Water Well Houses

Insulated Prefabricated Well Houses – A Solution To A Problem

The Problem

In the Spring of 2022 we purchased a small ranch north of Hico, Texas. One of the most pressing issues we inherited was a really dilapidated well house. Uninsulated, not well constructed, trash filled, insect and critter infested along with being a fire and freeze hazard we knew it would need replacing asap.

One other thing we discovered was that it was not anchored in to the ground, silly me, I assumed the corner posts were concreted but one morning I awoke to our well house upside down and in one of our Live Oaks from high winds the night before.

Which completely exposed (literally) what we had to work with…some pieced together plumbing and a ton of hodge podge wiring. Yeah, not good. But hey, I didn’t have to tear down the well house, just chained it to the tractor and drug it off, now it’s a chicken coop.

The Process

As we own Republic of Texas Land & Home, we have viewed many well houses on various properties. We have also owned several properties over the last 25 years, all on well water, some well thought out, some not so much. As a result I had a very clear vision of what I wanted in a well house.

  • Insulated. While we live in Texas we can certainly have some nasty winter weather and frozen pipes can be a disaster, especially when it’s below zero. My plan was to spray foam the inside.
  • Pest Tight. Rodents are bad for wiring and insulation and who wants Black Widows and other nasty pests in their well house? Not me. This also means having a concrete pad/foundation.
  • Organized. Nothing worse than stepping over pipe, or wiring all over the place. Also makes it harder to keep clean.
  • Space. I needed enough space for an 86 gallon pressure tank, filtration and softener along with some space for a bank of batteries if I opted to install solar backup power. An 8×8′ seemed like more than enough.

So I started the process of obtaining quotes for a 8×8′ (I picked this size simply because of the ease of building with 4′ wide sheets/materials) foundation, building and foam insulation, either by each item or turn key. Quickly I could see that this was going to cost more, much more, than I had anticipated from my previous experience with these types of projects. Quickly I could see us spending anywhere from $4500 to $7500, especially with foam. I had quotes for concrete ranging from $850 to $1500, buildings from $2800-$4200 (nuts) and foam….well, figure about $1.00 per square foot of wall and ceiling space. Figure 8′ wide x 8′ tall, 64 sf x 4 then the same for the ceiling…in theory was going to cost $300+ but in reality you can’t get anyone out to spray for less than $500 or even $1000, regardless of size. No way I was going to use fiberglass or bag filled insulation, not unless I wanted to fight rodents and pests for the rest of my days.

The Solution

One day I ran across a manufacturer that built insulated, prefabricated well houses. Interesting. As I looked more in to these I realized that not only are they cost effective but are also very well made and I don’t have to worry about the cost of insulation.

Made with 1 3/4″ polyurethane foam sandwiched between two steel sheets these are extremely well built and will provide excellent insulation. I liked the design so much that I decided to become a dealer and brought in a truck load of inventory.

These are available in the sizes shown above, 4’x4′, 64″x64″ and two 80″x80″ options, one with taller side walls and a full size walk in door.

I opted to go with the largest version, the 80×80″ tall wall model. I did so as I wanted to not only enclose the well head in the building (more on that below) but also a larger 86 gallon pressure tank, filtration and softener and possibly bank of batteries for solar backup.

Do you have to place the well head in the building? No. In fact, most do not for good reason. If you need to pull the well pump a pole truck must have access to pull the pipe from the well, this can be hundreds of feet and you can’t have something over it. Some will make a flap on the roof but that can create leakage issues. As a result most have the well head in it’s own enclosure, running the pipe in to the ground then up in to the well house. Me, I wanted it in the same building thereby eliminating the risk of freezing pipe coming out of the well head, which is the number one point of failure.

The neat thing about these buildings is that hey have a lifting eye on top so you can lift it with a pole truck, tractor or forklift to access the well head. This is what I opted to do. 

We started off by pouring a 92″x92″ pad, I wanted concrete under the drip lines of the roof so it wouldn’t erode the ground around the foundation.

