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Old 12-26-2018, 06:05 PM   #1
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Pumping water from bottle to tank

I got a 12 volt water pump for Christmas so that I can pump water from a water jug into the trailer water tank without having to pick up the bottle & set up platform to fill the tank. This question is for those have done this, what have you mounted to pump to or how have you done this. Pics would be nice if you have them available.
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Old 12-26-2018, 06:20 PM   #2
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You could use a jump box to power the pump then hoses to connect to the pump. I use a jump box to power an air pump for filling the tires and the winch on my trailer for loading cars.
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Old 12-26-2018, 06:29 PM   #3
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I mounter the pump to a 2X6 base for support then used a trailer connector to connect to Bargman connector on the TV.
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I mounter the pump to a 2X6 base for support then used a trailer connector to connect to Bargman connector on the TV.
I bought an RV water pump and just wired a switch and inline fuse to it, with a #14 awg extension cord and battery clips.

Pump really doesn't need to be attached to anything. My pump came with 1/2" adapters from the threaded connectors on pump to PEX pipe. I took an old hose that came with an external water filter, cut it in half and one end now has male hose fitting and other the female. Hose ID was perfect.

I use the same suction hose to pick up water ( use "water cubes" but 5 gal drinking water jugs would work too) as I use to pick up Anti-freeze when I winterize. My wiring is long enough I can leave my water "cubes" in the truck and just run a regular water hose to my fill inlet. I could even just run the hose to my city water inlet if I just needed a few gallons for a quick stop. Pump is a direct replacement for the onboard water pump, just a lot less expensive than the Shur-flow.
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Old 12-27-2018, 06:05 PM   #5
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Great topic.

I boondock exclusively. My PUP's tank holds only 20 gallons (plus 6 in the HW heater).
I carry 4 x 7-Gallon reliance jugs, and I've made an adapter for "pouring" the water from the jugs into the tank. But I'm old (70) so holding 60 pounds of water high enough to transfer from a jug into my high-wall PUP, that has also been lifted for off-road, is also getting old. My fill pipe is about 40" off the ground or more.

I've been thinking of getting an in-bed water tank that could hold 30 to 50 gallons and using an RV water pump or similar to pump water from the truck bed to the RV holding tank. I'm imagining I could run the pump from the TV cigarette lighter socket, and adapt the pump output to a conventional RV potable water hose fitting.

Has anyone ever done this? If so, what did you do? I've looked at tanks, and many are either huge for a good price or insanely expensive. I want to keep the tank small enough that I can drain it and take it out of the truck bed between trips...perhaps mounted, with pump, on a plywood base.
Thoughts?
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I would run a seperate 12 volt outlet. The one on the dash does not like high draw constant draw for long. I ran heavy 14 gauge wire to a car trunk to use one of those 12 volt coolers with a ground wire and fused. Worked great and the outlet never got warm.
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I would run a seperate 12 volt outlet. The one on the dash does not like high draw constant draw for long. I ran heavy 14 gauge wire to a car trunk to use one of those 12 volt coolers with a ground wire and fused. Worked great and the outlet never got warm.
Good advice.
Did you pick it off the battery or the fuse panel somewhere?
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Good advice.

Did you pick it off the battery or the fuse panel somewhere?
Right off the battery for power and ground. Can't get better connections and performance. Fused it at the battery in a water or off housing, single fuse and heat shrunk connections.
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Pumping water from bottle to tank

I needed a lighter type receptacle at rear of trailer for satellite dish. So it does double duty using a rv water pump with fittings and pex hose for 5 gal jug and fill tube. Ran the heavier 2 wire zip cord with 2 amp fuse holder straight from battery.
Works great.
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Here is a picture of how I mounted my 12V pump on a board.
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I put a piece of PEX pipe on the suction end because the tubing just wouldn’t straighten out. I put a garden hose threaded fitting on the output end so I could attach that to my external filter housing before the water goes into the FW tank via a gravity fill port.

I used a waterproof electrical box for the on-off switch.
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