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Old 04-26-2016, 11:46 AM   #1
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...use the stock fresh water filler that seems to be ubiquitous to small fiberglass trailers? I don't know exactly what to call it, but it looks like a tiny urinal with a flip-up cover. I know we're supposed to relax, slow things down, smell the roses,....but standing outside the camper, holding a heavy water jug AND a funnel, while splashing water on my feet for 10 minutes, does not seem like anything but a ridiculous chore. What were they thinking? Am I missing something?

I moved the "city water" filler over to that inlet, and just use a hose when I can. I keep my hand on the water spigot and my eye on the overflow line under the tank. If I don't have that opportunity, I have a hatch cover on the tank to expedite the refill job.

What do you do?

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Old 04-26-2016, 04:43 PM   #2
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A Casita owner showed me the cool mod he did while we were at the Oregon Gathering. I simplified his design since my water tank was already half way there.

A previous owner of my Fiber Stream trailer had installed a regular "Hose Bib" valve as the drain fitting on my fresh water tank. All I had to do is buy a Double Female Adapter. Now, instead of the "City Water" fitting, I connect the white water hose to the Fresh tank Drain valve. I open the Hose Bib valve and turn on the source water faucet, watching for it to come out of "normal" water tank fill port. I close the trailer fresh tank drain hose bib valve first, then the source faucet.
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Sheesh! I have a dedicated hose for filling the fresh water tank and I have an inline filter both get used. I rarely need to fill from some vessel. No what happens with fresh water system with a hose connected to fill it when it full? Where does the excess water go? I think the plumbing going to hand pump would blow out and dump water all over the inside of the trailer, that wouldn't be good at all.
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A Casita owner showed me the cool mod he did while we were at the Oregon Gathering. I simplified his design since my water tank was already half way there.

A previous owner of my Fiber Stream trailer had installed a regular "Hose Bib" valve as the drain fitting on my fresh water tank. All I had to do is buy a Double Female Adapter. Now, instead of the "City Water" fitting, I connect the white water hose to the Fresh tank Drain valve. I open the Hose Bib valve and turn on the source water faucet, watching for it to come out of "normal" water tank fill port. I close the trailer fresh tank drain hose bib valve first, then the source faucet.
Oops! I forgot to say that I then remove the hose and put it away. I have an my electric water pump.
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Oops! I forgot to say that I then remove the hose and put it away. I have an my electric water pump.
The standard inlet lets air and water out. So it's not a problem for you. Those that remove the gravity feed inlet to a pressure inlet could be in for trouble. The overflow isn't big enough to handle the excess.
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just to clarify...

As I mentioned, I watch the overflow hose while I have one hand on the spigot (faucet), ready to turn it off the moment I see water pouring out. I only open the faucet far enough to get a 1 1/2 - 2 gallons per minute flow. Until it's full, that incoming water is just displacing air. The overflow hose hangs below the edge of the Scamp about 2 inches. When I'm not filling the tank, I keep that hose stoppered with a small rubber cork (if anyone's interested, I'll try to post a photo of how I secured that cork to keep from losing it. Very low tech). I found that, after filling, about 2 gallons of water could slosh out through that tube while on the road.

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I use the Camco Water tank filler on a camco water filter connected to a dedicated fresh water hose.
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I use the Camco Water tank filler on a camco water filter connected to a dedicated fresh water hose.
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Is that filler flexible enough to make the turn?

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Is that filler flexible enough to make the turn?

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Yes, it is nothing more than a clear flexible hose with attachment to a garden hose.
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Dave,

Well, that's the answer, then. I probably could have saved myself a little trouble had I known that product existed. But my filler cup thing was broken anyway, so I had to replace it with something, and the city water inlet was right there on the street side, never to be used by me as it was intended.

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On my earlier Casita and now my Bigfoot I installed a takeoff from the city water line that runs to the fresh water tank with a simple cutoff valve.

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Now I'd like to see the inlet on your Casita...have a photo?

On my Bigfoot, there's a little cylinder that slides out, with the top cut out. I just take my hose (I've never used a jug to fill my tank either) end and stick it in there. If I close the slide-out a little, it holds the hose in place. Then I just go inside and check the water tank. When it's about 90% full, I go back outside, let it flow another minute, then call it good.

I don't think it's ever taken more than 3-5 minutes and once it's set up and flowing, it's hands free.
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