I wanted the well head on the left just inside the door then the pressure tank in the back left corner and filtration equipment in the back right so we placed the ‘box out’ (12″x18″) in the back center to bring in the electric feed and outgoing pipe for the main feed to the house along with drain lines for the filtration equipment for backwashing. This way there was no cutting in the building walls to bring in any lines or plumbing and it keeps everything underground to eliminate freeze risks. Plus I can bring in new lines for a future home when needed.

In this particular case I didn’t want to cut off the water until we were ready to place the building and equipment as we are living here and kinda need water. Once the concrete cured we removed the plumbing from the well head and electric from the control/pressure box then placed the well house on the pad.

Then we placed the equipment inside and ran the plumbing as needed. Once that was complete the electrician ran the line in the box out and wired up a small breaker box along with a 4 plug outlet for equipment and things like a light or heater if needed then the breaker box for the well pump. The conduit was bolted to the wall in 3 places which is easy enough to remove if I need to pull the well house.

Neat and clean with plenty of space to store bags of salt for the softener and add a backup source of power like a generator or solar battery bank. I’ll complete the installation by installing 6-8 3/8″ concrete anchors around the inside perimiter and a bead of silicone around the outer edge to keep water out.

And if you aren’t a fan of white then you can always paint these well houses but otherwise you are finished, no maintenance required!

To buy your well house go here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/well-houses/

Water Well Houses

NEW PRODUCTS: Insulated Water Well Houses

I am bringing on a new batch of outdoor and rural living products. Why you ask? Well, there has been a real shift of people buying rural properties during and post beer virus. As a result the first of this new lineup is our prefabricated Insulated Water Well Houses.
 
More details, pricing and specs or buy yours here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/well-houses/
 
Those of us who live in rural areas and have water wells know the struggles of keeping our water well equipment pest free and unfrozen in the winters. We have a solution for that.
Our insulated well houses are very cost effective in that they come prebuilt and fully insulated along with being very tight to keep the critters out. We suggest bolting these down on a concrete pad but can be anchored to a gravel pad or the ground as well.
 
Here’s the nifty part, you can enclose your well head in these too. All of our 64″ and 80″ well houses have lifting eyes so if you ever need to pull your well pump you can simply unbolt and lift the well house off of the foundation with either the well service pole truck, tractor or forklift, then replace when finished. The number one failure is the PVC coming out of the well head, this keeps it nice and warm during the winters and in severe climates a simple heat lamp will keep everything in the well house nice and toasty.
These are only for local pickup. US Off Road

OPERATIONS UPDATE

Normal ship times are 2-5 days for bare steel winch mounts, 5-10 working days for coated.
 
NOV 15: No, you aren’t hallucinating, we offer water well houses! This is the first in a line of new products that are for the rural land owner. We will have more outdoor and rural products coming very soon!
 
NOV 15:  FJ Winch Mounts are welding Friday and back orders will begin shipping then. It will take us a few days to catch up but after that shipping times will be back to normal as stated above.
 
NOV 11: Shackle mounts are all machined, pretty 1018… FJ Winch Mounts are cut and bent and will go to welding on Monday. I should have all back orders shipped by end of next week unless they are in coating, then will be late the week after. Get yours ordered now!
 
NOV 7: FJ Winch Mounts should go to welding late this week or early next. I’ll start shipping back orders immediately thereafter.  I already have quite a few on back order and will ship back orders in the sequence they were received.
 
NOTICE: As of OCT 19 I AM OUT OF FJ WINCH MOUNTS. Next production run of 50+ is several weeks out. As of NOV 7, I already have 8 customer orders (backorders), these will be shipped in the order received once we have inventory.
 
OCT 28: I have a fresh batch (about 50) of 12-15 Tacoma Winch Mounts and plenty of 05-11 and 16+ Tacoma Winch Mounts in stock at this time.

 

 
***READ THIS*** All orders will only ship to the verified (AVS) billing address. We have had a rash of fraudulent orders that is forcing this policy.  ***READ THIS***

FJ Cruiser – Winch Mount – HF Apex Winch – How-To & Review

We try to keep up with the never ending winch design evolution in that we want to know what works with our winch mounts. The answer is ‘just about all of them’ but some just fit different than others, have different layouts, etc.
 
