Water Pump Giving Up The Ghost

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  1. Allanm

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    well, after replying on an earlier thread about older vans being better than new and saying nothing electrical on our newer van has broken.....guess what?
    Mrs A was taking a shower last night and the water pump started screeching and losing the ability to pump.
    What a nuisance!
    First week of a long trip to France too.....
    So, I need to change the pump but first I need to get one sent here to Brittany then work out how to fit it.
    Anybody changed an in tank pump on an Autosleeper?
    Any hints and tips gratefully received
    I read somewhere that there is a modification available to enable these pumps to be fitted without dropping the tank. Anybody done this?
    Allan
     
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    Sorry can't help with the modification, never owned an Autotrail.. .. but I doubt you need to drop the tank.. can you not see the top of the tank.. inspection hatch on floor or in cupboard ?

    watch polarity when changing .. the pump will run with either, but not as efficient if wrong.. if the new one seems less efficient, change polarity..

    The same pumps are also used in pleasure boats .. are there no yacht chandlers or marinas near you ?

    when you buy the new pump, also consider buying a spare .. some last years.. some not.
     
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    hya if you go online www.narbonneaccessoires.fr ...you will find a place near you that sells spares they have about 80 depots in france there is also ................ www.top-accessoires.com they have lot of depots if you go into any depots.. get there books
     
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    I'm heading South from St Malo Monday morning but I doubt I could get you a pump before I leave friday
     
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    Thanks Jim. No inspection hatch, it's a tank down job.
    Thanks for the offer Techno, and the links S20
    I'll give CAK tanks a call see if they can deliver here. They also apparently do a mod to the tank, I think some sort of access hatch, sounds easier, I have saws, drills etc, so cutting a hole in the tank shouldn't be a problem!
     
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    hya there are about five major motor home,.camping car... "accessoires" dealers in France and they all have Free catalogues .some are as thick as the MMM magazine, they all have maps of depots so easy to find.....also thousands of bits so if you require a part no need to speak French just show picture there is also one for Germany ..there are also some depots in Spain ...we don't leave home without it.
     
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    Ridiculous. I can change a pump on ours in 10 mins through it's screw top. Although I haven't had to despite carrying a spare for our 12 year old one.
     
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    thats sods law if you have one you won't need it.. if you have not you will...my spare pump been in box for years
     
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    My father had an auto sleeper and he also kept a spare, but the main thing that would happen is the filter just needed cleaning so he had two filters and would swap over. The hardest thing was the access get to the pump, the rest was easy.
    The back of my cupboard is permanently off for that same reason - easy access to pump if required.
     
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    What else would you expect from German engineering.:D
    I carry a spare as well & never needed it.

    As for spares in France, I cracked a rear light just before we went, picked one up in France for €135 (£97) bit better than £160 in the UK.
     
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    Apparently the modification to the tank involves fitting an access hatch.....in the top of the tank, so the tank needs to be dropped, to fit the hatch. I don't see any benefit there. It would be handy to have a hatch in the side........
    Anyway, I got through to Autosleeper and ordered a new pump to be delivered here in France.
    It costing me about £35 with postage, cheaper than travelling to get one. I just need to figure out how to fit it now.
    Not looking forward to that......
     
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    You any go
    you any good at fitting said water pumps?
     
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    Not on my holiday :LOL:
     
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    Nor me........
     
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    When you do it take photos and post the whole procedure for the Funsters :cool:
     
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    easy peasy.. jig-saw job :D
     
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    I will when the pump gets here. No sign of it yet........I'm going to need a shower soon, it's going to be 36 degrees + here next week.......
     
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    I know I'm crossing tomorrow night :D:cool:
     
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    We'll keep it warm for you.......
     
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