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Old 06-12-2016, 08:20 PM   #1
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Filling fresh water tank

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.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:19 AM   #2
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Fellow Squid??

So we had a similar situation over Memorial Day weekend. Our issue is the tank auto-siphoned 2/3 of our fresh water on the drive to our destination. So once we made that discovery, we had to figure something out. 4 adults for 3 1/2 days and only 1/3 tank of water is not gonna work.

What worked for us, Walmart had 5 gal jugs of water for like 11 bucks with a 6.50 exchange rebate. So we snagged a few of those and a funnel from the auto section. To make it work, I took the flexible hose connector that I already had: and stuck it in the fill hole. Then, put the funnel into the end of that and had my buddy hold it all in place while I dumped the water in.

I'm sure there's better options out there, but in a pinch on our shake down trip, this worked.

Good luck!
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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.
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Old 06-13-2016, 06:48 AM   #4
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I also have 3 water containers (about 5 or 6 gallons each) that I bought at Canadian Tire and use to bring water to our TT. I've been using the same method that GSD_Gunner has been using but without the flexible hose connector. I just bought a new Shurflo 12V water pump that I installed yesterday and I'm going to rig up the old pump to pump the water from the jugs into the FW tank inlet. No more holding the jug in the air and getting wet in the process.
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:41 PM   #5
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We can actually SEE our tank from our outside storage. But, what we usually do, is when it start shooting out. Turn off the water. Let it all settle down... then start filling again VERY, VERY slowly, until water starts coming out again. Learned that lesson the hard way, too!

This SLOW FILL will allow you to get it FULL.
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:54 PM   #6
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I use Aquatainers from Walmart and other places. I have a 12v bilge pump that will fit inside them, 12v cord plugs into an outlet I added nearby. Run hose from pump into fill opening.
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Old 06-13-2016, 02:44 PM   #7
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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.
We purchased a funnel that has a long neck and a chain that hooks on a small bracket that has stickum applied to the back and adheres to the side of the trailer above the filler hole. Then we bought a 2.5 gallon plastic bucket and labeled "Potable Water Only" and store it in a plastic sack when not in use. We sanitize it at the biginning of the season, too.
Using a bucket at the campsite instead of a jug keeps an air gap between the faucet and the container. Better safe than sorry!
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We purchased a funnel that has a long neck and a chain that hooks on a small bracket that has stickum applied to the back and adheres to the side of the trailer above the filler hole. Then we bought a 2.5 gallon plastic bucket and labeled "Potable Water Only" and store it in a plastic sack when not in use. We sanitize it at the biginning of the season, too.
Using a bucket at the campsite instead of a jug keeps an air gap between the faucet and the container. Better safe than sorry!
Also, let the tank breath a little when it "backfires" all over you.
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Old 06-13-2016, 03:59 PM   #9
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We use a 12v pump that I bought on amazing for $30. It's made for potable water. I then used a "7 way vehicle side receptacle" so that I could draw the 12 volts from my tow vehicle cord. Our fresh water fill is up is on the from if the unit. I would have loved to use the outside shower and winterizing setup but the outside shower is at the back of the RV. It may take 10-15 minutes to drain a 7 gallon container but my back sure feels better. I even bought a collapsible 2 wheel cart for shuffling the water containers. We have a 30 gallon fresh water tank and we usually travel with another 25 gallons when we go to the 40 acres where water is 5 miles away.
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Old 06-13-2016, 04:23 PM   #10
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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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