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Installing submersible pump

I am considering using a submersible pump (example) controlled by a this faucet with integrated switch. Our requirements are pretty basic: no sink, just filling pots and water bottles. I am making a pull out drawer under the bed that can serve as an exterior galley, and the faucet will be installed next to that. I like the idea of not having pressurized lines in the van and saving room compared to a standard pump and possibly accumulator.

Amazon pics show folks using this pump to lift water from 5 gallon carboy. I want to install in a tank and believe others here (Orton?) have done the same. Looking for advice on how to intall it in the tank. Most off-the-shelf tanks come with a single 2" inlet port and 2 or three smaller outlet ports. If I use the 2" port for a gravity fill inlet, I suppose I will need to add another fitting so I can feed the pump with attached water and electrical lines through into the tank. There are port relocation kits that allow you to do that without access to the inside of the tank, or I could install a larger inspection port on the top of the tank, then have access to thread on a nut on the back side of a new bulkhead fitting. (Guess I should mention that I'd like to stick with an off-the-shelf tank to save money; there's a good chance I will decide I need to order a different tank to put under the van in order to conserve interior space, so I want this pilot project to be relatively cheap).

Looking for feedback from anyone using a submersible pump, including installation details, as well as comments on the best way to add additional fittings to a tank.

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If you have a tank with an outlet near the bottom, you don't need to submerge the pump in the tank. The Rule pumps have a removable plastic strainer on the input end. Under that strainer is a barb fitting. Put a barb fitting in the outlet of your tank and run a piece of tubing to the barb fitting on the input of the pump and you can mount the pump outside the tank.
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If not dropped into the tank then install the centrifugal pump below the tank. My solar water pump is located in back of slider step below the water tank that in over the wheel well. Pump started./stopped with a switch. Plumbed it with a tee so a small amount of water goes back to the fresh water tank. Did that to be sure pump would not get hot if I forget to turn it off.

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If you have a tank with an outlet near the bottom, you don't need to submerge the pump in the tank. The Rule pumps have a removable plastic strainer on the input end. Under that strainer is a barb fitting. Put a barb fitting in the outlet of your tank and run a piece of tubing to the barb fitting on the input of the pump and you can mount the pump outside the tank.
Thanks Bicyclist! I had not seen the Rule pumps before.

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You might consider a windshield washer pump actuated with a momentary switch.
Only thing is they are not likely to be rated NSF.

For filling, I plastic welded the top of a Nalgene bottle to the top of our water tank.

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