Converting backpack to van set up

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  1. Well I found a load of hose earlier today, maybe 50m. Was thinking of taking pump out of shurflo back pack (on a sack trolley) and running it straight from tanks in me van. Apart from being a distance away from the speed controller of pump ( a four way thing) when cleaning, is there anything obvious I should consider? I've not removed the pump and switch to have a look at it yet.. Any thoughts? Thanks.
     
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  2. spruce

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    Not sure what pump is in a Shurflo backpack but I would be pretty sure it isn't the normal heavy duty Shurflo pumps most of us have.

    The pump in our backpacks are all much smaller, have a lower pump rate and use much less current due to the small capacity of the battery. Not sure it would fare well with having to push water through 50 meters of hose TBH.

    People have successfully converted a PureFreedom tolley into a van mount system as they use the heavy duty Shurflo pump.

    I would save your backpack and buy what you need to make your van into a van mount. We use our backpack numerous times a day.
     
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    i seen a van mount yesterday , a £15 backpack pump, homemade controller, 100metres of pole hose on a garden reel. 600litre water tank, says hes had this set up about a year. he turned up to do a house i do, been cleaning it for 3 months. i do it monthly he does it 2 weekly. owner has never mentioned anything
    strange
     
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    Save it as may come in handy.
    I you want a van mount just buy some decent parts to make a van mount is what I would do.
     
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    he has a aquatap fitted to pole, so pump going on and off.
     
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    he seemed quite happy about his set up.
     
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    mate just try it that's all I can say. if your good we your hands youll be ok. I don't have hands when it comes to all this. god gave me feet for hands
     
  8. Buy a bigger pump then. I may try it out anyway, just because I've bugger all else to do! Getting sick of pouring into my trolley. Forgot I was topping a container up from the tanks in the van today and wasted loads of water. ***.
     
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    Easily done :)
     
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    #10 spruce, Jan 29, 2015
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    I know a windie in Guisborough who has the same arrangement. They didn't know about each for about 2 years until a couple of months ago. One had just finished and was packing away when the second arrived and redid the job. Both got paid as normal.:laugh:

    All I can say is poor pump. They are just light duty pumps. The 65 psi of the first Shurflo pumps pushed the water through our 1/2" garden hose without issue in the days before minibore/microbore and upgraded 100psi pumps.

    Its like replacing a 1.6 petrol engine in a Ford Focus with a 1.0 litre turbo motor - difficult to get one's head around.
     
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