The water issues with the Accordo 120 have been playing on my mind sine our first proper trip out to Walnut Lakes (A great little campsite - take a look at this review of it) over the Bank Holiday weekend. We had fun and games with the water system from the off, and we were plagued with issues right up to the time we drove off the campsite to return home and our “Motor home water woes” have been biting me ever since.
Well, almost three weeks on and I think we have finally cracked it and now have everything we need to sort out the Accordo’s water system. We have had to throw even more money at the motor home (I am starting to think the costs of owning a motor home will never end) to get everything sorted, so now I should be able to put the matter to bed.
Following our purchase of some bits and pieces (I never realised how little you get for twenty quid in hose pipe attachments) from a local DIY store (if you missed it check out this blog post) and an Amazon order our collection of water accessories comprises:-
Whilst there is still a little more room in the gas locker (even with a spare bottle – I decided we needed 2 gas bottles after all) we have decided we are not going to buy any more water accessories. Whatever we don’t have or may “potentially” need now is tough although I can foresee a 5m hosepipe being too short in the future. When this is going to happen I don’t know. Where this is going to happen, again, I don’t know. All I know is that a problem will arise, and when it does I will just use the water carrier and make several trips to fill the tank. Filling the tank with the water carrier is going to be a faff but then we will be on a camping holiday and we need some things to do to fill the day times, don’t we. I refuse to spend any more money on water accessories, until something fails or breaks and needs replacing of course. But until that day……………..
If you read my blog post “We will get water in the Accordo” you will be aware that at that time I still had a few more bits and pieces to get, i.e. the collapsible bucket, the digital water gauge and the water carrier. Since writing that post I have since sorted these items, and thought you may be interested in my thoughts.............................
"The digital water gauge - may seem a bit of an overkill but it's going to be useful"
Amazon is my go to shop for everything, and is my first port of call for everything. I have a boss who lets me have anything and everything delivered to the office, so Amazon works very well (perhaps a bit too well – which is why I keep buying stuff from there) for me. I was struggling sourcing a digital water gauge locally however Amazon came up trumps, so I promptly ordered it.
A digital water meter gauge may seem like a bit of an overkill, but at least we will know roughly how much water I put in tank whilst filling up at a campsite. If we are only doing a one night stop over I can make sure I put in just enough for what we need, and no more. Similarly, when we move on to the next campsite I can make sure I put in just enough water to see us through until we reach the campsite and can replenish the tank. By not over filling the tank I won’t waste any water, and by not over filling the tank and having to drive with it I won’t be carrying excess weight either, which should make sure I don’t use more fuel than I need to. Thinking about it, this digital water gauge was a great purchase and I can see it paying for itself in no time at all.
Before taking our next trip out in the motor home I thought it best to test the digital water gauge to see just how accurate it is so I put it on the outside tap and filled up a 2 litre bottle to the brim. The water gauge registered 2 litres. I also filled up a 10 litre bucket and a 20 litre bin running the water through the water gauge to see if larger volumes of water affected its accuracy, and I have to say it performed very well. When filling the 20l bin I noticed the gauge read 19.9 litres, so it does seem a little out – however this could be me not getting water to the brim or it could even be the bin being slightly larger than 20 litres. Whatever the reason, the small difference is not something I am going to get too excited about.
The water gauge is a Gardner branded one, and I have to say it seems an okay bit of kit. I have never bought a water gauge before so I have nothing to compare it to, but on the face of it this water gauge seems good. Water measurement accuracy is the most important thing for me, and this water gauge did well in that test. The build quality of the water gauge appears pretty good, I mean it feels solid enough and well made. One thing I did note that there is a tiny little leak (i.e. water only dribbles out) between the bottom of the water gauge and the part that attaches to the hosepipe if I really crank up the pressure and open the tap. If I back the tap off a little the dribble stops and the water gauge doesn’t leak at all. Fortunately, I can back the tap off enough to stop the dribble and there is still sufficient pressure to get the water through the hosepipe and in to the water tank, so it all good.
"Strong and sturdy and packs away very small"
The other item I bought off Amazon was a collapsible bucket, and I have to say that I took a punt on this. I did go to Go Outdoors to see what they had in the way of collapsible buckets and the only thing available was a brightly colored plastic bucket (that looked like something a kid would take to the seaside and build sandcastles with) comprising of six sections. The bucket had a concertina action (like those extendable pet tubes for hamsters and rats) and whilst it did fold up small it didn’t seem very sturdy at all. The collapsible bucket not only looked cheap and nasty (it wasn’t cheap but it was nasty) but it was terrible quality. Looking at the bucket the weak point looked like it was going to be where the sections folded in and I suspect these joints would break after 5 minutes of use. It was not good.
The collapsible bucket I found on Amazon was made from a single piece of material and didn’t have any sections or joins at all. This collapsible bucket is bright blue, and whilst it is still not pretty is looks a darn site better than the plastic buckets from Go (and also from Amazon for that matter) and it is a lot sturdier. I say this collapsible bucket was a punt because I couldn’t see a single review on it. Zero reviews usually get my alarm bells ringing but then I saw what I thought was the main reason people stayed away from this collapsible bucket, and that was the cost. At just over twelve quid this bucket was twice the cost of plastic equivalents! In the big scheme of things six quid is nothing but why pay double for something you’re not going to use that often?
I liked the look of the blue collapsible bucket, I like the fact there were no sections and I liked the fact it even came with its own carry bag. I also had the advantage of knowing what the alternative was (which I didn’t like at all) so all things considered I took the plunge and ordered one.
Now the collapsible bucket has arrived I have to say that I definitely made the right choice. In the flesh the bright blue material doesn’t look too bad at all, and I am more than happy to be seen carrying it. Call me a snob, but that’s the way I feel about it. The quality of the bucket is very good and the material is thick and appears strong, and the metal handle is securely fastened to the top. This collapsible bucket feels very well made, and when I filled it full (and I mean full to the brim) with water nothing seemed to flex, bend, creak or give way. There’s no way I am ever going to fill the bucket completely on the campsite but I thought I would to test it out.
I did look on Amazon for a water carrier and whilst there were several to choose from none of them got good write ups and they all seemed too cheap to be any good. I used to have a collapsible water carrier when I used to go carp fishing many years back and I wanted a similar water carrier for the Accordo. I knew the type of carrier I wanted but couldn’t see it on Amazon so I thought I would have a look at Go Outdoors to see what they had to offer. The selection of water carriers at Go Outdoors isn’t vast at all and there are only two or three different carriers to choose from. Fortunately, one of the water carriers Go Outdoors stocks is the same carrier I had when I used to go carp fishing, which was perfect, so I grabbed one of them off the shelf. What’s equally as good is that the cost of the carrier is only a couple of quid more than what I paid some fifteen odd years ago, so it was an absolute steal.
I am now pretty bored of water accessories, and am now done with it. Time to move on to the next thing to sort out in the motor home…………………