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    Water cistern/tote in detached garage

    I am thinking of adding a water cistern/tote into my garage (approx 250 gals or maybe stack 2 for 500 gals or so), just to have some water for washing my hands kind of thing. Also, it would be nice to have, say a 50 ft garden hose connection too. Would a 12 volt RV pump be enough to provide pressure through the garden hose, or are they meant for shorter runs? If the rv pump won't cut it, would I have to get a jet pump and pressure tank kind of setup? I don't think I will have a water heater, but I may add a 6 gal electric one, just to have some hot water if I want it. Any suggestions or ideas are welcomed!
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    An RV pump will work. You'd just need 12v power to run it. They'll pump water through a hose no problem. They typically max out at about 40PSI though. That's usually plenty for washing hands or showering but it may not be enough if you want to use the hose to blast something clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    An RV pump will work. You'd just need 12v power to run it. They'll pump water through a hose no problem. They typically max out at about 40PSI though. That's usually plenty for washing hands or showering but it may not be enough if you want to use the hose to blast something clean.
    Ok thanks, good to know. I wasn't sure if there would be significant friction loss through the 50 ft of garden hose. I probably wouldn't "blast" anything clean with the garden hose, I would likely hook a pressure washer up for that, but I would like to "semi-blast" things with the garden hose (rinse off coolers and tools and stuff).

    Would it continuously cycle on and off and have pressure fluctuations, or would it just run constantly at a constant pressure?

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    It sounds like you have 120 volt power available. You can get the RV pumps in 120 volt. The pump will run when you are using water. It will turn off when you stop using water.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisR View Post
    It sounds like you have 120 volt power available. You can get the RV pumps in 120 volt. The pump will run when you are using water. It will turn off when you stop using water.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Thanks I'll check it out! Yes I will have access to 120 volt power.
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