Our Meteorite came with a portable 5 gallon water tank, a single sink, and a hand pump. It was next to useless, so I removed everything to create more storage. For 10 years I did all the dishes and washing outside.
When Joyce and I started dating and camping, she found the camper to be a little primitive and asked if we could make some improvements, such as plumbing. The Meteorite is only 8 feet long, so adding a functional water system would take quite a bit of planning and some major remodeling work. But I was up to the task.
First task was to determine what components we would add, then figure out a way to install of it in such a small space. We wanted a fully functional system that would work for extended camping trips. We would install the following:
- 14 gallon under floor fresh water tank
- External connector for water, such as is found in full hook-up campgrounds (although we rarely camped in these places)
- A convenient water tank fill
- Hot water heater
- Double sink
- Electric water pump and accumulator
- Connecting hoses
- Drain for the sink, with a standard RV sewer outlet
Before installing the water tank, I modified the suspension, which raised the camper above the axle. Click here to read about the suspension modification.
Above: The fitting on the right can be connected to an external water source. When connected, the pressure from the water source keeps the camper’s water system pressurized, and the electric water pump is not needed.
Above: Drain exiting the interior of the camper through the floor. Notice there are two connections; one for the sink and one for the shower. Click here to see Shower Installation.
Above: Top of sink folds over for transport. Sink is residential height when set up. Lower door is for storage and access to water pump, water heater, and plumbing should maintenance be required. Upper door below sink also has storage and access to sink drain and water supply lines. Switch to the right of the upper door in the on/off switch for the water pump.