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Filling Van With Water

Post by FrankW on Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:09 am

Hi All

My 4th post, and the third about water ..... smile!

We have just upgraded from a T4 pop top to the Topaz. With the T4, when we ran out of water (which wasn't very often as it only had a cold tap) I just took the water container out, filled it at the tap, and put it back in situ.

With the Topaz the fresh water tank is built in, and at home it is easy to fill from the hose pipe. I am expecting to get through much more water on site now, as we have two sinks and a shower, all with hot and cold water.

But what do you lot carry with you to make filling with water on-site easier ??

A length of hose ??
Hozelock connections ??
Any other type on connection ??
A "gun" type attachement to meter the water flow ??

Basically, I'm after the benefit of your experience before I find myself stuck ....... hugegrins

Thanks

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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by Brisey on Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:25 am

We carry a length of hose along with the necessary Hozelock connectors for filling the tank at a service point.
We also carry a watering can for topping up when pitched up.

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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by FrankW on Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:34 am

Hi Brisey - a water can - that is a good idea, although I'm not sure we have that much spare space. Something to consider though.

And what are the "necessary" hozelock connections ?? Is there some sort of multi-adapter that fits all taps ?? And how do you control the flow of water into the van ??

And the hosepipe - on a reel or is it one that rolls/folds flat ??

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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by Brisey on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:01 am

I carry a spiral hose and a length of flat hose about 3 metres in length.
Both have Hozelock connectors fitted. I use the following connectors
for attaching the hoses to the tap.

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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by Paulmold on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:13 am

We carry a 4 metre and a 2 metre length of standard blue hose with rubber tap ends which have to be simply held on the tap (which admitedly is a 2-man, or 1 man/1 woman job, one holding hose into van filler) and we carry a 5 gallon wheeled water container for when we don't want to move off site, don't want to drive around site to a tap or when we can't physically drive close enough to a tap. We also take a 5 gallon waste container on wheels. These travel in the washroom and are secured to the van by padlock and cable through the rear step brackets when on-site or stored in pup tent when using one along with chairs.
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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by roli on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:30 am

Put a downspout end into the fiamma fitting on the van to use as a funnel and then use a water container (there is a thread on the forum somewhere) anyway here is the picture again. The blackones are 68mm and they grey I understand are 70mm dia

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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by Dutto on Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:33 am

Hi there,

Hate moving once "on-site" so use bucket to empty waste tank and same bucket (suitably cleaned) with a funnel to re-fill freshwater tank.

Usually three days (which coincides with loo emptying) equals three buckets in and three buckets out.

On the move the bucket is full of funnel and gear; on site it sits under Petal.

Also have a 4 metre length of hose and fittings to take advantage of the "waste points" when on the move. (We will upgrade this to 10m of flat hose on reel when we pass a shop that sells it.)

Hope this helps.

Best regards,

Dutto drinksallround

PS Like Roli's adaptor - much neater than a funnel so will use the idea. allthumbz


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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by squip on Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:05 pm

I have a hose with all of the usual adaptors. I also carry a 10 litre plastic container which has a removable spout. If I am on site and need fresh water I use the container if I don't want to move the van. The extra 10 litres of water is also useful to have if wildcamping or on aires where water has to be paid for.
For waste water disposal I have a collapsible bucket.
I don't have room to store a full size bucket or a watering can.

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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by vwt4 on Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:34 pm

Hi
we have a flat hose on a reel and a 5 ltr water carrier and funnel just to top when reqd but always use water out of carrier for drinking etc
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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by fluffles on Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:45 pm

Hi there, many years ago due to having to fill many types of m'home/caravan (ugh) I got about 18 inches (about 46cms) of hose pipe ( approx 15ml) and a large funnel. I then heated the end of the hose (in hot water).forced the small end of the funnel in as far is I could and secured with a hose clip. We always carry a full container of water (10 ltr) for drinking, and then to fill the tank remove filler cap, insert end of hose as far down as needed and then fill with container as many times as required. Downside can be how many times you may have to visit the water tap, but I can hold the funnel up with the open end of the water container against the funnel and the pour. I was very taken with the idea shown by Roli as it looks very easy. Fluffy. sit

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Thanks !!

Post by FrankW on Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:02 am

Hi All

Some great ideas here allthumbz

I've got the two hozelock connectors already kicking around in the greenhouse doing nowt, so they are now part of my van tool kit.

Gonna sort myself out a bit of hose pipe too and take a look at the funnel idea that Roli has suggested as we already have a small-ish water container - If the bit of guttering doesn't work then it will be a funnel with some hose attached !!

Thanks again - exactly what I was after !!

Frank


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Re: Filling Van With Water

Post by rockair8 on Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:22 am

Hi All

Firstly Thats a great idea of Roli,s will definatley sort that out.

We use the standard blue hose from Towsure but i cut 18" of the end and put an inline tap from CAK tanks in to join pieces back
together, much easier to control water into tank plus it works well to fill flush tank for toilet, saves getting wet,still use 10ltr container
for kettle Though.

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