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Old 07-02-2019, 01:13 PM   #1
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Filling water tank

So, I was just thinking back to when I first used my travel trailer and forgot to fill my fresh water tank. I had to fill (numerous times) my 5 gallon water jug and then pour it into my holding tank which was a work out. Granted, I only forgot this once, but now I carry a battery powered turkey deep fryer Oilers in out pump (never used for anything other than water) just in case I need to fill the tank again.
What does everyone else do?
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:26 PM   #2
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I've seen pics of water bottles fitted with a hose to stick in the TT fill spout. I used to set up a 4' table in front of the fill spout & stack 2 milk boxes on top of that to put my 7 gallon bottles on & then held up a funnel to dump in. Beat having to hold up that heavy bottle. This year for Christmas I asked for a 12 volt RV water pump & mounted it to a cutting board. I wired on a 12 volt line with a switch & a 12 volt plug that I now plug into an outlet inside my Roo. Now it's just stick a tube in the water bottle & the other hose into the fill spout & turn on the switch. Makes it a lot easier to fill. The pump, hose & fill tube fit in a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket.
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Old 07-02-2019, 05:02 PM   #3
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I have used a drill motor driven pump to transfer water. But battery powered drill won't last long. I use a 110v if there is power available. I finally bought a 12v pump like what is in the trailer. It's portable and works well.
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:09 PM   #4
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My safety step ladder (platform) is the perfect height to lay the 5 gal jugs on their side, and use the 5/8" tubing on the valve into the gravity fill.
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:08 PM   #5
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I'm very low tech when boondocking I bust my butt holding a 6 gallon jug and filling tank, a spare water pump (I have two) hooked to 12V would be much easier glade you got me thinking about it.
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:21 PM   #6
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I bought an RV water pump from Amazon that would match the same connections where the pump in my TT is installed. It's a Chinese Shur Flo knock off which as I recall was only about $60. Figured it could pump water from my containers in the pickup bed where I have a 12V power outlet, very kindly installed at the factory, and should my main pump ever fail I can merely unscrew the fittings on both ends, insert pump, and connect wires.

That will then give me plenty of time to repair or order new pump.

Just a note, those drill powered pumps that are really inexpensive don't have "food grade" rotors in them and who knows what "not fit for human consumption" chemicals can be released from their composition. Great for moving fuel, motor oil, etc. Potable water? Not so much.
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:45 PM   #7
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I bought a 12v pump at Harbor Freight. Works great.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:04 PM   #8
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I used a Harbor Freight 12 volt pump, and it worked pretty well. Then I switched up to HF's 110 volt electric pump, and wow! It empties my 6 gallon jug in about 60 seconds. It's a 1/10th hp transfer pump. It was on sale and I used a coupon and got it for $49.
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