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Old 04-22-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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refilling onboard water from containers?

Is there a way to refill the water tank from containers? The manual for our 2011 Model 1007 popup appears to say there is, running a hose into the tank from a container and turning on the pump. But it's poorly written and therefore hard to make sense of; I've tried it the way they say, and nothing. We dry camp a lot (i.e. no city water) and I really like the hot water heater, so it would be great if I could find a way to refill the onboard water tank from containers. (Other than pouring into a funnel, of course, which with 5-7 gallon containers would really be a 3-hand operation.) Any input appreciated.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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I use a battery operated pump to move the water. It looks like a kerosene hand pump, but it has batteries in the top of the pump, where you would squeeze it to get the kerosene flowing.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:23 AM   #3
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I think what they are saying is that you might be able to use the city water connection and pump to fill the tank? On my unit there are several valves that allow me to do this but it requires switching in order to do this. You will need to try to do this at home with a jug and hose.

Keep the hose short though and make sure the connection is good as you will loose the suction if air is getting into the system. How it will fill the tank without directing it that way I don't know as the city fill usually comes into play after the pump. If you can access your pump take a look and see if there are any valves to switch to push water back into the tank rather than draw it.

Otherwise gravity filling is going to be it.
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This is what I use.
http://www.rvtoyoutlet.com/p-W03-0028.html

The price seems high at this site. I'd check around for price.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:20 PM   #5
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Water Transfer Pump

You might try a pump like This one from Amazon.

The price is not that high and you can transfer 6 quarts per minute with the batteries. Do not know how long they will last but that might be another problem.

Good luck with it.

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Old 04-23-2012, 12:39 PM   #6
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If you can't figure out your pump try this.

http://www.amazon.com/SIPHON-HOSE-FO..._bxgy_hi_img_b

I used these for filling my boats from 5 gal Jerry cans and now use it for filling my genny. They work great are very clean and allow you to walk away while it fills. Figure 30-45 seconds a gallon. Although you might look for just the heads and add a regular potable water hose to it. I can't see why they say no food use on amazon. It's copper and a ceramic ball with plastic hose.

The only down side is that you need to have the container higher than the fill site but if you have a folding table that would probaly do the trick for setting the water jug on. No battery drain either.

If you need to buy water jugs make sure they have a vent. The ones without a vent take forrrrevvverrrr to drain in the tank if pouring in through the spout. West marine has 6 gal ones for somewhere in the 12-15 buck range that I picked up before my bladder.
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Oops... I didn't see you had already fixed it, dalenoel
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This is what I use. http://www.rvtoyoutlet.com/p-W03-0028.html .......snip
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X3....sure gets heavy, though.
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