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Hi All.

 

 

Can anybody advise on the best way to avoid refilling my water barrel every day. with both dishes and showers using up the water, i know that some people have a hose connected to their barrel (unsure how this works) or a hose connected straight to the van.

 

i want to have a better water system for next year and dont mind spending a bit of money.

 

Thanks

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If you don't want to fill the Aquaroll on a regular basis then you need to be on a serviced pitch which provides water,grey water waste and usually TV to each pitch often all attached to a bollard. .

 

There are two ways of piping water into the van,one is to use a hose from the pitch supply to a toilet type valve screwed into the side of the Aquaroll which regulates the water input,as you use it the water is replenished then the valve stops the flow.

 

http://www. aquaroll. com/shop/mains-adaptor/aquaroll-mains-adaptor

 

The second method is to use a device which plugs direct from the tap into the caravan water inlet.

 

Can't find a link just now.

 

These are quite often not recommended has you have the van connected directly to mains water pressure which could cause a flood if things go wrong so it is said.

 

Ian

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Use a service pitch, and either spend loads on a proprietary kit or make your own for under £8. 00

 

Mine can be seen here :http://inspirebte. yuku. com/topic/525/Connecting-to-mains-water-on-serviced-pitches#.Vj0AwkLLL-s

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The safest by far is to use a ball cock valve in the Aquaroll, as this kit;

 

http://www. amazon. co. uk/Suitable-Aquaroll-Mains-Adaptor-Care-avan/dp/B004LD3C8O

 

You can get regulators that feed directly to the van reducing the pressure; however if these get contamination in the valve or otherwise go wrong they can do immense damage to the van.

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Still can't find any direct mains water connections on t'internet,even on the Aquaroll site,perhaps they have stopped making them.

 

Ian

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Still can't find any direct mains water connections on t'internet,even on the Aquaroll site,perhaps they have stopped making them.

 

Ian

 

Reich did one but IMO they are a inviting problems, very damaging problems. Not least in that the hose is portable and transportable so the chances are a speck of dirt could get in and end up on the valve seat. Why risk it, is my point of view.

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The simplest way to reduce the number of trips to the mains water tap/grey water disposal point, is to do what the Continentals do and stop washing/showering and washing up in the 'van. The dish washing place is great for socialising. Using the fresh water in the 'van is reduced to the minimum. This is why the British Aquaroll and Wastemaster is often viewed with interest and even suspicion by our continental friends. Of coarse the facilities in the van are there to be used after all we payed for them but, when we are on a site with facilities we've paid for them too.

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The simplest way to reduce the number of trips to the mains water tap/grey water disposal point, is to do what the Continentals do and stop washing/showering and washing up in the 'van. The dish washing place is great for socialising. Using the fresh water in the 'van is reduced to the minimum. This is why the British Aquaroll and Wastemaster is often viewed with interest and even suspicion by our continental friends. Of coarse the facilities in the van are there to be used after all we payed for them but, when we are on a site with facilities we've paid for them too.

I often smile at people trudging about the site several times a day, with bowls full of crockery and cooking utensils and wonder if they walk across the road at home to use their neighbours kitchen sinks.

 

Filling an aquaroll every few days seems a better idea to me. But we are all different. In fairness we do prefer to shower in the site facilities ( if they are ok) as they tend to be larger and we don't need to shower in series. So it also reduces water usage on board.

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The simplest way to reduce the number of trips to the mains water tap/grey water disposal point, is to do what the Continentals do and stop washing/showering and washing up in the 'van. The dish washing place is great for socialising. Using the fresh water in the 'van is reduced to the minimum. This is why the British Aquaroll and Wastemaster is often viewed with interest and even suspicion by our continental friends. Of coarse the facilities in the van are there to be used after all we payed for them but, when we are on a site with facilities we've paid for them too.

So that's why the continentals smell so bad then ;)

 

Even on the rare occasion that we use a site with "facilities", I would never use them - you don't know who's been in before you and what they have done. :o

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Isnt it strange - perhaps bizzarely i quite enjoy keeping caravan topped up with water via my Aquaroll - good chance for a leg stretch and sometimes a chat with the natives!

We do have 2 Aquarolls though which seems to work quite well as usually worst I have to do is pop out and change pump into the other barrel which enables me to re-fill the empty barrel when it suits me better.

We do wash / wash up in the caravan although have never used the shower, preferring all that dampness to be in site facilities rather than my caravan, but thats just me.

I have never used a serviced pitch and no desire to do so - quite like the independence after all that is part of the reason I am away.

