Originally Posted by troutslayer
I'm not sure I understand your point...not trying to be argumentative but I don't see the difference between hooking up a hose with a "bandit" to fill a water tank as opposed to filling a 5 gallon container 6 times to fill my rv water tank. I'm not sure how this robs others of water unless you are saying that I shouldn't fill the rv tank at all? Could you explain?
In some campgrounds, the water supply is limited. While many campers may take 5 gallons at a time, they often won't fill a 100 gallon tank by filling and hauling a 5 gallon container 20 times.
Several national forest campgrounds in the east use solar water pumps and a holding tank that contains about 100-150 or so gallons of water. The actual water supply in the ground may not be limited, but getting that water to the surface and into the holding tank at the water station takes a long time. The solar panels and solar pumps work well, but pump slowly, as they are pumping water up from a considerable depth. If one RV empties the entire holding tank by filling his RV in one shot, the water supply for any other campers may not be available for hours, as the pumps work to slowly refill the holding tank.
That is why there are usually no threads on the spigot, and the spigot usually is spring operated so it must be continually held open to flow. Then people cannot simply hook up and turn it on and drain the holding tank dry. And even with a water thief, they have to physically hold the thief with one hand, and hold the spigot open with the other hand.
There are many designs built into a campground to facilitate behavior without posting endless rules everywhere.