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#1 User is offline   offroadpete 

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Posted 08 May 2008 - 06:44 AM

Alright guys, I got a good one for ya here, assuming no one has posted anything else about it. I dont know about most of you, but i get alot of crap from the neighbors when i bring my truck home after a good ole day of wheeling. Its impossible to clean all the mud that falls off your truck. So, I came up with a sort of conclusion. My boat has a washdown pump. Its a pump that sucks out water from (dont laugh) a sea cock, thats under the boat and transfers it into whats looks very much like a garden hose. btw it has garden hose fittings. I really wish I took a picture but I havnt actually mounted the set up yet.

Heres a pic of what it looks like though.

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So anyways. Im letting you all know that this is a great tool for washing your rig. Now it aint no pressure cleaner, but it will give you a constant source of water flow with a decent amount of pressure. Enough pressure to get all those big chunks of mud out I promise you that. When you combine it with some degreaser and a telescoping brush, you can have your rig spotless in no time. Theres no clean up afterwards, no sidewalks to pressure wash, no mud to shovel up, no neighbors or parents to get mad at you. Just put the pump back in the rig and leave.

Now for those of you that will actually do this let me give you a few tips.
1. its not cheap, the 3.8GPM pump was $115, the 50ft Coil hose with nozzle was $39, 20ft of clear tubing was $18, misc eletrical supplies (aligator clips, wire, tie wraps) $15
2. If you do it, shove out the extra $20 and get the 4.4GPM pump, I wish I did.
3. Dont think this will mount some where high. I Wanted to mount it in my bumper but the pump was too week to suck in the water that high. The pump has to be close and almost the same level of the water source.
4. Make sure your pump came with a strainer, mine did.
5. If when you turn the pump on no water is going in, pull the trigger on the jet nozzle to release the air trapped in the lines. Just keep holding water will show up in about a minute then you get a full flow going.
6. Get a telescoping brush with a water connect on it. My method of cleaning was A. rinse the big chunks, B. cover in degreaser, C. Brush with the water flowing through, D. Rinse, E. Dry, if you wish....


My .02 cents, if any of you know a cheaper route (other then a bucket :scratch: ) let us know.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 11:34 AM

washing a jeep??? whats that?? just take it to the closest self car wash and for $2 you can pressure clean all the major mud off the jeep, the rest you can do @ home
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 03:33 PM

Good idea offroadpete! The little flowjet pumps are pretty good. I put two on our swamp buggy one for wash down and to rinse a deer after field dressing and another for the automatic dog waterers. I used a piece of 10" PVC to make a water tank. Thanks for sharing. They are also good for washing hands in the field, wet "T" shirt contest :welcome: etc.
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Posted 08 May 2008 - 09:03 PM

sounds cool as ive been told not to come back to the local 2 doller car wash by the owner who just happon to drive by as i wheeled in and started blasting mud everywhere....opps
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 07:12 AM

i got tired of always going to this carwash places like a 1am, i always felt bad when they were looking at me with the evil eye...
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 09:41 AM

I don't see a problem washing the toys...just wait for a storm to come :lol: . That only happens every afternoon :biggrin1: . Plus we have Gustav and Hanna to thank this time :lol:. :lol: :lol:


Ok if there is no rain and you really want to piss off people in the community just drive into the community's lake for a nice self bathe :lol: :lol: :amazed: .
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 11:50 AM

Here is basically the same thing in a box, I see kits like this once in a while at West Marine or especially at Bass Pro on special for right around $99. The point about the pump needing to be at or around the level of the water can be a pain, and also a reason to mount all the goodies in a box with fittings so you can basically tote it close to the water source, but that makes it a little less efficient. The idea of going up to a 4.0 GPM or above is a good one, both for pressure and utility, some of the better pumps have more than a 10ft self priming action and may get the water to the pump easier.

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4.3gpm $121

I have had a pair of Surflo pumps on the boat and like the quality of them so I might spend the extra cash on them.

I'd like to see some other ideas on this, I haven't googled it but I remember somoe of the guys outwest had these things running dual purpose, wash down with a pressure regulator or something for using them as a shower from 5 gallon jugs...There has to be many uses besides just wash down right??
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Posted 31 August 2008 - 10:00 PM

This one'sa pretty nice idea...
This could let you clean your rig anytime anywhere...
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