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Old 03-12-2016, 08:48 AM   #1
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filling freshwater from shore fitting

I seen people post about setting up their plumbing so they can fill their freshwater tank with the hose connection from shore. I have not seen some of the details as to how to hook into the fresh water tank. I assume one would tie into the regular 1.5 inch fresh water fill hose or put a new hole and fitting into the freshwater tank. Advice and suggestions would be appreciated. Pictures would be great.
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:01 AM   #2
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Tank fill adaptor

How about one of these. Not a hard plumbed connection but it lets you fill the tank.
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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I second Sphere Guy's suggestions. Direct plumbing the fresh tank into the city inlet is just asking for trouble.
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:58 AM   #4
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Not an AS, but my Avion has a valve I can open to fill onboard tank from fresh lookup. Afraid to try it, though. I thought some AS had this also?
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Old 03-12-2016, 10:37 AM   #5
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Be careful not to over pressurize the tank. You can pop it!
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Old 03-12-2016, 11:40 AM   #7
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Ditto to "trouble" comments. If it ain't broke why fix it?

Every trailer should have a new-ish food-grade hose for filling potable fresh water tank, a very simple task.

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I use one (the screw on extension shown in a previous post) and it's great--especially when filling from a low-flow source, as I frequently encountered in Baja. With a high-flow source, the gadget keeps the hose from jumping out which occurs on mine unless you are standing there holding the hose.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:05 PM   #9
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We use the certified fresh water hose for RV's, an in line water filter and when the pressure is high a pressure reducer. The initial connection to city water is made using a brass "Y" valve. This comes in handy if you wish an additional line but important to relieve the pressure when you disconnect.

After several contraptions to pour bucket water into the fresh water fill we finally settled on a long necked mouth wash bottle it's a more substantial bottle. It fits the opening without holding. all you have to do is cut out an opening to pour the water in.
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We always use a pressure regulator at the shore water source connection. The adapter that SG posted is great. Shut off valve gives control at point of fill and allows a minimum of water waste in the transition from fill to shut down.

To this point, we have used same hose for hookup and fresh fill. Had seen a "Y" splitter on the hookup connection post filter and it is likely an easy way to fill fresh water.

Good luck on your investigation. Pat
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:48 PM   #11
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To fill our tank using the freshwater fill on the outside of the trailer, we use the device Sphere Guy shows.

For a variety of reasons, we added, years ago, a manual valve inside of the trailer which lets us fill (without going outside) the freshwater tank when we are connected up to "city" water. Here is one place I have posted about that:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/...ml#post1567462

This is a very old post about our installation and showing the valve:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f443...tml#post461981

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Old 03-12-2016, 12:55 PM   #12
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At Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40003-Wa.../dp/B0006IX850

Walmart also has them online
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I seen people post about setting up their plumbing so they can fill their freshwater tank with the hose connection from shore. I have not seen some of the details as to how to hook into the fresh water tank. I assume one would tie into the regular 1.5 inch fresh water fill hose or put a new hole and fitting into the freshwater tank. Advice and suggestions would be appreciated. Pictures would be great.
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And WHERE would you use a "1.5" hose for usual usage??
My hose is 5/8" and others are 1/2" which is usual!
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Old 03-12-2016, 07:28 PM   #14
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Our 66 AS was plumbed from the factory with a valve to fill the fresh water tank while connected to shore water source. Simply take the fill cap off while doing so if worried about a burst tank . 50 years of use and the valve and tank work fine .
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