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Old 06-13-2016, 06:30 PM   #11
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We use a 6 gallon plastic water container which has a built in spout. Put it on a folding Craftsman dolly for easy transportation.

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Old 06-13-2016, 10:06 PM   #12
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We use the collapsible 5 gal water containers from Amazon. 3 different brands available and when not in use, they collapse flat.






https://www.amazon.com/5ive-Star-Gea...ater+container
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:42 AM   #13
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Yes. Still serving. RCN.

thanks for the idea. Still trying to figure out best method to know when tank is full besides water shooting out the fill hole. Lol.
First thing, we assume your tank is a gravity fill like most of us. Second , be sure you are level when you fill. Fill with a flex tube or hose in the filler. Fill slowly until it is coming out the overflow and backing up in to your face ( if yer not careful)

Fill slowly to be sure that you give time for the water to push to air out and so you do not wind up putting so much pressure in the system that you rupture your tank or blow fill lines apart.

I got a hose end water meter, so I know for sure how much water i put on board. I learned that our 160 gal water tank system only holds 152 gal and I can tell how much water weight I can plan with when I am watching total load weight .

Oh also, we had to learn submarine shower years ago when we had a camper with just 30 gal FW to get us through the trips.
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Old 06-14-2016, 12:49 AM   #14
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I recall reading a post on this site where the winterizing draw tube was used to pull water from the 5-gallon water jugs and the outside show was used to fill the freshwater tank through the gravity fill.

You might have to extend the winterizing tube and clean and sanitize it before doing this, but if your RV is capable of doing this, I would consider this method.
But remember. Gravity is free and filling per the above puts wear on the pump AND uses a bunch of battery, if you are not on electrical hookup.

The guy who said he had a buddy help was smarter than me. I have nearly broken myself holding a six gallon jug on my shoulder with one hand holding the fill spout with the other..
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If you search Fresh Water fill you will find a lot more info,,, I have found as a lot of owners have found that by making a hose a couple of feet long,,, that you can put down the filler,,, as long as you have a free flow fill tube,,, and run water very slowly,,, you will be able to fill completely,,, do not forget,,, HW heater may hold 5 gallons !!!
Also your air vent must be clear,,, no water backing up in it !!!
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But remember. Gravity is free and filling per the above puts wear on the pump AND uses a bunch of battery, if you are not on electrical hookup.

The guy who said he had a buddy help was smarter than me. I have nearly broken myself holding a six gallon jug on my shoulder with one hand holding the fill spout with the other..
You must be a lot younger & stronger that I am Tom,,,
There ain't no way I could do that !!!
LOL !!!
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:01 AM   #17
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We had a great second weekend camping. Only one problem is that we ran out of fresh water Saturday night. I fairly certain is that we didn't fill the tank properly.

Please tell me your best solution to know when the tank is full.

Secondly what is the best method to add water to the tank when you don't have a supply at the campsite. I was thinking about having dedicated jerry cans for ferrying water to the site and then siphoning it into the tank.

Thanks in advance for the responses.
Others have provided good ideas on filling so I'll mention, wash dishes in a dish pan (no running water) and take Navy showers. Camping is not like work no need to shower and shave every day JMHO
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I recall reading a post on this site where the winterizing draw tube was used to pull water from the 5-gallon water jugs and the outside show was used to fill the freshwater tank through the gravity fill.

You might have to extend the winterizing tube and clean and sanitize it before doing this, but if your RV is capable of doing this, I would consider this method.
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But remember. Gravity is free and filling per the above puts wear on the pump AND uses a bunch of battery, if you are not on electrical hookup.

The guy who said he had a buddy help was smarter than me. I have nearly broken myself holding a six gallon jug on my shoulder with one hand holding the fill spout with the other..
I have used the antifreeze inlet to ingest water into my plumbing system with several different rigs over the years. Your camper's pump doesn't care where it sucks the water from so there's no need to refill your fresh water tank.

Also, when sucking out of a jug with the water pump, your rig uses no more pump or battery than it would if you sucked it out of the fresh tank. (after refilling the tank by pouring it into the fresh water fill port)

There's no need to 'break yourself' holding a jug and pouring into the fresh water fill port.

I don't even take the jugs off the back of the truck.
Once my on-board tank runs dry, I turn off the pump, I get out my fresh water hose, hook to the antifreeze port, stick the other end down into the bottom of the water jug, (stuff a clean rag around the hose where it goes into the jug to hold it) turn the selector valve from drawing from the fresh water tank to drawing from the antifreeze port and turn the pump back on. It is that simple. When one jug runs out... switch the hose to the next jug. Takes all of a few seconds.

A water bladder or a larger tank on the back of the truck would be easy too!
Someday I'll go that route but I've had 4 of the six gallon water jugs for years and can't see any reason not to continue to use them as long as they are OK.
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I have used the antifreeze inlet to ingest water into my plumbing system with several different rigs over the years. Your camper's pump doesn't care where it sucks the water from so there's no need to refill your fresh water tank.

Also, when sucking out of a jug with the water pump, your rig uses no more pump or battery than it would if you sucked it out of the fresh tank. (after refilling the tank by pouring it into the fresh water fill port)

There's no need to 'break yourself' holding a jug and pouring into the fresh water fill port.

I don't even take the jugs off the back of the truck.
Once my on-board tank runs dry, I turn off the pump, I get out my fresh water hose, hook to the antifreeze port, stick the other end down into the bottom of the water jug, (stuff a clean rag around the hose where it goes into the jug to hold it) turn the selector valve from drawing from the fresh water tank to drawing from the antifreeze port and turn the pump back on. It is that simple. When one jug runs out... switch the hose to the next jug. Takes all of a few seconds.
Great idea I'm going to try your system next time I'm out, this is the first rig I have had that has the antifreeze fill port
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Great idea I'm going to try your system next time I'm out, this is the first rig I have had that has the antifreeze fill port
Yeah, my XLR doesn't have a port. I'd have to disconnect hoses under the sink and run it out the door to do that.
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