What Kind Of Pump Can I Use To Fill My RV's Fresh Water Tank When Dry Camping?

by Don
(Prescott, AZ)

I have been dry camping for years. The usual routine is to carry a spare 5 or 10 gallon containers along and manually or via a siphon recharge the fresh water tank as needed. Just pour in more water.

My newer 5th wheel only allows me to fill my tank with a hose bib. No open spout to pour water into. My check of the plumbing makes it look like I need to find a pump with enough pressure to lift water into the tank.

Any suggestions on a portable pump, 12v or AC, I can handle either.

Don in Prescott, AZ

ANSWER: Greetings Don thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

The most economical way to get water into your RV's Fresh Water Tank would be by using a drill powered water pump. Click Here To See The Drill Water Pumps I Am Talking About.. These water pumps attach to an electric or cordless drill and can siphon and pump the water into your holding tank.

You can also use 12 volt or 120 volt electric water pumps, although they are a little more expensive then the drill pumps. Click Here To See The Electric Water Pumps That Will Work.

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Just remember you should only use hoses that are designed for drinking water when using these pumps and don't use these pumps or hoses to pump fuel, waste water or oil.

Hope this helps.

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Wayne water pumps: suitable for potable water?
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the helpful suggestions! When I clicked on the water pumps link it took me to a selection of pumps on Amazon. I ended up purchasing a relatively expensive one from that list (A Wayne 1/2 horsepower self-priming pump). Unfortunately, when it came I read this warning in the manual: "This pump is not suitable for drinking water."

Did I buy the wrong pump?

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