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Old 04-10-2017   #1
 
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LVM inflator dies, and deal alert!

My mighty LVM may have finally given up the ghost, The pitch changed, and it would blow, but was unable to push air under pressure. I dissected the pump last night, and discovered a busted switch (seperated at the solder) but, I am not sure if that is the issue, I am going to try to re-solder it, but have little faith in it coming back.
I did also notice a manufacture date of 1998, and I have been using the pump 16-20 times a year to do a culebra, super puma, ducky, and various catarafts. The pump has been abused, so, almost 2 decades later, I am not too upset.

Now for the exciting bit, I was pretty close to going the inverter under the seat like Philip J Fry, and a shop vac, or using the insanely large inverter I already have, but, prior to that I did a little searching and discovered the Rule iD20 12 volt pump.

iD20 HiSpeed Inflator/Deflator > Specialty Pumps > Xylem Flow Control - Let's Solve Water.

It looks like the LVM to me, and can be found on fleabay running from 16.95 plus shipping up to mid 80s. way cheaper than 138 for the green ones. I grabbed one without the adapters because I can use the old stuff from the LVM..



Be careful though, there the adapter kit looks just like the pump, and those are about 20

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Thanks Jeff for the deal alert! Ordered the pump for $16.95+shipping and then got the nozzles/adaptors for $10 at NRS.
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Anyone get one of these and can attest to the quality of it?
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Old 04-18-2017   #4
 
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kind of

I just got mine, put it on the bench next to my old LVM, and it looks to be the same mold, same imprinting, different color housing. The old adapter did not fit snugly to the new unit, so, I put a wrap of tape on it. I tried it out hooked to the battery of my truck, and it blew my ducky up right quick.
Seemed way faster than the old one when it worked last, but, that was also when the old one was in its death throes.
I am pretty certain it is a rebranded LVM. Much nicer battery clips, and then it even fits in the same box as the old one.

I also found a Kwik-Aire airehead "high pressure" (whopping 2.5 psi) on the cheap from fleabay too, because it looks an awful lot like the aire hurricane inflator. It definitely pushes more air than the LVM clone, but the hose is really goofy, and I am not sure how long I will be a fan of it.
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Just confirming the parts from fleabay:

Adapter kit
LVM Pump

I typically like to re-wire these with longer (and heavier gauge) wire, so I assume the pump is serviceable - in other words, it's not permanently sealed.
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It looks exactly the same as the old one, single Philips head at the cord end of the unit.
It looks like you found a better deal on the adapter kit, I just used the one from my semi dead LVM, and that is the link to the blower I picked up.
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For re-wiring, I have good luck using trailer break wire which has two indivitual 10ga wires and a protective sheath that goes around both wires. It's a lot cleaner than the twisted wire method.
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Can you describe the "hop-up" procedure more? Is it just pulling the stock power cord off and replacing the the run from the 12 volt battery to the pump with heavier gauge wire with new eyelets, screwing it down and then leaving the rest of the guts intact?

Is there a notable change in performance/durability?

or, just a longer cord, (that would be nice, some times I feel it is a few feet too short)
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I bought one too. It has a 10 ft cord not 3 ft. It is the same pump NRS sells, LVM. My adaptors fit just fine. I looked at NRS, Andy& Bax and Cascade for the adapter kit, $10.00 at all three. Also the Ebay seller offers them too. Thanks to the op for the tip on a screaming deal
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Anyone get one of these and can attest to the quality of it?

I did, and I can.
I ordered one April 18th, received it April 29th, and the fourth time I inflated my raft with it, it quit working and started smoking. The seller wouldn't refund or replace, so I've opened up a complaint.
I should know better--most of the time, you get what you pay for...
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