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Old 12-07-2018, 11:28 AM   #1
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Which Potable Water Transfer Pump for Dry Camping?

I want to pump potable water from my water jugs into my new travel trailerís 52 gal. water tank when dry camping. There are several 12V and 115V water transfer pumps for sale on Amazon, Harbor Freight, etc. I have a 1000W inverter, two deep cycle 6 volt batteries and a 100W solar panel to recharge batteries

Seems like either a 12V or 115V pump will work with my setup.

-Which type pump (12V/115V) are you using when dry camping?
-Which type pump (12V or 115V plugged into a 1000W inverter) has less drain on deep cycle batteries?
-Any make/model pump you recommend are appreciated.

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Old 12-07-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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Hi,

Have you investigated whether your on board pump and existing plumbing can serve that purpose?

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Old 12-07-2018, 12:16 PM   #3
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I dry camp about five months out of the year in a State Forest. I don't use a pump to fill my tank. I have three six gallon Igloo Cargo water containers. On one of them I adapted the spout with a piece of 18" clear flexible tubing I purchased at Home Depot. The inside diameter of the tubing matches the external diameter of the spout and is held in place with two stainless steel screws. I cut the end of the tubing at an angle to make it easier to insert it in the filler port for the holding tank. You do have to be able to lift about 50 pounds to do this. Be sure to pull the vent plug on the container. I just transfer the adapted nozzle to whichever container I am using, but you could put an adapter on each nozzle.

You want to sanitize your jugs with about a half teaspoon of chlorine bleach on a regular basis, especially in warmer weather, whether you are using a pump, or my method.

As a side note I don't use water from the tank for drinking. I have two three gallon Primo water jugs I bought and fill at Walmart for $.39 a gallon. I upgraded from the manual pump to the electronic pump this year and love it. It recharges via a USB cable: Primo Portable Electronic Water Pump

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Primo-Port...Pump/469103805
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Old 12-07-2018, 12:38 PM   #4
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I have a similar set up to the above poster with the angle cut hose that attaches to my Scepter MWC with a water bandit. Lifting the MWC is about 50 pouns at first.

I also have a Shurflo 12 volt volt pump (exact match to the pump in the trailer, think spare parts) that I can connect to the water cans and run a hose to the fill point of the trailer tank for transfer purposes.

I put a ď12 V tailĒ with Anderson connectors that hangs outside the front battery box to power stuff including the portable pump. It can plug inwith enough wire length to place the cans and pump at the tank fill point.
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:03 PM   #5
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I upgraded the factory 12V water pump to a newer, quieter Shurflo model and re-purposed the old pump for pumping water out of 6 gallon containers into the FW tank.
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Yes, with modifying the water lines. But I prefer not to go this route using my on board pump.
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Old 12-07-2018, 01:20 PM   #7
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back from my sailing days:
Try westmarine.com for the pumps.
They have pumps for 1 to 4+ faucets so you can choose how fast you transfer...
I would use the truck 12V outlet for that pump if it can handle the watts...
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:02 PM   #8
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I want to pump potable water from my water jugs into my new travel trailerís 52 gal. water tank when dry camping. There are several 12V and 115V water transfer pumps for sale on Amazon, Harbor Freight, etc. I have a 1000W inverter, two deep cycle 6 volt batteries and a 100W solar panel to recharge batteries

Seems like either a 12V or 115V pump will work with my setup.

-Which type pump (12V/115V) are you using when dry camping?
-Which type pump (12V or 115V plugged into a 1000W inverter) has less drain on deep cycle batteries?
-Any make/model pump you recommend are appreciated.

Camp4two

I use this one;

https://www.amazon.com/Rule-IL500PK-...pump+slim+line

I also have a portable jump battery from "Genius" that I use to power the pump amongst many other things. The pump will empty one of those 7 gallon jugs in approx. a minute an half. I bought some additional food safe tubing to go from the pump to the trailer. Works great.
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:32 PM   #9
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Iíve repiped my system so I can use my on board pump to move water from my antifreeze suction line into my FW tank by opening and closing some valves.
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Old 12-07-2018, 05:43 PM   #10
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I purchased a transfer pump from HD that is powered by my 12V Electric drill (same drill that I use to raise and lower the levelers).
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