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Post by frederic on Mon 13 Nov - 10:40

At one of our rallies someone saw me trying to fill our Duetto using a flexible funnel which was reluctant to stay upright!
He suggested  that if I was to obtain a guttering down pipes shoe or bend with one of the ends around 69/70mm o.d. 
then I would be able to tape it out to fit into the body (id 73mm) of the Fiamma inlet.
I got a 'Hunter' R20 (68x112.5) bend from Homebase. Bend o.d. at one end 73.3mm,
Other makes I checked had webs or seams at the large end whereas the Hunter one was smooth.
It fitted treat with no adjustment required. 
Fiamma body bore approx the same, resulting in a nice snug fit.
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Post by Gromit on Mon 13 Nov - 10:43

Good tip Frederic.  up!

I prefer the trusty watering can myself, but your gadget works well. A friend of ours used to use the same idea.

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Post by Peter Brown on Mon 13 Nov - 10:51

frederic wrote:At one of our rallies someone saw me trying to fill our Duetto using a flexible funnel which was reluctant to stay upright!
He suggested  that if I was to obtain a guttering down pipes shoe or bend with one of the ends around 69/70mm o.d. 
then I would be able to tape it out to fit into the body (id 73mm) of the Fiamma inlet.
I got a 'Hunter' R20 (68x112.5) bend from Homebase. Bend o.d. at one end 73.3mm,
Other makes I checked had webs or seams at the large end whereas the Hunter one was smooth.
It fitted treat with no adjustment required. 
Fiamma body bore approx the same, resulting in a nice snug fit.
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All those years and you haven't seen that before?

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Re: Water filler

Post by frederic on Mon 13 Nov - 12:23

What ME? 'Nelson'Smith!! hugegrins
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Post by Jarjar on Mon 13 Nov - 16:39

Or you could have bought a funnel with a handle and a flexible spout, two for one of your English pounds from Poundland:up!:
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Post by Gromit on Mon 13 Nov - 18:47

Jarjar wrote:Or you could have bought a funnel with a handle and a flexible spout, two for one of your English pounds from Poundland:up!:
And a third arm if your container of water is heavy, and you can't lift it high enough and tip it with one hand!  Whistle1    hugegrins

I once went to the rescue of a poor woman who had hired a van and been given a funnel, and a massive 25 litre water container. She could hardly lift the empty container, poor lass.

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Post by Jarjar on Mon 13 Nov - 21:02

As in all things, know your limitations (and use empty milk containers!)allthumbz
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Post by bikeralw on Mon 13 Nov - 21:30

Been using one for years in conjunction with a 15 litre water container that doubles up as our drinking water supply when between stops.
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Post by Peter Brown on Mon 13 Nov - 22:18

Sorry Ricky, shouldn't have started this.

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Post by frederic on Tue 14 Nov - 7:46

Its GOOD to Chat, Peter. 

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Not something to leave unattended hugegrins !
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Post by Maasai Warrior on Wed 15 Nov - 8:03

I like others, use a watering can with a blue freshwater 12” extension pipe taped to the spout. Works a treat.

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Post by Gromit on Wed 15 Nov - 9:47

Maasai Warrior wrote:I like others, use a watering can with a blue freshwater 12” extension pipe taped to the spout. Works a treat.

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I'm going to slink away and hide my head in shame Pete - my extension is only about three inches!!!  blushes   Whistle1 

I just pulled the rubber adapter off the end of one of these and tied it onto the watering can. Just long enough and flexible enough to make topping up easy.



Incidentally, I've never seen so many water related spares and gadgets as on this website. Could be useful if someone is searching for a part.

https://www.caravanaccessoryshop.co.uk/category/caravan-water/73?page=all

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Post by Maasai Warrior on Wed 15 Nov - 19:03

Gromit wrote:
Maasai Warrior wrote:I like others, use a watering can with a blue freshwater 12” extension pipe taped to the spout. Works a treat.

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I'm going to slink away and hide my head in shame Pete - my extension is only about three inches!!!  blushes   Whistle1 

I might have exaggerated just a tad, it was originally a prototype and now needs trimming a bit. Don’t worry Dave, it’s technique that counts! snigger

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Re: Water filler

Post by frederic on Thu 16 Nov - 14:00

So there we are filling our 'van using the new filler gismo when Ann says 'Hold on there is water pouring from below the 'van'
On checking, No, I had closed off the tank drain, it was flowing from a small tube close behind the filler point.  On reflection as the lockable cap is airtight, this must be the fresh water tank vent!!
As far as I can remember this did nor occur when using a flexi funnel or hose pipe.
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Post by bikeralw on Thu 16 Nov - 18:22

On my van, and I'm sure it must be the same on lots, the water tank vent joins the main fill pipe near the neck of the filler. This means that it will glug a bit using a domestic downspout fitting, but if you keep a constant stream of water going so air can escape it's not a problem.
I can put 15 litres in almost as fast as a hose, without spilling a drop.
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Post by biffobear on Fri 17 Nov - 11:16

My water filler is under the bonnet on my Montana and is fitted horizontally to a mounting bracket so it’s easy to pour water in from a Bottle etc but have always found this useful when using a hose
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