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Old 10-19-2022, 10:01 AM   #15
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Our Trek didn't come with an auxiliary anti-freeze intake hose but I installed a T on the pump suction side with a 3 way valve with a garden hose fitting. This way I just screw on a garden hose to suck water out of a tote with the already installed water pump. I just set the valve to tank fill, stick the hose in the tote, then fire up the pump. Done.
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Old 10-19-2022, 05:25 PM   #16
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My Bigfoot 30C10.11 had a 40 gall FW tank but I carried a 5 gall portable just to be able to fill up without moving camp - I had a hose setup that screwed into the top. Later when I started towing my partially camperized Wells Cargo EW1622, I had a 25 gall FW tank and a 12V pump and some hose to transfer from the trailer to the camper.

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Old 10-20-2022, 09:46 AM   #17
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stevej - that's just brilliant, and somewhat embarrassing since I installed one of those valves and just used it the other day for winterizing. I could use that hose to pump water from a tote rather than the built-in tank, and by connecting another hose to my outside shower, I could use existing water pump to fill the built-in tank! I'd never thought of using that for anything but antifreeze before
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Old 10-23-2022, 01:00 PM   #18
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I have two portable RV-style 5 gallon jugs also.
My water pump has a 3-way valve before the pump also. I have a flexible vinyl tube with a garden hose fitting at the end that screws into the RV-style tote jug. The jug has a dip straw so it pulls off the bottom of the jug. Just turn the valve and I can suck the 5 gallons out when needed.
The vinyl hose can also be dipped into a bucket and pull water from there. I have heated water on the stove and made a small amount warm shower source. I guess theoretically I can extend the hose out to a water source, with inline water filter, suck the water in, use the outside shower hose to fill the gravity water fill to fill the mounted FW tank inside too. I have never been this desperate though.

Filling the 5 gallon jugs is socially more easy, than pulling up any sized RV to a spigot. Fill some jugs and the store owner will help. Fill an RV and they might chase you off.

I usually ask. The gas station will usually accommodate using their spigot though. One guy offered to hook my hose to the hot water heater so Id have hot water already for a shower...
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Out west, Maverik Gas Stations.... many have free potable water and dump stations.

Use the locator map and switch on the filters for different amenities you want, including RV dump.

Another way of finding dump stations is

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Many ranger stations in the national forests will let you fill. Pro tip: while asking permission, first buy a national forest map. Ranger will smile, and you can use the map as a ground tap. (Those maps are BIG!)
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