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bsbeedub

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Our old TT had a gravity fed inlet for the fresh tank as well as a pressurized inlet for city water. While at my campsite, I was able to add water to the fresh tank from a six gallon jug into the gravity inlet if I needed more after the original fill up.

Our new 5er (five trips under our belt) has only one inlet that can be switched via valves for filling the fresh water tank or using city water. Pouring from a jug is now not an option. Obviously, I can’t add sanitizing bleach to the fresh tank with the old method either. I never realized this until I was talking with a tech at my dealership.

Regarding sanitation (I do this at home), the tech did tell me to pour the proper amount of bleach into my fresh water hose with a funnel then fill the tank normally from a water spigot. The pressurized water will then force the bleach from the hose into the tank. Different, but easy enough.

As for adding to the tank while at a campsite; is using a small pump the only option? Does a pump provide enough pressurization to work in this scenario? We are pretty good at conserving water and the most we stay at a site without water is four days but I want to be prepared to add water if I need it. I definitely don’t want to have to break camp to take the 5er to fill up.


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Bob,

I do not know your specific coach, but as a general statement, almost any pump will be able to deliver water to the potable tank from the city water connection. All that extra valve does is to by-pass the pump and (typical) check valve part of the system and go right to the tank.

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Posted: 07/21/21 10:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How do you winterize your 5th wheel? Most have a hose attached near the pump that will draw the antifreeze into the system.
I have used the same hose inserted into a five gallon bucket to draw water and pump it into the tank. The trick is figuring out the settings for the valves to get it to pump into the tank.


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Mine has another new inlet that I’ve never had before! There is an inlet labeled “winterization” right by the water inlet and valves and it bypasses everything to go right into the system via the on board water pump.

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Matt_Colie wrote:

Bob,

I do not know your specific coach, but as a general statement, almost any pump will be able to deliver water to the potable tank from the city water connection. All that extra valve does is to by-pass the pump and (typical) check valve part of the system and go right to the tank.

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Good to know Matt. Thanks for the tip. I’m seeing pumps around 35 PSI to 65 PSI that should work well for this process

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bsbeedub wrote:

Matt_Colie wrote:

Bob,

I do not know your specific coach, but as a general statement, almost any pump will be able to deliver water to the potable tank from the city water connection. All that extra valve does is to by-pass the pump and (typical) check valve part of the system and go right to the tank.

Matt


Good to know Matt. Thanks for the tip. I’m seeing pumps around 35 PSI to 65 PSI that should work well for this process


A bucket to draw water from is also needed.


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Buy the same or compatible pump as the RV pump and you have a backup.


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If you can use a funnel to put bleach in your tank, why can't you use a funnel to put fresh water in from a bucket?


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ReneeG wrote:

If you can use a funnel to put bleach in your tank, why can't you use a funnel to put fresh water in from a bucket?


Putting bleach in the hose doesn't require a shorter or different hose. Using a funnel to add water would mean making up a small hose to connect to the FW and cutting the hose off to attach the funnel. Certainly could be done but it's a little different. That said, with that method you could easily add bleach to the bucket, but you are confined to adding only a few gals at a time and having to hold it while you pour. Long and laborious process compared to using the onboard pump or using a separate pump.


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Get a large funnel and a short length (3') length of garden hose or a piece of 5/8" or 3/4" vinyl hose. Put a male hose end on one end. Put the other end of the hose on the funnel.

This is now a 2cperson operation, but you can full from an external jug.

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