Adding Fresh Water While Dry Camping
The title of this thread may seem obvious as most rigs have an opening that you can pour water into and gravity takes its course. This is how I have always added water when dry camping. My dad even made a special funnel that fits nicely into the fresh water hole and makes pouring water in much faster and easier.
We recently traded our pull trailer for a 5th Wheel and found no such hole for pouring water into. While dry camping, I was trying to figure out how to get our extra 5 gallon jugs of water into the gravity/city water hose connection when the following trick jumped into my brain.
I used the winterization tube and valve that sits in front of the pump to pull water (instead of pink antifreeze) into the rig's water system. Then I used the outside shower - in our rig this is a coiled hose - turning the cold faucet on full. The trick is that the outside shower hose has a hose fitting at its business end, and I simply connected it to the gravity/city water hose connection. I put the valve in the gravity water fill position and the water went into to the fresh water tank.
Just to make the water path clear - it went from the 5 gallon jug (placed in the storage compartment next to the utility bay - no holding up heavy water jugs) through the winterization intake tube, through the pump, through the water system, through the outside shower faucet, through outside shower hose, through the gravity water fill and into the fresh water tank. This all happens at the rate of our water pump of about 2 to 3 gallons per minute. Not a drop of water lost.
Happy dry camping!
2012 GMC 3500 Duramax Crew Cab, SuperGlide 20k
2014 Cedar Creek 36B4, LP Onan, Level-Up, Trail-Air pin, electric fridge