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Filling the on board water tank

Stupid question but the new Hobby caravan that im getting saturday has an onboard water tank..................but how do i fill it as I havent got a 40 litre watering can and dont fancy doing 25 trips to the tap on site. LOL

Im thinking that their is a hose pipe in mind but not too sure.

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rosbif29 I have a 2005 Hobby 540wlu with the onboard tank, I used to fill it with a sterile watering can but got fed up. using a hose will only work if you are on a fully serviced pitch otherwise your hose will have to stretch from the tap to your filler cap.
during one of the services I had a small two pin electric point fitted just above the filler point and a whale pump with a filler tube and a suction tube fitted I put the suction tube into the water hog and plug the pump into the socket this fills the onboard tank. The wiring for the pump is behind and at the side of the onboard tank between the side of the side and the tank, if you are good with electrics you might be able to fit it yourself otherwise do yo know anyone good with caravan services and repairs, you could also ask the dealer if he is willing to fit one for free of charge, he can only say no.

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Hi the most important advice I recommend is do not use the garden hose that has been left in the sun. Why it is full of dried and flaky algae etc from the UV and all you do is flush that directly into the tank. which will be a nightmare to remove if ever.

How to fill. Buy a roll flat hose that is used only for this use and roll away after use so sun cannot fowl it etc. You can buy a hose designed to prevent algae build up etc and that could be worth looking at. Other option is a dedicated plastic water container ie 20 ltr etc Yes a few trips but you know the tank will never be contaminated.
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The hosepipe is one way of doing it but i have seen Phill (newly retired) use his system of filling and thought it the best way of doing it because if the water point is across the site then the hose will not reach...
Why not use both systems as the hosepipe will be quicker when available and Phill's system can be used when it's too far away for the hose
Both the above are by far better than the watering can option..



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when we had a hobby, we used to fill it up before we left home. so tow with it full. other than that you will need an aqua roll when on site to collect and fill it up

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Thanks guys

I was not very keen on filling ti up before going as was worried about water sloshing about and breaking the mounting lugs etc.

Ill havea look at doing the filler system.
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Thanks guys

I was not very keen on filling ti up before going as was worried about water sloshing about and breaking the mounting lugs etc.

Ill havea look at doing the filler system.
Regularly travel with water in the tank of my Hobby. The MIRO includes a full water tank!
However you carry it you have to get the amount of water you use to the caravan. A watering can is the easiest. There is no point (imo) in having an inboard tank and supplying it with an external container which also has to be filled.

Or better still, fit what the Germans call a "city wasser" inlet.
Fit a float valve in the side of the water tank (a Torbeck type is better than the long arm with ball type).
Connect it to a flexible hose which in turn connects to a short length of 15 mm copper pipe which passes through the floor close to the side of the caravan. On the outside, under the floor, fit a snap on hose connection.
The tank can then be filled with a hose from the tap beside the pitch as found on many French sites.
Total cost less than ***8364;25.

Are you sure you wouldn't like me to come over and help you with these projects?

Edit: If the float valve fails the tank will vent any excess water through the internal overflow pipe. If you didn't know about this unscrews to drain the tank and isn't (wasn't) mentioned in the handbook
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