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Bobbo

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Posted: 09/28/20 07:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator


Your clicky doesn't work. You need to take the spaces out of your link. Like this:
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Do you have an inlet port on the outside of your camper to allow you to pump RV antifreeze into the lines for winterizing? If so, there is a diverter valve on your water pump to switch input from the fresh water tank to that outside port.

If you have this, you can just put an external tank of water next to that input port, run a hose into it, and switch your diverter valve to get water from that source. No need to re-fill your fresh water tank.

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Posted: 09/28/20 07:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

Why can't a hose fitting be attached to the pump?

I just can't imagine cutting some port and getting a tube down to the tank.


A water hose connected to pump!! That’s what we’ve been doing for many years! A second pump, mounted to a small piece of plywood for stability, wired to plug into our trailer wiring connection on the back of the truck, pump with hose fittings, both suction and discharge. Over the years, we’ve emptied many 55 gallon drums of water into our camper while boondocking. The water hoses give you the capability of not having to park your rig or carry little water jugs right to the side of the camper. Having a bladder in the truck bed, or a 55 gallon drum or two, surely makes extended stays pleasant. With care, we can make 3 weeks on 130 gallons ( camper tank plus 1 drum) of water, before having to drive to a fresh water supply to fill bladder/drum!

It’s also a plus to have a second pump. Equipment generally fails at the most inconvenient times!

Our biggest challenge has been keeping the water in the drum in a liquid state when nighttime temperatures drop to single digits! memtb


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Posted: 09/28/20 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I opted for the low-tech solution: I carry one of these flexible funnels. Easy to insert into the factory gravity fill and then fill from your water jug or carrier.

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These are good suggestions, but I'm not a pick up kinda guy...I've no place to put a drum or bladder, pump, etc., though this could be a future upgrade...

Having a gravity fill mounted outside makes good sense, though,,,

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Posted: 09/28/20 10:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As recommended by SpeakEasy, use the winterizing connection to fill from your jug. Mine is inside under the sink. I used it with a 7 gallon Aquatainer for a couple days when the temps iced up my fresh water tank under the trailer. The pick up tube in the tank wouldn't draw water from the tank.

If you put a gravity fill in the counter top it will reduce down to the tubing size going to the tank. It will take forever to transfer the water to the tank as it gets restricted and there is no pressure to move the water. Another issue is when using the city water to fill the tank. You run the risk of blowing water all over the galley when the tank fills and the overflow builds up pressure when water comes in faster than the overflow can handle. The water has to go somewhere. Ever have water come out the overflow for a few seconds, even after shutting off the tank fill valve.

Use the winterizing connection to fill from your jug.

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This was talked about within the last couple of weeks.
About 5 years ago, I made a device so I can gravity fill at my garden hose pressure fill port. Haven't used it in the last couple years.

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mobeewan wrote:

As recommended by SpeakEasy, use the winterizing connection to fill from your jug. Mine is inside under the sink. I used it with a 7 gallon Aquatainer for a couple days when the temps iced up my fresh water tank under the trailer. The pick up tube in the tank wouldn't draw water from the tank.

If you put a gravity fill in the counter top it will reduce down to the tubing size going to the tank. It will take forever to transfer the water to the tank as it gets restricted and there is no pressure to move the water. Another issue is when using the city water to fill the tank. You run the risk of blowing water all over the galley when the tank fills and the overflow builds up pressure when water comes in faster than the overflow can handle. The water has to go somewhere. Ever have water come out the overflow for a few seconds, even after shutting off the tank fill valve.

Use the winterizing connection to fill from your jug.


Good point, which is one of the reasons I posted this... the ideas and experience speak volumes to me... my fresh tank has an overflow that drains on the opposite side of the MH... when it starts draining there, under the MH, is time to turn off the valve... she's full!

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Posted: 09/29/20 07:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On of the RV u-tube couples showed using a water bandit with a short hose to add water to there tank from jugs of water that they carried. I think it was Getawaycouple but not 100% sure.


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