How to refill my freshwater tank during camping?

One of the most common questions people ask is, “what’s the best way to refill my freshwater tank during camping?”

The answer is very simple, it depends on how far away you are from an available water source.

If there is a potable pond or stream nearby, all you need to do is find a container large enough for transport (a 5-gallon bucket will work) and fill it up with fresh water. Bring your container back to your campsite and pour it into your fresh water tank!

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Follow These Steps

Grab your garden hose or tubing and attach it to your freshwater tank’s faucet, which will lead you right into the source of fresh water. Be sure there is no kink in the hose!

You can also tie one end of the hose to a tree branch that’s within reach of the water source.

Attach the other end of your garden hose or tubing to another container (a large bucket works best). Be sure this container is clean and sanitary! Fill it up with fresh, potable water from your campsite.

Once you have filled up both containers with freshwater, take them back to your campsite and pour the first container of water into your freshwater tank. Then, refill it again with more potable water from the second container!

Repeat this process until you have refilled your freshwater tank completely. You should be able to find clean enough freshwater nearby if there is a stream or pond nearby.

Be sure to bring clean buckets or containers with you when filling your fresh water tank away from a water source so that bacteria won’t contaminate it!

When Camping At An RV Park

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If there is no water resource nearby for refilling purposes, it will be necessary to find out if there are any water hookups available at your rv fresh water tank park. 

Most parks have refill stations onsite that you can use; however, some require a fee for this service (usually around $20). Be sure to ask the manager if there is an additional charge before using any of these services!

Turn On The Water And Fill Up The Container

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If your park requires a fee, pay at the onsite office, and you’ll be good to go!

Turn on the faucet. Most of these refill stations will allow connections for both freshwater tanks (grey water tank is another story). If they require separate hookups, turn on one hose at a time. You can turn on both at the same time, but if it doesn’t work out, you’ll have to switch them back. The tank will take a few minutes before starts water  flow from the faucet.

Once you turn on your freshwater hose and start filling up your container with fresh water, be sure there is no kink in the hose!

Once the container is full, take it back to your campsite and pour the fresh water into your fresh water tank. Then refill again with another clean potable water source!

Repeat this process until you have refilled both tanks completely. You should now be able to use your RV’s toilets and shower as normal!

When Camping In The Wild

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If you are in an area with no campsite or water hookups, this process will be significantly more difficult. Since most people don’t like to go camping without a proper shower, this may not be the best option for you!

Place Your Finger Over The Top Of The Hose To Allow Air In, But Not Water

Before you start, make sure to bring a couple of clean containers with you and sanitary wipes.

Be sure the hose is completely dry before inserting it into your water source! If there’s any moisture in the hose when inserting it into the water source, bacteria will grow inside and contaminate your fresh potable city water supply.

Once you have your hose inserted into the source of freshwater, place your finger over the end to prevent any water from coming out.

Turn on your freshwater tank faucet and fill rv water tank one container with clean potable water. Then refill again when it is half empty! Repeat that process until both tanks are full for use inside your rv’s fresh water tank.

When you’re finished, remove the hose from your water source and cover it with sanitary wipes to keep it dry!

Now that you know how to refill the freshwater tank during camping: Pick a time when no one is around (noisy faucets can be very annoying) or early in the morning. Remember, The fewer people around, the better!

Gently Shake It Back And Forth Until All Of The Air Bubbles Are Out

When filled with freshwater, the black tank won’t fill up immediately. You have to wait a few minutes or shake your container so that all of the air bubbles are released before it starts flowing into your black tank.

If you do not get rid of these air bubbles, there is no place for them in the black tank. That means they will just come out later, which is very unsanitary for you and everyone else around!

Gently shake the container back and forth until all of the air bubbles are released (this can take a minute).

Once this happens, your fresh water tanks will start to fill up again! Repeat the entire process until both tanks are full.

Also, remember that if you have a camping spot with water hookups, call the park office and ask them to refill your fresh water tanks for you!

Pour Into Your Freshwater Tank Slowly, So You Don't Spill Or Overflow It

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If you can’t find a water source to refill your rv’s freshwater tank, don’t worry: You can always use the black tank as an emergency backup. Just ask any campsite host for permission, and they will let you know if it is okay with them!

Fill up your grey or black tank until there’s no more room. If you’re using the black tank, be very careful not to overflow it!

Startup your water pump and pour slowly into your fresh tanks. Repeat this process until both tanks are full (or at least halfway).

If there’s no campsite host around or if they don’t let you use their hose: You can use a bucket or your freshwater tank to refill the other tanks instead. 

Make sure that you have a proper container with no holes in it, so bacteria does not get into your clean potable supply!

If there are any kinks in the hose when refilling with fresh water: You can also try this method for getting rid of them. 

Place a bucket on the ground near your freshwater tank, but not too close. Then place the hose from your freshwater tank into this bucket and pour the water into the bucket until all of the kinks are gone.

Fill up your fresh tanks, and you’re ready to go! Remember to be careful with this method because the water will spill out if you don’t do it slowly.

You can also use a pitcher or a bowl if you don’t have a bucket available. Or, as stated before: You can always ask the campsite host for their hose and let them do the hard work for you!

Repeat Steps 1-5 For Every Time You Need To Refill Your Fresh Water Tank

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If you want to refill your fresh water tank: Repeat the steps above and remember that keeping it full is always better than having an empty one!

Also, keep in mind that if someone else comes around, just put the hose away. Don’t let anyone see what you’re doing, or they might wonder why you have a tube sticking out of your freshwater tank!

If you ever have a problem with the hose during refilling, have someone check it for any leaks or kinks. If there are none, then it is probably nothing to worry about, and you can continue filling both tanks.

Repeat steps one through five for every time that you need to refill your freshwater tank. Remember that the fewer people around, the better! If you’re having any trouble with either of these methods, ask another camper to help you out or let someone at the campsite office know what’s going on (if there is one).

Remember: Keeping both tanks full will ensure that everyone stays healthy on your trip!

FAQ'S

What If The Hose Leaks Or Has A Kink?

If there is a leak, you can call tank fixers to fix it. If there’s just a kink: You’ll have to do this method until all of the air bubbles are gone and then refill your freshwater tank as usual!

How Long Should I Let My Freshwater Tank Fill Up Before I Use It Again?

Your tank should be refilled fresh every time that you’re camping. This will ensure that your drinking water is clean and safe for everyone to drinking water hose. It can keep in the tank until there are no more people around or have someone check the hose, so they know if any kinks need to be fixed!

What If No Water Source Is Available?

You can always use the black tank as an emergency backup. Just ask any campsite host for permission, and they will let you know it’s okay with them! Or, if there is anyone around: You can also use a bucket or your freshwater tank to refill the other tanks instead.