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Old 07-20-2015, 03:49 PM   #1
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V-cross Vibe 823VDS5 no gravity fill fresh water

I have the 5th wheel V-cross vibe that has 3 garden hose connectors in the rear....Black tank flush, Fresh water fill and Street water supply. I was going to cleans the fresh water tank with a bleach/water mix. When I hooked up a short piece of hose and a funnel to the fresh water input, I got nothing but over flow....none went in. So now I realize that I won't be able to go boondocking and siphon water from a jug INTO the tank !!! online research has yielded the concensus that for this type of system we MUST purchase an external pump to fill the fresh water tank. Glad I discovered this at home and not out in the wilderness somewhere! Can anyone verify this design?
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:12 PM   #2
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Our Vibe has the same setup which was a surprise from our previous unit which had a large fill port that could be filled from most any container. There must be a one way valve to prevent backflow when connected on the "City Water" port. Even if this were not the case, gravity flow thru a 1/2" line would be extremely slow. I have used my Zodi shower pump to transfer water from jugs into the fresh water tank (slow). Considered buying a 12v pump from Harbor Freight but hate adding to my equipment list. Final solution was to "dual purpose" the hand operated pump for our kayaks to transfer water;
http://www.amazon.com/Seattle-Sports...ayak+hand+pump
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:19 AM   #3
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I have the 5th wheel V-cross vibe that has 3 garden hose connectors in the rear....Black tank flush, Fresh water fill and Street water supply. I was going to cleans the fresh water tank with a bleach/water mix. When I hooked up a short piece of hose and a funnel to the fresh water input, I got nothing but over flow....none went in. So now I realize that I won't be able to go boondocking and siphon water from a jug INTO the tank !!! online research has yielded the concensus that for this type of system we MUST purchase an external pump to fill the fresh water tank. Glad I discovered this at home and not out in the wilderness somewhere! Can anyone verify this design?
Yea sucks. What they call improvements I call PITAs. Anyway seems to be the way FR is doing it now. Don't know about other manufactures.
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:58 PM   #4
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I mades this kit up with a Rubbermaid tote and a shurflo pump. Worth spending a little extra $ for the shurflo, as its self priming and can safely run dry. I run it from the trailer battery with a standard 2 pin trailer plug/ pigttail attached to the battery. Love it!
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Old 10-03-2015, 09:25 PM   #5
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Now THAT is a totally done job!
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:27 PM   #6
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Now THAT is a totally done job!
Thx! Whole job took about 3 hours to do, works awesome. At first I was really upset that I didnt have a gravity fill on my Vibe, so I had no choice but to get a pump and make something up. I leave it hooked up and plugged in while camping. I just put the lid on it and tuck it under the edge of the trailer. Pumping the water in with this works soooo good that I actually find it easier
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