We get a lot of questions about Harbor Freight winches. I won’t get in to the debate about their quality but to say this. I know a lot of folks who use them and have done so very successfully. They have a 90 day warranty but are inexpensive. We have quite a few customers who run them in our winch mounts on various models.
 
One of the newest is the Apex with a semi integrated control box.
 
Here is a great write up and review from a customer of ours, Terry Pelt from Utah. Not just about the winch but our winch mount as well.
 
He mounted an Apex in one of our FJ Mounts, while roomy it is the smallest winch tub of our lineup but generally accepts most all winches, it’s the height above the winch in regards to the hood release brace that can get tight or interfere. Bottom line, it fits but I’ll let Terry lay it out in detail for you:

This is for the Harbor Freight Badlands APEX 12K winch.
1): If this winch is being installed and planned to be used on a regular basis, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND relocating the control box from the top of the winch to somewhere in the engine compartment. The clearance and limited access to the remote plug-in and the Wi-Fi control switch is ULTRA and SUPERTIGHT! Small user hands are beneficial if the control is left in the OEM location.

If relocating, DO NOT be tempted to just move the control box above the winch and in front of the radiator on your FJ – the box is too large and will greatly limit needed air flow to the radiator cooling fins. (Personally, I don’t plan on using my winch for more than flipping a Jeep back onto its wheels, or only in a dire self-recovery situation).

2): If you are going to leave the control box in the OEM location, it MUST be removed from the winch to place the winch body into the mounting tub, and ONLY AFTER trimming the center bracket that sticks out above center of the winch (as seen in my photos [and highlighted with circles and arrows in yellow]). After the winch body is mounted, the control box can carefully be wiggled under the newly trimmed center bracket to be re-installed.

3): The A/C line not only needs to be CAREFULLY and slightly bent/repositioned, but it will need a spacer placed between the mounting
bracket and plastic keeper that your instructions suggest and the A/C line (I deleted the plastic keeper and used a stainless steel strap bracket).

The A/C line also needs to be slightly elevated over the winch and behind the control box, and under the newly trimmed center bracket; it’s a bit ofa tight squeeze, but it can be done.

I finished my US Off Road mount (after sanding it with 600 grit and wiping it down several times with lacquer thinner) with 3 coats of Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Primer (but I had no rust…..), followed by 3 coats of Rust-Oleum Custom Premium Lacquer Paint (Silver Gray color).

Fitment of your product was awesome; I really appreciated the improvements you have made to the original design (after watching some installation videos and seeing a couple of older US Off Road tubs in person).

Packaging for shipment was excellent. Even though the box had a large gash in the top, the tub was unharmed. I’m not sure how FedEx managed to make the shipping label bar code unreadable, but glad they finally caught it, fixed it, and got it delivered with only minimal delay.

Again, I suggest and HIGHLY RECOMMEND that if someone is planning to use this APEX winch allot, it is worth the time to relocate the control box.

Vehicle: 2012 FJ, 3” Old Man Emu lift, 285/70-17 tires, Ricochet Offroad skid plates (complete undercarriage armor), Tandem Offroad rock slides, Badlands APEX 12K winch… and of course a U.S. Off Road Winch Mount.


Also notice how well our mount works with the Ricochet skid plate.

And of course,  when you are ready to purchase a winch mount for your FJ or Tacoma, go here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/winchmounts/

 

FJ Winch Mount

FJ Cruiser – Winch Mount – HF Apex Winch

Danilo from New York sends us photos of his 2010 FJ Cruiser Trail Teams with one of our winch mounts installed.
 
He has also installed the following mods:
2inch lift Fox 2.5 trd pro on Eibach springs
285/75R16 tires
SPC UCA’s
Full RCI skids
Apex 12000 winch
3/8 Masterpull Synthetic line
ARB compressor/ 4 ways air system by Speedflate
Pelican storage on stock rack
Actiontrax
 
Tacoma Winch Mount

Toyota Tacoma – Winch Mount – Warn VR EVO

Derek, a customer from Arizona, sends is these photos of his 2009 Toyota Tacoma with our 2005-2011 Tacoma Winch Mount installed along with a Warn VR10S.

“I just wanted to say that your bumper and winch combo was the nicest part I have ever bought and installed on any 4×4 I’ve owned. Top notch! Thank you. Here are some pics of the final install. Super clean! Thank you.

