Solar Water Pump

inthedirt

Super Active Member
Aug 28, 2012
977
SW Montana
Over the last 5-6 years, I've realized that water seems to be my limiting factor when camping with the family. Usually don't stay out more than a 7-10 days at a time. 2 propane tanks will generally last me that long depending on the number of hot showers and how cold my wife gets at night. What we usually run out of is water even though we almost religiously camp near a stream or lake.

I did some research and picked up a purifier from Amazon that will filter approximately 500gal of water a day by gravity. Well, I'm too impatient to wait that long and certainly don't want to pour that much water by hand into the fill port of the Pup. So, Amazon to the rescue! I grabbed this little unit to help get the lake water from my 5gal bucket into the the tank. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MS8JN0Q/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Don't have to worry about connecting to my batteries, is easy to store, is quiet, and best of all....cheap! I'll run this through my inline purifier (3rd-world rated), then through a charcoal filter, and into the tank. Doesn't need to be a hi-flo, hi-pressure system. Should arrive in a couple of days, so I'll report back after I have a chance to us it this weekend.
 

inthedirt

Super Active Member
Aug 28, 2012
977
SW Montana
Ok, if I were patient enough, I'd likely keep the system gravity fed and be happy with it. However, I am not patient at all. Decided that the solar pump is not quite strong enough to push against the filter, so I'm adding a small 12v pump instead of the solar. Other than that, the system works great!
 

emoney

Super Active Member
Jul 7, 2018
880
I posted a thread over in the “plumbing gray water etc” forum about a 12v pump I picked up on EBay to replace my cassette toilets pump. You can BIN them for like $12.00 and will pump plenty water. Also, I use a small 12v battery that’s easy to carry to make it portable and I don’t worry about draining the main battery that way
 

BillyMc

Super Active Member
Mar 25, 2018
2,482
South Carolina
Something to think about down the road when the kids are out and we begin to travel to some more remote locations.
Gas and battery power are easy, but water is bulky and heavy.
 

Arlyn Aronson

Super Active Member
Jun 11, 2014
2,101
Houghton, MI
For us two and dogs, we bring water in with ourselves. If we want to shower, we then use locale water (ak nearby stream). Of course that's not filtered. We also bring along a filter system if potable water runs low.. We shower via 12 volt pump made for that, and hook it to the auto battery. No generators needed. 90% of our camping is remote with no power available.
 

roybraddy

Super Active Member
Mar 23, 2016
2,393
King George, Virginia
I was wandering around in WALMART the other day looking for a water pump to use at home where I have a leak in the roof and catching the water in large water container in the attic... Too heavy to carry the water down the attic steps haha...

Noticed WALMART has a 12VDC BILGE PUMP where you just sit submerged in water and it will pump water up a hose... This would work great for what you are talking about doing getting fresh water inside your camper from a creek...

This was in the BOAT SUPPLIES area of WALMART...

You could rig your on-board water pump to do the same thing. My setup has a valve to switch the water pump input to suck fluids out of the winterizing bottle or pink stuff. Just run that to the creek using a hose...

Roy Ken
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nineoaks2004

Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday
Oct 15, 2006
8,241
Dukes, Fl
I use a 12v pump that I purchased at TSC. I use it to pump water out of the animal water tubs, it has a hook up for hoses on both ends, I use t he tractor battery for the voltage, it pumps a lot of water in a short amount of time, I take approx 10 minutes to empty the 250 gallon water tubs. I usually camp where there is elec. and water but if needed it would work great for filling the water tank.
 

inthedirt

Super Active Member
Aug 28, 2012
977
SW Montana
Smallest bilge pump I've seen is rated at 500gal per minute........that's likely to be a tad strong for my purposes. Didn't get out too much last summer, and what little we did was at dedicated campgrounds with full services. Since my uncle passed unexpectedly Fall 2017, we don't get out much with the family. When we did, ours was the only setup with a hot shower so it got used upwards of 10x a day for a week or 2 at a time. That's a lot of water used with 5 families and boondocking. Hoping to get out more this summer as my work schedule has finally improved.
 

Arlyn Aronson

Super Active Member
Jun 11, 2014
2,101
Houghton, MI
Can I ask you a few questions? Are you using filter water to shower with? For 5 families, that's a whole lot of filtered water! If so, why?

We passed through Butte a few years ago and had a wonderful stop there at the MT Tech mining museum. I love that kind of stuff. Attached is a photo taken there.

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