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Old 01-22-2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Best single person funnel for FW refills

Last winter while staying at KW Florida on a dry camping site we ran out of fresh water. While it was no big deal, I could have hooked up and pulled over to the water source. I elected to borrow a 5 gal can and funnel from my neighbor ( who was better prepared then I was) and managed, with help, without having to hooking up. This year in preparation just in case I have a
5 gal. collapsable container. I still need to obtain a good funnel. Is there something available to us that will work for a single person to add FW to our tanks ????

2 wks. to launch day southbound.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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My standby is an all-plastic 5 gallon jerry can from our farm & fleet store. 'Diesel' is imprinted on the side but we know all it ever has been used for is water. It has a spout that is 7" or so long but that is more than enough. Then I don't need a funnel.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:23 PM   #3
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One of these should work.
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I'm designing a valve setup that lets me use the fresh water pump to pull from the container into the tank, so I don't need to fuss with funnels, holding the 7 gallon (56 lbs) jerry can up in the air, etc.

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:40 AM   #5
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We've got a 6 or 7 gallon blue plastic cube, portable water container (from WalMart), that we carry extra water in. After fiddling with funnels without much success, I got a couple feet of clear tubing from Ace that fits onto the water jug spigot and just fits in the water fill port. I balance the water jug on a short step ladder (that I use to wash our pickup windows, etc.) while refilling our fresh water tank.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:14 AM   #6
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I'm designing a valve setup that lets me use the fresh water pump to pull from the container into the tank, so I don't need to fuss with funnels, holding the 7 gallon (56 lbs) jerry can up in the air, etc.

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This is on my list, too.

Some examples around here, OP. Some others have a second water pump they keep in the TV to hook up for this. See also this on RV.net.

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If you use the blue plastic water cans like this one:

Then you should be able to use a Flo-N-Go hand pump to get the water from your can to your fresh tank, while leaving the can on the ground.
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I know this is overkill for a 5 gallon jug.

We stay at a couple places throughout the year without connections so I had to come up with a way to deal with adding fresh water. With two or three folks that need a shower everyday it was more than just a jug or two.

I found this pump at Harbor Freight. It has garden hose connections so nothing special there. I added a 7-way plug so I can just plug it into the truck for power.

You do have prime it regardless of what the package says. But, with the container and pump on the endgate, just lay the hose on the ground and priming pretty much takes care of itself.

Works well for us.

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:33 AM   #9
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Thanks all for the input. I have a funnel like the one pictured by Waz. I use it for transmission fluid in my garage. Problem is it's not flexible but I could add a short hose to it. It may work OK. But still need a second pair of hands. I like JD's 12v pump. Not because I'm lazy but it's pretty simple and 12v power is readily available. Just might have to think on that one and take a ride out to HF and look at it.

Thanks all, see ya on the road sometime.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:59 AM   #10
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Roger,

Bart's on-board filling system is a good idea. That way you don't have to lug around extra devices.

Several of us have built systems, using shut off valves, that allow us to simply fill the holding tank while attached to city water and to fill the lines with anti freeze for wintering.

Such a system could easily be adapted to fill the holding tank from a container, using your on-board waterpump.

Pictures of my system under construction in post #102 here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...e-18448-8.html

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Old 01-23-2013, 10:36 AM   #11
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I replaced my oem water pump and took the old one went and bought 12ft of plastic tubing to fit it then cut it in equal pieces and attached to pump.I then extended the two wires coming off the waterpump and attached alligator clips to each end.I now do not have to hold a funnel and 8gal water jug.It pumps very quickly and stores easy.I run it with a portable jump box that I always carry along.
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I carry a battery-operated electric pump like this for use with collapsible containers since they're almost impossible to pour from otherwise:

Kerosene Battery Operated Syphon Pump

But I've found that Moller Scepter water cans are usually much more convenient. They come with a flexible pour spout that is the right size:

Amazon.com: Moeller Scepter Water Can (5-Gallon): Sports & Outdoors

The only problem with them is that they don't collapse.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:49 PM   #13
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We carry a spare shurflo pump outfitted with hoses. Installed a lighter plug in the side compartment and plug it in there. We boon dock most of the time and it is a real back saver.
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I mounted a spare shurflo in the refrigerator compartment of my trailer, wired it into the 12V circuitry which is about 8 inches away, as well as an on/off switch. One hose goes in the blue jerrycan, the other in the water tank....no lifting required AND if my FT Shurflo goes out I've got a spare that can easily take its place. I used this multiple times last summer where I had no hookups and had to tote water. Slick!
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Funnel

I struggled with this for a while...had a water jug that had a spout on it but it kept popping off the jug and I had more water on me than in the tank.

So I bought a plastic offset funnel something like the one shown below (though not exactly)...I found it either at an auto supply store or Camping World, can't remember which. The one I have unscrews at the base of the main funnel and the nozzle fits inside the funnel for easy clean storage in a 1 gal zip-lock bag.

I cut the last turn of the nozzle off... You can then stick it into the water port far enough that it stays there on its own and you then have 2 hands free to pour the water. I carry a 5 gal collapsible bladder for water emergencies but it's like handing a glob of Jello, so I now use a 6-gal water jug that I can lift easily enough by myself to pour into the funnel.

Haven't had a problem since. Very low-tech but it works great.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:45 PM   #16
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Now that's what I'm looking for. A low-tech solution to a low-tech problem. I've never seen a funnel like that but that's a nice idea. Have to hold that thought.
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I struggled with this for a while...had a water jug that had a spout on it but it kept popping off the jug and I had more water on me than in the tank.

So I bought a plastic offset funnel something like the one shown below (though not exactly)...I found it either at an auto supply store or Camping World, can't remember which. The one I have unscrews at the base of the main funnel and the nozzle fits inside the funnel for easy clean storage in a 1 gal zip-lock bag.

I cut the last turn of the nozzle off... You can then stick it into the water port far enough that it stays there on its own and you then have 2 hands free to pour the water. I carry a 5 gal collapsible bladder for water emergencies but it's like handing a glob of Jello, so I now use a 6-gal water jug that I can lift easily enough by myself to pour into the funnel.

Haven't had a problem since. Very low-tech but it works great.
TBRich, thanks for sharing. I was looking at this thread, wanting the same thing Polarlyse was looking for. Something low tech that wouldn't take up space. I think this will work.
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I just cut the bottom out of a 2L pop bottle and used the top 80% of it as a long funnel. Not nearly as nice as the other ones shown on here, but it worked
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Well now, pouring water into a funnel is just about as low tech as it gets, for sure. Even a caveman could do it (probably). Only thing lower is pouring it on the ground. But, I have seen BAB's water rig and it is indeed slick and is still low tech. Not as cheap as a funnel, but a low tech way to refill the fw.

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Old 05-23-2013, 07:25 PM   #20
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I was think about using this.
12 Volt Sprayer - 12 Volt, 15 Gallon Tank Garden Sprayer

It hold 15 gallons and has a 12 volt pump on it with a hose. Just pull the spray wand off and wire a plug to your 7 pin trailer outlet.
With a 20% off coupon it's $79.00
What do you think?
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