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Old 01-31-2015, 07:13 PM   #1
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Re-Filling the water tank at a state park

We have ordered a Sandpiper 35rok. It will have a hose connection fresh water tank fill, rather than the 'gas tank' style fill cap. With the TT that we sold I would just go to the community water Station and fill a 6 gallon jug and tote it back to the trailer and top off the water tank using that fill cap.

We will normally be camping at parks with full hook up so this won't be an issue at this facilities, but we do have a couple state park trips planned. I was wondering if I could use the winterizing siphon hose and get water from a water jug that way? Thoughts?


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Old 01-31-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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Most parks that don't have site water may have fill stations near the entrance. You can just fill on your way in. Personally, I wouldn't use my "winterizing" hose, but yes, you can use a jug and hose, or funnel to add water as needed.
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:55 PM   #3
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When you change the valves to suck antifreeze, it does not put the water into the fresh water tank, it puts in in the lines to the facets, etc. I bought a 12vdc pump at Harbor Freight for that very purpose. 12 Volt Marine Utility Pump
Filling my water tank from jugs that is.
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Old 01-31-2015, 07:56 PM   #4
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First, as was already mentioned, I wouldn't use the siphon hose. You'll want to have a white drinking-water rated hose for getting fresh water. Using the siphon hose wouldn't work anyway.

Your water input connection simply takes in water using the pressure from the campground faucet. It will not suck water out of a jug and into the fresh water tank. If you attached the hose to the winterizing hookup, you could use the water pump to suck the water out of the jug, but it would go into the water lines, not into the fresh water tank.

Stop at the community faucet and fill up the tank on your way into the park and as needed.
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If you don't have access to a park fill up station, I bought a boat wash (12V) water pump. You can stick the suction side in a water jug and I have a short hose on the other side that you can connect to you RV fill. If you want to get fancy, add a Trailer male plug to the pump and just plug it into your TV for power.
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I stay at State Parks and Federal campground for an average of 10 days..... water faucets are few and far between.... Average time to need 'fill up' 3-4 days. I refuse to 'break camp' to fill up the water tank.

What I did was buy an exact replace water pump that came with the unit (now I have a spare).... I mounted it on a short board, added a toggle switch, attached a 20 foot two wire cord with alligator clips on one end to attach to 12v power close to the battery. Have short three foot water hose to go to camper side of the water pump. on the intact side, have a 4 foot clear (hose clamped to pump) hose. I carry 2 7gal blue water jugs to fill when needed. All of this 'stuff' fits into its own bag and stays stored away until needed.

The first time I saw that factory water hose attachment on the side of my camper... I was POed...... Two years later, I am still POed every time I think about it.... (I almost think that the factory should have left out the check valve on that thing)
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:54 PM   #7
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I'm not familiar with the hose connection type fill on the fresh water tank but does it require actual water pressure to fill the tank or is it possible to fabricate a hose to connect to the jug and the inlet connector and then still gravity fill?

I've actually considered using my on-board water pump anti-freeze siphon hose to pump water from a 5-gallon jug into my fresh water tank by utilizing the outdoor shower hose, but I'm concerned about how much extra wear and tear that would put on the on-board pump so I haven't done that so far. My 5'er does have the gravity fill spout, but it is very difficult to use as it is about 6 inches back and inside the door to the basement area. I fabricated a long hose to go from the jug spout into the gravity fill spout and then, while standing on a stool, I lift the jug up on my shoulder to empty it. I'm sure this method will get more difficult as I age so I'll have to come up with another solution at some point. I like the idea of an external pump like the one mentioned from Harbor Freight.

Best wishes in finding a solution that works for you.
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I've actually considered using my on-board water pump anti-freeze siphon hose to pump water from a 5-gallon jug into my fresh water tank by utilizing the outdoor shower hose, but I'm concerned about how much extra wear and tear that would put on the on-board pump so I haven't done that so far. My 5'er does have the gravity fill spout, but it is very difficult to use as it is about 6 inches back and inside the door to the basement area. I fabricated a long hose to go from the jug spout into the gravity fill spout and then, while standing on a stool, I lift the jug up on my shoulder to empty it. I'm sure this method will get more difficult as I get age so I'll have to come up with another solution at some point. I like the idea of an external pump like the one mentioned from Harbor Freight.
You could use the pump that is run by a drill. Low pressure and the drill could be corded or cordless.
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[QUOTE=Lefty59;774530 I've actually considered using my on-board water pump anti-freeze siphon hose to pump water from a 5-gallon jug into my fresh water tank by utilizing the outdoor shower hose, but I'm concerned about how much extra wear and tear that would put on the on-board pump so I haven't done that so far

This is exactly what I did on my Sabre, about 15 times over two years. I'd film a couple collapsible 5 gallon jugs, and then had a short piece of drinking water hose that I connected to the antifreeze inlet, and then used the outdoor shower hose to limo into the tank. Sounds complicated but works great and no more wear and tear then any other time using 5 gallons of water. You may have to add an adapter to the shower hose to hook up to the fw tank inlet.

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We have ordered a Sandpiper 35rok. It will have a hose connection fresh water tank fill, rather than the 'gas tank' style fill cap. With the TT that we sold I would just go to the community water Station and fill a 6 gallon jug and tote it back to the trailer and top off the water tank using that fill cap.

We will normally be camping at parks with full hook up so this won't be an issue at this facilities, but we do have a couple state park trips planned. I was wondering if I could use the winterizing siphon hose and get water from a water jug that way? Thoughts?


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Yes you can, if you have the outside water faucet. Set it to winterizing mode, screw the hose from the outside spigot to the fresh tank fill and open the cold valve. The pump will draw through the winterizing hose, pressurizing the water system, and flow from the spigot to the fresh tank. That's how I fill my fresh tank when I'm dry camped. I carry six, six gallon water jugs with me so only two trips to the water source fills me up.
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