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Old 09-14-2016, 09:20 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by BarryG20 View Post
As others have mentioned you can use the existing onboard pump. On my 5th it has what is called a country fill application which is the manufacturers way of getting water into the tank if you don't have a pressurized supply. It involves changing the valve setup similar to the winterization process but a different valve setting. On our unit it is quite cumbersome to do as you have to take the panel off, crawl in there and adjust the valves. Like you I have decided to just use a container and hose. And opted to do what another posted stated and use one of those 7 gallon blue jugs with the spigot on the end and replaced the spigot with a fitting from home depot and attach a hose. the only problem is holding the 50+lbs of water high enough to get it in. However the blue jug has an air vent on it so it does empty fairly quickly and gets lighter as it empties. Am seriously considering a spare pump as yet another poster mentioned or even one of those pumps that run off a drill which I have used for other applications.
Bingo! THAT'S the issue when filling with a jug.

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Old 09-14-2016, 09:34 PM   #16
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I use a water bladder from Camping World and I use a back up pump to fill. Never know where you water pump will go out, but it won't happen in storage.

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Old 09-14-2016, 11:39 PM   #17
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The water fill on my Jayco is the type that is about a 1.5" opening with a screw on cap. I use a green 6 gallon water jug from Walmart that has a short, rigid spout. Open the vent on the jug and tip the spout in. It's a perfect fit and the jug empties in about 15 seconds without spilling a drop.

I've tried many other ways of filling the tank and this, by far, is the best way as long as you can lift the jug. So I vote for changing the water fill inlet on the RV.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:40 PM   #18
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Years ago with a 5th wheel I rigged up a temporary shelf on my ladder that would hold a 5-7 gallon jug on its side. I had a hose that went from the jug to the water inlet. Worked fine, but you had to lift the jug to the shelf.

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