How noisy is your water pump? (1 Viewer)

Mar 9, 2022
284
270
Kent, UK
Funster No
87,341
MH
Bessacarr E412
Exp
Since 2007
Ours sounds like a grumpy old tractor. (2013 Bessacarr, Truma). Only been woken up once (yesterday) by a similar noise from a neighbour. Is ours normal or do we need it seeing-to?
 
Jan 11, 2022
414
377
Funster No
86,220
MH
Pilote P732 2011
Exp
3rd Time around, since 2000
They all make some noise, depending on how and what it’s fixed to, how powerful it it and the pipes need to be clamped well or they vibrate
 
Oct 24, 2020
427
1,902
Funster No
77,187
MH
VW
Exp
4 years
Mine has always been quiet noisy. I tried another the same but it was no different.
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kev54
Mar 9, 2022
284
270
Kent, UK
Funster No
87,341
MH
Bessacarr E412
Exp
Since 2007
We call him grumpy, but we do (now and again) worry about waking the neighbours. Though we are away pretty sharp-ish next day 😆
 
Dec 24, 2014
8,468
41,757
Hurstpierpoint. Mid Sussex.
Funster No
34,553
MH
Compass Navigator
Exp
Ever since lighting was by Calor gas.
According to its label mine's the original 1995 rubber feet mounted Shurflo in a dinette underseat locker and apart from a gentle whirring when it's in use it's as good as silent. Mind you, the 1995 internal furnishings and units are of pretty solid wood, unlike today's eggshell thin shiny plastic mouldings.

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kev54
Mar 9, 2022
284
270
Kent, UK
Funster No
87,341
MH
Bessacarr E412
Exp
Since 2007
Do not mind it being noisy, at least I know when it is running, no taps left on, no leak. A couple of clicks every ten minutes or so indicates a leak or a failing pump NRV.
Good point!
 

Euromobil

Free Member
Jun 23, 2009
237
809
hampshire
Funster No
7,223
MH
Adria Coral
Exp
Since 2010
I had to replace my leaking shurflo recently, testing before fixed in place it was noisy, screwed down too tight it was noisy, just screw down so the rubber washers absorb the vibration it purrs.

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Nov 13, 2011
1,451
3,293
Lincolnshire
Funster No
18,889
MH
PVC
Exp
30 years
If the motorhome manufacturers adhered to the Pump manufacturers fitting instructions there would not be a problem. They incorrectly fit angle bends close to the pump, they mount them on thin panels which act like a drum and magnify the noise and they do not fit a length of flexible pipe to and from the pump.
Look at your pump manufacturers guidance on installation and follow that guidance, you will end up an acceptably quiet pump.

Geoff
 
Feb 14, 2021
2,917
5,999
Milton Keynes, UK
Funster No
79,219
MH
Burstner Lyseo 727G
Exp
19 month year 18000 miles UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Germany, Italy. Campsites and off Grid.
Ours (2021 Burstner ) is pretty quiet. Have been known to leave it running (tap slightly open) and not notice. It is mounted inside the water tank - I guess that makes it quiter than external mounted pumps?


However, I was parked next to an older van (also Burstner) recently and I could hear when they had a shower and went to the toilet. It made a right racket!
 
Oct 15, 2012
9,884
53,891
Market Harborough
Funster No
23,304
MH
C Class Laika Ecovip 7R
Exp
2012
Mines noisy too, changed until about 2 years ago but it still banging away. Been told that I have an air leak somewhere, have yet to find it, to be hones, I’m not too bothered.
 
Jul 5, 2013
11,511
13,335
Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells, UK
Funster No
26,797
MH
A class
Exp
Since 2013
The pump in our Hymer is a submersible one and it is very quiet. Much better than the Sureflow pump in our previous Adria. When one of us uses the toilet in the night the other is no longer woken up with the flush.
 
Nov 7, 2015
489
469
Newport, Shropshire
Funster No
40,071
MH
Autosleeper Broadway
Exp
since 2015 previously caravaning 25 years
I fitted a Shurflo pump and a Fiamma damper using flexible pipe work, the pump sits on a thin plywood and foam base resulting in a very quiet pump. The original Whale submersible pump was a lot noisier.
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Sep 16, 2013
2,214
7,702
Horncastle, UK
Funster No
28,132
MH
Van Conversion
Exp
Since 2006
Ours is noisy. It is quite powerful for a van (Shurflo 40psi), but also mounted on dampening material, on flexi connecters and boxed. Still noisy.

A couple of years ago I built a few vans for a friend. He had bought Fiamma 20psi pumps. When we tested the system in the first van, it was almost silent. We were both a bit bothered by this (pumps are usually a bit audible) so quickly ripped the covers off to see what was wrong. Nothing, it was just quiet. We put it down to luck, but after fitting out another 3 of his vans with the same pumps, they were all quiet.

So, I thought I'd try a Fiamma in our van. 20psi wouldn't cut it (instant hot water system) so I ordered the 30psi model. Noisier than the Shurflo. Sent it back.

In the Vario, I'm going to fit separate pumps on the hot and cold (hoping this solves an issue with instant hot water boilers). Very tempted to try the Fiamma's again, but this time 2x 20psi.
 
Oct 29, 2016
4,361
47,703
Surrey
Funster No
45,842
MH
Carthago C Tourer
Exp
Motor Homing 5 years, caravan previously
Our Sureflow pump is great! eh? what did you say? Oh!..... half past Three!:giggle:
We nickname ours Woody, as in woody woodpecker:giggle: Pressure is good, plus we don't have those silly taps with microswitches needed with submersibles so we are happy with "Woody" = pressurised systems less to go wrong, better shower pressure IMHO.
My advice would be check out your Sureflow pump installation & its mountings, if additional sound insulation is needed via rubber matt or similar, then check out what's available on Google, loads of double sided isolation double sided sticky base plate options available.
LES
 
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Nov 13, 2011
1,451
3,293
Lincolnshire
Funster No
18,889
MH
PVC
Exp
30 years
Submersibles can be controlled by a pressure switch the same as diaphragm pumps.

Geoff

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Shrimp

Funster
May 27, 2015
3,877
30,846
Bedfordshire, UK
Funster No
36,573
MH
Hymer B584
Exp
Long time
Hymer here too with pump in tank hardly any noise.

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Sep 15, 2016
112
96
East Midlands
Funster No
45,131
MH
2015 Auto-Trail V600
Exp
8 years motohoming and counting
Our Autotrail has a shureflo pump and its very noisy. Has been from the day we bought. Thought it was normal! Other half complains every time its used. Hadnt thought about refitting it on dampers. Thx for the advice.👍🏻
 

The 5 Wiseys

Free Member
Mar 6, 2022
1
0
Funster No
87,271
MH
elddis evolution 155
Ours sounds like a grumpy old tractor. (2013 Bessacarr, Truma). Only been woken up once (yesterday) by a similar noise from a neighbour. Is ours normal or do we need it seeing-to?
My one is noisy too
Do you leave your pump on all the time or only when you need water. ??
 
Sep 15, 2016
112
96
East Midlands
Funster No
45,131
MH
2015 Auto-Trail V600
Exp
8 years motohoming and counting
We leave our pump on all the time

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