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Bobbo

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Posted: 10/08/13 08:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We boondock a lot, and occasionally run out of fresh water in the tank. I don't always want to break camp and drive to a hydrant, so I bought 2 collapsible 5 gallon water carriers. Now, 4 trips to the hydrant will completely fill my 40 gallon tank.

HOWEVER, holding a 40 pound 5 gallon jug of water high enough to pour it into my tank is tough. I came up with a solution.

My rig came with a Shurflo 2.8 GPM pump #2088-422-144 (OEM version). I bought a Shurflo 2.8 GPM pump #2088-422-444 (after market version, but identical). I now have a drop in replacement spare pump, in case mine fails. I also put long hoses on it and a plug that plugs into a 12v connector I have near the water port. I put the hose on the input side into the 5 gallon water jug, the hose on the output side into the water inlet, and plug it in. No more lifting the water jugs.

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did similar years ago and it works great. mounted pump in pass through with a switch. works great. Use the blue 7 gallon water jugs. One of the best mods I've done!!

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Have a 12v pony pump and blue jugs too and pretty much the same setup. Where I boondock I only need about 150 ft of garden hose to reach the hydrant so I just hook up, fill my tank and then unhook.

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My Coachmen "Water Works" panel has valve settings that let me use the existing onboard pump to fill the fresh tank from portable containers without having to lift them up. I carry a couple of collapsible 5 gal. jugs for that purpose also.


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I have 4 6gal jugs i take with us and still able to lift and pour them. I have only used all 4 one time. My problem is we camp alot in the cold and the jugs freeze. Kind of a pain leaving them inside but sometimes have to.

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we do a lot of boondocking also, in fact I carried about 6, 5 gallon jugs and a three step ladder to raise the height of the jug , then I used a boat bilge pump with a wire running to the TT batteries with an on off switch inline. worked so well, everyone used it I camped with. any one making a trip to town or the corner gas station hauled the jugs to refill them.

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Our 30 gallon fresh water tank is good for five full days with our family of six. We all understand how to conserve water. Having said that our water tank fill hose enters from the side so our actual capacity is less than 30. We have never ran out. Guages lie like politicians. I get the idea you are not filling your holding tanks? Or do you drain gray water onto the ground? Just cirious


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Tote and usually drown fire with it at end of trip. We usually are nowhere near a developed campground.

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Posted: 10/08/13 09:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have the stock fresh tank and a add-on raw tank. I can process water through a filter system (charcoal + UV) from raw to fresh. I also have any intake pump on the raw system so I can suck from a lake, stream, whatever.

It's nice to have the flexibility to be able to take bulk water from a non-municipal source and then process it later.





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Posted: 10/08/13 09:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I bought a 35 gallon tote and a 12 volt pump and mounted it to a piece of 1/2 inch plywood. It fits in the cargo area of the Jeep. The Jeep has a 12 volt power port in the cargo area. Just find a source of water and I am good to go. Never have to worry about fresh water.






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