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Old 10-28-2014, 08:46 PM   #1
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How to add water to water tank without using city water fill

I have a 2011 Sightseer 33C. I boondock a lot. Is there a way to fill the water tank without using the city water fill.
Seems there should be a way to just dump in water from 5 gal can

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Old 10-28-2014, 09:36 PM   #2
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Confused with your question.

We have a 1999 Winne Adventurer and the water tank fill is simply a hose type opening. We can easily dump a water bucket (with the help of a large funnel) and fill our tank.

What is your fill opening look like (pictures)?
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Opposite the wet bay you should have a gravity fill -- sometimes is behind a small door. You can fill from there with a garden hose. \ken
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My first MH had a gravity fill, the current one does not. Someone in the past suggested using a small 12V pump hooked to the city water inlet and your 5 gallon container. I haven't tried it so don't know if it actually works.

Something like this:
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt...pump-9576.html
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:52 PM   #6
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On the newer MH's I don't think they have the gravity fill (at least mine doesn't and nor do some of the others I have looked at). One mechanic I talked to said you could add water thru the tube you use to winterize the MH with. Just put the hose in a bucket/container of water and let it suck up into the FW tank.
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That's unfortunate. Is it an "option" on the newer coaches? Or are they no longer available because of cost cuts? <SIGH> It's been pretty handy to have the ability to fill from either side of the coach. \ken
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I didn't see it listed anywhere as an option, and I never asked because I really never thought about it until we did our walkthrough. The only way to fill the tank is by having it hooked up to a water supply like you would for normal use, where you hook it up is a valve that has two positions, one to fill the water tank and the other to use for water supply to the MH. Makes it real easy to fill the tank if you are using hookup sites. That's the only place on our MH to add water to the tank.

On our other MH there were two locations, one to use as a hook up for house water pressure and the a second gravity fill location to fill the holding tank.
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I saw either here or youtube a guy use the tube that you use to add antifreeze, using the regular pump. I think he added a bypass valve so the water would go to the tank and not the lines. Also added a switch to turn the pump on and off.
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I bought a 12V 250GPH 55PSI pump from Harbor Freight (about $38)
. Added a toggle switch, two 3' pieces of clear milkhouse 3/4" ID hose equipped with female hose ends. We take our 5 gallon jugs down to the CG pump or faucet, fill them up, and then return to our coach. I stick the intake hose in each jug and the outlet hose in the tank inlet and turn on the pump. Amazing how fast we empty each 5 gallon jug!
If you have a hose connection you merely hook the outlet hose to your fill port. You would need a male hose end in addition to everything else.
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I bought a 12V 250GPH 55PSI pump from Harbor Freight (about $38)
. Added a toggle switch, two 3' pieces of clear milkhouse 3/4" ID hose equipped with female hose ends. We take our 5 gallon jugs down to the CG pump or faucet, fill them up, and then return to our coach. I stick the intake hose in each jug and the outlet hose in the tank inlet and turn on the pump. Amazing how fast we empty each 5 gallon jug!
If you have a hose connection you merely hook the outlet hose to your fill port. You would need a male hose end in addition to everything else.

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Yes indeed, some Winnebagos over the years don't have gravity fills. Doesn't seen to follow any logic, most have it, some don't. Floorplan, cost, day of the week, who knows.

But as others have said. Stick your winterizing antifreeze inlet into some water, flip two valves (one to divert the pump inlet to the suction line, one to allow pressurized water from the pump into the tank - "city fill"), and suck in all the water you need.
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My fresh tank can be seen from a bin and it has a black screw plug in it that I have used often
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I didn't see it listed anywhere as an option, and I never asked because I really never thought about it until we did our walkthrough. The only way to fill the tank is by having it hooked up to a water supply like you would for normal use, where you hook it up is a valve that has two positions, one to fill the water tank and the other to use for water supply to the MH. Makes it real easy to fill the tank if you are using hookup sites. That's the only place on our MH to add water to the tank.

On our other MH there were two locations, one to use as a hook up for house water pressure and the a second gravity fill location to fill the holding tank.
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Yes indeed, some Winnebagos over the years don't have gravity fills. Doesn't seen to follow any logic, most have it, some don't. Floorplan, cost, day of the week, who knows.

But as others have said. Stick your winterizing antifreeze inlet into some water, flip two valves (one to divert the pump inlet to the suction line, one to allow pressurized water from the pump into the tank - "city fill"), and suck in all the water you need.
Mike, you do the same thing tderonne does with his Winnie except it's three valves, switch the two valves by the water pump so it draws from the antifreeze hose and turn the city water fill valve on, this directs the output of the pump into the water tank. We've done this on our Canyon Star multiple times. It's slower than the gravity fill we had on our old coach but it works!
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I have a 2011 Sightseer 33C. I boondock a lot. Is there a way to fill the water tank without using the city water fill.
Seems there should be a way to just dump in water from 5 gal can

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My 2011 vista did not have this and no need to buy a pump. What I did is put the antifreeze inlet tube into the bucket of water, turn the valve at the inlet tube where it connects into your water line, turn the city water fill valve to fill, turn on water pump. You will see it draw in the water. When done put all valves back into there previous spots and you are done. I used the collapsible 5gallon containers as the spigot fit the inlet tube and the collopase for storage.
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Hi,
Most Winnebagos have a gravity fill on the passenger side of the coach behind a door. I have one on my 2014 Adventurer.

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My 2011 vista did not have this and no need to buy a pump. What I did is put the antifreeze inlet tube into the bucket of water, turn the valve at the inlet tube where it connects into your water line, turn the city water fill valve to fill, turn on water pump. You will see it draw in the water. When done put all valves back into there previous spots and you are done. I used the collapsible 5gallon containers as the spigot fit the inlet tube and the collopase for storage.
I'll have to try this on my 2013 Sunstar 26HE. Every one that I have talked to regarding the antifreeze inlet tube says it will not fill the water tank.

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