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 #140652  by Carren
 Thu May 17, 2018 3:47 pm
Does anybody use a water barrel adapter kit with the float, to automatically keep your water barrel full? I am living in my caravan full time and the constant refilling by hose is starting to wear thin. I am thinking of buying one of these kits. They are not cheap so just wondering if they work ok.
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 #140661  by mattn
 Thu May 17, 2018 6:10 pm
Not used them but certainly, before we installed tanks I was thinking how useful one would be.

When you say expensive - how much. The lid with the float valve is $50. If you wanted to make your own you can get float valves from trade me for under $10, all you need is a lid and hose connection.
 #140663  by Carren
 Thu May 17, 2018 7:39 pm
The kit pictured is around $90 plus shipping (none available locally). The only reason I was considering the full kit is because it has multiple lids to fit different sized barrels. Mine is an aqua caddy - the holes in it are larger than those in the aqua roll. I did think about getting an actual toilet ball cock and seeing if a plumber could somehow fit it to my current lid. Not sure how doable that would be.
 #140664  by Andycap
 Thu May 17, 2018 7:49 pm
Hi ,just a thought ,but if you want to connect your water barrel like this to the mains ,why not have a fitting on your caravan that connect direct to the mains .May need a tap that takes mains and pump pressures but surely thats the best way forward in the long term .Andy
 #140669  by Andrew and Debbie
 Thu May 17, 2018 8:51 pm
 #140671  by Nut17
 Thu May 17, 2018 9:03 pm
I fitted one of these https://www.rvworldstore.co.nz/mains-water-inlet to a friends new Swift caravan yesterday. Has John Guest pipe fitting on rear so a very easy installation. 75mm hole saw required to fit van wall. The photo below shows the one we fitted to Bens Swift this time last year. Works perfectly.
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 #140699  by mattn
 Fri May 18, 2018 9:18 am
If its a UK van, the plumbing appliances like water heaters are only rated for 30PSI (2Bar). I suspect many non-UK vans have similar appliances and pressure limits.

The inlet Chris recommends restricts the pressure in the van to 1.5Bar so it perfect. The other one drops the pressure by 50Psi (3.3BAR), but mains pressure can go much higher than 5Bar, so would not be enough to protect the caravans plumbing.

Although more expensive, you may find doing away with the roll tank and using a
Whale Aquasource Main Water Connection a better option.
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