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Old 01-24-2015, 01:38 PM   #11
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:40 PM   #12
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I recently read a blog from a full timer that rigged up his on board water pump to fill his fresh water tank from any container. He installed a couple of valves and a siphon hose. They made a youtube video, I will try and find it when I have more time. Bob
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:11 PM   #13
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I'm thinking that I should have been using a water pump all along. Will try the hand pump in Glenn's link. When dry camping we don't like to use our onboard pump more than necessary.



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Old 01-24-2015, 02:54 PM   #14
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Hi Bob

You might want to check this pump out. Just add some tubing onto the spigot and your good to go.

Portable Electric Water Pump Drinking Dispenser 5 Gallon Bottles: Amazon.ca: Tools & Home Improvement






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Old 01-24-2015, 03:22 PM   #15
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I have the pump pictured above and use these bottles. This process would work with a couple of caveats: the water flow is slow, it will take 10 minutes to empty that bottle. There will still be quite a bit of water left in the bottom of the bottle and finally you will have to hold the bottle in place or have a stand with just the exact height.


We carried these bottles for several years, mostly for coffee. The only safe place to carry a full one is in the bathroom or a truck bed. I do not have a truck so having them in the bathroom made for a real PITA when stopping for lunch or doing an overnight. A Brita water pitcher has been an nice replacement.

A hose in place of the spout might be possible but I do not think that pump has the power to push water further upward, we are talking about 2 D cell batteries here.

A great bottle to use, if it was just not so hard to pour from. As an aside I have looked for inexpensive pumps to handle fluids in the garage, draining gas and oil from engines mostly. After researching on Amazon I gave up on any sort of small pump. There were just too many problems.
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:38 PM   #16
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more water out than in on a 21'

On our 21' the internal fill hose must be horizontal for a long distance. With just a funnel more water spills out than goes in. The solution was to add a foot long length of hose to a funnel. Adjusting the hose on the inside would be a solution, but it is not accessible.
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:43 PM   #17
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I've been kicking around the idea of using one of these at some point in the future.
Amazon.com: Eccotemp 03526-14A Flojet 2.9 GPM 50 PSI Water Pump: Automotive
It's a typical RV water pump that looks like it could be connected up easily with the necessary hoses and could be powered from the Escape or from the tow vehicle trailer receptacle. It's a little pricey compared to hand pumps and funnels, but compared to all the messing around I've done with other solutions, it might be worth a try.
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Any typical RV pump can be equipped with fittings which would allow quick connection of hoses to become a transfer setup, although the Flojet could be easy to set up (if those fittings can stand up to frequent disconnection and reconnection). I use an electric pump with my motorhome when filling away from a faucet - I don't have a choice, because it does not have a gravity fill and the tank can only be filled through the city water inlet.
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:31 PM   #19
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Any typical RV pump can be equipped with fittings which would allow quick connection of hoses to become a transfer setup, although the Flojet could be easy to set up (if those fittings can stand up to frequent disconnection and reconnection).
I plan to make a permanent connection with vinyl tubing at the hose barbs on the pump. One tube goes into the container and the other into the Escape, connecting them together with a double ended hose barb when not in use.
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Water funnels and pumps

I have stayed clear of any unnecessary tubing in our trailer to prevent growth of algae and bacteria in the water system. I supervised the water purification system for a large hospital lab for 25 years and learned through experience about the perils of having distribution lines and loops without adequate and frequent flow. Even a short dead leg or rough surface can give organisms a foothold for growth. I would rather use an external hand or electric pump to add water because I can keep an eye out for any growth. BTW, once you have growth in a water circulation system the colonizing organisms form a protective biofilm or sheath that prevents sterilizing with bleach and other strong solutions. We spent a year or more battling growth in our system (with countless meetings with experts with major commercial water purification companies) before giving up, dismantling the circulating pipes and going to separate localized water sources.

You would be shocked to see what can grow in purified water that doesn't circulate continuously and isn't adequately and regularly decontaminated. (And yet, there are probably many people who haven't had any issues with adding extra tubing in their RV's.) Based on my experiences I am paranoid and play it extra safe, even for the water we brush our teeth with. You won't see the large number of bacteria in the water.

I still plan on trying a hand pump like Glen recommended or if that isn't workable, Parker's Flo-jet hooked up to the truck or trailer (? external DC outlet?)

We have always kept a full 5 gal purified water container inside the trailer (transported in the truck) for filling the coffee kettle or our drinking water container in the fridge. For this we use a bottle top push pump (similar to the electric one that Doug described) and press down on it to pressurize the bottle and dispense.

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