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Old 06-01-2010, 10:05 AM   #1
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Best location for shore water connection?

The plumbing on the Overlander is all out. The fresh water tank will return to its original location under the sofa/gaucho/couch/divan/loveseat at the front of the coach. The water heater is mounted on the port side near the furnace and entry door. Because I have to get fresh water from the tank to the water heater, I'm going to have a blue PEX line circumnavigating the interior of the trailer... which means I can put the city water connection pretty much anywhere. I'm going to have to refresh my memory with some pictures, but I'm not quite sure where the original connection was. I have an access panel at the rear of the coach. I also could drop down through the floor and put the shore water connection in the compartment below the bumper. Or I could "T" the connection and run it to both sides allowing for alternative arrangements. I'd better stop before I lock up with "Chinese menu syndrome." Any advice is appreciated.
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Standard location is just forward of the rear bumper on the street side.

However, in some models (like my mid-bath Sovereign) all the water systems are on the curb side. I elected to put the city water inlet just aft of the wheels on the curb side--it's no big deal to pull the hose around. I like this because it keeps all the water on one side, eliminates a pipe running across in the belly pan, and makes it easier to control freezing problems.

Many RV parks these days are configured for center hookups, not aft. So a rear bumper inlet is often not near the water spigot.

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My basic idea is a "T" in the under bumper compartment allowing me to connect to shore water from both sides. I'd also like to plumb in the fittings to run an outdoor shower (hot/cold). I could route the water feed line into the coach under the bed and have plenty of room for a pressure reducing valve/backflow preventer. I could also plumb in a bypass to allow draining the system. I'd like to minimize the number of holes I punch in the floor as well.

I understand the concern about freezing problems. There's no way around having water on both sides of the coach (galley and head). With the right valve set up, I could shut a valve inside the coach and open both ends of the "T" to allow any water in pipes outside the coach to drain. As for inside, I guess it behooves me to keep the lines empty or the coach above 32 degrees.
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Ideas abound around here

Here's an idea for you to kick around.

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:33 PM   #5
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I like the idea of the caraway seed in the fried chicken batter.

Seriously, though, I like the plumbing in concept, TW. Time to walk to the Overlander and ponder a bit.
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