APart of caravanning is the need to transport water, both fresh and waste. By choosing the right water pump and disposal units you can ensure this process if safe and simple, so you have more time having fun.
Water pumps are used to transport water from a water storage unit into your caravan for use for drinking and general consumption as well as use within an on board shower.
(Most caravans have separate units for the toilet water, but check your caravan manual first, or talk to an instore GO Outdoors expert if you are unsure as to what pump to buy.)
Dropped straight into your water tank or butt, pumps have direct access to the water, whilst another end is plugged in to the pump socket on the side of the caravan.
The purpose of a filter is to purify water effectively so that it tastes better and is safe for consumption.
Waste water is disposed of using a waste collection unit which is placed underneath your caravan.
Most have additional space left on top for a cassette system to be attached with bungee cords so that entire waste system can be emptied at one go.
Water can be supplied to the caravan through a number of means;
An Aquaroll is a water container, that through the use of a handle, has the ability to roll, making transportation easier. To provide a powered water source inside the caravan a pump will be needed. Powerful showers and taps may require more power, here the flow may be boosted with an in-line pump or a super pump, which are much bigger and very expensive, but are capable of much higher pressures and are more reliable.
To power a single tap, a submersible pump must be inserted into a water butt or Aquaroll, to deliver at least 8l/m To power a mixer tap or shower, 11l/m is required.
The more expensive the pump, the higher the pressure. Higher pressures are needed to lift water vertically – pumps operating at around 8l/m will only lift water about 1m high. They are powered by 12v and can be easily damaged if turned on when not fully submersed although spare parts are readily available
It can either be propped up vertically to fill it to the top, or slotted horizontally underneath the caravan and part-filled to provide a lighter load. Waste water is transported in either a wastemaster or a black waste water carrier. A waste master has both wheels, making it easier to transport and is shaped to allow toilet waste tanks to be supported on top when transporting.
A Porta Potti is a transportable toilet used in caravans and in campsites where own sanitation is necessary. There are two tanks on a Porta Potti separated by a trap. To use, open the trap! Flush Tank: This tank is on top at the back of the toilet and is filled with either water or pink flush fluid.
This fluid washes away waste into the waste tank by either a hand or battery operated pump. Waste Tank: The bottom tank should be filled with a blue (toxic but more effective) or green(eco-friendly) fluid. This helps breakdown waste and clean the tank. To prevent clogs or coagulation quick dissolving toilet paper is strongly recommended!
After using the toilet, pump the pink fluid to wash the waste down (make sure the tank divider is open, so the waste can flow down into the bottom tank).
When full, close the tank divider, and take the removable bottom tank to the disposal tank.
How do I use a Porta Potti?