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Old 06-02-2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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Refilling the fresh water tank - Need help

Hi again!

During our first trip in our Rockwood HW276, I realized the need to have an easier method to transfer fresh water from two 7 gallon containers into the pop up camper's fresh water tank. I believe I had to refill it twice during our 3 day outing. We plan on doing a full week soon and I'm wondering if there's an easier way someone else has used that is both simple and economical.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #2
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A piece of Tygon hose and a funnel is what I use.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:06 PM   #3
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A piece of Tygon hose and a funnel is what I use.
Thanks for the reply. But how does the water from the container get into the camper's water tank? I want to avoid having to always lift the heavy water container and pour it into a funnel. I heard about water drill pumps. Are these a good alternative?
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:10 PM   #4
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I do mine 1 gallon at a time. I agree, lifting 7 gallons of water (58 lbs. ??) would be a bit much, at least for this ol(d) boy.

Why not keep a clean gallon milk jug handy, pour into that from the 7 gallon container, then pour the water from the milk jug into the funnel and hose ???

I have never tried a water drill pump.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:26 PM   #5
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When the bilge pump went out on our boat, we bought a drill pump at the local hardware. Just a quick fix until we could get the boat in for repair. It worked great! Maybe it would work for you. Only paid about 19.00.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:55 PM   #6
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I used a camp table to hold the 6 gallon jug, then a hose from the jug to the trailer, not ideal but at least I didn't have to hold the jug the whole time
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:32 AM   #7
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I bought a "thirsty-mate" hand pump for my 7 gallon jugs. Works ok.
The Genuine Thirsty-Mate Hand Pump

http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/catalo...13&pageNum=299
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:51 AM   #8
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Hi,
I mounted a 12 volt water pump similar to the one in our trailer on a piece of plywood then added a piece of hose long enough to get into the 5 gallon portable water container on the inlet and another piece of hose on the outlet to get into the fresh water inlet on our trailer. For the 12 volts I wired in a cable with a plug that will go into a cigarette lighter. I then installed the female cigarette lighter fitting on our trailer. These fittings are readily available. It works like a charm. No heavy lifting or spilling of water.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:34 PM   #9
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Reliance water jug.

Reliance Desert Patrol Water Container | Canadian Tire

These are made By Reliance which are readily available in the US also. What suprised me about it was that is was so fast at emptying! Looks like it would take a while huh? It only takes about 8 seconds to empty the entire jug. So yes you do have to lift it but not for long. I own 4 of these and they have saved me hours of backbreaking labour to refill the tank. NO glug glug for 10 min all you hear is WHOOOOSH and as long as the vent cap is open Boom all your water is in there lickety split!
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:26 AM   #10
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we use a 1 gallon plastic bottle the top fits in you don't need a funnel
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