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Old 01-12-2014, 08:07 AM   #1
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Portable Water Tank Refill Product

Has anyone ever tried the pictured product? It looks like it has potential but I have some reservations about its practical use.

Any comments?

The manufactured says you can gravity feed it into your holding tank if you fill it up while its on your roof. Wow!
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:31 AM   #2
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I use 6 gal water tanks from Walmart and a small 12 volt pump to refill the rather small tank on my FC 20 when boondocking. I hate to lift water. Pumps are good things to know about. Grin.

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Old 01-12-2014, 08:40 AM   #3
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I had a friend who used a tank like this to fill the ballast tanks in his sailplane. He transported it on the roof rack of his Volvo and gravity fed it into his glider.

I use a 5-gallon collapsible tank and a small 120v aquarium pump to put enough into my trailer tank for the first leg of a trip. After that, I fill the tank by hose at a RV park. The outside outlet on my trailer is right by the filler neck, so it is very convenient.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by DreamsInSlvr View Post
The manufactured says you can gravity feed it into your holding tank if you fill it up while its on your roof. Wow!
Why "Wow!"? Any tank that has the outlet at the bottom edge can provide gravity feed if you put it on the roof and then fill it. That's not unique to this tank. But you can't carry it on the roof with no way to strap it down, so that is a moot point anyway.
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Old 01-12-2014, 11:26 AM   #5
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I have one of these very units. It is needed when I have the Grandchildren with us. Additional baths use a lot of water.

I use my old 12V water pump, which lost it's "brains" but still is a good constant service pump, to transfer the water from the bed of the truck/van to the fresh tank.

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Old 01-12-2014, 12:58 PM   #6
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We have friends who use one of these. While it's nice to have that much extra water, it seems a hassle to use. When we know we are not going to have a water source while camping, we travel with a full fresh water tank and carry an extra 14 gals of water in two 7-gal containers. That will usually get us through a week. If we are traveling where we have water, but not at our site, we carry a singe 6-gal hard container (empty) and luggage cart to drag it back and forth to the water source to refill the fresh water tank.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:39 PM   #7
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You should consider water in/water out. Unless you are starting with an empty tank, if you add 45 gallons of water to your fresh water tank, you will generally need to remove water from your wastewater holding tanks, so you will need an external tank for that too. I would be hesitant to purchase this product as it's weight when full would be almost 380 pounds. I would suspect it would be easy to puncture as well at that weight.

I keep a collapsible 5 gallon water carrier and funnel with my trailer at all times if I need to add water on a short dry camping trip. If I know I will be dry camping for more than a few days, I have a 15 gallon hard side plastic tank I bring to be used with my Wayne 340 gph 12v transfer pump, 250# capacity folding hand cart and 15 gallon blueboy tank to drain other words...15 gallons in/15 gallons out. I can fill the fresh water tank at a campground or other hydrant and wheel it with the cart to the trailer. I then drain 15 gallons of waste water off in the blueboy. As long as there is a dump station nearby, I can do this indefinitely. 125 lbs of water is about all I want to push around!
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:04 PM   #8
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I used to carry 5 gallon jugs. I find the 45 gallon bladder LESS hassle.

1) It is made of a tough material. Puncture is not a concern I have.
2) it folds to about the size of a couch pillow and weighs maybe 7 pounds
3) I don't bring water in the bladder from home. This is for refilling when stationary for awhile.
4) yes, a blue boy is also necessary for an extended stay, but is necessary for us whether using 5 gallon jugs or the bladder.
5) It takes less time than multiple 5 gallon jug refills.
6) no lifting at all when a transfer pump is used.
7) It occupies less storage space than a 5 gallon jug.

For me, it is much simpler and quicker and takes less effort than 5 gallon jugs.


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