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Old 01-05-2018, 06:37 PM   #1
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Hi all, I have a 2008 1508t Hi Lo. It has a pretty small fresh water tank.
When I am camping without hookups for more than 2 days, I have to refill my water tank. For this I use a 12 volt powered pump and jerry cans full of new water-this part works well. The problem I have is everytime I add water to the tank I have to open a valve which is under the left side dinette seat-
depending on the circumstances, this can be a hassle. If I leave the valve open all the time then the water pump runs constantly.

So in order to refill , I have to move whatever is on the dinette seat(usually something is stored there during the day) open seat/door that covers the compartment, open the valve, fill the tanks and then go back inside the trailer,
turn the valve off, replace the seat/door, replace cushions and whatever was on top of them when I started.

This is not a huge problem but it is an annoyance-it would be much better if I did not have to access the valve everytime I refilled.

Any suggestions on how to make this an easier process?

Any help/ideas would be appreciated!

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Old 01-05-2018, 10:00 PM   #2
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Hi Dennis - I have no thoughts on this. My 1707T does not have the "valve" you speak of. I just open the fill door on the front of the trailer, stick the hose from the pump in, and the tank fills. I have no idea why your trailer needs the extra valve. What happens if you try filling the tank without opening the valve?

The only valves I have in the vicinity of the pump are the ones for winterizing that bypass the hot water tank. There are two drain valves downstream from the pump that empty the supply lines to the faucets and toilet too.

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I've been around a lot of Hi-Lo trailers and have never seen that type of hookup. All late models normally have the fresh water fill, like Jack mentioned. ???
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My 2001 had a valve where I could fill the freshwater tank thru the city water fill. It was easier to fill this way rather than using the gravity fill port. I would turn the valve open to fill and then close the valve to use the pump, otherwise the pump could not pressurize the system.

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Great post, Bob! This sounds like what Dennis is describing. I don't have anything like that in my trailer.

Dennis, where are you putting the water in? Do you possibly have another input point, usually behind a door with a lock on it, in the vicinity of the fresh water tank? On my trailer, the City Water Inlet is on the front street side of the lower half. The "Gravity Fill", that Bob is talking about is on the front lower half of the trailer near the street side. It is behind a door, and has a screw-on cap over the inlet.

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thanks for the replies.


there is no way I can see to put water into the tank other than the city hookup that is near the water tank left hand curb side.
The valve I am speaking of controls the flow of water from the city hook up to the tank. If I leave the valve open, the water pump runs constantly(I think someone said that is the system trying to pressurize)

I suppose I could leave the valve open and then only turn on the water pump when using the sink or toilet but I am not sure that will be any less annoying.

I have attached photos of the valve and the exterior of the trailer in case I am missing something-

I have had two other small trailers and they both had fillups that were just gravity fed-this seems pretty weird-

any ideas or input would be appreciated-

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Well, I think you're right, Dennis. I see no gravity feed inlet for your freshwater tank in the photos you posted, and I don't think it would be located anywhere else. I would certainly advise AGAINST attempting to add such a fill - it would involve surgery to the tank and possibly cause damage that you could not fix.

So, I'm at a loss. Maybe someone else will have a brilliant idea. I agree, it would be a total pain to have to access that valve each time you need to fill the tank, and I don't see an easy way to reposition that valve either..

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Dennis, Is it possible you could install a small compartment door outside near the water fill? That way you could access that valve from the outside and without doing any plumbing reconfiguration. All items could remain on the inside bench untouched. You would have to be careful with choosing the proper door so that it cleared when raising and lowering the top. Perhaps a gravity fill door unit with the “insides” cut out. You would only be using the door and frame. Hope this helps.


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I knew someone else would have a brilliant thought (unlike me). Great idea, Bob.

In studying the two pictures on my bigger desktop screen, though, is it possible you could reach the valve using the hot water tank access door?

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You possibly tap into the pipes near the tank, the same pipe that the pump pulls through. Put a T inline and send the new pipe to the outer wall, I guess next to the current city hook up. Use the same kind of fitting on the outside wall, but not one with a one-way valve. The valve could slow things down. Instead, just use a cap to seal it off when done. OR if you can adapt a gravity fill thing to it then better yet.
You use a male hose end to screw to the fitting and adapt some kind of funnel if not.

Or you could use the drain underneath to fill. Rig up connectors so it is easy to pour water in or connect to whatever you will use as a funnel. As long as the funnel is over the surface of the water then water will flow into the tank from underneath.
The drain is seldom used, if ever, during the camping season (just for winterizing), so you can keep your connectors set up for rapid filling all the time.

Just a few ideas…
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