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Old 01-20-2018, 02:36 PM   #1
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Recommendations for a portable water pump?

I've searched a few of the forums but haven't found anything related...

We often dry camp for 1 or more weeks in national parks, etc. where there are no bath houses. The FB camper I'm thinking about buying (Escape B17') has a 20-gallon water tank which would last us around 3 days... less if we shower (bird bath) every couple days. I have a 27-gallon gray water tote for transferring to the dump station and I'm thinking about getting a portable water pump to transfer water from a container into the camper's fresh water tank every couple days. Is anyone doing something similar? What pump are your using?

I found a pump on Amazon that looks like it would work, except it's supposed to be primed with vegetable oil which I don't want that in my fresh water tank. Thoughts?
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:19 PM   #2
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I use the same pump as in my trailer (Escape 19') to transfer water from a container into the fresh water holding tank. That way I have a spare pump if the main pump gives troubles but I am also putting my spare pump to use if needed. I have used a common 12V electrical plug to connect the internal pump and installed the same connector on the spare pump and also made up a cigarette lighter plug extension to plug it into a 12V outlet. That way it is very easy to exchange pumps if needed.
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Old 01-21-2018, 06:30 AM   #3
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Ian,

What an excellent idea! I will probably do the same. Thank you!
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:25 AM   #4
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I don't understand. Let's say you have a 5 gallon bucket of fresh water. You stick a hose in it. Where does the other end of the hose go to put that water into your on board water tank? Am I being dense?

Wait, I got it. You use the spare pump to pump the water from the 5 gallon bucket to the on board tank.

I thought you meant you use the onboard pump to pump the water, duh...
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:17 PM   #5
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I carry a 25 gallon water tank with built in transfer pump bought at Tractor Supply. Plugs into your 12 volt supply or cig. lighter. a few years ago they were $125. You can just run your water hose from the TS tank directly into your city water hookup or pump it into your camper's fresh water tank. Wouldn't leave home without it!
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:20 PM   #6
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25 gal tank with pump. One more thing I have to buy....looking on Amazon now.

Cked TSC. Don't seem to be offering them anymore, more, nor does anyone else on the internet, Found this instead:
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Old 01-21-2018, 01:28 PM   #7
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Tractor Supply has them. I just checked.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/se...llon%2012-volt
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:01 PM   #8
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Thanks. I am checking them out
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:22 PM   #9
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I carry a 25 gallon water tank with built in transfer pump bought at Tractor Supply. Plugs into your 12 volt supply or cig. lighter. a few years ago they were $125. You can just run your water hose from the TS tank directly into your city water hookup or pump it into your camper's fresh water tank. Wouldn't leave home without it!
I use to use a 15 Gallon Spot Sprayer with a built in 12 Volt pump that I got from Harbor Freight. I removed the spray wand for easier water transfer. I do not know if it is "food Safe" but I used it for several years and it never made me ill. I now have a large water tank (40+ gal) I keep in the back of my truck and a 12 RV water pump I carry to transfer water to my Scamp. Potable water is the number one thing that limits how long someone can boon-dock.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:31 PM   #10
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When I first read this, I thought a 25-gallon tank with a transfer pump is a great idea... and then (my) reality set in.

25 gals of water weighs 208.5 lbs PLUS the weight of the tank and transfer pump. I guess if your tug is a truck, that might work out ok. But I will have a mid-size SUV, and I'm a 58 yr-old 5'1" gal who is plenty scrappy but not a body builder.

Methinks I'm going to continue with the idea of using a extra dc water pump (thanks Ian) with a 5- or 7- gal water jug. I could mount the pump on a large nylon cutting board, along with an On-Off switch to the 12VDC plug. Then I could carry the pump around and stand on the end of the board to steady it when I turn the pump on.

My friend asked, "why not just a simple hand-pump siphon?" This is a good idea also, but requires raising the 5- or 7-gallon water jug above the tank fill. Hmmm... more thinkin' needs to be done.
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Old 01-21-2018, 03:39 PM   #11
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You don't have to lift the container when using a hand pump. Might get tired after pumping five gallons, but this Camco pump moves quite a lot of liquid ( antifreeze in this pic ).
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Old 01-21-2018, 04:30 PM   #12
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I like Thom's 15 gallon spot sprayer. At least it can be used for both spraying pesticides and pumping fresh water into the Casita. Get much more utility out of the sprayer that way.


...just kidding of course....
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or the Bucket Sucker!!!

Introducing the "bucket sucker"
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