another filling up question...

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  1. Dave K

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    Hi all
    Our first trip is looming and i'm just wondering when I get to the CC site we've booked are there usually designated areas to enable me to fill up with water or do I need to carry a long length of hose so I can do it when I'm parked, I was going to carry a hosepipe for filling up anyway but wanted to keep it as short as possible for storage purposes
    Thanks in advance
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  2. Jim

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    Roll flat hoze is expensive and slow filling and short-lived but if space is at a premium that its ideal. Plenty of people just use a watering can. (y)
     
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    Check the facilities of the CC site in their book, it will say if it has a MH service point, but you will need some hose and Hozelock connectors. We have a flat hose on a reel, £20+ but probably cheaper on eBay. Also a length of corrugated waste pipe, useful if you get a serviced pitch.
    But mostly I use two collapsible buckets, one for fresh, one for waste. And a funnel I have glued a bit of hose to for filling with fresh - it clips in place on the window frame but a watering can may be better for your may be better for your MH. This saves moving the vehicle to refill things and many sites don't have MH service points, so you will need this sort of kit sooner or later anyway.
     
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    I prefer jerry cans (white for clean water, black for the controversial grey water) but I can also see the logic of watering cans. If there's any distance involved I strap them to my bike frame and walk them back and forth.

    Anything that prevents you having to wait for someone else to faff around at at the service point is a good idea, especially on European aires.
     
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    I tend to top up on arrival on site then use a 10 Lt watering can when required. I also carry a long X hose which expands to over double it's original length when charged with water. When empty it shrinks back and is very light and easy to stow away. I call it my erection hose...!
     
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    I use a 15 ltr collapsible container and a drain pipe bend that fits into the filler point on the van. I also carry a hose to use at water points. Most CC sites have motorhome service points.
     
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    Personally I carry a long length of food grade hose. Dedicated service points can be in any position, but are invariably sited in one way systems so the direction of your vehicle will determine where your vehicle filler and the site tap connector is, and this applies here and in Europe. Our other personal preference is to use a large container to fill where we cannot get the hose on, and we have had a whale pump connector installed near our filler point that we use to fill the main tank from the container. We use that container as our travelling water where we don't need to be full on arrival. A lot of this is personal preference.
     
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  8. MikeandCarolyn

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    Our reel of flat hose has lasted 6yrs so far (y) I also carry a couple of short lengths,probably about 3 mtrs for when we're close to a tap.
    A 10ltr plastic jerry can with a detachable spout is also part of the kit along with various adaptors.
     
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    We carry 150 metres of hose and often use all of it :)
    Can't be bothered to move the van!
     
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    If you have the storage space take a look at the roll barrel ,it takes about 50 liters and a small whale pump to transfer the water to your tanks
     
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    If you are going to drink the water, don't use an ordinary garden hose as it will make it taste awful. As stated, food grade hose is best. I have a couple of lengths and a connector so that I can vary the length. Hose lock connectors also necessary for the different tap connectors. Always have some disinfectant wipes for the tap as many people are not fussy what they use the tap for (even on a CC site!). For the waste, you will often find a removeable grid at the MH service point which can be awkward to line up. I have found a bike inner tube quite useful to direct the waste grey water when you just can't quite get close enough to direct the waste down the grid. Enjoy your first outing and hope it's one of very many. (y)
     
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    I use clean empty jam jars as they are much lighter to carry.

    Also if you hang them at the bottom of a length of string they are easier to carry (spill less) and observers think I'm just off down the river to catch minnows.
     
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    Before you clean them ... part fill with water and replace the lid, having first made a 10mm hole, makes a great wasp trap!:rolleyes:
     
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    You say it's your first trip, you really do need to make room for hoses, we carry a 3m, a 7m and a 20m roll flat one for emergencies, plus a selection of tap connectors and connectors so all the hoses can be coupled together, also 4 or 5 3/4 bsp tap fitting as they often get left behind on taps.
     
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    Along with all the Hozelock fittings I carry 20m flat hose (pain because it has to be fully unwound) 20m thrufeed hose ( can be used partly unwound) but very seldom have to use them ... if you can park close to the tap it is often quicker to use a garden watering can which is also useful for topping-up. I also carry a short length of hose (approx 4m) also useful if close to tap. All the hose is food grade.

    PS Enjoy your first trip.
     
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    We use hoses and 10 ltr watering can for filling up. Food grade hoses are not a problem to us, we never drink from the main tank. We use empty 2ltr milk bottles for drinking, always have done.
    Phil
     
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    We have a 25-metre curly food grade hose like this - doesn't take up a huge amount of space & after a year it's still great fun trying to get the final drips out of it. Lots of connectors. Wipes. 5-litre jerry-can for drinking water.
    http://www.**********s.com/product_thumb.php?img=images/Water/Spral_food_hose.jpg&w=178&h=150
     
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    I've written the list, something else to get my head around, many thanks for the info and thoughts
     
  19. Tackle man

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    I had a 12v socket fitted next to the van's water cap so pump my water in via a 25 litre container carried on a collapsible trolly. 4 trips gives me 100 litres. Job done. Easy peasy!
    I add Puriclean tablets from time to time when filling especially if I think the water has been standing in the site pipework for a while. I do let the tap run in these instances. :D
     
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    I use this. By far the easiest method IMO. I carry an Aquaroll on the bike rack.
     
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