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Old 08-01-2014, 12:09 AM   #1
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Fresh water fill question - 197

We have a 2012 197 that we bought new and have used a fair bit. Tonight I was reading the 2012 Jay Feather owner's manual. In section 7-2, it tells how to use the city water connection. Fine. I know how to use that.

For dry camping, it tell you that you can fill the storage tank by gravity. Fine. I know how to do that. Simple. Pour water in filler hole.

Then at the top of 7-3, I tells you that you can stick the other end of the filler hose that you use for city water into a container of water, turn the pump ON, and it will pull water from the container and put it in the storage tank??????

It seems to tell you that it will fill the storage tank by sucking water from a container through a hose, into the city water inlet???????

Anybody??????
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If I understand your third paragraph correctly, you have a garden hose connected to the city water pressure inlet on the side of your trailer. The manual says if you unhook the garden hose from the house, hydrant, whatever and stick that end into a container of water and turn on the 12V pump in the trailer it will suck the water out of the container??

I've not heard that yet. Seems to me that if you can suck water through the city water inlet you could also suck air through it as well if it wasn't capped off. There is a check valve in the city water hookup fitting that keeps system pressure (trailer) from puking out on the ground when nothing is hooked to it.

When I get my trailer out prior to my next trip I will try it with mine and see what it does.
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Old 08-01-2014, 06:23 AM   #3
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This is a section in your book that covers mutilple trailers. It may work, but you need to check your valving and see what ones to turn to fill the water tank. That is the only way. I would not think that you can simply take the hose and stick it in a bucket and it work

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Is that the "country fill" I read about in another thread? I can't think of a single time I would ever suck water up from an open container.
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Another prime example of generic manuals being almost worthless. The only units I have seen that can use the on board pump to fill the fresh water tank are some 5th wheels with a complex valve system. But even those require figuring it out as the manuals give no diagrams or layouts.

My guess is a 197 cannot use the pump/city water connection to fill the tank.
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Yeah. I can't imagine using the city water inlet to suck water. I guess, as posted above, this might cover certain models.

Whoever writes these manuals must live in a dark basement, away from any real world action.
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Then at the top of 7-3, I tells you that you can stick the other end of the filler hose that you use for city water into a container of water, turn the pump ON, and it will pull water from the container and put it in the storage tank??????
I suppose if you were dry camping in some very remote location and had to save rainwater in a storage container this may come in handy.
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