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We have a 5 gal jug which is getting heavy to lift. Can anyone recommend a drill pump for potable water. We looked on Amazon and couldn't find any but there were many.

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I would want to be sure that the pump is designed for potable water. Any special reason to use one that is driven by an electric drill?

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Never heard of the Jiggler pump before but interesting, wouldn't do us any good. we need a pump as we are going from low to high.

Also, none of them say for potable water. Keep the ideas coming though.

Kirk, Do you know of some other sort of small pump that would work rather than a drill pump. We don;t want to break the bank, this is just for backup.

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An RV 12V on demand pump with alligator clips to go to coach or truck batteries.  Can use it as a spare for the RV or to do water transfer.  Could also rig up some plumbing to use the existing pump to do the same job, without buying anything else but a few fittings and hose.

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Could you just use an RV water pump with alligator clip leads? I just saw that I’m not the person thinking that way. 

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We carry a spare RV pump with alligator clips to move water from the 100 gallon tank on the HDT.  We also sometimes carry a 55 gallon barrel to add to our supply and have a different intake for that.  It is a pex pipe long enough to reach the bottom of the barrel.  The screw on intake allows for easy change over to what ever.

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I'm going to assume you're wanting to put fresh water in your holding tank?  If so, at the risk of being Captain Obvious, couldn't you just use your existing pump and draw the water in through the winterizing hose?  Then use another hose to run from a faucet to the water tank?

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We had thought about this but decided it would be too much for the once in a blue moon we need to do this. We like simpler, clear cut solutions. We are going to pursue using our extra water pump.

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As suggested, we use our onboard pump to fill the tank from non-shore hookups. All it takes is turn two valves, stick the already attached hose in the jug, and turn on the pump. Nothing to set up or hook up...

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Dutch, I don't rig is set up that way. Winterization doesn't flow into water tank and I don't feel like replumbing.

One thing I find interesting is that nothing that has been recommended or that I looked at says for potable water. I even looked at Flojet and their RV pump doesn't say for potable water. Puzzled.

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Do you have a valve that's used to fill the tank from the city water connection? I turn my valve to "Fill", and then turn the 3-port valve I added at the pump inlet to the "Suction" port that has a hose attached. If I was winterizing, I just wouldn't switch the valve to "Fill".

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14 hours ago, SWharton said:

Dutch, I don't rig is set up that way. Winterization doesn't flow into water tank and I don't feel like replumbing.

One thing I find interesting is that nothing that has been recommended or that I looked at says for potable water. I even looked at Flojet and their RV pump doesn't say for potable water. Puzzled.

Some  people go to a farm supply store to buy a replacement 12v water pump, much cheaper for the exact model number, than an RV store.

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I use one like this: https://www.go2marine.com/Rule-Inline-Submersible-Pumps-200-to-500-gph-12-volt

The difference is that I bought mine with a garden hose fitting attached, so I just screw my RV fill hose onto the pump, drop the pump in my 5 gallon collapsible totes (as the pump is the perfect diameter to fit inside the fill hose) and plug the pump into a cigarette lighter 12v  receptacle. In about a minute it pumps 5 gallons from the trunk of my car into my rv tank. 3 minutes and I can transfer 15 gallons from the trunk of my toad up to my fresh tank without any lifting.  Mine is an older 360 gph model they don't make anymore. If I were going to get a new one it would upgrade to the new 500 GPH (8 GPM) model.

Chip

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On 2/11/2020 at 11:26 AM, sushidog said:

I use one like this: https://www.go2marine.com/Rule-Inline-Submersible-Pumps-200-to-500-gph-12-volt

The difference is that I bought mine with a garden hose fitting attached, so I just screw my RV fill hose onto the pump, drop the pump in my 5 gallon collapsible totes (as the pump is the perfect diameter to fit inside the fill hose) and plug the pump into a cigarette lighter 12v  receptacle. In about a minute it pumps 5 gallons from the trunk of my car into my rv tank. 3 minutes and I can transfer 15 gallons from the trunk of my toad up to my fresh tank without any lifting.  Mine is an older 360 gph model they don't make anymore. If I were going to get a new one it would upgrade to the new 500 GPH (8 GPM) model.

Chip

 

Check Amazon for - "12Volt inline submersible pump"  (or "water"pumps) - many, many choices - including the Rule brand at 280 gph for $28.47

The OP (or buyer) would have to decide how to apply "potable" to the choices, as many are intended for a variety of fluids.  (Apparently one is stainless steel). 

IMO - the pumps utilized in RV applications are "nothing special" - could just as easily be for decorative fountains, etc. For me it would be "sanitize and use".

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If you are considering an inline Rule pump, the manual says, "For drinking water applications sterilize regularly." I just let the water run out of mine, for it to dry between uses. I've been using mine since 2007 with no problems.

https://www.boatid.com/images/flojet/items/pdf/slimline-pumps-guide.pdf

The best price I've found on the 500 GPH Rule (Flojet) pump ($48.97 including an attached hose) is here: https://www.boatid.com/flojet/500-gph-in-line-and-submersible-pump-mpn-il500p.html?view=595745&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrriTyoDi5wIVDdbACh3scgy_EAkYAyABEgJBifD_BwE

They will just fit inside the opening of a Coleman 5 gal collapsible water carrier like these: https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-2000014870-Water-Carrier-Gal/dp/B000088O9Y/ref=asc_df_B000088O9Y/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=194884170462&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6346778682680760514&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1026481&hvtargid=pla-310752838282&psc=1

 

Chip

 

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Thanks everyone. I am now out of my funk and jury rigged the extra water pump to pump from the container to the tank. In testing, works find.

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Sehc, I like that your pump is self priming up to 4 ft of lift. That's why I went with a submersible pump so I don't have to worry about priming. But at 1.2 GPM it sure would take a long time to transfer an appreciable volume of water.

A few months ago I stayed at an Indian owned RV park (and I use the term loosely) by Canyon De Chelly. To get water there, they had a large water tank that I had to use to fill my portable water containers, pump into my RV and complete the process 6 times to fill my RV tank. With my little 5 GPM pump, the process took about 45 minutes. It would have taken me a couple hours if I only had a 1.2 GPM pump, which is why I'm now looking at upgrading to their 8 GPM pump.  

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