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Old 02-06-2015, 10:11 AM   #11
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But, the city water fill won't fill the fresh water tank, will it?
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The "City Water Fill" won't fill your fresh tank,
So shoot me, I wrote the wrong filler type. It was pretty obvious what I meant when saying putting a tube down it to fill. Believe it of not, I have put water in a trailer at least a couple times over the past 30 years. Don't we have enough correcting of misspoken statements around here already?
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:26 AM   #12
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We use a male quick connect hose fitting with 12" length of 1/2" plastic tubing. Wiggle it on, connect to your hose and you are good to go. In line shut off is nice.
For boon docking we use an 18" piece of 3/4" plastic tubing and a funnel attached to a funnel held above the inlet with a suction hook and bungie around the funnel and filled with collapsable buckets. Primitive, but effective.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:37 AM   #13
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For boon docking we use an 18" piece of 3/4" plastic tubing and a funnel attached to a funnel held above the inlet with a suction hook and bungie around the funnel and filled with collapsable buckets. Primitive, but effective.
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That suction hook and bungee idea is great, Ian. Would make a great third hand.
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Old 02-06-2015, 11:47 AM   #14
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It was pretty obvious what I meant
But, not obvious to a newbie who may be looking for such information.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:22 PM   #15
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You might want to look at this electric drill powered pump on sale at Canadian Tire as an option. I haven't a clue if it would work.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:41 PM   #16
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I bought an inexpensive 5/8" diameter garden hose, cut off about nine inches at the female coupler end, and leave that end in the water tank fill opening. When using a garden hose to fill the tank, I just connect it and turn on the tap. One could do the with any other pumping mechanism you might use.
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Old 02-06-2015, 12:41 PM   #17
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gbaglo, as long as you don't try sticking the hose into the city water fill, those drill pumps work great. . I use the same drill to raise and lower my stabilizer jacks. The drill battery gets charged in my DeWalt jobsite radio

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Old 02-06-2015, 01:20 PM   #18
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So I put together the hand pump, fittings and tubing to do a proper test this morning. I was prepared for disappointment and was ready to go back to my original plan of pouring the water into a funnel, but with the added suction cup/bungee cord braces suggested by Ian. The only problem with the funnel method is the 5 gal containers are heavy after holding a few minutes up at waist height. Also pouring into the funnel I would tend to slosh water on the ground a bit, or over my wife’s hands holding the funnel (the reason I was looking for a funnel brace). BTW, I looked at the drill pump option, but it meant one more thing to charge (my rechargeable drill required regular recharging on our trips when used to raise/lower the jacks) and also its rate of transfer didn’t seem adequate to me.

So in this morning’s test I transferred 5 gallons water from a container to a waist heigh output position in 1 ˝ minutes and at a leisurely pace. It required a couple minutes more to connect the two tubing sections to the pump (2 more to disassemble) and of course a bit more storage space, but I think this might work for me. Time will tell whether this is more trouble than its worth, but I can do it by myself and there is no strain.

Here is the list and cost (tax included) of the components I used. Overall cost is about $75. The built-in check valves on the pump are useless, the reason for the added spring closed valves. I plan to add rubber feet to the pump so I can push it against the side of the trailer without scratching it.

Hand Pump $55 (Princess Auto)
2 Plumb-Eeze PVC SS Spring Check Valves $11.85
4 male PVC adapters – 1 X 1 inch $3.32 (Rona)
7 ft 1 inch diameter clear PVC tubing $3.05 (Princess Auto)

Thanks for the advice. I will let you know if this is worth the effort once we get our Escape.

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Old 02-06-2015, 01:37 PM   #19
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Nice set up. Funnels work too.
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Old 02-06-2015, 01:47 PM   #20
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Yes funnels are a lot simpler, but like I said, hefting the water container high and holding it (you can't pour it in too fast) without sloshing it over the funnel is a hassle. I may go back to the funnel if my setup doesn't work out, and the funnel in your photo looks like a good one to use, especially if I use the suction cup/bungee idea to keep it vertical. My wife has some doubts about (the setup time and storage space) my pump and fittings, but time will tell.

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