• Ray
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    The other day I replaced my old ShurFlo RV water pump with a higher quality Made in the USA brand, the USA Adventure Gear ProGear 5300. The ProGear 5300 is a more powerful pump with beefier “Made in America” components.

    The USA Adventure Gear company is a small business run by an RVer based in Colorado. The only downside I saw was the price, more than double the typical OEM pumps. I paid $189 on Amazon for it. I figure you get what you pay for. As avid boondockers, we use our pump a ton. Also, you can get excellent support over the phone even. It sounds like they stand behind their products.

    Since the new pump has a higher max current rating of 12 amps, I needed to install a high amperage relay. My existing water pump switch is only designed for an 8 amp max draw. I also decided to run new thicker power wiring for the pump. I ran six gauge wires for the negative ground and 12 VDC positive lines to a 15 amp fuse on the RV power distribution panel.

    The plumbing hookup was dead simple since the old pump connectors threaded perfectly onto the new pump’s quick connections. All that was left to do was mount it and tidy up the hoses.



    So far, I’m impressed with the power and flow of the new pump but a little disappointed with how loud it is. I thought, for the money, it would be a quieter running pump. After using this pump for a few months, I’ll come back with a review.
  • Edward
    19
    Yepper, thought when you said made by an RV'r they would know that a loud pump is not a good one. Good luck. Always great to know that you give honest reviews. Look forward to them as always.
  • Rjack10
    11
    Hi Ray, I watched your video yesterday, looks like a nice upgrade. Question, is that some type of foam under the pump? When you mentioned in the video the pump was loud, I thought about some type of vibration damping material under the pump. I work with refrigeration equipment and sometimes we put the compressors on springs to dampen vibration. Maybe not having a direct connect (screw) from the pump to your floor will keep the sound from resonating.
  • zoominbc
    3
    Hi Ray, when I saw your video it immediately struck me that the new pump had the same flow rate but higher current and was likely to be less efficient. I bet you will find a way to damp down the noise, I see a new enclosure in your future!
  • Ray
    1.1k
    @Edward @Rjack10 @zoominbc

    *UPDATE* on Yesterdays Water Pump Install - WRONG Pump for the Job

    Yesterday I published a video detailing the installation of a USA Adventure Gear ProGear 5300. It ended up being much louder than the ShurFlo Revolution pump I was previously using.

    It turns out it was the wrong pump for the job. However, due to a shipping mix-up by Amazon, I still had the 3200 model that I was going to send back. So, I decided to give it a try. It turns out it works great and runs much quieter! Seems like a great little pump. And it only draws five amps maximum so that I won't need the relay.

  • zoominbc
    3
    That was quick! And now you have a new transfer pump
  • Rjack10
    11
    It was nice you can do a side by side comparison. As Grandma would say, it all works out in the wash.
  • Lonewolf21
    7
    Like a prior poster mentioned, I'm surprised the OP has the ability to upgrade the electrical connections, etc for the install but didn't isolate the pump from the linoleum hard floor. Rubber washers would work as a dampener, rubber mating, or even an old piece of carpet would do nicely.

    Camping friends of mine had an older class A that I helped them winterize the first year they got it. When it came time to pump in some antifreeze we had a hard time locating the water pump. It was under a kitchen cabinet mounted on the same carpeting found in the rest of the rig. Darn near totally quiet.
  • Ray
    1.1k
    The pump came OEM with rubber mounting grommets to reduce vibration and I mounted it on a 1/2 sponge rubber mat just like my previous ShurFlo pump. I actually tried running it without screwing it down holding it in the air too, no difference. The loudness isn't coming from the mounting.
    The replacement model 3200 pump is mounted exactly the same way and it's very quiet, especially compared to the 5300. It's something weird with the pressure and the pump mechanism, the way it interacts with the trailer's plumbing.
    I've since tried the 5300 as a transfer pump (what it is billed as) for my 30-gallon water bladder through a 3 stage filter and into the rig's gravity feed and it's actually quite quiet when doing that job.
  • Ray
    1.1k
    More Updates – Added a Shurflo Accumulator Tank
    In this video, I update you on some new off-grid gear I’m using for processing my RV’s fresh water and waste. First, I show a new addition to my onboard 12V water pump system. I installed a Shurflo accumulator tank to smooth out its flow. Then I update you on a few things to do with the new Rhino 36 gallon sewer tote. The video finishes with a look at a 12V port installed for my water transfer pump for use with a new 60-gallon freshwater bladder.



    Related Links:

    Water Pump Installation Videos - https://www.loveyourrv.com/installing-new-rv-water-pump-usa-adventure-gear-5300/

    DC Power Panel Installation - https://www.loveyourrv.com/12-volt-120w-dc-power-panel-installation-mod/

    Rhino Sewer Tote Demo Video https://www.loveyourrv.com/camco-rhino-sewer-tote-tank-first-use-with-macerator-pump/

    FloJet Macerator Pump Demo and Review - https://www.loveyourrv.com/flowjet-rv-macerator-pump-demos-and-review/

    Aqua Tank Water Bladder Demo - https://www.loveyourrv.com/off-grid-water-fill-tips-aquatank-bladder-water-bandit-and-flow-meter/

    Water Bladder Blows Out of Truck Bed Video - https://youtu.be/ky_Zd96TrW8

    Acuva UV LED Water Purifier Install - https://www.loveyourrv.com/installing-led-uv-rv-water-purification-system-acuva-arrowmax-2-0/
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