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Old 03-24-2012, 10:03 PM   #21
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I bought a blue 55 gallon plastic drum that had Apple Juice concentrate in it so it's food grade and safe. Got it for 15 dollars off Craigslist. Also ordered a Wayne submersible pump from Ebay for 40 dollars shipped that i'll power with the Honda. The hose hooks up to the pump and will push it from the drum into the freshwater fill. We camp on the beach during the summer and this setup is gonna be great.
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The pump is a Wayne model GFU110 as stated above 40 dollars free shipping on ebay was the best price I found but most places carry it for under 60 shipped. Here is the info on it:

The GFU110 is a multi-purpose pump with a 1/10 HP that pumps up to 660 GPH. This pump is best used for small consumer jobs by DIYers or professionals. It is reinforced by oil-free thermoplastic with a bottom suction design that filters debris and removes water down to 1/8" of surface. The oil-free design protects aquatic life and it easy connects to a 3/4" garden hose thread. Designed for a variety of applications, the GFU110 truly is a multi-purpose pump.

I will simply use my exterior filter inline to pump it thru to ensure nothing at all gets into the freshwater tank in the camper. I did the five gallon jug thing last year never again I will fill my tank in one trip now. About the only downside to this is the extra space in the truck bed the barrel will take up. I'm sure most of you like myself have plenty in the bed when loaded up fire wood,coolers,burn barrel,all the stuff i dont like to keep inside the camper for the trip. They also make 12 volt model pumps for those without a generator.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:11 AM   #23
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Fill @ home or on the road?

We occasionally camp at a location with no water. Since it's about a 3 hour drive, we try not to travel with the tanks full. To solve the problem, I bought a High Country Half Moon Lay Down Water Caddy that fits in the back of the truck. It came with a standard garden hose bib, and a shut-off valve. They come in other designs, as well. Here's a link to their website:

High Country Plastics — Home

With the tank, I can drop the trailer at the site, and drive to the nearest water source and fill the water caddy. To transfer the water from the caddy to the trailer, I bought a 12V utility pump from Harbor Freight Tools. (About $32.00 + tax, with a 20% off coupon.) Here's the link:

12 Volt Marine Utility Water Pump

I mounted the pump to a small piece of wood, and cut the alligator clip wiring off. I then added a fuse, switch and long pigtail w/connector. I added the same connector to the alligator clip wiring. I then purchased a 7-pin male trailer connector and wired a pigtail to it.

Now, with the caddy in the back of the truck, and full, I just hook a hose to the bib and the pump, and run a hose to the trailer (with my inline filter, of course). I plug the pump into the trailer connector on the truck and turn it on. In a few minutes, the trailer is full.

Here's a pic the caddy (stock photo) and the pump assembly...
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:42 PM   #24
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That is a good idea with the drum and he water caddy.
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:16 AM   #25
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It depends on where we are going. Most of my stuff is boondocking so I fill up before leaving.

I'm trying to get an estimate of how much water to bring based on the number of days and people so I only take out what I will need.

One trip I filled the tank until the 2/3 full light came on and then stopped. However, once underway, I could really feel that water sloshing around...
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Old 03-27-2012, 02:22 AM   #26
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So, help me understand.

You guys have 40, 60, 80, 100 gallon tanks on your trailers and instead of filling them at home with a hose... for a few dollars... with known, good water... while you load your rigs up...

You'd rather mess around with 5 gallon jugs and transfer barrels? I mean I'm right at the limits for my truck weight wise, but I'd rather tow the extra 800lbs of water over Palomar Mountain and then enjoy more of my camping time instead of humping water jugs all over a campsite.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:45 AM   #27
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So, help me understand.

You guys have 40, 60, 80, 100 gallon tanks on your trailers and instead of filling them at home with a hose... for a few dollars... with known, good water... while you load your rigs up...

You'd rather mess around with 5 gallon jugs and transfer barrels? I mean I'm right at the limits for my truck weight wise, but I'd rather tow the extra 800lbs of water over Palomar Mountain and then enjoy more of my camping time instead of humping water jugs all over a campsite.
I agree with you. They put a tank on there for a reason. Use it! I fill mine to the brim and take extra water. If the trailer manufactuers didn't intend for you to carry water in the tank while traveling why do they put a sticker on the trailer telling you what a full load of water weighs and to take that into account for the total weight of the trailer.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:29 AM   #28
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Everyone has different priorities I guess. Every non-essential pound carried costs gas/diesel to carry it. At 5 bucks a gallon for fuel, carrying a full load of water can get expensive. Filling up at your destination makes sense for many.
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Filling up the water tank at my destination in not an option as the nearest water is 50 miles away from where I camp most of the time. If I could I probably would.
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Filling up the water tank at my destination in not an option as the nearest water is 50 miles away from where I camp most of the time. If I could I probably would.
Then that is where I would be filling up.

