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    Why do I need to install a on/off swith on an auto bilge?

    noob here looking to install a bilge on my gtr215. just curious on the install of the RULE Automatic bilge pump why you would need an on/off switch if the pump is an automatic wired directly to the battery that turns on when it detects water? so much valuable information on this website and only my second post but i cant seem to pinpoint this answer. thanks in advance!

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    Why do I need to install a on/off swith on an auto bilge?

    My only guess would be that if it developed a draw or what not it could run and kill your battery. I know on my ski the stock configuration it ran full time only when the engine was on but it wasn't connected direct to battery.

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    Why do I need to install a on/off swith on an auto bilge?

    What type of automatic? Float switch?

    If so you can wire to the battery (with a fuse) and it will turn on if water reaches a certain level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cascivic View Post
    My only guess would be that if it developed a draw or what not it could run and kill your battery. I know on my ski the stock configuration it ran full time only when the engine was on but it wasn't connected direct to battery.
    Yea I had read that if you connect it to the "ecu" that the pump only runs when the key is in the ignition. I would like it to possibly run when the ignition is not on.

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    Why do I need to install a on/off swith on an auto bilge?

    Quote Originally Posted by jerseyGTR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cascivic View Post
    My only guess would be that if it developed a draw or what not it could run and kill your battery. I know on my ski the stock configuration it ran full time only when the engine was on but it wasn't connected direct to battery.
    Yea I had read that if you connect it to the "ecu" that the pump only runs when the key is in the ignition. I would like it to possibly run when the ignition is not on.
    That's how I have mine now It's basically just hooked straight to battery with a waterproof inline fuse holder and I have a waterproof switch mounted on dash that I can just flick on and off. Try to buy the little fuse holders off amazon etc I think it was like 15 bucks at west marine !

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    Thanks for all the replies! Rangermtb5 nailed my question right in the head. After everything I had read no one I saw actually mentioned the float switch!
    From what I've read it's just better to run the manual switch up by the glove box to turn the auto pump on to not drain your battery. That seems to be the most proven way. Lol

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    I run mine direct connected to the battery. Been that way for more than a year now and its never run when its not meant to.

    Switches fail and you might not notice till its too late.

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    Why do I need to install a on/off swith on an auto bilge?

    If you need help wiring it up or anything, let me know. I've got everything you need and I'm in Bergen county.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_man_luke View Post
    I run mine direct connected to the battery. Been that way for more than a year now and its never run when its not meant to.

    Switches fail and you might not notice till its too late.
    Even if its an automatic pump switched into the "auto " position?
    You have an auto pump ran directly to a battery and no float switch? Just the pump is permanently in the auto position.? And you don't get any drain from that on your battery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rangermtb5 View Post
    If you need help wiring it up or anything, let me know. I've got everything you need and I'm in Bergen county.....
    Ranger thanks for the help man I might take you up on it. I'm right in Morris county. New to the jetski scene but have been in the car scene for a while now.

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