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Old 11-11-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Help on rigging spare freshwater tank

I recently purchased a 35 plastic water tank and 12v. pump on ebay. My plan is to leave it in the bed of my pickup, fill up with water at dump station then transfer water to my freshwater tank via the 12v. pump.

I was thinking of extending the wiring on the pump and terminating with pinch clamps that I could just hook on too house battery of trailer to power the pump.

On the outflow of the pump, I am thinking of having a threaded fitting to attach regular water hose. My main concern is best way to "plumb" from tank to inflow of pump. As the picture shows, I have 4 openings into the tank. 2 smaller ones, one larger and one "open" tube that protrudes out the top. I would like to keep tank in vertical position to save space in truck but that's not a requirement.
Anyone else done this??
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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If it was mine and its not.....
I would drill holes in my he top of the tank and install nut serts and bolt the pump right to the tank.

Silicone the bolts to seal the threads n call it good.

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Old 11-11-2013, 02:17 PM   #3
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Nutserts have many many uses on a camper!
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #4
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I have a 50 gallon one that stays in the bed of the truck in front of the 5th wheel. I have it plumbed at the bottom, end of the tank. It takes a regular RV white hose to the shut off on the tank. The cap on the top of the tank has a hole with a spring adapter on it to allow air to enter the tank when the water is being pumped out, to prevent a vacuum from occurring in the tank. Now I have a 12 volt water pump that is portable and I attach a RV hose to the tank and to the pump inlet. Then a RV hose to the outlet of the pump and from there to the gravity feed inlet to the tank in the 5er. The hose from the tank to the pump requires double female end to attach to the tank and the pump. The pump has enough wire on it with an on/off switch and alligator clips to attach to the 5er battery bank from the t/gate of the truck. I usually will run the genny while filling the 5er tank. I also have one of those collapsible, 44 gallon water tanks so my pump has to be portable. Another way to look at it. I forgot to mention that my tank is low enough that I can put my tonneau cover over it when the 5er is not hooked up.
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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Here is what i did.

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Old 11-11-2013, 02:50 PM   #6
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camper 1999, is that a special connection to the trucks' 12 volt wiring, specially made for that and if so where did you get it. Easier than hooking up to the 5er's battery bank.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:18 PM   #7
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I think i got mine on Amazon. I have seen it other places too. All it is is a12volt outlet that fits into your trucks trailer connection. I wired the pump to a 12v plug so i could easily plug it in
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:05 PM   #8
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Campers plug looks neat. You can Assisi jury but an extra trailer plug, with leads, and wire into the hot and grounds lugs.
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