RV Education 101
RV Water Hook-Up:
At the campground you want to get some water running through the RV plumbing system. At home when you want water you open a faucet and its there like magic. When it comes to your RV there are two ways to get water to flow through the taps.
1. If you want potable water while you are traveling in the RV you can fill the fresh water holding tank before you leave home, and use the 12-volt water pump to get water running through the system. This sounds more difficult than it really is. Somewhere on the RV you have a tank designed specifically for potable water storage. It might be a 10-gallon tank on a pop-up or a 100-gallon tank on a larger RV. Outside you will find a compartment door housing the fresh water fill. Using a hose, designed for drinking water, you can fill the tank prior to leaving on your trip. You can take just enough water to get to your destination or fill the tank completely full. Most RVs have a monitor panel inside that allows you to check tank levels. If weights are a concern remember that water weighs about 8.3 pounds per gallon. Fill the tank accordingly.
2. When you want to use the water stored in the fresh water holding tank there is a switch inside the RV that will activate a 12-volt water pump. This pump works on 12-volt DC battery power and is designed to pressurize the water system, making water flow the same way it does at home. The only difference is you will hear the pump come on and shut off as you use the water. Every time you open a faucet the pump will come on and when you close the faucet it will shut off.
How much fresh water can you take with you in an RV?
Is it enough? RVs come equipped with a potable water holding tank. This tank is used to store potable water to use while you are traveling to your destination, and if you are dry camping where no water source is available. Fresh water holding tanks can be as small as 10 gallons in a pop-up and over 100 gallons in some larger RVs. Find out what size water tank the RV has and determine if it is enough for the type of camping you plan to do.
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