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Hillybilly

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Posted: 07/06/12 08:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will be camping at Salt Fork State Park in Ohio next week. The camp sites don't have direct water hookups.

What is the proper process to fill the water tank from the central water spigot?

If the hose I have is long enough to reach the spigot from the camp site I guess I can hook up to fill up the fresh water. If the hose won't reach, is it OK to pull up to the spigot and fill up before backing into the camp site? Just want to do it right so I don't piss anybody off.

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My suggestion; check with the camp host first.


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Posted: 07/06/12 09:02am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

YOu might want to purchase one of thoes green cheater as many campgrounds don't have faucets where you can screw on the hose.


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that green cheater is called a water thief. You can also do as I have done for year while camping in the mountains. fill up a 6 gallon plastic can and transfer the water by using a funnel or as I did, I got lazy in my old years and bought a bilge pump from wally world and made a transfer pump for water. wired the pump with long enough wires and put an inline on/off switch near the fill end and pumped water out of the 5 gallon can. worked great and no lifting to drain the can. pump did all the work

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Check with the park, but they are required to have potable water that a hose can be connected to. Usually near the dump station, not in the are of the dump, to allow those that need to fill tank can. But I would call the park first before leaving.

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old guy wrote:

that green cheater is called a water thief. You can also do as I have done for year while camping in the mountains. fill up a 6 gallon plastic can and transfer the water by using a funnel or as I did, I got lazy in my old years and bought a bilge pump from wally world and made a transfer pump for water. wired the pump with long enough wires and put an inline on/off switch near the fill end and pumped water out of the 5 gallon can. worked great and no lifting to drain the can. pump did all the work


Ole guy is smart...exactly what he said. BTW...some "camp hosts"/ Rangers get their knickers in a twist if you try to use a water thief if your rig is close enough to the spigot for the hose to reach and fill spigot-to-tank... do it under cover of darkness if you're gonna. Or ask first...


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You can fill up at home before getting to the park. I usually do, but others don't like to pull the weight.

You can fill up upon entering the park. As stated above, fill up near the dump station, they should have potable water there. Be sure to use the potable water and not the water hose nearer the dump hole.

I always have a longer water hose and a shorter one. I've never had to utilize one of these to fill my fresh water other when filling while at a camp site that has water available. The hose provided at the park's potable water is usually sufficient for most campers.


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I use a 15-gallon barrel, fill it at the faucet, then siphon-feed it into the FW tank on the trailer.


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Posted: 07/06/12 11:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Normally, if you are camped near a spigot then you could run a hose to your camper and fill up. If the spigot is threaded then you can just connect directly or, in some cases, you need a water thief which you can get in the camping section at Wal Mart or any good camping supply store. I will say, though, that I have had a few people grumble over the years when I did this. They think I'm hooking up permanently and then they confront me but it usually ends well.

With regards to Salt Fork, however, if I recall correctly the spigots are the type where a water thief won't work. They have a freshwater fill-up on the way in. Your best bet is to fill your tanks on the way in. I've been there a few times.


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Posted: 07/06/12 01:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For me, the weight is fairly trivial. I'd much rather have water available from a known good source than arrive at a CG and find the stuff is noxious, or at worst polluted. So, I fill up where my TT is stored with a water filter and keep it full. The only time I will dump the FW tank completely is if I have to winterize.

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