Topping up water tank

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  1. Chrissy+John

    Chrissy+John Read Only Funster

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    Boo..
    my fellow rv friends, we need some advice from more experience travellers than us.
    Well..When we are on site or wild camping the norm is to attach our hose and topup, simple.. But if we cant get the hose attached to the rv to top up, sometimes you can be parked along way from the tap. How do we get the water from the tap to our tank, "excuse us been thick" have i "lost the plott" or have a missed something. Is there a "fab" piece of equipment that we need to purchase to make things abit simpler. I now the caravans use a water roll, can it be adapted to use for the RV? Please can you give us ant tips or advise, much appreciated. Chrissy+John
     
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    Watering can for us(y)
     
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  3. Robert Clark

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    A longer hose?
    We find a 25m suits many situations
    Otherwise a watering can - if you have space to store it
     
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    Lots of watering can trips. Better to drive near the tap if you can.
    Phil
     
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    We now use a 10 litre plastic container and a funnel with a filter if can't easily get to the tap but after our last trip thought I might get a watering can and only half fill the tank.
     
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    I always carry a 45ltr water roll as used by tuggers has come in handy many times even though I have 2 x 20mtr flat hoses. I have an external 12v socket and use a submersible pump.
    Phil
     
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    If you can gravity fill, then you can use a water roll with a simple 12v submersible water pump to fill. Just need a 12v socket installed next to the filler, or indeed use a watering can but this needs to be carried and lifted to the filler
    if you can only city fill then it's only the hosepipe at mains pressure.

    Happy RVin
     
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    Watering can, simple, cheap, fast and effective.
     
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    We've got 2 20m hoses and so far have been near enough to use them. We do have a gravity fill which could use a watering can for but it would take loads of trips. Like the idea of a 12v submersible pump though, will check it out, cos got a 50lt Aqua roll in garage from caravan days. On a site in France recently and watched a guy use what must have been a 100m hose to refill from the tap!
     
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    We've got an Aquaroll and a 12v Whale pump. I can fill my 120l tank in 3 trips if I need to. Couldn't be doing with constantly back and forwards with a watering can or bucket.
     
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    i have two watering cans it saves her walking lopsided
     
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    Constant backwards and forwards? We use between 5 and 15 litres a day, one or two trips.
     
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    10l watering can with a bit of flexible plastic hose on the end (bought for £2 at Lincoln MH show)

    Kath
     
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    Im assuming you only have a hozelok type hose connection and not a gravity fill point as used on european motorhomes.

    You could use a 12v pump and adapt a normal hose to suit the 12v pumps outlet then use a caravan type aquaroll water carrier.

    Otherwise is a case of carrying more hose pipes.
     
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    Well you could pee into the tank but it would not taste as good.
     
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    This watering can thing comes up every time someone mentions filling up, for gods sake you have a vehicle with an engine and four or more wheels move to the tap and fill it up and it will last for days , ours lasts at least three days with us both having showers everyday and all the rest of the water useing stuff.
    Sit in the van watching people walking up and down with watering cans every day and just can't understand what they get out of it.(n):)
     
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    Whilst others use a watering can I prefer a 5 ltr plastic petrol canister. I find the flexi hose is ideal for fitting into my tank and the whole thing takes up very little space. To speed up the transfer of water from container to tank I have drilled 4 very small breather holes in the container at the rear of the handle. A couple of trips a day is sufficient for topping up. I also have a 12vt submersible pump and if necessary I will borrow a big container from a friend to do a major fill.
     
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    Many rv's dont have the ability to use a watering can or any other kind of water carrier via a gravity feed filler as on europen motorhomes.

    They are fitted with a hozelok type water connection to which a hose must be fitted and goes directly to the fresh water tank.

    To use an aquaroll and pump would need a modified hose to fit the hozelok connector fitted to the rv.

    No other way round it.

    A eurobox is easy....unhook electric, wind in awning, drive off ramps and go to tap.
    an rv is completely different....unhook leccy, retract awning (can take up to 10 mins if its windy) retract and secure slideout room/s, raise levelling jacks....then drive to tap if its accessible for a 30ft plus motorhome.

    Saying that, i never had a problem as my fresh tank held 96 american GALLONS...thats around 80 ENGLISH GALLONS.
     
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    Wheeled bowser and Whale supafil pump works well and you don't need a funnel or wear your feet out with watering cans.
     
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    I use a 20 litre plastic container that has a stubby outlet that fits a five foot water pipe, at the other end of the container there is a small cap for letting air in,
    So I simply lift the container and rest it on the lounge window ledge that directly above the water inlet, put the pipe into the water tank inlet,
    Other end of pipe fits snugly over container stubby outlet, remove cap from container vent, and presto 20 litres straight in the tank,

    Similar to this one that will take submersible pump if needed but I let gravity do my work for me,

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20l-Campe...809?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cfa186261
     
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