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Post by theglove78 Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:37 pm

Hi all

Bit of an odd question.

In our last jaunt, we ran out of water.  No major problem but i was stumped as to quite how to fill up on site?

Is it OK to drive up the taps and simply "fill 'er up" or more customary to take a seperate barrel for such an eventuality?

Saw a few folk with caravans with those wheeled barrel thingys (techical term  hugegrins)

Daft question i know scratch head  

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Post by Paulmold Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:22 pm

If you can get near tap then use a hose. If not use a watering can, jerry can type of container with spout or a wheeled one but then you need a means of transferring it such as submersible pump and a 12v supply for it.

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Post by burlingtonboaby Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:31 pm

After years of carrying different water hoses and connections I have reverted back to the good old watering can (plastic). Once filled up at the MSP I top up with the can.
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Post by rogerblack Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:15 pm

In case you're not already aware, some sites will have a dedicated motorhome service point you can drive up to, where there will be a tap and hose for fresh water, a drain point for grey waste water and usually a chemical loo disposal point.

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Post by bikeralw Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:35 pm

It's all well and good driving up to a tap to fill up with a hose, but if you're settled on your pitch with awning out, van on levelling blocks, external screen fitted etc, it's really not worth the hassle of  moving.
After years of using various containers for carrying water, I've settled on a 10 litre plastic water container, this doubles up as our fresh drinking water supply when out on the road. The method of getting the water into the tank is easy, I use a slightly modified domestic downspout outlet. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by Cymro Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:41 pm

That looks good, Al. Would you be kind enough to post a photo of it when out of the van, and describe the slight modification which you made to make it fit and stay in place? Looks like a collar, but of what?

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Post by Paulmold Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:58 pm

This is what I use now, with flexible spout that stores inside it. 

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Post by bikeralw Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:18 pm

Neat that Paul. I know folk who have bigger containers, but I find 10 litres is just right to carry and lift without back strain.
Cymro, the collar  on the downspout outlet is simply gaffa tape cut to the right width and wound round until it's a snug fit. It doesn't leak a drop and is very fast to fill, meaning you don't have to hold the container up for very long.
I have a lathe and keep meaning to turn a proper collar out of plastic, but the gaffa tape has held for several years now and shows no sign of deteriorating.
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Post by Cymro Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:24 pm

That'll do for me! Tape I can manage!
Thanks, Al. 

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Post by Roopert Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:24 pm

Similar to what Paulmold uses, but we are short on space in the Trooper, so I use one of the 15L expanding carriers:

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Anything bigger is just too heavy (for me) unless you're not carrying far...
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Post by groundhog Wed May 01, 2019 6:30 pm

Now if only someone would invent an exterior pump you could drop in to a container to pump the water in. Suppose if that happened  many would whale and moan what a useless system it is. snigger
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Post by theglove78 Thu May 02, 2019 7:55 am

Excellent - thank you all for the very useful responses.

I think i'll plump for a portable container.

Appreciate the help guys  up!
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Post by Bobskate Thu May 02, 2019 8:17 am

groundhog wrote:Now if only someone would invent an exterior pump you could drop in to a container to pump the water in. Suppose if that happened  many would whale and moan what a useless system it is. snigger
Come now....that technology must be 10 years away..... Dream on.

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Post by Askit Thu May 02, 2019 10:05 am

Bobskate wrote:
groundhog wrote:Now if only someone would invent an exterior pump you could drop in to a container to pump the water in. Suppose if that happened  many would whale and moan what a useless system it is. snigger
Come now....that technology must be 10 years away..... Dream on.

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Or some of us wish it was 10 years away  uncertain

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Post by Bobskate Thu May 02, 2019 10:44 am

Never used mine Tony. When I bought the van I added a hole in the side. Nothing wrong with a watering can. 

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Post by Askit Thu May 02, 2019 2:44 pm

Bobskate wrote:Never used mine Tony. When I bought the van I added a hole in the side. Nothing wrong with a watering can. 

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Me neither. We had the "hole in the wall" from new and I use a bit of Lidl gardening hose or our £1.99 watering can from B&M to fill up.

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