Can't even FIND the water tank??!

Discussion in 'First Time & New Camper Owners' started by Suzicnm, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Suzicnm

    Suzicnm New Member

    Apr 15, 2018
    I just purchased a vintage (1995) Jayco pop up, and am trying my best to figure it out. The manual is as ancient as the trailer (!), and not particularly helpful. I see the water hookup fitting on the outside, but it seems to go nowhere?? I think the original owners may have taken the tank out?? I believe it should be inside the trailer, under the galley, but not 100% sure. Also, the propane fridge was taken out, and a little electric/standard dorm fridge put in. I don't think that's going to be very useful, as I expect most of my camping will be without hookups. Am I able to run it efficiently enough with battery power, (I know, not likely!), or should I look for a replacement propane unit? If so, what are good resources for these items on older trailers? Thanks so very much in advance-- these are probably very simple questions for the experienced owner. Which is why I'm asking!!
  2. joet

    joet Well-Known Member

    Mar 16, 2011
    Elkins WV area
    The water tank will be located underneath the floor. Batteries will not run the fridge.
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  3. Suzicnm

    Suzicnm New Member

    Apr 15, 2018
    Thanks...... is there an easy way to access it, to check that it's water tight? When I hooked it up to my hose, I didn't seem to have enough suction to use the pump sink?
  4. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

    Oct 10, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    On my old 1990 Jayco there was a water jug not a tank and at least in my 1006 deluxe it was located on the door side in the cabinet next to the front bunk. There was a small tube that went from the jug around to the pump style faucet. At least on my camper there was only the city water inlit and sewer. Otherwise like mentioned it is probably under the camper by the weeks.
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  5. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

    Oct 3, 2007
    Waterford, Ct
    Our 83 Jayco 806 also had a water jug inside a cabinet. A good guess would be if you have a pump type faucet you have inside jug.
  6. BikeNFish

    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2017
    Maplewood, MN
    My water tank is located under the pup.

    A dorm fridge will not run off the battery. A three way fridge will run off of the battery, but you would be lucky to get four hours out of the battery. The 3-way fridge is designed to run on battery only while the pup in in transit. A fridge running on propane will keep the fridge running for weeks if you start with a full tank.

    Your best bet for purchasing a 3-way fridge is from a rv dealership or service center. Sometimes you can find them on craigslist but I would be wary of a used 3-way fridge.
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  7. Rusty2192

    Rusty2192 Active Member

    Jul 30, 2014
    If you can’t find the tank/jug, it’s likely someone removed it at some point in the last 23 years. They take up a lot of the limited space in a pup, so if one isn’t going to use it, it’s usually the first thing to go. I took mine out right away, but have it stashed in the attic for when I sell the pup.

    As for the fridge, it’s not really practical (if even possible) to run a dorm fridge off battery power. I actually have a 2-way fridge (propane and 12V) that I’ll be putting on Craigslist soon. If you happen to be near KY, I’d be happy to let it go for cheap.
  8. gladecreekwy

    gladecreekwy Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Never use our fridge. If your camping w/o electric power I'd suggest using that space for storage and spend your $$ on a nice cooler. Those fridges are so small and never see to keep the food (beer) nearly cold enough. We keep paper plates, pot & pans etc. in ours. I'm planning on pulling out for good this summer.
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  9. terry1419

    terry1419 Active Member

    Mar 6, 2016
    Streator, IL
    My 1992 1006 is designed exactly the same way. No fresh water tank when I got it so I bought a 3 gallon clear plastic water jug with spigot from Walmart and fashioned a piece of tygon tubing from the spigot outlet to the existing supply line.
    Since I camp by myself, 3 gallons is plenty because I take bottled water for drinking and making coffee. I think they might have had larger sizes.
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  10. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    I have owned several, some have a jug, some a tank, usually it goes beneath a seat close to the sink. I used a windshield wiper motor off an old car to pump water in one and bought a small 12 v pump for others, I added a switch to turn the pump on or off and hooked up to the old stype pump faucet.
  11. Dingit

    Dingit Active Member

    Mar 8, 2017
    I had a '74 popup with the tank in a cabinet near the sink. I took it out because it leaked. If you aren't seeing it, it's probably not there anymore!

    These little 3 way fridges aren't really much superior to a really good cooler (especially in a popup that doesn't have easy access unpopped). If I bought a popup that didn't have the fridge, I probably wouldn't replace it.
  12. theseus

    theseus Centerville, OH

    Feb 6, 2007
    Centerville, OH
    I'll be the positive voice for a 3-way fridge. If you know what you are doing they work just fine. Mine which is 20 years old will freeze food if it is turned to maximum. It holds all the items we pack in the cooler.

    The biggest issue you might have is that a fridge (Dometic or Norcold) will cost about twice as much as a good rotomolded cooler like a Yeti. There are cheaper knock off brands, but I'm not knowledgeable about how good they are.

    As for your tank, look outside for a filler cap. It's about 2 inches across. If you have one of those, you have a tank, not a jug inside. Otherwise you may have the jug under the counter.

    Of course if the previous owner removed the fridge, the tank may be gone and you only have a city water inlet to screw your hose into.
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  13. Fbird

    Fbird Active Member

    Sep 10, 2017
    Ferndale MI
    I agree with thesus. my fridge is 20 years old and freezes things if I have it set at maximum. I've had a weeks worth of food and a couple of days worth of drinks in there. it keeps ice cream in the freezer compartment with no problems. it uses very little propane and battery. best of all you don't have to worry about ice.
  14. TDS-MN

    TDS-MN Active Member

    Sep 29, 2013
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Jayco, similar vintage, has the water jug in the cabinet beneath the sink, that the suction pump style faucet will draw from. Also has a city water hookup for hose supply, although I have never used that. (And only used the jug one or two times, to be honest).
    Bottled water is just easier more often than not. Sink has one discharge point to the exterior, intended to drain to a tote most likely, has a threaded hose bib. Have never really used that system either, I have a plastic tub that fits in my sink and I usually catch the drain water there and save it for extinguishing fire end of the night.
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