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Old 05-04-2016, 02:50 PM   #1
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Adding water too my 2015 Heartland Big Country

I have a concern when/if I were to add gravity fed water. There does not appear to be ithe typical place to pour water in to the fresh water tank when dry camping. Any one have any ideas? Thanks
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Many RV models have a female hose connection that is controlled by a valve. In one position, you get city water pressure through out the RV and don't need to use the pump. In the other position you fill the water tank. Check for such a valve if you don't find an open spout to fill water tank.
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I have a concern when/if I were to add gravity fed water. There does not appear to be ithe typical place to pour water in to the fresh water tank when dry camping. Any one have any ideas? Thanks
Many new trailers no longer come equipped with a gravity water fill. If you are starting off with a full tank of fresh water and just want to add as you deplete your tank, you can try this method (if it applies to your trailer). Connect a length of hose to your winterize inlet and place the other end in a container of water. Remove the shower head from your exterior shower and connect the hose to your tank fill inlet. Make sure that your winterize valve is turned to on, and your fresh water valve is set to the tank fill position. Open you shower handle,turn on your water pump. It's a slow process, but it does work. Good luck.
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"Remove the shower head from your exterior shower and connect the hose to your tank fill inlet."

I'm kinda confused about this part. If you have a tank fill inlet, why don't you just put water in it instead of doing this?
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"Remove the shower head from your exterior shower and connect the hose to your tank fill inlet."

I'm kinda confused about this part. If you have a tank fill inlet, why don't you just put water in it instead of doing this?
If you have a gravity fill inlet, no problem. If, however, you have what Montana calls a "power fill" inlet, you need to connect a hose to the fresh water inlet. The water inlet has a valve (diverter) that allows you to switch between city water, and tank fill. In other words, you would need a pressurized water supply to fill your fresh water tank. If you are near a water supply and have a hose, no problem. If you are dry camping and need to top up your tank, the method I described will work.
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I have a concern when/if I were to add gravity fed water. There does not appear to be ithe typical place to pour water in to the fresh water tank when dry camping. Any one have any ideas? Thanks
My Montana has a fresh water tank vent on the outside of the trailer at about floor level. The directions for adding sanitizer to the fresh water tank states to slide the black vent cover up to remove it from the vent flange that is screwed to the side wall. Then remove the screen leaving an opening to stick a hose into. Take a funnel with a hose attached to it and stick the hose into the opening and drain your sanitizer, or water as in your case, into the funnel. I didn't measure the opening size, but from what I remember when I checked it out this weekend, it looked like a 1/2" hose might fit in there.
Good luck with whatever you find works for you.
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Many new trailers no longer come equipped with a gravity water fill. If you are starting off with a full tank of fresh water and just want to add as you deplete your tank, you can try this method (if it applies to your trailer). Connect a length of hose to your winterize inlet and place the other end in a container of water. Remove the shower head from your exterior shower and connect the hose to your tank fill inlet. Make sure that your winterize valve is turned to on, and your fresh water valve is set to the tank fill position. Open you shower handle,turn on your water pump. It's a slow process, but it does work. Good luck.
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If you have a gravity fill inlet, no problem. If, however, you have what Montana calls a "power fill" inlet, you need to connect a hose to the fresh water inlet. The water inlet has a valve (diverter) that allows you to switch between city water, and tank fill. In other words, you would need a pressurized water supply to fill your fresh water tank. If you are near a water supply and have a hose, no problem. If you are dry camping and need to top up your tank, the method I described will work.
Seems a bit complicated to me, but then I have a dual port, gravity fill and city water hose. The OP has a couple of other options.

1.) Purchase and add a Gravity fill inlet to the side of the RV, connected into the water tank. No valves needed to set for tank fill/city water.
VALTERRA A01-2003VP - Valterra A01-2003VP White Carded Gravity Water Inlet - RV Plus

2.) Install a small fresh water pump plumbed to draw from a bucket, jerry can, etc. that will connect to the outside hose fill outlet.
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