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Old 03-14-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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Quick water question.

I am new to the camping scene and plan to visit a few State parks this summer that don't have water hook ups. Can I fill my fresh water tank at the campground? I don't like to travel with the extra weight of the water. Any thought would be welcome
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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Yes. Double check the listing for the specific CG you are going to, but I have never run across one that doesn't either have a fresh water fill-up at the entrance, or in NY where we camp, there are water spigots every 10-12 sites along the road that you can use to fill up.

I think the majority of people going dry camping do this.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:43 AM   #3
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Most State Campgrounds have water available at the dump stations and other areas in the park. I carry a couple of six gal. containers that I bought at Walmart to haul water with if I need to. My old TT I could just pour it in but my new 5W I have to use a pump to put it in.

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Usually, yes you can. You should check with the campground to find out where the fresh water fill(s) are. They sometimes are inconveniently placed.
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:52 AM   #5
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Yes, pull up while your close to the water spigot and fill up before you set up so you don't have to tote it if its far away from your spot. Make sure to ck the signs around, If it has a sign "not potable", don't use except to clean sewer hose, not saying your stupid but have seen people try to fill up at this because they didn't read the sign. Be smart if your going to be there a while get a couple of 5 gal. water jugs to fill up sometimes even 200 ft of hose won't reach. I got a small water transfer pump you hook up to a drill to get the water from one to another.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:00 AM   #6
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Yes, pull up while your close to the water spigot and fill up before you set up so you don't have to tote it if its far away from your spot. Make sure to ck the signs around, If it has a sign "not potable", don't use except to clean sewer hose, not saying your stupid but have seen people try to fill up at this because they didn't read the sign. Be smart if your going to be there a while get a couple of 5 gal. water jugs to fill up sometimes even 200 ft of hose won't reach. I got a small water transfer pump you hook up to a drill to get the water from one to another.

You got link to that pump? I may want to pick one up.

To the OP, just ask when you check in where the fresh water fill is located. In some of the parks you need to turn around, go to the dump station on the way out, fill up, then turn around again to get back into the campground. In some, you have to enter the dump station backwards. Some have a separate area. Etc...

Even if the park shows spigot's every few sites, don't count on being able to fill. First, most of them I've encountered are a threadless pipe, so you can't attach a hose without something like a water thief or a water bandit. Second, even the spot that's supposed to be right next to a spigot has been more than 100' from the spigot to the site.
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You got link to that pump? I may want to pick one up.

To the OP, just ask when you check in where the fresh water fill is located. In some of the parks you need to turn around, go to the dump station on the way out, fill up, then turn around again to get back into the campground. In some, you have to enter the dump station backwards. Some have a separate area. Etc...

Even if the park shows spigot's every few sites, don't count on being able to fill. First, most of them I've encountered are a threadless pipe, so you can't attach a hose without something like a water thief or a water bandit. Second, even the spot that's supposed to be right next to a spigot has been more than 100' from the spigot to the site.
I carry 300 ft of Walmart RV Hose. Works great with a water bandit in most provincial parks.
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I carry 300 ft of Walmart RV Hose. Works great with a water bandit in most provincial parks.

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My 125' was too short at Bronte Creek, and besides, the water pressure blew my water bandit apart. I was able to get it back together but I had to resort to using a collapsable 5 gallon jug to add enough to the tank to carry us through the rest of the trip.
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I got my water pump at Harbor Freight for about $30. It is 12 volt so I can either hook it to my battery or my Jump Start battery.

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You can also try Ebay "bottomdollarsurplus" as they usually have a pump or to pretty cheap.. Just wire acouple of battery clips and use that to transfer water. I have a 40 gal bladder tank that I up on the back of the truck behind the hitch and use that if I am needing to get water and don't want to move the camper. I also carry a travel tote to empty grey water ( but I try not to use it for black water, which usually lasts a week if I am careful.
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