that air is out, Get out of there air. Once all that air is out, Get out of there air. Once all that air is out, Get out of there air. Once all that air is out, close everything up. Now we don't have to worry about any air being in any of our lines after running it for a little bit. I don't see any leaks. So that is good. Everything's connected. It's all kind of perfect. So we're basically done with the whole entire install. Once we get the air out of lines, everything like that, we can go ahead and put up our panels back so we can have our RV looking like it was before. And that'll do it for a look at the Hydro Max RV fresh water pump..


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