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Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:55:10 PM »
I went to the local Murdoch's and spoke to someone about what pump I need to transfer water from a 55 gal barrel to my fresh tank. He suggested a Fimco 3.8. GPM high flow 12 volt sprayer pump. There is a hose adapter for the input side but there seems to be some "play" in the fit--I suppose I could use some tape but since it isn't a permanent fixture, I don't think I should have to do that. The other adapter that came with the pump isn't for a water hose connection--it seems like it is for tubing. I'm not happy with his suggestion.

What do others use to accomplish this task?

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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2017, 01:13:29 AM »
I just use the same line that I use to winterize (house pump) for suction side. Go in top of barrel with the 3/8" suction hose. I have a tee and valve (shut off house) on discharge side and stick that hose into fresh water tank fill. All fittings, pump, and fresh water filler neck are all right together in one compartment on my outfit. Takes 20 minutes or so.

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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 07:08:18 AM »
As Jubileee said some RV's have a winterize suction line.... Some do not (Mine)

I had to replace my water pump due to leaking,, I will eventually get it all sealed up but with ose adapters it will do the job.

That is what I'd recommend a 12 volt pump and go-4 it.
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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2017, 08:07:11 AM »
When we had a coach without the "winterize" suction line, I rigged a medium sized 12v bilge/wash pump that I bought at Walmart. It's a submersible pump (inlet in the base) and I put a hose fitting on the outlet side. It had a lift capacity of 6 ft, which was plenty for my needs, pumping from the water can to the gravity fill port.  If you don't have a gravity filler and need to go direct into the city inlet, you need enough pressure to push the check valve there fully open. I found that a pump rated for 10+ gpm was sufficient.
A standard RV water pump works well, but is pricey if for occasional use.  I only needed it a couple times a year, so the cheap boat bilge pump was cost effective.

For faster pumping, get a 120v (if you have genset power) transfer pump, something like this one:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200352045_200352045
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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2017, 10:00:57 AM »
A little pricy, but I think something like this would also work:   :o ::) ;D  It would fill the tank in 2 1/2 seconds.

https://www.absolutewaterpumps.com/amt-gorman-rupp-diesel-trash-pump-1000-gpm-6-23-hp-trailer?fee=2&fep=1503&gclid=CKeC5OX19NQCFcmLswodjeEEAQ
« Last Edit: July 06, 2017, 10:08:46 AM by Rene T »
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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2017, 01:04:13 PM »
I use one of these:

https://www.harborfreight.com/12-volt-dc-transfer-pump-63324.html

The inlet and outlet are both standard male garden hose fittings.  One hose goes from the outlet to the RV's tank fill, the other connects backwards to the inlet and the other end goes into the barrel.  Standard 25 ft. hoses work fine but a shorter hose on the inlet primes faster.

Takes about 12 minutes to empty a 55 gallon barrel.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2017, 01:06:26 PM by Lou Schneider »

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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2017, 01:49:50 PM »
it may not fill as fast as ReneT's but this would do the job:

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Utilitech-0-33-HP-Thermoplastic-Submersible-Utility-Pump/3747643

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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2017, 03:13:18 PM »
If you are keeping the barrel intact so you can seal it with the bungs then Lou's solution looks like the most economical and easiest.
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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2017, 03:41:53 PM »
If the barrel is higher than the tank. Just put a hose connection near the bottom of the barrel and let it fill the RV tank just by gravity flow.
It would be fairly easy to build a rack out of 2" X 12" boards to lay the barrel horizontally and it would be higher than the bed. Use one of the bungs modified to take a hose fitting. It may be slower than using a pump but who's in a hurry.
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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2017, 07:16:17 PM »
If the barrel is higher than the tank. Just put a hose connection near the bottom of the barrel and let it fill the RV tank just by gravity flow.
It would be fairly easy to build a rack out of 2" X 12" boards to lay the barrel horizontally and it would be higher than the bed. Use one of the bungs modified to take a hose fitting. It may be slower than using a pump but who's in a hurry.
I have siphoned water from water barrels into my fresh water input, if you have one. If you only have a hose connection, you will need to try the other methods. I dont like the idea of running my pump for an hour putting water into the tank.

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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2017, 07:36:33 PM »
I have siphoned water from water barrels into my fresh water input, if you have one. If you only have a hose connection, you will need to try the other methods. I dont like the idea of running my pump for an hour putting water into the tank.

That's why I mentioned gravity flow.
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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2017, 10:47:55 AM »
I used to haul water for my late wife to water her flowers because we have a well. I'd go get 300 gal of water in my water tank and use a pump like this one, worked great.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Power-Water-Transfer-Removal-Pump-120V-Sump-Utility-330GPH-With-Hose-/182134973961?epid=583655903&hash=item2a68172609:g:bxYAAOSwwIZXS~Ye    This is what i recommend.  This pump will work with either a city fill or a gravity fill.
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Re: Transferring water from 55 gal barrel to fresh tank
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2017, 12:22:23 PM »
A little pricy, but I think something like this would also work:   :o ::) ;D  It would fill the tank in 2 1/2 seconds.

https://www.absolutewaterpumps.com/amt-gorman-rupp-diesel-trash-pump-1000-gpm-6-23-hp-trailer?fee=2&fep=1503&gclid=CKeC5OX19NQCFcmLswodjeEEAQ

Had to laugh!  It would suck the water out of the barrel so fast that the barrel would get sucked in too! ;D ::)
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