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Old 02-27-2016, 09:27 PM   #1
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Question re-filling the Fresh Water Tank at the site?

Hi All, I own 2015 184bh, a very basic TT.
My fresh water tank is on the small side (only 20 gal), and sometimes I need to re-fill the tank without braking camp.
At the moment I am using Walmart 7 gallon water jugs, and a funnel.
The funnel that I have (also from Walmart) doesn’t sit nice, therefore making it a very slow process and it's a 2 man job - in other words, painful.

Is there an easier way to re-fill the fresh water tank, how are you guys doing it?

Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:38 PM   #2
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They make funnels with a flexible neck, which does help. But it's still a 2 person job.

Other folks have fashioned a pump to pump the water into the tank.
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Old 02-27-2016, 09:40 PM   #3
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Put the 7 gallon water tote on the roof of your jeep or somewhere higher than your trailer fill and siphon the water into you gravity fill on your trailer using a hose that will fit without you holdin it.
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If the tap is close enough use a water thief
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Old 02-27-2016, 10:09 PM   #5
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I found a small 12 volt bilge pump that's small enough to fit into the Aquatainer opening. I put two alligator clips on the wires, and about 10 feet of PVC hose on the discharge. I put the pump into the full Aquatainer, put the hose into the water tank fill, and connect the wires to the trailer's battery. It takes a few minutes for the pump to transfer the water, but I'm on vacation and not in a hurry. When on extended vacation, doing this once a day is usually enough to help us get by.
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[QUOTE=North of 49°;381199]I found a small 12 volt bilge pump that's small enough to fit into the Aquatainer opening.

That's a great idea.
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Hi All, I own 2015 184bh, a very basic TT.
My fresh water tank is on the small side (only 20 gal), and sometimes I need to re-fill the tank without braking camp.
At the moment I am using Walmart 7 gallon water jugs, and a funnel.
The funnel that I have (also from Walmart) doesn’t sit nice, therefore making it a very slow process and it's a 2 man job - in other words, painful.

Is there an easier way to re-fill the fresh water tank, how are you guys doing it?

Thanks.
I carry two spare 7 gallon jugs, but have only needed one of them once. BUT that one time was enough. I vowed to find a better way for the next time. I decided to have an electric-drill powered pump powered by my rechargeable drill for the next trip. Milescraft Inc. 1314 Elec. Drill Pump 750 @ Amazon ~$13 is one, but I don't have it yet so I haven't tried it, but it seems it would do the job.
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Like klassic said, use a water bandit and your fresh water hose. Most camp sites don't have a problem with you refilling your fresh water with a hose, they just obviously don't want you hooked up the entire time you're there. I carry a 25 and 50 foot fresh water hose
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I found a pump that's powered by 2 AA batteries and is designed to pump Kerosene into portable heaters. It's shaped like a "wand" and is about 18" long, with a "sump pump styled" intake at the bottom, and a flexible hose attached near the top. I set my chair-side table under my gravity fill and stack my two 5 gal. jugs on top. I insert the pump, turn it on, and it will drain the jug in about 4 minutes. With the two 5 gal. jugs, it takes 6 trips to the campground fill spigot to completely fill my tanks (about 45 min. work), but I only have to do it about once a week. The batteries last for about 3-4 fill-ups, but I always have AA batteries for TV remotes, elect. tooth brush, etc.

Works really well for me!
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:23 AM   #10
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I found two methods that work for me.

First method, is very easy and you do not get wet, but it is slower. I take the outside skower head off, and shove the flex hose down the gravity fill port. Then use the winterizing bypass valve on the water pump, to pump the water out of the jug.

My preferred method, my water jug has a built in water spout, I add a water bandit to the end the jugs spout, then I screw on a 1 foot piece of hose to shove down the gravity port. Transfer is quick, and I only dribble a little bit of water.

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