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Water Filling without moving motorhome
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userDan t smart
Posted: 15 February 2021 8:17 PM
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Hi

Thinking of buying a Auto trail v line 540.

But just wondering does anyone (and how) fill up there water tank without having to move the motor home ?

Thanks
userRobinhood
Posted: 15 February 2021 8:28 PM
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userDen
Posted: 15 February 2021 9:10 PM
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While on our favourite Aire in At Marie de la Mar we didn’t like to move the MH.
Wife doesn’t like leaving chairs and table, so we purchased a caravan water roller and used a electric pump.
But changed this for a decent size watering can. Perfect.
After arriving with a full fresh water tank and empty grey water tank I’d empty and fill morning and evening using a wide daily flat bucket for grey water.
Works fine and a little exercise.
userBarryd999
Posted: 15 February 2021 9:34 PM
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I Can get 40 litres on the scooter!

No really. Strap a 25 litre carrier to the pillion and three five litres plastic bottles under the seat and on the top box.

The 25 litre carrier is useful though but its bloody heavy when full if you dont have a scooter. A folding sack barrow might be a good idea for one though.
userrajohno
Posted: 15 February 2021 10:01 PM
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I have a 23ltr portable FW tank, and electric (12v) submersible pump to transfer from the tank into the MH.
I use a small folding luggage trolley with the tank strapped to it to move the tank around and anything else that is awkward or heavy.
I bought the trolley from Home bargains for £5.99 folds up small enough to fit in most small lockers, Mine slips in between the gas bottles. Had it 2 years now so good value.
userLaika.brian
Posted: 15 February 2021 10:15 PM
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A watering can works for us, the spout fits in the water tank filler neck easily so no spillage. I find we can top up the fresh water tank and stay put for a number of days before needing to the empty the Grey water tank, As fresh water tank holds 100 litres , grey tank 120liters , also some water to flush toilet .

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userDon636
Posted: 15 February 2021 10:30 PM
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I use a 10l water container and a funnel to fill the tank - very quick. To empty the grey water tank without moving the van I just use the toilet cassette (after I empty it of course). Gives the cassette a really good rinsing at the same time.
userClive_Adams
Posted: 16 February 2021 6:30 AM
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Assuming you can't reach a supply with a hose, I use a 10L watering can with a long spout (more common in European Caravan shops), so if topping up daily that's probably 30L three trips or so? For the grey water as I don't want to carry another container, the toilet cassette which I think is 15L plus on a daily basis will keep you well on top of that, the added benefit as mentioned is the exercise.
userDerek Uzzell
Posted: 16 February 2021 8:38 AM
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An Auto-Trail V-Line 540 is quite small (5.41m long) so interior space will be at a premium. Fresh and waste water tank both have a limited capacity of 58 litres (12.75 gallons). However the very compactness of the vehicle suggests that campsite sanitary facilities (particularly the showers) would tend to be used, reducing water usage and the need to top up regularly with fresh water.

The October 2020 forum discussion (link provided by Robinhood above) suggested plenty of practical possibilities.

userDeneb
Posted: 16 February 2021 10:07 AM
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Also having a PVC with limited storage space in comparison to coachbuilt vans with storage garages, I use a Colapz folding watering can and similar folding bucket. I take both to the water tap and fill them. Having emptied the watering can into the van's water tank, I refill it from the bucket and repeat the process, returning to the tap to refill both if necessary. This is quicker and more convenient than making three trips to refill just the watering can with the same quantity of water, or having to move the van off its pitch or try and park next to a communal tap just to refill the tank.
userjohnval
Posted: 16 February 2021 10:50 AM
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I do same as Don 636. Little and often. Easier than connecting hose and keeps cassette clean
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Posted: 16 February 2021 12:18 PM
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!0 litre watering can Universal. also take a 10 litre plastic water bottle to the tap at the same time, that way you have 20 litres with you on the walk.maybe a small fold up trolley , then you can carry more,

Edited by vindiboy 2021-02-16 12:22 PM
userpeejay
Posted: 16 February 2021 12:37 PM
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Deneb - 2021-02-16 10:07 AM

Also having a PVC with limited storage space in comparison to coachbuilt vans with storage garages, I use a Colapz folding watering can and similar folding bucket. I take both to the water tap and fill them. Having emptied the watering can into the van's water tank, I refill it from the bucket and repeat the process, returning to the tap to refill both if necessary. This is quicker and more convenient than making three trips to refill just the watering can with the same quantity of water, or having to move the van off its pitch or try and park next to a communal tap just to refill the tank.