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Fetching water is part of caravanning for us.

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I often smile at people trudging about the site several times a day, with bowls full of crockery and cooking utensils and wonder if they walk across the road at home to use their neighbours kitchen sinks.

Filling an aquaroll every few days seems a better idea to me. But we are all different. In fairness we do prefer to shower in the site facilities ( if they are ok) as they tend to be larger and we don't need to shower in series. So it also reduces water usage on board.

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And going to the wash room in there dressing gown & slippers!! Can't understand them. I don't mind filling the Aquaroll up as long as it's not raining!

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I often smile at people trudging about the site several times a day, with bowls full of crockery and cooking utensils and wonder if they walk across the road at home to use their neighbours kitchen sinks.

 

 

 

On European sites I always take the dirty dishes to the washing up area. It gives the other campers a chance to practice their English on you. It's one of the social aspects of caravanning that I enjoy the most and comes in handy for gleaning information about the local area. Being a man, it also allows me to splash washing up water all over the place without being chastised by Mrs Chrisbee! Emoji_1F471.png

 

 

 

Even on the rare occasion that we use a site with "facilities", I would never use them - you don't know who's been in before you and what they have done. :o

 

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Might be better to swap the van for a static connected to the mains water and sewerage!

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So that's why the continentals smell so bad then ;)

 

Even on the rare occasion that we use a site with "facilities", I would never use them - you don't know who's been in before you and what they have done. :o

Which begs the question; what do you do in hotels ? :)

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Maybe I'll be lucky and find some one to empty my wastemaster for me or connect my EHU for me or put up my awning and take it down and pack it up when I'm ready to depart or do my shopping for me or be my chauffeur whilst on holiday because I can't be bothered doing the normal chores now and again or perhaps I'll stay at home and not bother at all problem solved.


Which begs the question; what do you do in hotels ? :)

 

It begs the question who said he uses hotels in the first place?

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Hi All.

 

 

Can anybody advise on the best way to avoid refilling my water barrel every day. with both dishes and showers using up the water, i know that some people have a hose connected to their barrel (unsure how this works) or a hose connected straight to the van.

 

i want to have a better water system for next year and dont mind spending a bit of money.

 

Thanks

Firstly when showering do you wet yourself then turn off the shower, lather up and then switch on shower to wash off soap? When brushing teeth, don't leave the water running. You also need to remember that on your first barrel you are filling up the hot water boiler and that takes 10L out of the barrel leaving 30L in the barrel so you need to take that into account.

We try and avoid using the site facilities as don't see the point in trudging across a site with a bucket load of dishes etc or wandering off to the shower only to have to stand in a queue then when you shower and are nice and warm stepping out into the cold air.

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The safest by far is to use a ball cock valve in the Aquaroll, as this kit;

 

http://www. amazon. co. uk/Suitable-Aquaroll-Mains-Adaptor-Care-avan/dp/B004LD3C8O

 

You can get regulators that feed directly to the van reducing the pressure; however if these get contamination in the valve or otherwise go wrong they can do immense damage to the van.

Thanks very, much. i am buying this from amazon now. really appreciate your help. cheers

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Thanks very, much. i am buying this from amazon now. really appreciate your help. cheers

Always turn off the mains water when you go out.

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Always turn off the mains water when you go out.

I can't argue that it is the safest option but feel it somewhat defeats the the "de-hassling" that using service pitches bring to caravanning. After all do we turn the house stop cock off each time we go out at home? There typically we have three to four times the number of float ball cocks that could fail compared to this single valve. I do for a week end or longer.

At worst with this arrangement you will end up with a soggy pitch and a few quid on the site owners water meter.

 

However, I still have a water container and fill our inbuilt water tank; don't dislike a bit of exercise like getting water and dumping the waste water though I have a great dislike for carrying too much clobber.

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Hi All.

 

 

Can anybody advise on the best way to avoid refilling my water barrel every day. with both dishes and showers using up the water, i know that some people have a hose connected to their barrel (unsure how this works) or a hose connected straight to the van.

 

i want to have a better water system for next year and dont mind spending a bit of money.

 

Thanks

You will restrict your choices of sites by only wanting serviced pitches.

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Fetching & disposing of water makes you realse how much gets wasted. Reducing consumption on holiday has benifits on the water meter at home!

Being 'water boy' also has it's positve social side as others have mentioned. I frequently top-up the aquaroll via a 10L can just for the excuse of a 'chat at the tap' LOL.

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