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Old 02-13-2014, 07:43 PM   #1
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scamp 19,

I m considering a scamp fifth wheel and in looking at the specs and options on the website, I am curious how folks deal with a 12 gallon water tank. Also there is no info on the capacity of the grey and black tank. Are they as tiny also? It does not seem appropriate for someone that boondocks. Is there a better brand for boondocking?

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Old 02-13-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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If I remember right, black water tank is 9 gal, grey - 23 gal.

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Old 02-13-2014, 10:00 PM   #3
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Scamp started offering a second 12 gallon fresh water tank recently. The grey one is 26 gallons, the black 9. You can find this info on their web page under the "Ask Scamp" tab, then Maintenance, External. It really should be easier to find.

I always have a collapsible fresh water bladder, almost 7 gallons, in order to have water while traveling and to bring water to the campsite. I also have a five gallon plastic bucket with a lid, so I can haul grey water to the dish washing sinks or toilets at the campsites, if necessary. It could be used for the black water as well, but only when really, really necessary.

For travel, I always dump all tanks to keep the camper light and keep the full water bladder in the bed of the truck, in front of the hitch, for day use.
Almost exactly a year ago I found a 2004 5th wheel deluxe and like it very much. I tow it with a 2013 Tacoma 6 cylinder, already put about 7k miles on it last year, and I would recommend it. I get decent mileage, ~17 mpg, and it tows beautifully.
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Old 02-14-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
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Thanks to you both for filling in the blanks. Steve
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:41 PM   #5
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We do a fair amount of boondocking, so (among the many mods we've done) we added a larger (19 gallon/17 useable) fresh water tank under our newly-created back bench seat in the dinette, but we are very careful not to tow when the tank is full. Other than that last few miles to our campsite, we only fill the fresh tank half way, often less.

Beyond that, we use collapsible jerry cans to top our tank off or to fill our tank when we arrive at the campsite with low water. You can buy siphon sets and pumps from Harbor Freight and elsewhere to facilitate the water transfer:

Works when you have a platform -- like the rails of your pickup truck -- to support your jerry can: Fluid Siphon Pump

Works when you have a battery-powered drill, but will likely drain your drill's battery. (You'll have to re-charge.) You also need to go to a hardware store to get two lengths of flexible hose and two hose clamps: Heavy Duty Drill Powered Pump

Either way, rinse the equipment with a mild solution of bleach (1tsp/quart, 5cc/liter) at the end of each camping trip when you've used them because, unlike the jerry can, they're not made of antimicrobal material.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:54 PM   #6
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scamp 19,

Mines an old one, but I modded it with twin 20 gallon tanks, and a 38 gallon gray water tank. Might work for you, takes a little work. I always fill fresh water at home, since I know it's safe. It pulls fine with 40 gallons full.

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