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Old 06-05-2006, 11:00 AM   #41
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Okay, Jonathan has elequently described what I am trying to avoid!

If there is enough space next to the trailer, I could park my pickup next to it, set the jug on the truck bed, and use a plastic tube from the jug spigot to the fill hole. But most Forest Service campsites don't have that much room.
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Old 06-05-2006, 11:02 AM   #42
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I would like the group's ideas on how to get water into the trailer without having to tow the trailer to a faucet. ........

I just bought a 7 gallon water jug from Wally Mart... but how do I easily get the water from the jug into the trailer? .......
I have been thinking about that issue myself. It occurs to me that I ought to be able to sit the water jug on the tailgate of my pick up and syphon out of it into the AS tank. Anybody know why this wont work?
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Old 06-05-2006, 11:24 AM   #43
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Dan and Gen.

As long as the container is above the level of the water inlet, it should be fine.

I can't remember where, but I think theres a company that makes a gigantic water/bladder thing that goes on top of a car that you fill with water and somehow transfer to the AS. I think I saw here on the forums.

Another thing that's probably obvious is to find a space that would be within the lenghth of your fresh water hose(s). I think I carry around 150', and it has come in handy.

Another challenge that we have yet to encounter is some of the really nice "rustic" campgrounds only have water from a manual pump, further necessitating the services of a chiropractor...

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Old 06-05-2006, 11:37 AM   #44
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Here is a link to the 45 gallon bag from camping world:

http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...=1605&src=SRQB

Contact someone that 'bottles' wine. They have bags that they use in the boxes of wine. I have a friend that gave me some huge bag but it was bigger than my needs.
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Old 06-05-2006, 12:15 PM   #45
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Over Memorial Day weekend we were at a Minnesota State Park campground that had faucets with no threaded hose fitting. The only option is to fill a jug and pour it into the trailer.
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Old 06-05-2006, 12:21 PM   #46
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Over Memorial Day weekend we were at a Minnesota State Park campground that had faucets with no threaded hose fitting. The only option is to fill a jug and pour it into the trailer.
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You need one of these:
Its called a "Water thief" you can get it from camping world for about $3
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Old 06-05-2006, 12:30 PM   #47
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Ah yes, the 'water thief'. I cannot remember the number of times my dad would have be holding that darn thing on a faucet when we were Airstreaming around the country. I think some of them actually come with a clamp so you can temporarily attach it.

Here is a link at CW: http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...=4690&src=SRQB
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Old 06-05-2006, 04:09 PM   #48
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I just bought a 7 gallon water jug from Wally Mart... but how do I easily get the water from the jug into the trailer? Anyone find a funnel that can go into the water fill hole and stay put? Ideas on how to prop up the water jug so I don't have to stand there holding 50lbs of jug?
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Old 06-05-2006, 07:43 PM   #49
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If you get a Safari. Get the Solar Package if available and upgrade the Propane tanks. I have the solar packaage for my Classic which get you larger batteries and solar panel for charging. They will maintain and charge a battery just not very fast. I also bought a Honda EU200i This will run the Convection Microwave with the eco throttle off.
I have the standard tanks and found out after I bought the trailer I could have had larger.During my last camping trip, I ran low on fresh water first. I could have made it last longer if I took Navy showers. The trip lasted four days.
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Old 06-05-2006, 08:59 PM   #50
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Aim for the fill port



I found if you take a bread sack and a rubber band you can channel the water from one of these pumps into the 5 gallon jug.
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Old 06-05-2006, 11:19 PM   #51
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I followed rseagle's suggestion for filling the fresh water tank in the AS.... works like a charm.... I have a small but sturdy folding table that I put the jug on. It's amazing how quickly water can siphon out of a container with a sufficiently large diamater hose. I use a clear hose so that I can watch the progress. Easy and cheap... I love it!
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Old 06-06-2006, 08:57 AM   #52
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Maurice, thanks for the clarification. I have found with multiple tow vehicles and trailers, that the current draw via the tow vehicle wiring is hard pressed to provide significant charge and power for other needs. The hitch jack draws significant amperage and for all intents its just not available if the battery recharge is drawing significant current. Operating without batteries is a complete different situation and in that case the tow vehicle charging system can direct all its power to the hitch.

Before I learned the secret of using the master disconnect switch when storing the trailer I allowed the battery on my Safari to run down. Bottom line connecting to the tow vehicle provided little solace since the small amount of power available could only make the jack groan. I ended up pulling the battery out and taking it home for a quick recharge.

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Then if you found yourself in this situation, couldn't you turn off the "master switch" and run the jack from your TV no problem?
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:23 AM   #53
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Wow, thanx for all the valuable info, Maurice(?). The Honda 2000 gen sounds like something to look in to because we will be using our trailer 'dry' a lot of the time. I'm assuming 'dry' means where there are no hookups???
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Old 01-01-2007, 12:40 PM   #54
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I'm assuming 'dry' means where there are no hookups???
Correct.
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:08 PM   #55
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Lots of good ideas! I have the Honda 3500 invertor model, not sure of the the exact model. It will run the AC if we are careful with rest of the load. I use a group 27 battery and charge as needed, both from the univolt and I carry a automatic battery charger. As to water, I have three 15 gallon plastic drums, (mine came from a dairy farm, they contained food grade plumbing cleaner used to clean the milk plumbing) and I have a 12 volt water pump from Tractor Supply that has garden hose fittings. I wired the pump to a seven way plug, and simply plug the pump into the TV and leave the drums of water in the bed. Works great , and LOTS of water.
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Lots of good ideas! I have the Honda 3500 invertor model, not sure of the the exact model. It will run the AC if we are careful with rest of the load. I use a group 27 battery and charge as needed, both from the univolt and I carry a automatic battery charger. As to water, I have three 15 gallon plastic drums, (mine came from a dairy farm, they contained food grade plumbing cleaner used to clean the milk plumbing) and I have a 12 volt water pump from Tractor Supply that has garden hose fittings. I wired the pump to a seven way plug, and simply plug the pump into the TV and leave the drums of water in the bed. Works great , and LOTS of water.
Are you sure your Honda isn't a 3000 watt inverter model?
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Perhaps you are correct. I will look when I get the chance.
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I've always though that if Yamaha or Honda made a 4000 watt unit that was still around 52 db. and weighed 125 lbs. they would make quite a hit. I guess that is wishful thinking. Until then I will continue to push my Yamaha 3000 boost up aluminum ramps and live with it.
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Mine is the EB300c. A little noisy, but I can lift it if I psych myself out first.
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