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Posted: 09/27/20 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been exploring other subjects in this forum, and never gave thought to a key point within my forward thinking mode regarding boondocking in my RV.

I've been preparing for extended trips in 2021, upgrading my electrical system, and solar, but only slightly acknowledging the periodic need for water, nevermind how conservative I might be. I'd thought of a possible modification that could improve this situation, wondered what y'all thought...

My fresh water tank can only be filled using a hose and faucet source. There's no way to add clean water to the tank but for this method. So I wondered, if one could modify the counter to allow for a "drain", perhaps one that could be covered and/or flush with the counter, and routed to the fresh water tank, it could be filled by hand from inside the RV. I keep 8 gallons or so of fresh water inside below the sink, but that's a lot of shifting weight.

If I could empty those 8 gallons of water via a drain to the FW tank, I could instead carry those 8 gallons empty, and save the weight. If needed, they could all be more easily transported somewhere to be filled, and leave the RV sit - if, of course, you have a toad...

Now, while the hose approach sends water through a filter, my modification approach does not, so, you'd want to seek out a verifiable clean source. I get that. Perhaps one could be installed in-line with the drain to the FW tank?

Whadya think?

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I would tee off the line that goes into the FW tank from outside, and make another opening for gravity fill. You don't want to have to lug all that water inside.

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Posted: 09/27/20 08:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why would you avoid putting the water from the jugs into the existing fill port?
Get a second RV water pump and some clear tubing. A couple wires to the battery and you are filling the tank while you make a sandwich.


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Posted: 09/27/20 08:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I get what he is saying
The Safari was the same way
To fill you hook up to the city water inlet and then open the pump bypass valve, and the water goes into the tank via the line to the pump
Its a back fill process, it would be real tedious using an extra pump and gallon jugs of water, he wants to install a gravity fill inside
If there is access to the fresh water tank, i say do it, its no different than using the gravity fill that comes on most RVs,

I'm happy this Bounder has gravity fill, lot faster filling the water tank than the Safari,
Both have 100 gallon fresh water tanks


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Posted: 09/27/20 09:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why can't a hose fitting be attached to the pump?

I just can't imagine cutting some port and getting a tube down to the tank.

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Posted: 09/27/20 09:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just mounted a cheap water pump in the pass through, output tapped into the fresh water inlet, input going to a hose and SSdip tube. stick the dip tube into a 7 gallon blue water jug,turn on the pump, wait a few minutes, jug empty. repeat as needed.


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Posted: 09/27/20 10:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you looked at something like this

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YN2KRWF


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clickable link

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Posted: 09/27/20 11:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you only able to fill from the city water line and turning on a valve to fill the tank or is your outside tank fill a traditional gravity fill?

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Posted: 09/28/20 12:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mobeewan wrote:

Are you only able to fill from the city water line and turning on a valve to fill the tank or is your outside tank fill a traditional gravity fill?


City water, no gravity fill, outside or in

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