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Old 11-29-2017, 03:49 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Refill

When dry camping I sometimes run short of fresh water. I can bring five gallons in at a time but how do I refill. I'm told that you can use the water pump to pull out of a 5 gallon container to refill. Please advise.
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Old 11-29-2017, 04:06 PM   #2
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you could switch the vales to winterize mode and draw from the AF inlet.

I bought a cheap 12v waterpump from Amazon and us that. If I was thinking at the time I would have bought a good water pump then I can use it for adding water or a spare if anything happened to the main pump on a trip
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Old 11-29-2017, 04:24 PM   #3
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Do you have a gravity fill port or a selector valve you turn to fill your fresh tank from the city water?

If a gravity fill port, you can use the on-board pump and the antifreeze port to draw water into your trailer from whatever you carry extra water in. Many use the hose from the outside shower and stick it down the fill port (or adapt it to fit the city water port and fill the fresh tank that way. I simply suck it into the camper using the antifreeze port. The pump doesn't care whether it gets its source from the fresh tank or any other supply vessel.

Many carry a bladder in the TV and when the fresh tank gets empty, they simply hook up the hose to the antifreeze port, switch the valve and draw from the bladder.

Doing it this way also keeps from having to pump it twice (out of the spare vessel/bladder into the fresh tank and then out of the fresh tank to use) saving precious battery when boondocking.

The down side is if you use your TV to run around in, you have to unhook the water line and lose the ability to use that water when the TV isn't there.
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Old 11-30-2017, 09:56 AM   #4
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My 2014 378 does not have a gravity port. I use a small drill powered pump from Harbor Freight.
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Old 11-30-2017, 10:43 AM   #5
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Like 5picker mentioned, I use my antifreeze inlet and outside shower to push water into my gravity port. I've filled from a 60 gallon bladder this way. The upside is that there isn't anything extra you need to buy. The downsides are the battery usage and time- it's sooooooooo slow.
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you could switch the vales to winterize mode and draw from the AF inlet.

I bought a cheap 12v waterpump from Amazon and us that. If I was thinking at the time I would have bought a good water pump then I can use it for adding water or a spare if anything happened to the main pump on a trip
If you do this, AND you have a gravity fill port, you need to use your outside shower to get the water to the FW tank. See attached.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:36 AM   #7
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If you do this, AND you have a gravity fill port, you need to use your outside shower to get the water to the FW tank. See attached.
I'm doubting the Georgetown has a gravity port but I too mentioned it in my earlier post just in case. There are many ways to go about this (as has been mentioned) so hopefully the OP has received something useful.
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To fill the fresh water tank from the bladder I've been using this pump for 6 years now (120 Volt), this is what works best for me.
To draw from any external tank I use the valve settings shown in the picture, fooling the pump into drawing from it through the city water inlet instead of the freshwater tank, it is the city water setting but with the white valve turned vertically and the water pump turned on.
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:49 PM   #9
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I have a very simple solution.. Buy a spare RV water pump.. Put an hose end on the exit side and screw into fresh water port and put other end in a 5-7 gallon or bigger water jug and hook to 12 volt and start pumping away.. We have done it for 5 years and no problem
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Old 11-30-2017, 03:23 PM   #10
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Thanks to all for their input. My rig does not have a gravity fill which is one of the options I have considered as a mod. I think that RVnut has the best solution for me.
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