How to Choose and Buy an RV

Solar that Really Works! covers the design, installation and use of solar in cabins, camper trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheelers, campervans and motor homes.

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.

The Camper Trailer Book

Fourth Edition

by Collyn Rivers

The Camper Trailer Book was first published in 2006. Camper trailers and usage, however, changed so fast it has been updated several times.

This book has not yet been converted to an eBook format and is not yet available as a paperback. While printed copies of previous editions may still be available, we have decided to publish this new edition of The Camper Trailer Book on this website.

Each week we will add a new section.  Over time the complete book will be available on this site. As each section is added it will also be completely searchable.

If you own or are interested in travelling with a camper trailer you will find this book invaluable.  It covers every issue you are likely to encounter and then some.  We trust you will find this helpful and useful.

The Camper Trailer Book – Chapter 15: Water

Updated 2021

Drinking water is essential. People need to drink at least two litres of water a day, and twice that on hot days. Apart from that, you can just get by with five litres/person/day for all other needs. Seven litres is more comfortable but you still need to be frugal. Given some care, ten litres/person/day is fine. Some campers use plastic or metal jerry cans but humping 20-25 kg of water is pointless when you need only small amounts.

One or two 50-55 litre tanks fit under most camping trailers, but a growing trend is to have only one, and to use 12-15 litre containers of pure water for cooking and drinking. These are available cheaply from most fuel stations and supermarkets. Their use removes concern about tank water not being sterile – and there is no need for filtering.

If tank water is used for drinking, install a coarse filter (pre-pump) to trap sand and grit, then (post-pump) add a 10-micron paper filter, then a one-micron paper filter. These fix the main health concerns: of Giardia (from faeces) and Cryptosporidium. Filters must be changed yearly.

There is a vague standard for the housings, but some accept only individual maker’s (costly) filters. Stay with the former.

Hand or foot pumps are slow and tedious but, because of this, they usefully self-limit water usage. Electric pumps are more convenient and cost only a little more.

Centrifugal pumps

Centrifugal pumps are simple, quiet and cheap but only pressurise. They cannot not suck water so must always be below water level.

Diaphragm pumps

Diaphragm pumps both suck and push. They work well if used regularly but not otherwise.

Most draw 4-7 amps (at 12 volts) and, depending on hose size and length, deliver about 7-10 litres a minute.

Shurflo has a diaphragm pump that supplies water at constant pressure.

The Shurflo Revolution pump is used in RVs worldwide. Pic: Shurflo.

Collyn Rivers is a semi-retired automobile research engineer.  He is the author of seven books, five of which are about making RVs and solar work optimally.

How to Choose and Buy an RV

Solar that Really Works! covers the design, installation and use of solar in cabins, camper trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheelers, campervans and motor homes.

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ISBN: 978-0-6487945-5-4.

Caravan & Motorhome Electrics

The essential handbook for anyone with an RV of any kind.  Everything you need to know to make the electrics in your rig work for you.

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ISBN: 978-0-6483190-8-5

The Caravan & Motorhome Book

The Caravan & Motorhome Book covers every conceivable aspect of campervan and motorhome usage. If you own a camper van or motor home, you'll want this book.

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ISBN: 978-0-6483190-5-4.

Why Caravans Roll Over
and how to prevent it

Explains in detail every aspect of tow vehicle and travel trailer stability. This is what you need to know to be safe on or off the road.

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ISBN: 978-0-6483190-6-1

Solar That Really Works!

Solar that Really Works! covers the design, installation and use of solar in cabins, camper trailers, travel trailers, fifth wheelers, campervans and motor homes.

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The book retailers set their own prices which can vary substantially. We'll aim to keep a selection of the better prices above.

Any bookshop, whether online or bricks and mortar, can order copies of Solar That Really Works!  Just ask.
ISBN: 978-0-6483190-3-0