I do similar but have found the Collapz folding watering can a bit of a faff to use so looking for another solution to that, maybe a collapsible funnel instead?

For water containers I have 2 10ltr ones from Ebay that fold down really small, ideal if space is at a premium...

https://tinyurl.com/ygo8ymao

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Posted: 16 February 2021 12:54 PM
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My van has 150 ltr water tank I keep it full most of the time whilst travelling and just top up a few cans here and there, we are wild camped and Aires etc most of our time very rarely on campsites so this works for us.we use bottled soda water for drinking , keep it in the fridge, tea and coffee water from 5 litre water bottles refilled at water taps when happy with the supply, a few sterilising tablets or a drop of Milton [I know I know ] now and again keeps everything sweet ,
userDeneb
Posted: 16 February 2021 1:21 PM
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peejay - 2021-02-16 12:37 PM
I do similar but have found the Collapz folding watering can a bit of a faff to use so looking for another solution to that, maybe a collapsible funnel instead?


In what way? The only issue I found was that it was impossible to empty it fully with an external side water filler, easily solved by pushing a 6 inch length of water hose over the spout, which is moulded to accept it.
userGrumpyman
Posted: 16 February 2021 1:50 PM
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I use two five litre collapseable water carriers when not in use totally flat . also have an Auto-Trail V-Line.
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Posted: 16 February 2021 4:23 PM
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If the family is showering in the van I take the aqua roll with us. I then have a 12v sub pump which I fitted an inline waterproof switch too with a cigarette lighter plug on the end. 2 trips and the tank is full.
userpeejay
Posted: 17 February 2021 10:25 AM
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Deneb - 2021-02-16 1:21 PM

peejay - 2021-02-16 12:37 PM
I do similar but have found the Collapz folding watering can a bit of a faff to use so looking for another solution to that, maybe a collapsible funnel instead?

In what way? The only issue I found was that it was impossible to empty it fully with an external side water filler, easily solved by pushing a 6 inch length of water hose over the spout, which is moulded to accept it.

I just find that it doesn't fold and unfold very well as there are big creases in the folding fabric, i suppose it will loosen up over time.
Similar to you I've added a little extension to the spout which cunningly stores in the base.

Pete



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userDeneb
Posted: 17 February 2021 10:38 AM
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peejay - 2021-02-17 10:25 AM
I just find that it doesn't fold and unfold very well as there are big creases in the folding fabric, i suppose it will loosen up over time.
Similar to you I've added a little extension to the spout which cunningly stores in the base.

Pete


Ahh, I don't bother trying to unfold it fully before filling. I just hold it under the tap, and as the weight of the water inside increases as it fills, it straightens out by itself

Once initially filled from a tap, it retains its shape for refilling from my bucket until I fold it away again.

Edited by Deneb 2021-02-17 10:39 AM
userrajohno
Posted: 17 February 2021 3:08 PM
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shocked that some are travelling around with 150kg plus of water onboard

My tanks are 35ltr Fresh and 25ltr Grey (5.2 m long(short)coachbuilt), so as previous have a 23ltr FW tank and pump and a separate 23ltr wheeled grey tank that is placed under the drain tap which is left open when on site and closed once the portable tank is full and ready for emptying, normally once a day or after the onboard shower has been used. the tanks when travelling store in the bathroom.
usercolin
Posted: 17 February 2021 3:41 PM
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rajohno - 2021-02-17 3:08 PM

shocked that some are travelling around with 150kg plus of water onboard

You must be easily shocked.
We often travel with the 100L fresh tank full, but that depends on where we are going and what we expect to find in way of water.
userrajohno
Posted: 17 February 2021 4:22 PM
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colin - 2021-02-17 3:41 PM

rajohno - 2021-02-17 3:08 PM

shocked that some are travelling around with 150kg plus of water onboard

You must be easily shocked.
We often travel with the 100L fresh tank full, but that depends on where we are going and what we expect to find in way of water.

just thinking of what i could do with all that spare load capacity!! or is it........

Edited by rajohno 2021-02-17 4:23 PM
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