If water quality is an issue, bringing some liquid bleach to make it safe, or even stopping at a grocery store for bottled water might be the most cost effective way to go.

We use the tank water mostly for washing and flushing.
We buy the blue Bottled water for drinking, cooking, and coffee.
We get that at the closest home store (Lowes of Home Depot) or warehouse (Costco or BJ's).

Many places far from "good" water have the Glacier water machines to fill your containers for 25 cents a gallon.
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We're probably spoiled in our neck of the woods. We have great water in Wisconsin at 99% of the campgrounds we use. So we fill up when we get to the campground. We were told during our PDI not to travel with a full water tank as the straps, etc. are not designed to take the weight while traveling. The sloshing around of the water can put an awful lot of stress on whatever is holding your tank up. There have been a few people on these forums who have experienced the failure of the straps and/or bolts holding their tanks in place. I agree, sometimes you have to take the chance. But if water is available at your destination, I'd go that route every time.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:01 AM   #32
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So, help me understand.

You guys have 40, 60, 80, 100 gallon tanks on your trailers and instead of filling them at home with a hose... for a few dollars... with known, good water... while you load your rigs up...

You'd rather mess around with 5 gallon jugs and transfer barrels? I mean I'm right at the limits for my truck weight wise, but I'd rather tow the extra 800lbs of water over Palomar Mountain and then enjoy more of my camping time instead of humping water jugs all over a campsite.
I cant speak for everyone here but i'll give "helping you understand" a shot. In "my" situation (everyone has a different one including yourself wich you informed us of) my 40 gallon freshtank will not support nearly the water used on a one week trip on the beach in the middle of summer. It's a simple reality: I am going to RUN OUT OF FRESHWATER as sure as the sun and tide will rise. I dont enjoy eight trips on and off the beach to fill the tank with 5 gallon jugs like I was doing last year so I will now do it in one. Also as stated by others I keep my eye on every pound as my 1/2 ton is already being asked to do ALOT, I try to make things as easy as possible on it. For local trips like the one this upcoming weekend I will travel a whopping 2 miles , we are only staying two nights and the campgrounds dont turn the city water on until April 1st so yes filling the tank in my driveway is the logical move for me in this situation.
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If I am going far only enough water for while I am on the road. Most of the places I go have a fillup station if needed. If I know they won't, I fill up at the last RV park I stay at before I get to that destination.

On short trips I put a lot of water on board so I don't have to worry about hooking up when I get to the location. With a 100 gallon tank that will easily last even with pardette for several days. I have a bunch of 6 gallon cans I needed with the old trailer. They are still handy though.
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We're probably spoiled in our neck of the woods. We have great water in Wisconsin at 99% of the campgrounds we use. So we fill up when we get to the campground. We were told during our PDI not to travel with a full water tank as the straps, etc. are not designed to take the weight while traveling. The sloshing around of the water can put an awful lot of stress on whatever is holding your tank up. There have been a few people on these forums who have experienced the failure of the straps and/or bolts holding their tanks in place. I agree, sometimes you have to take the chance. But if water is available at your destination, I'd go that route every time.
I think it was you who posted pics, or links to a thread a while back where the guy lost his tank. That also had me worried, so I crawled under mine to see what that was all about. I was pleasantly suprised to find that all of my tanks are fully supported from one frame rail to the other with angle iron. It would take a lot of effort for a tank to come out.
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"all of my tanks are fully supported from one frame rail to the other with angle iron"
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More like angle "tin" than angle "iron"!
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"all of my tanks are fully supported from one frame rail to the other with angle iron"
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More like angle "tin" than angle "iron"!
1.5 inch x .125 wall and generally composed of a ferrous material... Also, pretty much the same material I built the car ramps for my car trailer out of.

I can assure you, its not roof flashing or sheetmetal. And its certainly not a couple of pipe straps and drywall screws into the wooden floor.
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It is not an issue of water quality. There is none. My house is the closest place to where I camp 50 miles away. Nothing at all between my camp spot and my house. When I boondock, I boondock! LOL
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It is not an issue of water quality. There is none. My house is the closest place to where I camp 50 miles away. Nothing at all between my camp spot and my house. When I boondock, I boondock! LOL

Do you have a place where you can dump grey or blackwater from your blueboy where you camp? I was wondering because if not your kinda limited anyway as you have a 50 gal fresh tank and a 31 grey and 31 black so theres only 12 more gallons left between the two holding tanks after going thru a full freshwater tank. Unless you fill a blueboy for extra capacity and dump it where you dump the trailer eventually.
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