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coolmom42

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1) the fresh water tank fill on my motorhome is the kind where you have to hook up a hose and have pressure on it, to fill, just like the "city water". I would prefer to have a gravity fill so water can be added from a jug, or from a hose, using this adapter that I already have. I also really dislike messing around with screwing the hose on.

Question 1: How big a deal would it be to change out that opening and is it something a person with a few skills could do herself?

I'm also planning to winterize by blowing out the lines, rather than pink stuff (except the traps, of course.) I may go back and forth a few times a year doing this, so it seems less hassle than removing all the stuff in the storage space, taking off a panel, using the pump, and then reversing the process before very long. I have a small compressor and hose.

Question 2: Is this the fitting I need?


Question 3: Are there any particular pitfalls to winterizing using compressed air? I've been googling around and reading here.


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Many just carry a 12V water pump and pump out of a jug into the tank. I would not commit surgery on my piping unless forced to do so. My 12V was a spare water pump and sure enough my water pump croaked this summer.

Whatever you do do not pressurize the plumbing system beyond it's design limits.


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Do you have a gravity fill port?
That is the correct one, I have a plastic one.

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Vw triker wrote:

Do you have a gravity fill port?
That is the correct one, I have a plastic one.


The port that goes to the fresh water tank is not set up for gravity fill. The male hose end has to be screwed into it. It looks just like the city water inlet. This is the port I want to switch out.

I'm assuming for winterizing with air, I use the city water inlet. Is this correct?

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You fill you tank probably theough the same hose for the winterizing thats attached to your pump. You could elongate that line to the outside or underside and use it that way also. As was said you can get a separate pump and fill from a bucket also. Changing out to a gravity feed can be done, but you have to have acess to the water tank and make some holes in the camper to do it. Probably not worth it. Easier to drill a hole in the bottem of the camper and extend the winterizing line. ( just check that yours fills the tank that way, check the owners manual)
I would use antifreeze myself, i dont know how you can blow out the water in the water pump on a camper. If it doesn't get that cold during the winter it may not matter. The choice and chance is yours to make.


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agesilaus wrote:

Many just carry a 12V water pump and pump out of a jug into the tank. I would not commit surgery on my piping unless forced to do so. My 12V was a spare water pump and sure enough my water pump croaked this summer.

Whatever you do do not pressurize the plumbing system beyond it's design limits.


I don't think this really surgery, it's just a fitting at the end of a line. [emoticon]

From what I've read, 25 PSI is adequate for winterizing and that is what I plan to use.

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On my 5th wheel the fresh water tank have a overflow/vent that is covered by a square plastic housing. Push up hard on the housing and it pops off. Then you can attach a gravity fill funnel to fill the tank.

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My 77 year old hands have trouble screwing hose fittings tightly together, so I equipped my water hoses and city water port with quick disconnects that make the job much easier. I found the brass QD's linked below to be more reliable and longer lasting than the cheaper plastic or brass colored aluminium kind.

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Post pics.

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wopachop wrote:

Post pics.


Of what?

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