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Old 08-12-2015, 08:52 PM   #1
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Jayflight TT 26RKS, Where do you fill it.. Water Tanks?

Probably a stupid question but here goes, We have had our TT for about 3 years, never have filled the fresh water tanks for camping, always have had hook up sites. Were headed out for a few days of dry camping and it all of a sudden hit me.. Do I fill up from the "City Inlet" where we put the hose on for city hook up or do we put the hose down in the "Fresh Water Fill" (you know, the one you usually put water in with the Jerry Jug?

I know it's a stupid question, but, one has to lean at least once. In the Jayco manual it's a bit miss leading showing putting it in with the city water fill... but I looked at ours and the valves and I do not think that is an option on our set up..

I'm sure others have had the same "Newbee" questions.. so, I figured someone can respond fairly quickly ...

Thanks in advance..
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:02 PM   #2
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No stupid question ...... use the fresh water fill and a hose and go slow it can backup or burp water back at you. Don't forget you will need the pump turned on to get water pressure
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Thanks Edd 505 I appreciate your reply... I was going crazy trying to figure how how to configure the valves to make it work :-). Since the tank will take 80 gallons (+6 for the hot water heater) I guess it takes a while to fill? I didn't ask the dealer if it was one tank or two... So much to keep track of!

Thanks so much for the quick response.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:57 PM   #4
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David, is it possible to fill the tank when you get close to your destination?

80 gallons of water is a lot of weight to drag (640 pounds).

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Old 08-12-2015, 09:58 PM   #5
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Normally only 1 water tank, 1 black, and 1 or 2 gray. If you have two gray figure which is which and label them. Not sure how far you will be driving but 80 gallons @ just over 8lbs a gallon is a lot of extra weight so if I can fill en route I do.
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Old 08-13-2015, 06:49 AM   #6
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I agree with David, Jayco really needs to rewrite the owners manual on the city water/gravity fill question. It has thrown alot of us at first.
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You will have 2 fresh tanks under there for that capacity. They are plumbed together with a large diameter hose.

My trailer has 90 gallons of fresh capacity; two 42 gallon tanks and the 6 gallon water heater.

I'm assuming you have the thermal package with enclosed underbelly since without it the tanks are exposed and a quick look underneath would tell you what you need to know.
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Thanks folks for all the feedback, We are going to Elkmont Campground in the Smoky National park and there is a visitor station just outside the park (that I spoke with this week) and they have both a fill station and a dump station so we will be running empty both ways... I agree, 80 gallons is a lot of extra weight to carry if you do not have to.

We do have the Thermal Package and the underneath is closed (be it with some flimsy plastic cover).. but we can not see under there. We do have 2 gray tanks and we know one is under the bathroom and the other I believe is closer to the Kitchen, they have never been a problem and I don't think we have ever filled just one of them while camping for 3 or 4 days ... (quick camper showers)... and we have two valves on the outside of the TT at the Dump port.. our Black tank is 32 gallons... So, we should be good to go.

To get ready for this trip I changed out the group 24 Marine/RV battery they had installed and I installed 2 Trojan 105 deep cycle golf cart batteries (6v. ea) and it looks like my Amp hour rating went from under 80 to now 220 amp hour ... I also changed out all the incandescent lamps in the TT and now are running LED lamps. I did a test on the draw and my power consumption is about 30% or less than the incandescent.. with 5 fixtures, 2 LED's ea my amp meter was reading less than a 3 amp draw! I figure at most we will have 1 or 2 of the fixtures on at a time, perhpas at some point 3. I don't think we will need the heater this trip, lt will be in the mid 60's so I dont have to deal with the furnace.

I took the original Group 24 battery and keep it charged with a battery tender, so when we go I will have that in the trailer (un plugged of course) and I have a Cigarette lighter adapter which I plug in a 5 slot USB charger to keep our phones and tablets charged ...

I picked up a 12v DC adapter to run my laptop and charge my battery but I am not sure what the draw that is... but it can charge my laptop battery if I want.. I figure if I want to watch a movie I can use my 17" LED laptop to play a movie in the evening..

This will be an interesting trip and I hope to monitor how things go so we can plan more "Boon Docking" trips in the future... One thing, my wife didn't want a "Generator Site" so, it's battery camping all the way this time... we will just have to see how things plan out...but I imagine I'll have plenty of juice to do what we want. So, Wish us luck!
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Sounds like your ready to roll, let us know how your trip goes.
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I talked to a 5th wheel owner recently in South Lake Tahoe. He had no hook up site and he told me that he brought 140 gallons of water from Santa Barbara area (10 hours driving). This sounded bizarre for me, as I thought that there should be a place closer to Lake Tahoe to fill up. After the conversation I noticed that there are some sites on the campground with hook ups...

So, how does it work from a practical perspective: how to find a place to fill up on the route? Or if there are hook up sites and I do not have hook up, is it acceptable to ask other campers to fill up the trailer from their hose?

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