Fresh water

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  1. Jerrymjj

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    Total newbie here so forgive the naivety. We obviously don't want to travel with a tank full of water so what happens when we reach a site? There is obviously a water station but is it equipped with a hose or do we have to bring our own? Does it vary site to site? Is it hozelock? Many thanks. Jerry
     
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    We always take our own hose. We know how clean it is and where it has been, so no nasty germs or surprises :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    We also carry a 5 litre of bottled water as an emergency back up too
     
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    We normally travel with some water on board, just in case we want to use it en route.

    Fresh water taps on site vary. We carry a hose and a variety of attachment pieces.
     
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    Most sites are BYO.
    But even if they are not we tend to use our own as someone may have rinsed their toilet with the site one.........ive seen it done!!!
     
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    Nowt wrong with taking your own water, we always do, not always full but enough so that if we stop somewhere we don't have to start filling up, but, yes you need your own hose or watering can or something to fill with because you are going to have to fill at some point , and has as already been said there are pipes at some sites but you have no idea what they were used for before you got there. Although food quality hoses look dear we have found they are well worth it, the normal garden hose don't last two minutes till they are kinked and twisted apart from them not supposed to be good for you:thumb:
     
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    For filling fresh water we carry;-
    Food quality hose (long & short)
    Assorted hozelock fittings of every type
    2 garden water cans (not used for anything else!)
    2 10 litre water containers ( used to use 25 litre but too heavy when full and bulky)

    More often than not the water cans are used 'cos it's easier than rolling out hose.
     
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    We always travel with full water, I know some cant because they have low payloads :Doh:
    Carry a hose and assorted fitments, also something to carry water in just in case you cant get to park nearby the tap. Most carry a watering can or tub/bucket...

    As for not carrying water because of the extra weight implications and fuel efficiency let's not start that debate again.. :Wink:
     
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    Many thanks

    What a find this site is! Posted a question at 8am and by half past had had 6 helpful responses. Many thanks everyone. :Smile:
     
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    I carry 2 x 10ltr drums for filling water, helps in keeping fit lol:Wink::BigGrin:. also short (about 2m long) hose pipe for filling when you are able to park right by water tap, also carry 1 x 20m hose for connecting when cannot get near tap, also very important to carry screw fitting for hoselock type that's fits to the tap thread as many times there is no threaded fitting to fit the hoselock, and I advise to carry 3 to 4 different sizes as some taps are 1/2" 3/4" 1" 1.1/4" especially when going abroad (don't forget to remove from tap after you have finished filling and when you disconnect thr female hoselock fitting on hose), also the hoselock type that's fits over the tap with hoselock male fitting and tightens with a wing type jubilee clip as sometimes the thread is knackered on tap and you cannot get normal 3/4" thread male fitting on. Also 1 joining fitting to couple 2 hoses together as you just might need couple both your hoses together. Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    Yea... The "wind up" mob are all still in bed with hangovers so just watch out..
    Welcome to "fun".........:thumb:
     
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    P'raps appropriate to mention that some of this applies to EHU as well :BigGrin:
    Different lengths of lead.
    A selection of adaptors-especially when going abroad.

    Mike.
     
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    Same as us, and we also have Nature Pure fitted.:Cool:

    Keith
     
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    We travel with water on-board but also take along an aqua-roll and a sub pump rig which plugs in next to the O/B Filler Cap :thumb:
     
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    we don't drink from ours so carry several 2 litre bottles of fresh water, also drive with full water tank (when I remember) we have no weight issue either.

    Another vote from me for the watering can, we were given that as an essential thing to carry when we started, it is great, I walk most days to the tap, 10l of water does washing up and loo (our flush comes from the main tank) for the day, if we shower I might do 2 fills the following day, 120 litres goes quite a long way so only needs occasional top up

    I drive home as empty as it is when we leave, fill back up at home

    Oh and welcome :thumb:

    David
     
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    I always have water onboard. Rarely a full tank as the sites I've been using, so far, have good water provisions. But handy for the odd stop to flush the toilet or wash hands, make some coffee, etc.

    I fill up when arriving and just keep an eye on it.

    Lesson learnt from our first trip with Udo. Water ran out. Water heater on. Oops.

    To be fair, the water heater element had breathed its last at that point anyway. But if you do run out, be really pedantic about bleeding your system before you switch on your electric water heater. Make it a rule that you check each time you arrive at a site, no matter what.
     
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    drinking water

    :BigGrin: We do have a weight issue...................... and no not me :Laughing:

    So instead of carrying bottles of water, whenever we boil the kettle, throughout the day, whatever is left over goes into a bottle in the fridge for drinking.

    As others have said we also carry enough to make those first few cuppa's.......
    then if it's raining or we run out, we open the wine.

    We always make room for that.:Rofl1:
     
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    Our biggest problem is getting the right tap connector. We have a number of different sizes but still encounter difficulties.
    The biggest boon is the 12 volt inlet already on the MH. We bought a submersible pump and fill up a 20 litre container which I then transport on a little fold up trolley.
    Sounds a bit of a faff but it gets us out if trouble.
     
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    What you need to carry depends on the kind of touring you plan to do. Since we use mainly CS sites in the UK and camperstops/aires abroad, we carry a wide range of facilities.
    Two lengths of hose: 5 and 15 metres with hozelock connectors on all ends and a double male union to join them.
    Screw-on tap adapters in three diameters (the standard and smallest are normally sold together, the larger one may take a bit of tracking down). These are Hozelock-type.
    A rubber push-on tap adapter for when all else fails.
    Abroad, some bornes de service (the service points that dispense water, electricity and have the toilet dump trough in one unit) require the use of the double male union to get fresh water. This supply coupling is in the minority - most require the screw-on tap adapter.

    We fill up and dump whenever possible and always travel with a full fresh tank when we can. If travelling abroad and using aires or wilding (also in Scotland) we have found it best policy to keep the tank full.
     
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    Not a faff at all. As posted on another thread recently, we had the same arrangement on our Autoquest and now use an internal socket (after lengthening the pump cable). Makes it easy when at a rally or site for several days.
     
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    And when all else fails a funnel with a short bit of hose glued to it plus a collapsible bucket for topping up when you couldn't be bothered to move the 'van to the tap. Aquarolls and the like would be better but too big to store in our vehicle.
     
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