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Old 11-16-2019, 11:47 AM   #1
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filling fresh water tank

Has anyone figured how to use a bypass water line with a valve to use the water pump to refill the fresh water tank while dry camping. Lifting the 6 gallon tank to refill our tank is getting old.
Is it possible to run a line from pressure side of pump to the line coming out of the fresh water tank with a valve to allow the onboard pump to use the antifreeze side port to refill the fresh tank with water?
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:55 AM   #2
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Do you have an outdoor shower in your wet bay?
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I just bought another 12 volt pump, use power from the pickup. Sometimes I will draw out of a 55 gal drum and hook hose to "city water" connection. This way we don't even use any onboard water till we run out of "spare" water.

This may not be the answer you are looking for but we have found it very handy.
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I just bought another 12 volt pump, use power from the pickup.

This may not be the answer you are looking for but we have found it very handy.
This is what most do.
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i just use a portable hand held shower. it comes with a little 12 volt pump and the tubing. take off the shower head - stick the tubing in the water jug with the other end in the fresh tank fill and turn on the 12 volt pump. I use either the 12 volt outlet in my tow vehicle or use a little inverter plugged into the 20 amp outlet on the pedestal. the shower packs up small and i store it in the camper.
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:27 PM   #6
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Has anyone figured how to use a bypass water line with a valve to use the water pump to refill the fresh water tank while dry camping. Lifting the 6 gallon tank to refill our tank is getting old.
Is it possible to run a line from pressure side of pump to the line coming out of the fresh water tank with a valve to allow the onboard pump to use the antifreeze side port to refill the fresh tank with water?
I just use the winterizing hose directly in the 5 gal jug of water. Turn the valve to winterize but do not bypass the water heater.
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Old 11-16-2019, 02:34 PM   #7
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I've been using a 6 gallon cube and realized the antifreeze port draws into the pump. I think I can place a line between the pressure side of the pump and the line leading from the fresh water tank with a valve and use the antifreeze port to fill the water tank. I am trying to limit the amount of stuff to carry and fool with on every camping trip. I seems each time we go out we have more to pack and unpack.
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I just use the winterizing hose directly in the 5 gal jug of water. Turn the valve to winterize but do not bypass the water heater.
A Roo hybrid doesn't have the same features that your Cedar Creek has.
No docking station nor valve levers.
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I've been using a 6 gallon cube and realized the antifreeze port draws into the pump. I think I can place a line between the pressure side of the pump and the line leading from the fresh water tank with a valve and use the antifreeze port to fill the water tank. I am trying to limit the amount of stuff to carry and fool with on every camping trip. I seems each time we go out we have more to pack and unpack.
If you have the outside shower provision in your wet bay the valve you want could be the cold water side of the faucet. Just need a hose with attachment for the tank fill port. Water in via the antifreeze port and out the shower faucet into the holding tank port. All other faucets off. If you don't have an outside shower provision this is a moot input.
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:13 PM   #10
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I use a 12 volt pump I got on amazon for $19.00 and have 3 7 gallon water jugs. I use an old small motorcycle battery to power it and it works great! I just recharge the battery with a harbor freight 7 dollar trickle charger when I get home. I take the charger with me incase I need to charge it while camping, but I have never needed to yet. Motorcycle battery is small and sits in the pass through outside storage with the pump.
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I got a 2nd 12v pump and a 30 gal plasticbarrel. We used it for showers before we got a camper with hot water.. fill barrel in morning, let sun heat it up all day and we had warm showers at night. After a few days I’d fill the barrell ( back of my truck) and top off camper tanks. Worked like a charm. When we Boondock now I carry the barrel, pump and hose. Also use it at home or water plants in the yard in the summer.
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:16 PM   #12
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pump water instead of anti freeze. problem fixed. or get yourself an inexpensive drill ran pump.
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:29 AM   #13
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If you have an anti freeze port on your Roo, why not use it as is? It will not fill the tank but you can certainly place your spare tank on the ground, run a hose from the antifreeze port to it and it will draw the water from your tank just like it does the anti freeze...
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:38 AM   #14
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I use the winterization port to draw from and pump through the outdoor shower to the tank.

You can also cut the low point drain and replace with a regular hose thread and valve if you dont have an outdoor shower.

I also have used one of these. Put it on the truck bed, shake a few times and no power needed. Makes a big difference if you are battery limited. Costs $5 on sale.
https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/mar...ldCatid=794004
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jrctoby, put your model and year in your signature line. If I knew if you had a newer model that comes with the 'shower miser', I would say to dip a hose from the winterizing valve you would normally use to suck up antifreeze into your water can, and flip the shower miser to recirculate the water back into the fresh tank, as it normally functions to conserve water.

That idea about the 12v shower pump is a good one too, I have one of those I got on Amazon when I was a tent camper, they are inexpensive.
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A Roo hybrid doesn't have the same features that your Cedar Creek has.
No docking station nor valve levers.
Dan, our Shamrock 21DK hybrid does.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:53 AM   #17
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pump water instead of anti freeze. problem fixed. or get yourself an inexpensive drill ran pump.
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The on-board water pump doesn't care whether the water comes from the fresh tank or a jug.
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If you have the outside shower provision in your wet bay the valve you want could be the cold water side of the faucet. Just need a hose with attachment for the tank fill port. Water in via the antifreeze port and out the shower faucet into the holding tank port. All other faucets off. If you don't have an outside shower provision this is a moot input.
Could possibly do the same thing from the kitchen sink with an adapter replacing the aerator and a hose to the FW tank.

Or if the kitchen sink is one of those pull-out hose types, maybe take off the spray head and replace with a hose to the FW tank.
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Like others said, if you have an antifreeze inlet port on the side of the Roo and the 3-way valve is easily accessible, you can suck water in that way and run a hose from the outside shower to your gravity fill fresh water tank fill port. If that’s a hassle, you can buy a separate 12V potable water pump to use for filling the FW tank.

On my previous TT, I upgraded the on board water pump and repurposed the old one for pumping water from a 6 gallon jug into the FW tank. This is still more convenient than trying to access the 3-way antifreeze valve on my new 5er so I still use it.
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I leave my 100 gallon water tank in the pickup, and siphon it into the Roo. Works great as long as you can get the top of the water tank higher than the fill hole on the Roo. I always carry a spare pump anyway, so if the siphon fails, I can use the pump.
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