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Old 05-15-2006, 10:36 PM   #15
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Since we already have a 5 gallon blue tote like many use for gray water, that is what we've used. It can appear to be quite heavy if carried 300+ feet, particularly if 2 or 3 trips must be made. We wrote "drinking water" in large letters on all sides and have used it for 15 or 20 years.

A log tote might be just the ticket! It just occurred to me that a 24" 1X3 with a slot across each end might fit through the blue tote's handle and allow 2 of us to carry it.

Thanks one and all for your helpful suggestions!
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:59 AM   #16
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Hi George, don`t you have a problem disconnecting your drain hose, since your inlet to the tote is at the bottom, when you have the gray water level about equal in the tote and the hose up to the level of the dump valve? Doesn`t seem too simple, without spilling gray water......suppose you have to stand up your tote before you can do that and possibly still have some gray water in the hose.....Benny
Your right it is a tight fit. It works best to rotate the drain to the up position, before disconnecting the hose, which gives more clearance.
I should of mentioned, to only fill the tote about half full, so you can disconnect the hose withouot spilling. Four gallons is about all I want to lift into the back of the pickup.

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Old 05-16-2006, 08:34 AM   #17
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Figured about 1/2- 3/4 full would about be the limit to tilt it up and drain the excess from the hose...thanks...Benny
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Old 06-20-2006, 09:11 PM   #18
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I too have grown tired of filling the water tank in our 1984 Casita with a hose and funnel. So after reading about the clever techniques described by the FGRVers in this thread, I also developed an improved method to fill the water tank. First, I fill a 7 gallon portable Reliance tank with about 4 gallons of water (not too heavy to carry from the spigot). Then I use a brand new Jabsco electric drill-pump to transfer the water from the portable tank into the trailer tank. The electric drill-pump is operated by my cordless 18 V drill (which is always handy for repairs and fix-it jobs), and the system works well to transfer all of the water into the trailer tank in a few minutes. I added a 12" section of new flexible 3/8" ID non-toxic Nalgene tubing for the output hose - this allows me to snake it through the curves inside the trailer to minimize spillage due to backflow. I just used the new green tubing that came with the pump as the input hose, but will change it to new Nalgene in the future. The electric drill pump costs about $23 and is available at marine supply stores or at I also tried a hand-operated drill (The Hole Thing) as the source of power for the pump, and it worked OK. But cranking the hand drill was tedious so I'm sticking with the cordless drill. Power tools are fantastic!


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Old 06-21-2006, 03:44 AM   #19
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:09 AM   #20
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Steve, I'm liking that. I'm liking that a lot.

I wonder if that would work with my little Skil iXO Cordless Palm Size Screwdriver. We have all types of drills around here, but if that small one would work, that would really be a terrific set up.

It should work if the hand drill does. I also carry an old vintage hand drill that I've used in emergencies to drill out rivets.
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:42 AM   #21
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Just an opinion from an old veteran FGRV trailer camper.

With the limited amount of space in my Scamp I am not interested in providing space for a large container filled with air that is used occasionally for transferring water.

When the kids travelled with us we did like, I believe it was Gina, and carried a couple of gallon milk jugs. The kids ran back and forth getting water. That worked unless it was too cold, too hot, too wet, or whatever, and then I did it.

Now that the kids are grown up, we decided that the tank we carry water in should be the tank we use water from.

Until last fall we just carried nine milk bottles, eight in two of those plastic crates that hold four gallon jugs each and the ninth one at the sink. That works great, except the bottles are a little light duty and we've had a couple of leaks over about ten years.

Now, I'm not exactly sure why, but I decided to go up-scale. I added a nice expensive marine hand pump and made a shelf under the counter on the wheel well hat holds three of those blue bottles mentioned earlier. Two are for clean water, and one is the grey tank. I have a foldable hand truck set up for trucking them.

We haven't tried this out yet on a "real trip" but it works great in the driveway. Whether or not we will like this better is not known yet. If the six gallon bottles are a bit much, I think dropping back to about 2 1/2 gallon jugs might be just right.
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Old 06-21-2006, 08:46 AM   #22
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After trying many ways to fill the water tank I finally settled on two 2 1/2 gallon collapsible water containers and a funnel. Easy to carry one in each hand and light enough for one person to transfer into the water tank through a funnel. The containers and funnel are always in the Casita are light and store easily. If we need to carry water with us we use the the large blue containers and transfer the water to the 2 1/2 gallon containers .

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Old 06-21-2006, 09:30 AM   #23
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The pump I used is a Model A4240 Attwood A500 Aerator Pump, which screwed into the 3/4" pipe threads in the cap of the blue seven gallon tank. I carry a group 29 extra battery in the back of the pickup and powered the pump with that. I used a toggle switch to turn the pump off and on. The adapter I used is to convert the outlet pipe threads to garden hose threads.
It would seem easy enough to tap into the trailer electrical connector at the rear of the truck. The 7 pin connector should have both a hot and ground connection on it.

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