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mkenyon2 - my folding trailer has only a 20 gallon fresh water tank. And due to the placement of the horizontal intake, it loses about 2 gallons while driving down the road.

So, I carry aquatainers to refill while at the campground.

Like you, I realized a funnel wouldn't work. So I got a Beer Bong Funnel with Valve from Amazon. It takes an extra pair of hands or something to hold it against the side of the trailer, but it works. I can pour the water from the aquatainer into the funnel and refill the tank.


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toedtoes wrote:

mkenyon2 - my folding trailer has only a 20 gallon fresh water tank. And due to the placement of the horizontal intake, it loses about 2 gallons while driving down the road.

So, I carry aquatainers to refill while at the campground.

Like you, I realized a funnel wouldn't work. So I got a Beer Bong Funnel with Valve from Amazon. It takes an extra pair of hands or something to hold it against the side of the trailer, but it works. I can pour the water from the aquatainer into the funnel and refill the tank.


my solution on two trailers I have. I installed a RV water pump in thep pass through wired into 12V with a switch. Inlet is a dip tube for the auqua container, outlet is plumbed into the fresh water fill. Flip the switch, empty the container, repeat. If you don't have a dedicated place for a pump, just make a plywood mounting board with flexible plumbing and a jumper cord.


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ktmrfs wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

mkenyon2 - my folding trailer has only a 20 gallon fresh water tank. And due to the placement of the horizontal intake, it loses about 2 gallons while driving down the road.

So, I carry aquatainers to refill while at the campground.

Like you, I realized a funnel wouldn't work. So I got a Beer Bong Funnel with Valve from Amazon. It takes an extra pair of hands or something to hold it against the side of the trailer, but it works. I can pour the water from the aquatainer into the funnel and refill the tank.


my solution on two trailers I have. I installed a RV water pump in thep pass through wired into 12V with a switch. Inlet is a dip tube for the auqua container, outlet is plumbed into the fresh water fill. Flip the switch, empty the container, repeat. If you don't have a dedicated place for a pump, just make a plywood mounting board with flexible plumbing and a jumper cord.


Best part about that is if your water pump fails you've got a ready spare =)

Long long Honeymoon had their water pump fail while boondocking in Tetons, no RV store for many hours. They got lucky and a friend happened to be nearby and had a spare on them. For me I bought a new quieter pump to replace my factory unit, but in now going to throw that under the bed in case the new one fails at some point.


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Fall 2019 I took my T@b 320 to a full hookup campground to work a contract in that city. The camper was winterized.

I used the campground showers and toilets.

I used my water hookup to fill gallon jugs to use for dishwashing and handwashing. I used the sewer hookup to dump the gray water.

I was there for about 4 months and found it no problem to live that way. Of course, I was solo camping. Might have been a little problem if I had a companion or a child or two with me.

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This past summer I invested in fresh tank because we have been increasing our boondock camping. I was ready to buy the larger 65 gallon bladder but because I camp with 3 kids and tons of bikes, fishing poles, and other kids things loaded into the bed of the truck, I was concerned about puncture. So instead I went with a hard side 35 gallon tank from tractor supply and an $11 drill pump. Used it 3 times so far and it worked fantastic. Takes me about 10-15 minutes to pump 35 gallons into my tank. My wife and daughters love it because they can now take "real showers" when we do boondocks weekends LOL

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I carry a 5 gallon fresh jug. Sometimes I need the extra when camping, but sometimes I cannot fill up the camper, but filling a portable jug is almost always doable. Try to find a water hose in California.... Hard to do, but there are lots of places to fill a jug and nobody seems to care about a jug as opposed to a goliath RV

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