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#1 tedinkc

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 06:43 AM

Hi everyone,

Someone spotted my modification on the bumper in my Mississippi Crossing picture. This is about that. Last year while dry camping it took the two of us to get water in the tank, one to hold the jug and the other to hold the homemade funnel. Before we went camping this year I wanted an easier way. I put together 2 spare tire mounts from Harbor Freight ($12.99 each). I had to buy 4 longer bolts to fit the 4 inch square bumper. Mount them horizontally instead of vertically and added a scrape piece of 3/4 inch plywood, you need to cut off one corner and watch your location so the door for filling the fresh water tank will open. Cut a hole in the side of a water bottle, near the bottom, for a funnel. I found the water jug at Walmart, it holds 7 gallons. Put as much water in the jug as you can carry, take it to the trailer, set it on the little table you have just made, open the valve and you can go do something else while it's filling your tank. You get some dripping around the homemade funnel but it's the best solution I've come up with. Hope you like it.

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#2 Chris Z

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:46 AM

Cut a hole in the side of a water bottle, near the bottom, for a funnel.

EXCELLENT !!!

I seldom dry camp long enough to use more than a tank of water but when I winterize, I'm always improvising a funnel. Thought several times about getting what used to be called an auto-trans funnel with a tube on bottom of funnel but haven't done it yet. I'll try your water battle funnel!!!
Thanks

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#3 Don in OKC

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 08:37 AM

Ted:

That's a prize winner for thinking 'outside the box'. And your funnel is priceless. wink.gif

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:29 AM

biggrin.gif Great idea, looks good, very neat setup. I saw the one at Heron in the late '80s. I used it not only in pickups but also a conversion van. I didn't need it when we got a C-class MH; it got beat up in storage. After getting our Scamp, I started looking for another water tank for the pickup. With the C-class, no place to keep the tank more than not needing it. I did some jerry cans again filling it.

Your method works well & has less stuff to haul around, however with my back, I just do not want to be lifting, even a 5 gal jerry can.

To add more water capacity I have one of these in the back of the Ford F-150, a 26 gal capacity tank. http://www.northernt...37114_200337114

Also comes in a 16 gal size:
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A 25 gal size: http://www.northernt...37120_200337120

I order the one I have, due to the limited size of the Ranger's bed. My son has gotten tanks, but different kind, more shape of barrels from Farm & Ranch Supply Companies.

We both use pumps to fill the trailers tanks, but one could use gravity to fill smaller containers. With the Ranger, I had to pump it most of the time, with the F-150 being higher, gravity works very well right into the trailer's filler opening. I didn't even hook up the pump the last couple of times I used it this summer.

It would be a big expense, depending on how often one would need to use the added capacity. ???
We are often not near water, on the road over-nighting or at public campgrounds. Scamp has a smaller tank than Casita as well.

I'd hate to live without my set-up. We use one of these to transfer water: http://www.northernt...970_16832_16832

Your solution was simple, looks good and works. Very cleaver! Very good!

Thanks for sharing. I remember using a bike to transport a jerry can full of water from a water source to the camper, over & over till it was full. Trying to hold it up and get it in the camper was always fun. You killed that problem for sure.

Edited by DesertHawk, 25 September 2009 - 07:20 AM.


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Posted 23 September 2009 - 05:07 AM

i have been using the 16 gal tank that desert hawk mentioned,i got it from northern tool.i run the white hose from the bottom of the 26 gal tank to the hose fitting on the bottom of the casita tank.i carry the tank in the back of a pickup which is higher than the tank in the casita.the water goes in by itself.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:35 PM

QUOTE (stlek @ Sep 23 2009, 06:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i have been using the 16 gal tank that desert hawk mentioned,i got it from northern tool.i run the white hose from the bottom of the 26 gal tank to the hose fitting on the bottom of the casita tank.i carry the tank in the back of a pickup which is higher than the tank in the casita.the water goes in by itself.

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Another good solution, I like it a lot and will try that the next time I go dry camping.

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Posted 23 September 2009 - 04:54 PM

QUOTE (tedinkc @ Sep 23 2009, 08:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (stlek @ Sep 23 2009, 06:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i have been using the 16 gal tank that desert hawk mentioned,i got it from northern tool.i run the white hose from the bottom of the 26 gal tank to the hose fitting on the bottom of the casita tank.i carry the tank in the back of a pickup which is higher than the tank in the casita.the water goes in by itself.

http://www.casitaclu...?showtopic=8208



Another good solution, I like it a lot and will try that the next time I go dry camping.


the only thing i would like to add is when you transfer the water from one tank to the other the hose shoud be full of water.the only time i had trouble getting the water to move is when the hose had air in it.i had to disconnect the hose at the low point (casita)and let the air out then there was no problem.i usually fill the tank at whatever filling station there is and i have a hose valve attached to it to keep it full of water.another thing,you may need a double female hose connection.something like a washing machine hose.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 07:54 PM

I have a 6 gal. jug to haul water, but I have found that I would rather make two trips with 3 gals in it than one trip with it full. 6 x 8 lbs=48 lbs. That's a lot to haul over much distance, plus lifting it high enough to fill the tank. I am going to buy a Sureflow pump to do the job. We borrowed the Campground Host's pump this summer and it made a world of difference.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 08:34 AM

Gonna keep this solution in the back of my mind.

We have carried extra gas for years because of 4-wheeling in remote areas and the occasional overnight drive (when open gas stations can be scarce), but the 5 gallon can was getting kinda heavy. We switched to two 2 1/2 gallon containers.

We're thinking there's a lesson there for us- smaller water containers- I'd rather haul two 2 1/2 gallon jugs than one 5 gallon can. Currently we use teamwork to hoist and pour the 6 gallon water container- fortunately, it gets easier at the end of the job. We don't tow with a pick-up, so no place for the mega-sized spare tank.

This year, we only had to refill our tank while camped on 2 occasions. Some year that may be 2 times too many.

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Posted 25 September 2009 - 10:16 AM

battery transfer pump

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Posted 26 September 2009 - 06:18 PM

Nice pump.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 04:24 PM

Here is my untested method of adding fresh water when dry camping.

First I built a removable shelf to fit on the spare tire.

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Then I fabricated some " PVC pipe.

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Hopefully now when the collapsible container if filled and lifted up onto the shelf I can open the valve and the water will drain right into the fresh water tank.
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Since I don't like handling the filled collapsible container, I may do as others have done and purchase two 2 gallon hard side containers.

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Posted 06 September 2010 - 05:33 PM

Harold, does your container have an air vent or do you think one would be necessary?
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Posted 06 September 2010 - 06:17 PM

QUOTE (Don @ Sep 6 2010, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Harold, does your container have an air vent or do you think one would be necessary?
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Don:

It does not need a vent. It collapses as the water drains out.

A better picture and description HERE
I think I would prefer two of THESE hard side containers, even if they do take up more room. We have a seven gallon one, but use it to carry drinking water from home. The hard side ones do have a vent.

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 05:52 PM

i found this pump at Harbor Freight for very little money. I used it this summer and had no problems and it sure saved a lot of lifting of those heavy water jugs. I also used a folding hand truck to roll the jugs from the faucet to our camp. It all worked great.

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It comes with hose fittings and all I bought extra was a couple of plastic hose caps to protect the threads and keep dirt out. It pumps a lot of water and has no trouble with the elevation change from a water jug on the ground to the Casita water inlet. It empties a 6 gallon jug in under 2 minutes.

I don't know how long it will last.

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