The Basics, Design & Installation
Campervan Water Systems Explained
Most of us don’t worry about water at home.
We get a mains supply with enough pressure so when we turn a tap, fresh drinking water flows.
Having a supply of freshwater is key, so we need to be sure that we’re storing it and carrying a fresh supply at all times. That way, we can refill when we’re running low on water.
How much water do you need in a campervan?
As with most decisions in a campervan conversion, the design of the water system is full of compromises.
Campervan water system | The basics
In summary, a basic campervan water system is made up of a handful of components:
Campervan water tanks to store freshwater.
Greywater tank to collect used water.
Taps and/or shower.
Water pump to shift the water from the tanks to the taps.
To get water flowing from the fresh water tanks to the taps, you’ll need a pump.
Manual pumps provide a budget friendly and easy installation option for a cold water set up.
12v water pumps switch on when they sense a drop in pressure, like when the taps are turned on.
An accumulator reduces how soon the pump switches on by acting as a pressure store.
We’ve provided a detailed campervan water system design diagram, walking you through each component and how to install it. Swipe up to learn more!
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