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Old 08-17-2007, 09:44 AM   #1
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Boondocking and Fresh water

General question, when you are boondocking and run out of water how do you refill your tanks assuming there isn't a hose nearby?

Move the trailer or lug smaller jugs of water? if you do it in jugs, how large do you use?
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When I boondock, I carry a 35 gallon barrel of potable water in my TV, and use a 12v transfer pump.
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I've only done it once...at a no-hookup state park. I used a 3 gallon bucket, because its what I had on hand, and W just needed to finish her shower, and we were leaving. there was a "community" spigot located not to far from our campsite, so I just lugged a couple of bucket's worth of water over to the trailer.

If you're planning on having to do this, they do make 5 gallon "jerry-cans" for the purpose...I think I saw them at wally-world. anything bigger than that, I would think, would be too unwieldy. OTOH...if you really want to go nuts, you could get a bunch of those, drive the truck to the watering site, drive them back to the trailer, and siphon them into the trailer. (gravity is your friend )
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It depends on where we are but if we're in a Forest Service, NPS, state or even BLM area we use our 3 to 5 gallon plastic (jerry) cans. Those places usually have a potable water source. A couple three trips a day is usually good. If you're farther out then that for a longer time then you need to go the extra tank in the TV route.
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We use the 5 gallon jerry cans to refill the tank. We also take a 2-gallon drinking water jug separate from the trailer tank which is usually plenty for coffee/tea & kitty...

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If you are going to Wally World to buy a container - look for the ones shaped like a cube and are dark blue and sold in the camping section - much more stable to transport over the jerry can tall slender design.

Been there done that - lost half a water load while remote camping hunting elk in Colorado and really did not want to make the 18 mile trek back to the nearest potable water source. Of course that road (only in name) was a really bad one.
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If you are going to Wally World to buy a container - look for the ones shaped like a cube and are dark blue and sold in the camping section <snip>
Those are the ones we use...

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We spend a lot of time boondocking and a few times we did need to refill our freash water tank. We keep an empty 5 gallon water container in the truck and I made a short hose that fits into the fill opening and attached a funnel to it for easy fill-ups. We also installed a very pricey special faucet bio filering system so we can put almost anything in the tank. The filter operates off its own faucet so that we use it for potable water only ie, cooking, coffee and drinking.
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Old 08-17-2007, 11:18 AM   #9
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Reliance Water Carrier

I picked up 2 of these at Walmart for about $6 each. My Dad has one from the 70's and it still works without leaking. They collapse to a very small size.

Fold-A-Carrier 5G/20L from Reliance Products

We also use a blue $3 Blitz funnel with a flex tube from Autozone to pour the water into the fresh tank. It takes 2 people but goes quickly.
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HI,

We often boondock or stay in NFS campgrounds that only have "community" potable water faucets. We really work on conserving, however, when we need to refill ~ it is like most others. Depends on how much longer we will stay, etc. I have a little bucket and a "oil filler type device" to pour the water in so more of it gets in the little fill hole than out... It is work, but hauling the water helps one decide to conserve!

We always do things that will help. For example, a bucket or container of water outside the trailer for a first washing of hands, etc. saves running the water... think of the little things and find ways to conserve.

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Water, water

Thanks everyone for your feedback. I have another thread on fresh water forum about compressors/air pumps for pressurized systems so you the area that I'm thinking about.

I'm working on a 56 caravanner and making reasonable progress. One thing the carvanner had was a pressurized water system, which was not worth keeping due to age and wear. I'm working on a floor plan and a particular sleeping set-up that would eat up a bit of space so fresh water tanks are on my plate to think about.


still trying to decide on an alternative style system or a pvc tank.

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We use the 7 Gal plastic water containers and a siphon to transfer to the water tank.
Usually add one re-fill every few days.
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Ours are a little different, but close!

You can see it in this photo:



Gotta have water for the Donnarita-machine...and boy, is she thirsty!

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