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Old 05-16-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Filling fresh water tank

When camping at an electric only site site how do you fill your fresh water tanks? I have some 5gal water jugs but I am looking for a better way to fill the tanks than with a funnel.

Anyone have a pump setup either electric or hand?


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Old 05-16-2016, 02:54 PM   #2
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Is this after you are all set up and you run the tanks dry? If so I try to find a nearby hose outlet and then ask around to borrow enough water line if I don't have enough. Rarely happens but it does happen. Other option is to haul the camper to the water, big pain at times though. If I get an electric site only I fill before I park it. I rarely haul water with me there has always been a place close by to fill my tanks.

We had to use jugs once and thankfully I had kids with me so they got to haul the buckets and whatever else I could find.

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Old 05-16-2016, 02:56 PM   #3
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Top your tank off at the spigot near the park entrance before you set up. Most all have spigots near the gate hosts. Some buy a 12 vdc pump and fill from a bladder or bucket. Some rvers with the convenience centers on their rigs can hook the outside shower hose to the fresh water inlet, set their valves to winterize, and draw water from bladders or bucket that way.
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We camp without any hookups most of the time.
Since we're former popup owners, we've learned to economize our water usage.
So I'm used to shuttling the water with my 6 gallon jug.

Some use a large water bladder and 12v pump.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:00 PM   #5
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If you have a short piece of hose, you can pump it out of your jugs using your antifreeze (winterization) connection, your water pump, and your outside shower (if your shower will reach to your FW tank fill.) See attached.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:31 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
Since we're former popup owners, we've learned to economize our water usage.
So I'm used to shuttling the water with my 6 gallon jug.

X2. Being an ex-popup camper myself, and with the simplistic ways of most "older" popup campers, you learn how to be resourceful and creative with your problem solving. We still tote our 6 gallon jug. Some habits are hard to break.

Now we just fill our FW tank before we go, OR, tote that 6 gallon jug to and fro from the CG Spigot. Makes for a good "workout", UGH! Being resourceful is good in times like those.
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If you have an outside antifreeze connection just put the hose from there right into your jug. It will draw water directly from the jug. This is what I do, no lifting involved.

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I have a 3/4" hose connection for my fresh water fill. So I use a 45gallon bag tank on the back of my truck with a 12 volt pump. Works great !

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I use an 120 volt pump with garden hose connections and have a 30 gallon tank in the back of my truck.
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We frequently camp at electric only sites. We will stop and fill the tank at the closest water spigot to our site. After that I have a 6 gallon jug with a fairly long fill spout that we use to keep it topped off. If we can't use the hose for some reason I will fill the water jug twice which gives us more than enough water till I put in another jug full the next day.

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