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Old 03-28-2017, 01:07 AM   #1
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Water pump - boondocking water refill

Hi everyone - I do a lot of boondocking where water treatment is not needed and so am looking for advice on how to refill my fresh water from a creek. Anyone use a water pump?
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:54 AM   #2
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I took an empty 2 liter soda bottle, cut the bottom off and insert the top neck part in my tank fill and use as a funnel and fill with a 5 gal bucket.
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Without an electric pump the process works best with two people. One to hold the funnel and a second to pour. A single person will work but the mechanics dictate small amounts of water and more transfer time.
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The fill on my 21' has a long level section so you must have a funnel with an extension or more comes out than goes in. Also when filling with a hose I use a special RV extension on the hose.
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Hi everyone - I do a lot of boondocking where water treatment is not needed and so am looking for advice on how to refill my fresh water from a creek. Anyone use a water pump?
We don't fill from a creek but rigged up a transfer pump to get water easily from containers into the trailer when boondocking. The pump is a Wayne PC2. It is 120V and we'll use the generator to power. Also available in 12V if you desire. It is self-priming but depending on how far the creek is away you may need a bigger pump with more head. Could look at a well pump but I imagine they start to get heavy.

http://www.amazon.com/Wayne-PC2-115-.../dp/B000CPZTEK
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:11 AM   #6
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I just stick the spout of the jerry can into the filler and pour. Works for me and me and doesn't require two people.

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Old 03-28-2017, 11:27 AM   #7
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It doesn't matter how clean one may think "pristine" water bodies are. Both Cryptosporidium and Giardia can be present in any water body, no matter how remote. You have to ask yourself, does a bear/bird/deer/wolf $#|+ in the woods, in a stream, or in a lake?
All I can say is get infected by one of these organisms even once and you won't want to repeat the experience. Probably won't kill you but you might wish you were dead! While untreated water may be safe for swimming, bathing, washing clothes, and even drinking or cooking if boiled, drinking untreated water out of a stream or a lake is gambling with one's health.
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I just carry a five gallon water jug that sits out on the picnic table and is used for cooking and washing dishes. I throw it in the back of the RAV when I need to get more water. I've never had to transfer water from it to the trailer tank. Always come home with some in the tank.
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I use a see trough 6 foot tubing with a brass plunger on the end.I put the plunger in to the container usually a five gallon jug of some sort.Move the plunger with some force, until the water starts to flow, sticks the opposite end into trailer and watch the action.
Bought that thing at a truck
stop, but yesterday I saw them at Cambodian Tire.
Works for me, I put the container on a small table beside the trailer and start the action.Takes just a few minutes to empty container.Five gallons at the time, not too much heavy lifting.Like I said works for me, but maybe not for everybody.
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The fill on my 21' has a long level section so you must have a funnel with an extension or more comes out than goes in. Also when filling with a hose I use a special RV extension on the hose.
I believe that extension will screw onto a upside down bottle funnel? I may be wrong...or like Allan use a small pump, like the winterizing pump and use only for water, the container can sit on the ground.
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