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Old 10-24-2015, 06:37 PM   #1
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Scamp Water tank

I'm trying to decide whether or not to install a 10 gal water tank in my 1978 13' Scamp. The old tank had been removed sometime in the past.

I would prefer to have a small water (2 to 4 gal) container, under the sink in the old furnace location, as is the norm in some Europe FG trailers.

Small water containers can be filled almost anywhere, and spare containers can be carried in the tow auto. Even a one gal water jug would work!

I actually thought about installing both...until I priced the pre 1990 10 gal tank at Scamp's. $95.00 seems a bit high, when the post 1990 12 gal tank is only about $50.00. Must be a good reason...but still.

By the time a person adds the cost of the needed fittings, holding strap, and pays shipping, the cost of a Scamp 10 gal tank would be far more than $125.00! Heck, i can install a A/C for that amount!

(Almost any water tank in the 10 to 14 gal range would work as long as the water fill opening is no higher than 9-inches. Which is the height of the water fill fitting on my old Scamp)

I know what I'd prefer, but at my age I need to consider what the next owner would like!

So what do you think bel best? Ten gal tank , or smaller containers in the cabinet, under the sink?

Any & all comments will be appreciated,

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Old 10-24-2015, 06:52 PM   #2
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Having lived with a 12 gallon fresh water tank, I would prefer 10 to 12 gallons.
Reasoning -- My trailer is not only a travel trailer but an escape pod. That is if something happens or I should say when something happens to the infrastructure I'll have water and place to cook eat and sleep. I can generally make 12 gallons last at least a week, longer if need be. Small containers would be a pain to keep up in my opinion.
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:58 PM   #3
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I purchased this for $37.00 or so.

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I installed it under the left rear bed.
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Having lived with a 12 gallon fresh water tank, I would prefer 10 to 12 gallons.
Reasoning -- My trailer is not only a travel trailer but an escape pod. That is if something happens or I should say when something happens to the infrastructure I'll have water and place to cook eat and sleep. I can generally make 12 gallons last at least a week, longer if need be. Small containers would be a pain to keep up in my opinion.
Thank you Byron, I appreciate your comments.

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Old 10-24-2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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I purchased this for $37.00 or so.

RV Plumbing 10 Gallon Fresh Water Tank New Travel Trailer Horse Trailer | eBay

I installed it under the left rear bed.
From viewing the photo of the 10 gal tank, it appears all the openings for the fill, outlet and drain fittings are one one end. If this is so, did that cause any installation problems?

Thanks for the reply!

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When I obtained my Scamp-the tank had been removed. I bought a 5 gallon 'jerry can' made for water and installed it under the sink. It is easy to lift out to fill and I can carry several identical cans in the tow vehicle. The pump was also gone so I added a windshield washer pump(it only works on one fixture-the sink).
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When I obtained my Scamp-the tank had been removed. I bought a 5 gallon 'jerry can' made for water and installed it under the sink. It is easy to lift out to fill and I can carry several identical cans in the tow vehicle. The pump was also gone so I added a windshield washer pump(it only works on one fixture-the sink).
Thanks Dennis,

That's what I had in mind! I hadn't measured the space because the lower kitchen cabinet for my Scamp is still removed, but I happen to have a blue "jerry" water can that I could use.

Nice to learn that it would fit!

Use of a auto windshield washer pump is a nice touch!

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Old 10-24-2015, 08:23 PM   #8
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I know what I'd prefer, but at my age I need to consider what the next owner would like!
Screw the next owner, do what works for you!

If you think you could work well with a small water tank, try it at HOME. Cooking, hygiene, etc. THAT should tell you what size would work best in your trailer. Just remember, whatever goes in also needs to come out. Plan for gray water too.

Best of luck in your decision!
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Bill, this is a link to my solution and it may work well for you also External Water Reservoir
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Bill: sent you a private message, but decided to put it on here too in case anyone else was interested. Since I was using a windshield washer pump, I ran a 1/4" tube thru the top of the jerry can. I also took the guts out of the old hand pump and ran tubing thru it too. I put a push button switch at the edge of the sink. Ended up getting a lot more water than with the handpump. For the gray water, I put a 5 gallon bucket under the outside drain with a short hose. It has worked very well. I might add, my jerry can is not quite as tall as the normal can, found it at a camping supply store, but the regular cans fit well too. I have a 5 gallon white square tank(you can find anywhere that I use as backup and it fits under also. I drilled a hole in the cap and ran the tubing to the bottom of the can.
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Bill, this is a link to my solution and it may work well for you also External Water Reservoir
Ian, I already have several photos of you water-reservoir...and even went to Lowe's to price the water containers!

I decided that a water container inside would be best of me. Yeah, it's true that I'm very lazy!

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Screw the next owner, do what works for you!

If you think you could work well with a small water tank, try it at HOME. Cooking, hygiene, etc. THAT should tell you what size would work best in your trailer. Just remember, whatever goes in also needs to come out. Plan for gray water too.

Best of luck in your decision!
Ha! Thanks Donna! I always enjoy reading your messages because you don't beat around the bush That is like a fresh breath of air!

Yes, Donna, you are right...I should only be thinking about what I desire, want and need in MY TRAILER. And if I was younger, that's what I'd be doing.

However, now, it's not so simple. i do have to consider the people who will be cleaning up my messes after I leave for that Golden Campground on Cloud 9! There is a pull-thru site there with my name on it!

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However, now, it's not so simple. i do have to consider the people who will be cleaning up my messes after I leave for that Golden Campground on Cloud 9! There is a pull-thru site there with my name on it!
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Really Bill? It IS simple, do what makes your life better for you. After you hit Cloud 9 and the kids come in to clean up the leftover "mess" if they are anything like mine, I hope they'll say "Dang, Dad sure had a good time, look at all this great stuff". Bottom line is make yourself happy, anybody else may not get it and it really doesn't matter in the big picture .
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My Goodness! I've really got us off-thread haven't I?

Thanks Dave for your concern and good advice.

Here is my current favored quote:

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
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