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Old 07-26-2021, 02:08 PM   #1
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When the upper section of our 2307C is lowered, the fresh water tank fill hatch is blocked - been considering adding a fill connection that would permit connecting a hose so the tank could be filled with the top section lowered, then it occurred to me that maybe I'm over-thinking this.

For as long as we've had it, I've worked on the premise that the trailer should be fully levelled with the support jacks down before raising the upper section at all, but maybe I'm being unnecessarily cautious - IF the trailer is on flat ground (e.g. essentially level), can the upper section be safely raised the foot or so necessary to access the fresh tank fill hatch without fully leveling the trailer?

Over the last couple of years we've stayed in a number of state campgrounds that either did not have potable water taps within hose distance of our space or had only one potable water source for an entire facility, which makes filling the fresh tank on arrival problematic. Shouldn't be an issue to pull in, raise the upper section a bit, fill the tank, lower it back down and move, but with others waiting, I'm reluctant to monopolize the potable water tap for as long as it take to go through the full levelling process.
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Old 07-26-2021, 03:28 PM   #2
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I think if your trailer is semi-close to level, it's not a problem to raise the top enough to expose the fresh water fill port. DO put it back down before moving on to your camping spot.

I bring two 5 gal plastic water containers, a foldable hand truck and a small, DC powered water pump to transfer the water from the containers to the tank. I've found there's usually a water tap close enough to walk the containers from there to our camp site, and, if not, I just put them in the back of the truck and drive to the water spigot.

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Thanks - that's pretty much what I was thinking, and carrying at least one 5 gallon jug is a good idea.

We can usually reach a spigot (we carry a 100' collapsible potable-water-safe hose in addition to the regular white water hook-up hose), but there've been a few cases where the only fresh water source was on the far side of a campground a quarter mile or more away.
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Just came back from a NYS state campground. DH didn't want to stop at the water fill up as you would be blocking the road. Should have had a cut out pull in area. Used 100 ft. of white hose to do the fill up.
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Exactly what I do. And use a water bandit for smooth nosed water faucets at F/S campgrounds. use a hose clamp and hook it up tight. https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Connect...38452695&psc=1
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We also lifted our trailer up just enough to attach a hose; filled tank and lowered before driving away. A “water thief” was very handy if close to a potable water supply. We usually went full service however it wasn’t always available. Using the “water thief” was so much easier than filling a 5 gallon jug! And we weren’t moving the trailer!!!
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