I love your bumper because it’s not adding all the weight out front. I’m already loaded to the max with my AT habitat and trying to save weight anywhere possible.”

Get your 2005-2011 Tacoma Winch Mount and Warn VR Winch combination package here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/winch-mounts/tacoma-2005-2011/2005-2011-tacoma-winch-mount-bumper-warn-vr-evo-series-winch-shackle-combo/

 

FJ Cruiser Winch Mount

FJ Cruiser – Winch Mount – Warn VR EVO

Harold from Cali sends us photos of his 2014 FJ Cruiser along with one of our winch mounts along with a Warn VR EVO winch and Van Beest shackles. Turned out great!

“Thank you very much for your work, this is exactly what I needed. I’m very happy with your product. Merry Christmas from California. Here’s a few photos from my installation.”

FJ Cruiser – Winch Mount – Smittybilt – Jurassic Park!

I receive quite a few photos from customers but some get your attention more than others. Josh from Canada sends us some photos of his FJ Cruiser with one of our winch mounts powder coated black along with some Van Beest shackles coated red. We also sent him some of our popular Sirius Pro Series lights that mount right up on the light tabs included in our mount.
 
Obviously, what really sets off Josh’s FJ is the the Jurassic Park scheme along with the following equipment list:
 
Bumper/bumper lights: US Off Road
Under armor: RCI full package
Suspension:  OEM Heavy Duty Lift Kit 2.5″  
Wheel setup:  ProComp Wheels 16″x8″ (x5).  Rubber: BF Goodrich KO2 (winter) 33″ and Mud tires 33″ general tire (Summer)
Rock sliders: Line-x’d Allpro sliders
Roof Rack: Prinsu 
Winch: Smittybilt (98510 X2O Waterproof Synthetic Rope Winch – 10000 lb. Load Capacity)
Light bar: KC Hilites GRAVITY LED PRO6 (50″ Universal)
Roof rack storage: Gun cases/Rotopax gas container
 
Josh really works his FJ and we really dig it! 
 
 

FJ Cruiser – Winch Mount – Mean Mother Winch – Sirius Pro LED Lights

Bill from Ohio sends us photos of his FJ Cruiser with our winch mount along with a Mean Mother 9500 lb winch, a couple of Van Beest shackles and Sirius Pro LED driving lights. We powder coated the winch and shackles black for him as well. Bill says “Love the winch. It looks awesome.” and we agree! 

Buy yours here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/winch-mounts/fj-cruiser/fj-bumper-mean-mother-light-combo/

U. S. Off Road Winch Mount - Warn VR Winch

2014 Tacoma T/X Baja – Winch Mount – Warn VR8S

Mark from California is another happy customer and sends us some pics of his 2014 T/X Baja. Mark purchased our popular winch mount (black powder coated) for his Tacoma along with a Warn VR8S winch. He notes that the winch controller did not need to be relocated over the winch spool…which is typical with this setup.

He also goes on to say “Thank you for a quality product..” . Thank YOU for your business!

Buy yours here:  https://www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/winch-mounts/tacoma-2012-2015/2012-15-tacoma-bumper-warn-vr-evo-winch-shackle-combo/

WARN VR EVO WINCH

NEW PRODUCT: Warn VR EVO Recovery Winches

The new Warn VR EVO series recovery winches are out and available for purchase in our store! Several improvements including a dual use wired/wireless control!

Oh and the prices went …down. 

The VR EVO recovery winches feature IP68-rated waterproof construction, an ultra-reliable Albright® contactor inside a relocatable control pack, and a state-of-the-art, two-in-one remote for added ease of use and versatility. With it’s fast line-speed and lower amp draw, the VR EVO series of winches are the hardest-working standard-duty winches we’ve ever made, with tactical styling that looks great up front and at a price that won’t pull you out of your budget.

