This works great I wish I had known about it a long time ago.
The last couple of days have been very Fall like, mid 60s in the day, mid 40s at night. And it probably won't be long until there's a chance of snow in the forecast and I will take that as a hint that its time to ease on down the road.
I saw a picture of something on the Internet that someone was selling that looked really handy to me. It was designed to make filling your RV water tank easier, and since I mostly boondock, filling my water tank is something I have to do pretty regular.
I've tried various ways of doing it such as just sticking the end of the hose in the filler, but often as not when you turn on the water the hose comes flying out of the hole spraying everything in sight. I also bought one of the gadgets that you screw on the end of your hose that's designed to help you fill your water tank. Its got a yellow plastic shut off valve and about a foot of clear tubing that sticks into the water fill opening and is supposed to make the job easier but personally I found it all but useless, because just like sticking the end of the hose in the opening there's nothing that holds it in the tank opening so it either comes flying out of the opening or the hose causes it to hang down and kink.
So when I saw a picture on the Internet of a gadget that solves these problems I was ready to spend some money. Checking with Amazon I found out they were "currently unavailable" and looking around some more on the Internet I Was lucky enough to find a wonderful company that had them for sale for the bargain-basement price of $115, generously marked down from $250.39. But even they didn't actually have any available, I guess at that price they were selling like hot cakes and they couldn't keep them in stock.
Severely disappointed but still in need of an easier way to fill my water tank I took a more careful look at the gadget and found out it was called "Secure Fill" and determined that the thing was made out of garden hose parts that I normally have laying around. So looking through my spare plumbing parts bin I found a brass 45° shut off valve, [a 90° shut off valve will work just fine], a 5/8 male hose repair end, both of which make up the major portion of the "Secure Fill". I had to go to the hardware store to buy one foot of 5/8 hose, and ordered a new water fill cap From Amazon.
I took my old water fill cap off the Arctic Fox and drilled a 5/8 hole in the center and four 3/8 holes around the center hole. [The four holes are there to prevent pressure from building up inside your water tank as it's filling] . I then assembled it and it looks exactly like the Secure Fill. I have about $11 invested in it.
Now if you don't have any of the spare parts laying around and you have to buy everything assembling this will cost you about $22, the most expensive part being a new water fill cap. But I'll bet a sack of Gerbils that if you're at the Quartzsite fleamarket you can make this thing for less than $10.
So other than filling up a propane tank while I was at the hardware store, that's all I accomplished today. I know it doesn't sound like much but compared to one of my regular days, I've been a working fool.
this is what I made that looks just like the "Sure Fill"
the 45° shut off valve. female hose repair end. RV water tank fill cap, and one foot of clear 5/8 tubing. if you don't have any of these things laying around they can be found at any hardware store but are usually cheaper at Home Depot and Lowe's
the 5/8 plastic hose is on tight enough to hold the filler cap securely on the 5/8 female hose repair end
you need to drill a few holes in the filler cap to make sure you don't put too much water in the Polyethylene RV tank. it can expand and break things, BAD JUJU.