Randy: Hey guys, Randy with Pete’s RV TV here
again today. Another quick tip segment for you. Today, I’m going to show to install
a pump converter. It’s getting a little bit cold up here in the North East. You probably
see the goosebumps under my tattoos. ha, it’s that time of year to get winterizing. Now,
winterizing is pretty basic, but if we can make it easier, I’m good with that. And,
once you install one of these in your trailer, it’s going to make it easier for every time
you have to winterize. So, pump converters can come a couple of different ways. and,
what a pump converter is, is something that we attach very near to our water pump so either
the trailer can draw out of the freshwater holding tank, when we are using it in the
summer, or dry camping, or traveling or what have you. or it will draw out of our antifreeze
jug and we just install a quick valve and a little hose on there and that way we can
turn the valve, put the hose on the jug, and we can winterize without having to unhook
our pump, so it just makes it easier for us and it can be done very inexpensively.
This is one of the kits that we sell in the store. again, pretty easy to hook up. This
is a brass that comes with a coupling here so you can go right to the head of the water
pump and everything that you need to do. my preferred method is with a three-way valve,
a plumbing valve that we had used for PEX plumbing. This is, what I’ve got in my camper
and this is, what I’ve got in my camper and this is the way I’d like to install them if
I do it for our customers. And, so, I’m going to show you how to put in the three-way valve
for the PEX plumbing. Now, we’re not going to be hooking this to PEX plumbing so the
first thing we can do is get rid of these PEX plumbing nuts. And what I’ve supplied
myself with was three hose clamps because that’s going to work in conjunction with these
tits here on this guy. Now, this can be purchased at any RV store. Again, it’s called a three-way
valve. And, what we want to do when we look at the three-way valve is, it’s going to allow
water to pass through one of them all of the time and then one or the other depending on
which way we select the valve. So, first thing we got to do is determine
which one is the constant flow. So, the only way to do that is kind of look down the hole.
And, if you turn the valve like so, and I can still see, and well Josh won’t be able
to see it with a camera, but I can see it open on both ways and I look [00:02:00] at
the other two and it’s open one way and closed the other way. So, I’ve just determined that
this one right here is the one that gets the constant flow. So, that’s the one that we
want to hook to the plumbing side of the camper. And, I just usually make a little mark on
it so I can retrieve it quickly while I’m putting this together. so next thing we are
going to want to do is, we are going to want to locate the pipe that we want to cut into.
Now, in this spring right here, we got a pretty good location. I can see what’s going on.
So, this flex line right here on our pump goes down below the floor as a flex line.
That’s going to go to our freshwater holding tank. On the other side, I can see some plumbing
coming off and I got two pipes coming off. I got the city water fill coming in on this
guy here. I know that side of the pump is the output
side of the pump and this is the incoming side of the pump. And, you can usually tell,
again, one’s flex line. It’s got one hose going to it. And, the reason they use flex
line on this is to keep the noise down while the pump is running. And, I’ve got two hoses
in my city fills coming on the other side so I know that’s the plumbing side of the
coach, which is where we are going to push the antifreeze through the pump or draw it
into the pump and push that way. So, now that we have determined that. Also, with the Shurflo
pump and the jet pumps, both of the biggies out there that you’re going to see in the
RV world, if you look at the head of the pump, there is directional arrows if you’re not
100% sure but sometimes it’s hard to get your head in there and see which way that’s going.
So, if you use my method, you should be all right. So, what I’m going to do here, is I’m
going to take my fancy pipe cutters. No, you don’t need fancy pipe cutters like this. You
can use a razor blade or something like that, but you want something to be able to cut through
the pipe fairly straight so when we put our hose clamps on we get a good connection.
So, I’m just going to cut this guy right here and that’s where I’m going to install my valve.
So, again, now that I know that this is the full time plumbing side where I put my little
red mark there, that’s the side I want to go into the pump. The other side is going
to draw off the water tank and then we will put our hose on this side. And, I’m going
to put my hose on it just to save doing it underneath that cabinet. So, the first thing
I’m going to do is put my hose clamp on, put that guy on there, and we can go ahead and
tighten up our hose clamp. [00:04:00] If I was smart, I would have brung a tip from my
screw gun to do this with, but I wasn’t so I’ll just do it with a screwdriver. Bear with
me here. Perfect. And, that’s good and tight. Now I’m going to take my hose clamps and slide
them on my other two pipes so they’re there. We’ll go ahead and install this guy here.
We’ll get a water tank and then head of the pump right there.
And, again, it’s pretty important you find out which is the constant flow because if
you hook us up the wrong way, it’s not going to work for us. And, if you find you’ve installed
it and it’s not drawing antifreeze the proper way or getting it to the right location, you
may want to just take it apart and make sure that you’ve got it hooked up correctly. So,
I’m going to get in the way of the camera here for just a minute so I can tighten these
up. And, you don’t have to kill them. It’s not crazy high pressure water, but we want
to make sure they’re good and snug so we, don’t have any leaks down the road and we
don’t get antifreeze all over our carpet. One more to tighten up here. And, after you’ve
installed this, you can watch the video that Josh and I made about winterizing the campers,
doing the basic winterization and that should help ya getting down that road if you have
any questions on that as well. All right, with both of those tight, we have successfully
installed the pump converter. So, with the valve turned this way, we’re
going to be drawing out of our freshwater holding tank into that water pump and pushing
water from the holding tank throughout the coach when we don’t have city water present.
And, with the valve turned this way, we can now put this right into our antifreeze jug,
turn the water pump on, and start pumping antifreeze through all of our faucets and
devices throughout the coach. Simple as that. So, we have just successfully installed the
pump converter and that’s going to make your winterizing a lot easier for ya every year
rather than unhooking and hooking that pump. Thanks for watching Pete’s RV TV with Randy
today. [00:06:00] Thanks for checking our quick tips and happy camping, and thanks for