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Old 05-21-2015, 05:13 PM   #1
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Dry camping/getting water

Hi campers!

We will be dry camping for the first time in our 27.5BHS this weekend and cannot figure out how to get water into the tank from external water jugs. We have the water system where there's one hole with a switch to switch the valve from city water to fill water. The hole has a mesh screen and won't accept water from a jug as we pour it in. Is here a way to use our water pump? The manual is less than helpful. Please help! We leave tomorrow.
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:54 PM   #2
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I believe that you run a hose/tube from the fresh water intake to the jug/tank with water. You also run the water pump simultaneously. Here is what it says in my manual:

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You can gravity fill the fresh water system if you do not have access to city water; however, allow extra time to fill the fresh water system if you are using this method.
Follow the steps listed above; however, at step 3 put the other end of the non-toxic drinking water hose into your container of fresh water, and turn ON the water pump (instead of turning ON the water at the water source.) When the fresh water tank is full, shut OFF the water pump and disconnect the non-toxic drinking water hose.


Here is the "step 3" referred to above:

To use the city water fill
1. If needed, sanitize the water system.
2. Remove the connection cap and attach a non-toxic drinking water hose to the inlet.
3. Turn ON the water at the water source. Enter the RV and open the cold water supply faucets to bleed air from the water lines. When the water lines are nearly full, you may experience some "air pockets." Allow them to escape before closing the cold water supply faucets.
4. The water heater will fill first, followed by the supply lines and faucets.
The fresh water connection should be unplugged (i.e., the non-toxic drinking water hose disconnected) when the RV is left unattended for any amount of time. If something would happen to the water system, this may help limit water damage to a smaller area.
To disconnect the city water fill
5. Shut OFF the water at the water source.
6. Disconnect the non-toxic drinking water hose and reinstall the connection cap.
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Old 05-21-2015, 06:13 PM   #3
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Need to look around for a GRAVITY FILL INLET to add water to the FRESH WATER from a water jug. This is NOT the city water port.

Every diagram I have ever seen always shows a GRAVITY FILL INLET...


My FRESH WATER FILL INLET looks like this google photo

I carry a 5-gallon JERI-CAN to use for getting water when camping. We always look for a water source before going into the NATL FOREST dry camping spots. There is usually a rest room facility somewhere not too far away along the Forest Service Roads...

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Old 05-21-2015, 09:52 PM   #4
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Not all units have different outlets for city versus gravity fill. My 2015 Eagle 5w doesn't. The layout on mine sounds like the unit the OP described.
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Hi campers!

We will be dry camping for the first time in our 27.5BHS this weekend and cannot figure out how to get water into the tank from external water jugs. We have the water system where there's one hole with a switch to switch the valve from city water to fill water. The hole has a mesh screen and won't accept water from a jug as we pour it in. Is here a way to use our water pump? The manual is less than helpful. Please help! We leave tomorrow.
On my 2014 Eagle HT 27.5BHS, the gravity fill is on the opposite side (awning side) of the trailer from the City Water connection.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:57 AM   #6
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We just got off the phone with Jayco. Spent about 40 minutes talking to their technicians. It is impossible to put water into the water tank from external water jugs on a 2015 27.5BHS. TERRIBLE DESIGN!! We are very disappointed with Jayco right now.

Thanks to all of you who tried to help.
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:23 AM   #7
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Water jug hose adaptor solution

Seems all water jugs have different-sized 'mouths' and with/without threading. I may not be suggesting the "optimum fix" to your problem, but how about looking into a garden-hose adapter solution? Add a shut-off valve, drinking-water hose, and get a lid from the local big-box store, and you've got an 'end2end' solution. Vendor is BUCKETAPE, the solution was designed for rapid tile grouting - but the concept of water-in/water-out is what it seems you need.
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Would a hose attached to a water jug attached to the fresh water tank work?
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Something like this...
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A buddy of our has this same design, and I agree it is not a good design. They ultimately got a 12v water pump and use a water hose from the pump to trailer. They also have a ~50 gallon bladder they use to carry the water to the trailer. The external pump pushes the water just like it was from a pressurized city supply. However they engage the TT water supply switch to fill the tank and then the onboard pump draws from the tank and pressurized the system.

We have borrowed their bladder and pump to fill our gravity fill because it much easier to haul a 50 gallon bladder in the truck the pump it in compared to filling 5 gallon jugs and lifting them to dump in the gravity fill port.

I am pretty sure the pump is from Harbor Freight and the bladder was purchase from Amazon.
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