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Old 04-23-2011, 11:02 AM   #1
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Is it possible to fill up the water tank...

Is it possible to fill up the fresh water tank without bringing it to a campground and using the hoses there? I will be boondocking quite a bit so this would really come in handy. I'm already anticipating getting one of the Barker totes as well for the waste.

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Old 04-23-2011, 11:05 AM   #2
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You can fill it with any hose.
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:54 AM   #3
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StarGazer,

I boondock a lot as well and addressing the needs of the fresh water tank has a lot to do with what is available where one boondocks. I avoid (when possible) towing with a full tank of fresh water because of the added weight and the impact on the settings of my WDH.

If a water spigot is available I will hook a hose up (if allowed) and fill my tank, then head to the campsite. Some water spigots are designed so you can't even hook a hose to it. I also carry a 5 gallon plastic jug in the event there is only a hand pump available so at least I can fill my tank with the jug (takes a few trips).

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That's what I was getting at. Filling up without a water hookup of anykind. Here's the scenario:

I have my trailer all nice and setup on my property off a private road in a very wooded area in the Adirondacks. No hookups, no nothing. Complete boondocking. I leave the trailer there when I go home and go back and forth on weekends to vacation on this property throughout the summer.

I would prefer not to have to hitch up and bring it to a campground nearby when my fresh water starts running low. So I was thinking of perhaps bringing maybe a couple 5 gallon containers of water with me when I go up for the weekend and add it to the tank. Is this possible? Do I need a pressurized water source from a hose? Or can I just like setup a funnel and dump the water into the tank?
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snip...... Is this possible? Do I need a pressurized water source from a hose? Or can I just like setup a funnel and dump the water into the tank?
StarGazer,

Yes on the possible, and No you don't need to pressurize anything..., and Yes just pour the water into the tank via the outside capped opening. The pump operating off the 12V battery will prime itself and maintain the required pressure for use. I assume that you have a plan for maintaining a charged battery, and it's best not to let a battery drop below 50% of full charge.

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Hi Bob,

Thanks! I'm currently trying to decide on a generator. An inverter type is a must for me. I don't want some crazy loud motor running. So I guess that leaves the Yamahas or Hondas.

Trying to decide on one 3000w or 2 2000w running parallel.
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StarGazer,

Yep, I'm tossing back and forth between going with a 300W solar panel system, or a Honda 2000W generator. If I go solar I don't plan to have a generator for backup because I'm pretty conservative on my daily amp/hr usage, and I'm not worried about running my A/C or Micro.

I hope to decide next month.

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I bought a 55 gal drum that was used for pop syrup and fill it up at home than siphon it into my tank.
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You can also get a collapsible water bladder. Use a shurflo pump and pump it into the trailer tank.
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I'm already anticipating getting one of the Barker totes as well for the waste
Second on the Barker Tote. I love mine....well as much as you can love a blue tote
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