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Old 12-16-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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Where to get water when boondocking

I'm planning a trip to the desert in February. We'll be out 2 or 3 weeks and I'm finding that many of the campgrounds do not have water. So where can we go to fill our fresh water tank? I know gas stations often have water available, but is it ok for us to fill our tank from that?

We can last about 3 or 4 days on a tank of water, but clearly we'll need to refill a few times on this trip. What do you think?
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If you are unsure of the quality of the water going into the tank you probably should carry gallon jugs of water for drinking. And carry 5 gallon jug that you can use to refill the water tank on a daily basis or whenever you can. That saves having to move the trailer. Remember a funnel or length of siphon hose.
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Being in one spot for a month with no water, I have a 50 gal tank strapped in the front of the pickup box. I run into town and get about a fill and a half from that but for cooking and drinking, I use bottled water. There's just to much of a chance of contamination with all of the handling, including using the battery powered pump to transfer the water. Loren
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I'm curious where the black and grey water is going. Normally, you can get fresh water at a dump station.
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Old 12-17-2016, 01:42 AM   #5
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Where to get water when boondocking

When boondocking in our 21 we get 5-6 days from our tank. Learning to conserve water is the key. You can replenish at gas stations, as they usually have potable water available. We also bring a couple of 5 gallon water store containers filled with extra water to extend our water to last a day or two longer and when empty pick up extra water as we pass gas stations or country stores in the area.

I made a funnel from a milk jug with a piece of tubing wedged into its neck instead of a funnel. The jug, with a cutout on the top side, has more buffering volume than a funnel for dealing with the fluctuations you get when pouring from the large 5 gal container. I tried a pump but it was too slow and more complicated.


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Old 12-17-2016, 06:12 AM   #6
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I tried a pump but it was too slow and more complicated.
Very difficult holding 5-7 gallon containers to fill the onboard tank. Researched and found this small, high capacity, self-priming transfer pump that works great. Also available in 12V (model PC1).

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It took a while, but finally accepted that only filling the 6 gallon jug 1/2 to 2/3rds full is a lot easier to handle. I use this when filling when there is water relatively nearby like at National Parks, Forests or other places without water hookups. Also use a smaller spare tank for dumping grey. This eliminates the need to move the trailer for dumping and refilling.
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:48 AM   #8
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Right now, with my wife holding the funnel/jug, I prefer to hold and pour the 5 gal jug. In a few years I will be going for a transfer pump, but the one in the link is 120V. I would need a 12V pump when boondocking.
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Right now, with my wife holding the funnel/jug, I prefer to hold and pour the 5 gal jug. In a few years I will be going for a transfer pump, but the one in the link is 120V. I would need a 12V pump when boondocking.
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They also make a 12v pump:

https://www.amazon.com/PC1-Portable-...e+12v+transfer
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That is the pump that I use. I rewired it so the pump sits on the tailgate with plenty of cord to reach the truck battery. It really puts out pretty good pressure and doesn't take that long to fill the trailer tank. About 3 times as expensive as one from Harbor Freight but I have heard stories of those only lasting a couple of hours. Plus included with this unit is a pump rebuild kit. Loren
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