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Old 08-07-2011, 09:49 AM   #295
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Transfer Pump for Portable Water Containers

Here's a mod for easy water refill from portable containers. I bought a 200 gpm Marine Utility Pump from Harbor Freight, mounted it in the exterior refrigerator access compartment, and wired it with a toggle switch to 12v. Now I just drop the suction hose into a portable water container, flip the switch, and discharge into the water fill inlet. An inline water filter can be added to the hose. Coiled hoses remain attached and store nicely in compartment. About $40.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:05 PM   #296
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I LIKE that transfer pump idea. I'll proably like it more the next time I'm propping a muddy water tank on a wobbly knee just counting the seconds till all that water drains out...

My new, favorite mod was removing the 12V edison and 120V edison sockets from the main overhead lamp and replacing them with 2 12V LED MR16 bulbs from Home Depot at $20 each. I kept the 2 pole switch by the door (one was for the 12V bulb, the other for the 120V) so I can turn one, or both on.
they are advertised at 6 Watts each and equivant to a 20 Watt Halogen bulb. (side by side these LEDs appear to be brighter than the Halogens) Together they pull about 1 Amp, which is less than a quarter of the old 50W 12V Edison bulb and still leave the same light pattern on the lamp shade. For extra credit, I'm trying to keep everything looking close to origional.
They will leave a shadow on the floor in bright daylight, so I expect we will only running 1 when boondocking and turning on the second only when pulling slivers etc.
They do run hot. Not nearly as hot as a halogen, but hotter than I expected for an LED, so I'm still testing to see if I need to punch some vent holes in the light itself.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:43 PM   #297
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Sink strainers.

Hi, I was looking for sink strainers that wouldn't scratch my sinks. I found a plastic strainer with a soft vinyl trim on it for my house. I liked the one that I have in my house so I bought two more for my trailer. The old metal strainer is going into the trash.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:08 AM   #298
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Hi, I was looking for sink strainers that wouldn't scratch my sinks. I found a plastic strainer with a soft vinyl trim on it for my house. I liked the one that I have in my house so I bought two more for my trailer. The old metal strainer is going into the trash.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:12 AM   #299
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Here's a mod for easy water refill from portable containers. I bought a 200 gpm Marine Utility Pump from Harbor Freight, mounted it in the exterior refrigerator access compartment, and wired it with a toggle switch to 12v. Now I just drop the suction hose into a portable water container, flip the switch, and discharge into the water fill inlet. An inline water filter can be added to the hose. Coiled hoses remain attached and store nicely in compartment. About $40.

Now that is a great mod! If you don't mind - think I'll incorporate!
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Old 04-03-2012, 11:33 AM   #300
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Here's a mod for easy water refill from portable containers. I bought a 200 gpm Marine Utility Pump from Harbor Freight, mounted it in the exterior refrigerator access compartment, and wired it with a toggle switch to 12v. Now I just drop the suction hose into a portable water container, flip the switch, and discharge into the water fill inlet. An inline water filter can be added to the hose. Coiled hoses remain attached and store nicely in compartment. About $40.
I'm not a plumber, not even a D.I.Y. plumber, but could I put a "Y" connection on the "in" side of my existing pump to connect the "straw" end and then a "Y" on the "out" end of the pump (the "hose" side) - (w/a shut off valve) and then run that into the tank so I could dip the "straw" into a water jug and open the valve on the "hose" side and fill the tank? (sorry, that was a long sentence . . . i'm not a linguist either)
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I'm not a plumber, not even a D.I.Y. plumber, but could I put a "Y" connection on the "in" side of my existing pump to connect the "straw" end and then a "Y" on the "out" end of the pump (the "hose" side) - (w/a shut off valve) and then run that into the tank so I could dip the "straw" into a water jug and open the valve on the "hose" side and fill the tank? (sorry, that was a long sentence . . . i'm not a linguist either)
In theory, yes. In practice, I think it would be a lot easier to use a second pump. I use an old FloJet (the one that was OEM in my AS) that had its brains quit. It still pumps, just has to be a manual on and off. I use it with a 40 gallon bladder and pump from the back of the truck into the AS tank.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #302
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Here's a mod for easy water refill from portable containers. I bought a 200 gpm Marine Utility Pump from Harbor Freight, mounted it in the exterior refrigerator access compartment, and wired it with a toggle switch to 12v. Now I just drop the suction hose into a portable water container, flip the switch, and discharge into the water fill inlet. An inline water filter can be added to the hose. Coiled hoses remain attached and store nicely in compartment. About $40.

Very nice.
Could you post a close up of the system? I could not enlarge your photo and bifocals don't help.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #303
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JamuJoe, that's a brilliant solution.... My wife and I have been carrying up to six of those 7-gallon jerry cans full of water in our boon docking adventures!

In the past, my wife holds the 56 lb. water can up high enough that I can hold the funnel. This allows her to slowly pour the water into the funnel, refilling our tank. My arms get tired holding that silly funnel for so long. With a setup like yours, I can just have her do it without me!
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:38 PM   #304
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We like to rehydrate with plain, unsweetened seltzer water. However, we find it difficult to find in many places. Plus, paying a dollar for one liter seems expensive. So, we built in our own seltzer water maker.
Here is a link to our blog that details how we make inexpensive seltzer water;
Tin Wheeler Adventures: Home made fizzy water, made easy
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Once I bought a pump, I decided I didn't need to haul the small containers any more ... so I bought a new 55 gallon water drum for about $50 and put it in the back of the pickup. I can easily fill it w/ a hose, and the water pump lets me fill the trailer easily.

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That's a great idea! Stealing this! *Newbie*
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Great photo's thank you! I'm at the entrance to the learning curve on Airstreaming. So the photo's really make all the difference. At my current level of expertise, all those posts with details of upgrades you're psyched about, they... might as well be in French! OUI. Keep the pictures coming! Thanks and nice stuff from everyone!
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Hi, today I replaced my half melted porch light lense, and bulb. I bought a new LED porch light. It stays cool, is very bright, and fits perfectly. Comes with a new gasket and new screws too. In the pictures with the lights on, my camera adjusted for the light and it looks dark, but you can see the color difference. [about $28.00 with shipping]
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