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Old 07-01-2014, 05:34 PM   #15
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I do similar to Glen with the extra water container and the hand pump is just fine plus it doesn't run down your battery!

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Old 07-01-2014, 06:01 PM   #16
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Thanks Kootenai Girl. I'll defer to your experience and leave the order as is. I think you're right. In a situation like I described, I'll be lugging water to the camper anyway. I can fill the onboard tank or if I need it faster, work out of the jugs.


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Old 07-01-2014, 07:15 PM   #17
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The tanks were full on mine last month. Mine is a 16' with the larger fridge but we have the smaller bed. On mine there is a cabinet for the microwave above the fridge.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:15 PM   #18
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How efficient are those little pumps? Does it take a lot of pumping to get a gallon of water? If I get the electric pump, do you still get the hand pump?
In order… not very, yes, no.

If you had some water in the tank, the hand pump would be good for pumping a cup of water to brush your teeth at night, or maybe an occasional small pan of water to heat up something on the stove. But not a gallon at a time. I'd say if you plan to do much cooking inside, the electric pump would be a good investment.

I'm with Glenn - we do all of our cooking outside, and keep a 5-gallon jug there. We don't use the on-board water at all. We keep a gallon of bottled drinking water in the trailer for nighttime use.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:16 PM   #19
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Jugs always work! Doesn't matter to me if I'm hooked up or have filled the freshwater tank. I always take jug (bottled) water, because I want my coffee to always taste the same. YMMV
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:34 PM   #20
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Thanks all. We plan to do very little cooking inside. Coffee, tea, boiling water and not too much more. We have a small Weber BabyQ grill and a NuWave induction cooker and campfires for outside cooking. Bringing a full jug of water for coffee is a good idea as well. We love our coffee!


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