How to Refill Fresh Water Tank During Camping

Rvs are a great and fun way to get out and enjoy the outdoors while still being surrounded by your regular home comforts and being able to sleep comfortably come nighttime.

However, camping in an RV will also come with its own set of challenges, even those that you might not face while camping in a tent.

RV camping is more on the side of luxury in comparison to normal camping, and when you are in the wild, you will not be connected to any form of water supply, except for the water tank in your RV.

This means that the only way for you to access water is from this tank, which is going to eventually run out.

Many campers rely on this water for drinking water and showers among other purposes, and depending on the size of your water tank, you likely won’t be able to go for more than a few days before it runs out. 

When you are out camping, you are going to have to think about how you are going to get water when you are not connected to a water supply, so you should always be prepared for what to do next in this type of situation. 

How to Refill Fresh Water Tank During Camping

Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to refill your water tank while camping, and we will go through them below.

We will also tell you exactly what you need to do.

Connect to a Faucet

One of the simplest and easiest ways for you to fill up your water tank is by using some type of faucet or water hookup.

All you would have to do is to connect the hose and turn on the supply until your water tank is completely full. The way in which you do this will depend on the type of connections that your specific RV has, as it could have one or two, so this will vary depending on your RV.

The first step is to find a hose, but you will need to make sure that the water you are connecting to is safe for drinking. You shouldn’t use any other type of water, as it will not be safe to drink, and it would add a funny taste to the water too. 

One you have found your water source, if you are in a campsite, you should connect the orange end of the hose to the campsite spigot, or another water source if you are not on site.

You will need to make sure that everything has been connected properly, as it could otherwise cause leaks or sprays of water, which is something that you might want to avoid.

Now, you will need to screw the other end into the correct connection on your RV, which should be clearly labelled for your convenience. Make sure that the valve is set to fill the fresh water tank.

You should make sure to double check that the pressure regulator is on, as this will make sure that the water pressure does not cause any damage to your RV. This will be in the form of an orange adaptor at the end of the hose. 

Turn on the source of water slowly, making sure to take care as you do so, and fill it up until the tank is full. Once the tank is full you can stop the water flow and disconnect the hose. Don’t forget to replace the cap after you have finished, and you are good to go. 

Using a Pump

If you are going camping in your RV for a longer period of time, you are likely going to run out of water, and one way to refill your fresh water tank while camping would be to make use of an alternative method such as a water pump if you do not have access to a running water supply.

You will need to take some extra water containers with you when you go camping, and these will be what you resort to when the main water tanks run dry. This means that you will be able to keep going for longer with the use of water still available to you.

This method is relatively easy, and all you have to do is to link these containers to the RV’s fresh water tank by using a drinking hose, and set up a water pump. You can set up the pump by using the battery of your RV, and you will need alligator clips to do so.

Next, all that’s left is to turn on the water pump and refill the fresh water tank until you have used up all the water in the reserves. Now, you will have another lot of water to go through before you need to refill again.

Manually Refill Your Tank

This final method of refilling your fresh water tank will work, but it is going to require a lot more effort than the other ways of doing so.

Essentially, you are going to fill the tank up with water manually by using a jug to transport the water and pour it into the tank. This is the best method to use if you have run out of water and you do not have access to a faucet or any other means of filling the tank up.

The first thing you will need to do is find a tap or water source that is safe to use for drinking water. You will need to fill up your jug, and then pour the fresh water inside the inlet hole. Make sure that you can get above it to avoid spilling, but be as safe as possible when you do so. 

If your water jug does not have a spout that will fit inside your water connection, then you are going to need to attach your fresh water hose to the RV, and use a funnel to pour the water into the other end of the hose.

This is a great way to avoid water pressure while filling up, but it does also present more riss of getting debris into the tank.

Andrew Mullen
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