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Old 10-14-2009
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I would appreciate anyones thoughts on my set up...

Rule 500 gph with internal float switch, mounted in the lowest part of the bilge, cheap hose, check valve about 3" from pump, wired to a switch.

Rule 3500 gph with external rule float switch, mounted just above the 500, smooth 1.25" hose, no check valve, wired directly to the battery.

Not really relevant, but I have two manual pumps, one is fixed, one is not, but mounted under a sole access board. Also, one portable bilge pump that can be clamped onto a battery terminal
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The only problem I see is that if the check valve jams when the boat is unattended the batteries will eventually die. I'd remove it.
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Even if plugged into shore power?

The only reason for the check valve was to reduce the amount of backwash...I'm thinking its not worth it and will remove it...the bilge always some water in it anyway
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In that case the batteries won't die, the pump will eventually burn out.
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