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Old 06-14-2016, 01:51 PM   #21
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I don't know how much actual 'pressure' the hand pump you posted actually makes during its stroke. About all you can do it try it to see if it will add water to the tank.

Short of that, a hand crank pump, a drill driven pump or regular old 12v water pump attached with the correct hoses/adapters to your jug is about your only other choice.

EDIT: polishdon beat me to the drill pump!
That was my worry.. I didn't want to spend $18 (current rate) plus adapter to find out it didn't work and then have zero use for it. I was doing some reading on the drill pumps, but most of people said they were junk (bad model/design?).

I guess where we camp, there is always receptacle next to the 30 amp hookup, so a pump that I could simply plug-in may be useful.

Any recommended hand-pumps for me to look into?
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Old 06-14-2016, 02:08 PM   #22
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I don't have a gravity fresh water fill on my Coachman motorhome. I bought a cheap Harbor Freight water pump with hose connections and pump from my 6-gallon jug to the pressurized fresh water fill.
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Old 06-14-2016, 03:28 PM   #23
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We have a similar issue with our Sabre. We do have a gravity fill port but it is inside a "Convenience Center" which makes it very inconvenient to fill from a jug.

If you have a Anti-freeze suction port and an out side shower nearby (big if's, I know!) ...then with a few fittings you could ...connect a dip tube fitted with a male hose connector to in the jug to the Antifreeze port. Then fit the shower tube 1/2" connector to a male hose connector to the tank fill port. Switch the pump to suck antifreeze and draw the water through the camper and then into the fresh tank.
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Old 06-14-2016, 03:59 PM   #24
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That was my worry.. I didn't want to spend $18 (current rate) plus adapter to find out it didn't work and then have zero use for it. I was doing some reading on the drill pumps, but most of people said they were junk (bad model/design?).

I guess where we camp, there is always receptacle next to the 30 amp hookup, so a pump that I could simply plug-in may be useful.

Any recommended hand-pumps for me to look into?
For about double the money ($40) of the hand pump you were looking at, **HERE** is a 12v pump that would do the trick from Harbor Freight.

**HERE'S** one even cheaper
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Old 06-14-2016, 04:17 PM   #25
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I have one of those camco things that has a tube I stick in antifreeze and a male hose end that I attach to city water. I use it to run antifreeze for winterizing thru the city water line. That would definitely work, as it suctions up the antifreeze and spits it back out the hose.

If someone already recommended I apologize - sometimes hard to catch all replies on my phone. Happy camping!

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Old 06-14-2016, 04:31 PM   #26
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My trailer does not have a gravity fill, water must come from faucet or be pumped in.

!2 volt water pump wired to work with your TV 4 pin connector will work well.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:24 PM   #27
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My previous mh (1997 coachmen santara) had no gravity fill either. But I remember that you attached your hose to the water inlet and then set a couple of valves to fill the fw tank from the hose.

There was also a way to suck water from a jug or any water container by using the winterizing inlet port and selecting a valve to fill the fw tank. One setting of the valves routed the water from the jug to the pump to winterize with antifreeze. Setting the valve to tank fill sucked the water to the fw tank.

I had a diagram on the door showing the various settings of the valves. Check your owners manual in the area where it talks about winterizing and it should also mention how to fill your tank with the winterizing port.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:50 PM   #28
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Many are suggesting a separate pump to force the standing water into the pressurized fill port. This certainly works but requires the separate pump.

As bobm253 experienced, my 2000 Coachmen Santara (C) had a suction fill through the pump to the fresh tank based on valve settings. Worked like a champ when I needed to refill from a container. Nice water control in that coach.

I was really disappointed when my brand new Class A FR3 couldn't do the same nor did it have a gravity feed. I'm with Lynlanning - If you can use the winterizing suction hose to get the standing water into the pressurized system, you then only need a valve that allows the fresh tank to be filled from there. If not already there, it's a simple valve to bypass from pressurized to the tank fill. I made this mod to my FR3. And, you can use this valve instead of having to move the fresh water hose from city to tank fill to put some water in the tank. Worried about the antifreeze in the suction line? Well, I also use this line in the spring to suck in Bleach/Water mix for sanitizing so it's clean during the camping season.
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I have never seen one, maybe someone could chime in. Could the water bandit work with OP's pump?
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We have a hemisphere 302FK our solution was to buy a 12v shurflo pump and put a 7 pin plug on it. Jugs in back of the truck plug in the pump and go. Works great.
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