  • A powerful series-wound motor and planetary gear train deliver faster line speed under load, with lower amp draw
  • IP68-rated waterproof winch construction keeps the elements out
  • High-performance Albright contactor delivers maximum reliability
  • Control packs can be relocated for low-profile installations
  • Durable, one-piece cast-aluminum tie-plate for added strength and durability
  • Two-in-one remote with wired AND wireless options for ease of use and versatility
  • Available with wire or synthetic rope
  • Limited lifetime warranty for mechanical parts and 7 years on the electrical

You can shop our winch mount, VR EVO combination packages here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/winch-mounts/

or if you are just looking for a winch then you can buy yours here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/winches/vehicle-winches/warn/warn-vr-recovery-winches/

FJ Winch Mount - Mean Mother Winch

2007 FJ Cruiser – Winch Mount – Mean Mother Winch

Dan from Florida sends us some photos of his 2007 FJ Cruiser with our powder coated winch mount along with a Mean Mother 9500lb winch with wireless controls and Van Beest shackles.
 
Dan writes: “Thanks for the product and excellent service. I got the bumper and winch installed today. It went together very easily and I love the look.”
 
His FJ is a 6 speed along with TRD Pro Wheels, 285/70/17 BFG KO2 tires, Bilstein 5100 shocks, URD shifter, TRD exhaust with a Gobi Rack on the way.
 
We appreciate the kind words and Dan’s business!   Buy yours here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/winch-mounts/fj-cruiser/fj-bumper-mean-mother-winch-shackle-combo/
 

FJ Cruiser – Winch Mount – Warn VR Winch

Mark from Georgia sends sends us photos of his FJ Cruiser with our winch mount and Warn VR recovery winch.

“VERY happy with the outcome! … I’ve been modding cars and SUV’s for about 20 years. Probably one of the easiest installs out of anything I’ve ever done. It fit PERFECT, out of the box!”

Buy yours here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/winch-mounts/fj-cruiser/fj-cruiser-warn-vr-winch-combo/

 

Memorial Day 2019 – Sgt Casey Joyce – B/Co 3/75th RGR

We will be closed today to honor those who have fallen in defense of our country, our ideals and our freedoms. There will be no sales occurring for Memorial Day.
 
I would like to take this opportunity as I do every year to honor my cousin, Sgt Casey Joyce B/Co 3/75th RGR, who was KIA in Somalia, Mogadishu on October 3rd, 1993. He is the namesake of my oldest son and a far better man at a young age than I will ever be.
 
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” General George S. Patton
 
And yet I still mourn his loss as so many others do.
 
 
 
 

2018 Tacoma Winch Mount – Stephen From Texas

Stephen from here in Texas sends us a few photos of his 2018 Toyota Tacoma with our winch mount installed along with our license plate bracket. He went with a Warrior Samurai 9500 short drum winch along with a Custom Splice double thick rock crawler hawse. Turned out great! US Off Road  Warrior Winches and Hoists Custom Splice

As always, you can buy yours here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/winch-mounts/tacoma-2016/toyota-tacoma-2016-2018-winch-mount/

 

Product Updates

March 5, 2019

This is the busy time of year and we often struggle to keep up with demand. This year we started off with a larger inventory than normal to limit any shortages. So far so good overall. We have run out of FJ Camera Armor but should have another batch ready sometime around the 12th of March. We ran out of our 2012-2015 Tacoma winch mounts for a few days but 25 more just rolled off of the welding tables.

The 2016 Tacoma winch mounts have really taken off with consistent sales and looking forward to scheduling another run very soon to keep up with demand. 2005-2011 Tacoma winch mounts sales have been steady as of course have the FJ mounts as usual.

Be sure to check out our winch mount/recovery winch packages for each model!

We are cutting a couple of product prototype winch mounts for the 2014+ 4Runner for a final fitment then off to production before Spring.

We are also working on getting our longstanding FJ40 bumper in to production at this time as well.

FJ Cruiser Winch Mount – Corey From Louisiana

Corey from Louisiana sends us some photos of his FJ Cruiser with one of our winch mounts. Corey won this winch mount for his FJ at our Poker Run at the 2015 Jamboree with a killer hand of aces and 10s.. He added a Smittybilt 9500 winch with synthetic rope and a Factor55 Splicer from Steve Springs. He added some lights and grille from Ridgid to top it all off.

Be sure to buy yours here: https://www.usoffroad.us/store/bumpers/winch-mounts/fj-cruiser/