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Old 06-07-2014, 09:15 AM   #1
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Fill fresh water tank from a bucket (newer Airstream)

Maybe the boondocking spirit had been lost with newer Airstreams, but it seems awfully difficult to me to fill my 2005 with water from a bucket or other non-hose source. My '74, no problem. Pop out the cover for the fresh tank and it was a funnel / bucket holder all in one. With the' 05, no such setup. It's really meant for filing from a hose only. Open a side-swinging door, then unscrew a cap, horizontal hole available at that point.

Has anyone come up with a genius solution for this? The only thing I can think of is a funnel with a tube on it that someone else will have to hold while I stand on a stool and pour in the water. Not real attractive in my book.

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Old 06-07-2014, 09:19 AM   #2
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I use a 40 gallon water bladder and an old rv water pump connected to the TV battery to transfer with a hose.

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Old 06-07-2014, 11:26 AM   #3
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I also use a 12 volt pump with hose connections on each end. Then two short washing machine hoses. A few other connecting pieces and I can hook the system up to the 7 gal blue camping water jugs I got at Wal Mart. Now no lifting of those 45 # jugs high enough to pour into the water fill (if you can get the water in even). Of course this also requires a 12 volt source for the pump, which I installed in the exterior compartment access near the water fill.

My 2014 FC 20 only has a 23 gal fresh water tank, which is too small for any serious boondocking. Airstream needs a boondocking model or option, with good electrical systems and water capacity. It would be far more useful to me than a TV and fancy radio and sub woofer, which are standard on the FC series.
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We were similarly frustrated by the same problem until we solved it in a very low-tech way. We found an offset funnel made from hard plastic at an auto supply store. Spout part of the funnel unscrews and fits inside the funnel part for storage in a 1 gal zip lock bag. The spout part was sort of Z-shaped, but I snipped off the final short angled end so that it was more L-shaped to fits into the water port hole. The funnel will stay in place by itself...no need for another person to hold it. We then fill the tank using a hard sided 6-gal water jug.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:21 PM   #5
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We were similarly frustrated by the same problem until we solved it in a very low-tech way. We found an offset funnel made from hard plastic at an auto supply store. Spout part of the funnel unscrews and fits inside the funnel part for storage in a 1 gal zip lock bag. The spout part was sort of Z-shaped, but I snipped off the final short angled end so that it was more L-shaped to fits into the water port hole. The funnel will stay in place by itself...no need for another person to hold it. We then fill the tank using a hard sided 6-gal water jug.

Could you please post a photo? Thanks
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Open a side-swinging door, then unscrew a cap, horizontal hole available at that point.

Has anyone come up with a genius solution for this? The only thing I can think of is a funnel with a tube on it that someone else will have to hold while I stand on a stool and pour in the water. Not real attractive in my book.

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I use the white opaque five gallon bottles and the blue seven gallon bottles. Instead of using the little twist spicket I removed the spicket and threaded in an NPT adapter to hose barb and put a 24" piece 3/4" vinyl tubing on it. I can just hold the bottle for about a minute or two and it is empty.

I also saw a setup while boondocking a couple's years ago. The owner had a setup of tubing and those plastic garden hose quick disconnects. So he just had all the bottles on his tailgate on their sides with a PVC ball valve and a QD attached to each one. He had a 12v pump plugged into his towing jack on his and just connected one at a time, turn the pump on and it pushed it to the trailer. As each bottle was almost empty he up ended to get the last bit out, and then shut the pump off. Disconnected and moved to the next bottle and repeated until full tank or bottles empty.

I wish I had taken a picture of it. :-(
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Old 06-07-2014, 01:26 PM   #7
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I have 3 Rubbermaid 6 gallon water cans (small picture attached). The spigot stores inside the can, similar to portable gas cans. I've had these for many years, not sure if Rubbermaid still makes them but Igloo does. $19 at the Sears site. Mine has handles on the top and back, spigot rotates, cap acts as gasket and pour cap.
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:03 PM   #8
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Could you please post a photo? Thanks
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I'll second that motion! I'd like to see a pic too. Did you buy it at a major chain parts store? Would be good to go to the same one if I have them in my area.

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I have 3 Rubbermaid 6 gallon water cans (small picture attached). The spigot stores inside the can, similar to portable gas cans. I've had these for many years, not sure if Rubbermaid still makes them but Igloo does. $19 at the Sears site. Mine has handles on the top and back, spigot rotates, cap acts as gasket and pour cap.
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Maybe I have to switch my water transportation method to those instead of buckets. They look nice and would solve my issue.


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This is the bladder I use. It folds up to about 12" X 12" X 4" and is really easy to use.

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Could you please post a photo? Thanks
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Sure...Here are some pics...

Remember the last "angle" (was about 2" long) of the funnel spout has been cut off... Because the spout sticks well into the water port, the tension holds it there without anyone having to hold it... When the spout is unscrewed and put inside the "bowl" it fits in a 1 gal zip lock bag for storage.
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Terry,
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Can you name the auto parts store?
It looks like the answer for me.
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I have 3 Rubbermaid 6 gallon water cans (small picture attached). The spigot stores inside the can, similar to portable gas cans. I've had these for many years, not sure if Rubbermaid still makes them but Igloo does. $19 at the Sears site. Mine has handles on the top and back, spigot rotates, cap acts as gasket and pour cap.
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We also have one of these that we take empty (empty) when there will be water available to take to the trailer (it stores easily because of its shape)...we strap it to a collapsible luggage cart with bungee cords to wheel it back to the trailer from the community spigot. Very handy.

When we know there is no water source where we are going, we take extra water in 2 of those the squarish blue water jugs...I believe they hold 7 gals.
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Terry,
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Can you name the auto parts store?
It looks like the answer for me.
I think I got it at Auto Zone, but you should be able to find it (or something similar) at any auto supply store, Walmart or even Camping World...any where that carries auto supplies. It's primary use is for putting oil in inconvenient or awkward places. I liked this one because of the removable spout to make it more compact....and of course if you need to cut of the end angle, being plastic makes that easy. The brand name of this one is "Ramble"... (I could not find a website...sorry.)
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