I have seen a lot of discussions about tankers, pump or no pump, vacuum or conventional.
But no one has had a discussion (that I have seen anyway) on how you fill them. Two of the companies that I run with have 2500 gal tankers, both use (1) 5" LDH from an engine to fill 95% of the time. So the question is how do you fill your tanker?

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We have 2 tankers...one is 2400 gals and the other is 5000 gals...in house we have a water main with a 2 1/2" that we hook to them to fill them....on site we use an engine to draft and fill them that way...Paul
On site what size hose and how many do you use?
We have a 2200 gal. tanker with a 1250 g.p.m. We generally fill tankers with a 2.5 from the fill site in the rural area. In the village it's done off the hydrant with 2.5, or 4".
We use two 3" lines on two direct tank fills. All water is from draft by and engine.
We have two 4000 gal. tankers and the pump is ran off of a pto but we usually fill our tankers fron hydrants with a 2.5" line.
we have two 2500 gal vacuum water masters that we fill mostly with 5 in LDH if hooking to a hydrant or 6 in hard suction if hooked to a dry hydrant. We also have a 2000 gal Kodiac that fills with 2 1/2's (up to three at a time)
Well we fill ours with water!!! lol...

We have a 4500 gallon tanker and a 2250 gallon as well. On calls we usually find a hydrant to fill from using a 5" hose. Both tankers have pumps on them so drafting from any water source is an option. Back at the station is the same thing... we fill from the hydrant we have right by our parking lot
with water
We use 2- 3" into direct fill, on tankers, 1-3" into direct fill, and 1 into tank fill on engines
Thanks for the replies everyone. This is what it looks like so far.
2 companies using (1) 2 1/2" line
3 (2) 3"
1 (1) 4"
3 (1) 5"
2 (1) 6" hard sleeve vacuum tanker
I take it that since you have 2 water masters your company likes them. We like ours and I wish we
could afford another one. What is your fill time when using the 6" and the vacuum pump? We can
do it around 2 1/2 minutes I think.
John, I'm glad you asked this question. In the past two/three years we have replaced our three smaller tankers( 1000/1500 gal) for two (2) 3000 gallon tankers, and from jet dumping( pressure) to all gravity dump. As you probably know throwing a large tanker into a shuttle with smaller capacity tankers can slow things down. Our solution is we have added a water thief as a filler appliance, it's 5" stortz x (3) 3" gated valves with 2 sections of 100' 3'' rubber hose. During the fill operation we connect the appliance to hydrant and flake the hose out ( our tankers have two 3'' direct fill ports with quick connect couplings both on the back. We now have the option to fill the larger tankers with two lines and the appliance has the capibility to add another line to fill a smaller tanker at the same time or fill 2-3 smaller tankers at the sametime. This has worked pretty well for us, I do have some pictures that I can send if you would like, I hope this helps you if I can answer any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Be Safe and ALWAYS wear your seatbelt.

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