Transfer water from 5 gallon container to fresh water tank on the trailer

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  1. progolfer_20

    progolfer_20 New Member

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    I'm tired of lifting 40 pounds multiple times to pour in the water. I know this has been addressed before - I want a powered pump. Is there something that is 110v that I could plug into my generator, or 12v with clips that I can hook to my battery (either the trailer or my tow vehicle)? I'd like to keep it under $50.

    I have seen a drill powered pump but not sure if I want to go that route, have you guys used that one?
     
  2. 94-D2

    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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  3. progolfer_20

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  4. 94-D2

    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    Don't see why you can't. I'd go 12v so you don't have to start and run a generator. You can use your 7 pin trailer plug. It has a 12v aux ties to your pups battery. But our choice. Just buy a short potable hose with the bib connector on it for both ends of the pump and the draw in the can, the out in the fill tube. Check harbor freight for the same pump but cheaper.


    Good luck.
     
  5. Twitch22

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    Travis, that should work fine for what you are wanting to do with it. I think pumps such as that don't even need to be primed to get them going. You will however need to stick close to it, because at 390 GPH it will empty an 5 gallon jug in roughly a minute. At least I am assuming they are 5 gallons going by the 40lb reference you made. I say go for it.
     
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    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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  7. PDieter

    PDieter New Member

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    Just siphon?
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  8. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    Definitely the least expensive and least complicated option bar none! [;)]

    We use a 12v Flojet 03526-14A pump (2.9 gpm at 50 PSI) pump plugged into a booster pack to transfer water from a 6 gallon Hydroller to the fresh water tank. It's mounted to a two step ladder under the Eccotemp water heater. We just bypass the heater and run the hose directly into the Fresh Water tank. The pump costs about $58 plus shipping at www.energystead.com.

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    It also pumps water through the Eccotemp L5 to provide on-demand hot water for our portable field sinks. If you don't have a water heater in the camper, this is a pretty slick way around it.
    Field sink mod thread is here
     
  9. generok

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    Dubbya -

    Do you work for NASA? Yikes that rig looks hi speed, low drag!
     
  10. MarkoPolo

    MarkoPolo Lance 1995

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    I tried the electric drill route using the highest rated one from Amazon. Worked great the first time, second time, smoke started coming out and then a loud pop--it's toast. I was running my drill at highest speed off my generator. No where did the instructions say to go a lower speed. Love the idea, maybe mine was just a defective unit.
     
  11. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    Nope, I don't work for NASA, not YET anyway! [:D]

    That's just the product of a long winter with too much time spent reading the boards here at the portal. [;)]

    Gotta credit (blame?) Xolthrax for the Eccotemp L5 idea. He plumbed his to an extra city water inlet so he had hot/cold running water inside and an external hose bib coming out on the other side his old pup. Totally sweet mod.
     
  12. ricknpeg1

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    I don't understand the problem of just pouring it into a funnel. Is it too heavy or too slow... what? I'm a hefty 250 LBS. so I really never thought about 40 Lbs as being heavy. Maybe it just plain takes too long.
     
  13. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    Rick, I'm rockin' 250 as well. It's not too big a deal for the average healthy Joe but the DW can't tuck a 5 gallon water jug under one arm and hold a funnel with the other for the two minutes it takes to empty the jug (at least not without getting soaked in the process). It seems there are lots of folks around here in the same boat.
     
  14. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    At 240 pounds and post 2 lower back surgeries, it would be incredibly difficult for me to repeatedly empty 5 gallon jugs into my fresh tank to refill. Just sayin, it's a lot of weight for many people.
     
  15. 94-D2

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    I'm 200 lbs healthy with no disabilities. I'm just like to work smarter not harder. Adds to my camping enjoyment. Plus its fun to tinker. PITA to hold the container up and balance a plastic spout with 50+ pounds above it for 3-4 min while it dumps into the tank. So, I searched my forums and came up with a mod that suits me.


    Posted In case someone else wanted to do the same type of thing.


    Happy Campin'
     
  16. Nascar Fan

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    We use the same setup as PDieter even the walker table [LOL] [LOL] [LOL]. The only difference is we have 4 five gallon Mylar water bags that we got off of Emergency Essentials. The fold up to almost nothing and we store in the gaucho.
     
  17. Fleetwood Max

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    Wow.. some great ideas going on... This is what i used for the PUP and Hytt. Went to the fish store.. got a Elec. fish tank pump and clear plastic hose long enough for both ends of the elec pump ( appx 3 ft each end).. Takes a minute, but hey it worked... [{}=]
     
  18. Dubbya

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    Yep. You'd only need a couple of feet of lift and you're right, there's really no hurry so I guess that'd do the trick, plus it's small and easy to store. You might even be able to run one of those off of 12 volts too.
     
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  20. Jeepxguy

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    Couldn't you just T into the water supply line from the tank (with shut off valves) and drop a line into the water jug? That way you can use the onboard pump. No pump to buy, no wiring to do.
     

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