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How To Fill Up Your RV's Fresh Water Tank

If you are about to start your seasonal RV travels it is time to start preparing. Simple things such as having drinking water or taking a shower we take for granted because the water is always there. On an RV this is not the case and you are responsible for your water. Having fresh water on hand is key to make your travels easier. Here are the steps to fill up your fresh water tank before your journey.

Every camper is designed a little differently, but most include a fresh water tank. You’ll use this handy system for drinking, cooking, doing dishes, showers, and using the toilet when you are not hooked up to an outside water source. Learning how to fill and care for the fresh water tank is a definite necessity.



Fresh Water Tank

Fresh water tanks can hold up to 60+ gallons of water. Typical grey and black water tanks hold up to 30-40 gallons of water and should be emptied every 2-3 days.

  • Fresh Water Tank: The fresh water tank allows you to transport drinking water with you. These tanks vary in size. Besides drinking, this water is used in your toilet to rinse out your bowl. It also feeds your shower and any other built-in device that requires water to operate. When you are parked, you can attach a drinking water safe hose to an adapter on your RV, that avoids the fresh water tank.

  • Grey Water Tank: Your grey water tank stores the dirty water from your sinks and showers. Be careful what goes down into this tank. It is only designed for liquids. The piping to empty this tank is only 1 ½ inch in diameter. If anything thick or solid goes into this tank, it can easily clog.

  • Black Water Tank: The black water tank is just for your toilet. The emptying pipes are 3 inches thick and can handle biological waste and toilet paper. There are specially made toilet papers that must be used for your RV tank. Residential toilet paper will not fully break up and can clog your system.

Connecting at Campsite

If you are currently at a campsite with a city water supply there is no need to worry about filling your tank. If using city water, ensure to switch your intake valve to the option that says “city supply” or “local supply” and turn your water pump off. You only need to use the water pump when you are using water from your fresh water tank. In other words, if you have hooked a hose up to your RV at a campsite and are using city water, you are bypassing your fresh water tank. The pressure from the city spigot will push water through the hose and throughout your rig when you turn on a faucet or flush.

How to fill at campsite:

  1. In the Drivers Side Rear outside compartment, you will find the hose labeled, Fresh Clean Water.

  2. To make a direct connection to the City Water Connection, connect the end of the hose to the campsite water spigot and screw the other end (male end) into the hand twist connection labeled City Water Connection (on the Drivers Side Rear portion of the RV).

  3. The Adapter on the end of the hose is a Pressure Regulator, which ensures you do not rupture any pipes on the interior of the RV by having too much water pressure in the hose/pipes. Please ensure you leave this ON at all times.

  4. Turn on the campsite water spigot slowly and after about 20 seconds, have someone on the interior of the RV check to see if the water is running.

  5. When using the City Water Connection, DO NOT turn on the Water Pump. The pressure from the City Water Connection will give you all the water pressure you need, even for a shower.

Tips

Keep and use separate hoses for your fresh water tank and other tanks. Keep in mind you will be drinking this water. Typically your fresh water hose will be white, however, some come in blue. Just make sure you keep it separate to avoid contamination of your drinking water.


Filling Fresh Water Tank For On The Road/Remote Areas

  1. In the Drivers Side Rear outside compartment, you will find the hose labeled, Fresh Clean Water.

  2. To fill the fresh water tank, connect the end of the hose to the fresh water fill spigot and screw the other end (male end) into the hand twist connection labeled Potable Water Only.

  3. The Adapter on the end of the hose is a Pressure Regulator, which ensures you do not rupture any pipes on the interior of the RV by having too much water pressure in the hose/pipes. Please ensure you leave this ON at all times

  4. Turn on the water spigot slowly and have someone on the interior of the RV, check the Convenience Center Fresh water button to see how full the tank is. (Depress black small Fresh button and check water level).

  5. There is an Overflow Valve, so you can’t over-fill the water. When the fresh water tank is full, turn off the water at the spigot and remove the hose.

  6. Ensure you place the cap back on the water intake, so no debris gets into the fresh water.

  7. When using the Fresh Water Tank, you need to turn on the Water Pump (Convenience Center Panel) to run fresh water.


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