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Old 04-26-2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Okay, I bought my camper at pretty much the end of summer. It was delivered with its clean water tank full... that was a surprise. I winterized it by putting RV antifreeze in all the lines and bypassing the water heater, pulling that plug and draining. In the next couple of weeks I plan to Dewinterize. My camper is parked at property with no access to water or electric. I have a generator. I am planning to flush my lines like I did with the antifreeze. Put a gallon container of clean water and start flushing the lines to the sinks ( I suppose I should add a little chlorine bleach too). I plan to just close up the water heater open the bypass and add water to my holding tank. So we have come to my first question. How do I get water into my holding tank from the 7 gal water containers I have. I am thinking a hand pump maybe or should i just use a funnel and pour it in. I can manage the containers okay. I am just not sure the best way to attempt this. Also did I miss anything I need to do to get the watersystem back online? Do I have to worry about air lock in the hot water etc?


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Old 04-27-2008, 06:45 AM   #2
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At your local hardware store you should be able to buy
a "drill powered pump" for 7 bucks or so.
It connects to short pieces of garden hose and with it
and a battery drill you can pump the water
out of the carry jugs and into your tank without killing your back

Once you get the water in there you can fill the water heater
by turning on your trailer water pump and opening a hot water faucet
to let the air out.

I suggest carrying drinking water in a blue jug for the first
couple of outings. The foam and funny taste left over from the
antifreeze will lessen considerably after a few days.

Sounds like you've got the rest covered pretty well.
Good luck and Happy Camping!!


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Old 04-28-2008, 09:11 AM   #3
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Great idea. I didn't think about a drill powered pump.

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