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Old 08-16-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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Where's the water

I have looked around on the forum cant find an answer. I f your a full time boondocker and you need to go in for water, where do you go?

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Old 08-16-2015, 05:18 PM   #2
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Reading my post I dont think I was specific. Do most pull into a rv camp for a night of dump and fill? Or if you only need water do truck stops offer or do you find a park and pay a fee

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If you have a hose and ask most any gas station and quick shops will let you use there spigot .
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Usually try to hit a campground often enough to dump tanks, fill tanks, hit the showers, laundry, etc.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:53 AM   #5
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I rarely stop long enough to run out of water, I can carry at least a weeks supply easily.

Most towns that operate a sewage system offer (usually free) dumping and fresh water to travellers.
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It's not as hard as it sounds, When we started fulltiming that was way up on the worry list. The number One thing we learned the hard way was Don't Drink the local water, Bottled water is cheep and everywhere. Regular water is just fine for showers, boiled for dish washing, ect. Many truck stops have dump stations and water along with many rest stops, already mentioned city public works, all the above allow trash disposal as well. In most small towns near boondocking areas there is usually a mom and pop store that will have a water outlet and dumpster available to get your business. The public works departments we have used in the past generally have a small charge for use and some smaller RV parks have a deal to dump and fill also for a small fee. You will start out a Rookie and be a pro in no time at all. It is area specific, the more boondocking friendly the area the more options available. Hope this helps..
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Old 08-23-2015, 03:53 AM   #7
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I suggest carrying extra hose for reach and on occasion one of these Camco Water Bandit - Walmart.com can come in handy.
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Originally Posted by missnout View Post
If your a full time boondocker and you need to go in for water, where do you go?
Howdy and welcome missnout!

I have learned a couple things since becoming a full-timer. One is that no matter where you go people eat food, drink (water), and produce trash. This means that food, water, and trash disposal are always available. Obviously, an emergency situation might change things.

I originally started RV'ing by packing my rig with a months worth of food. Now I know this is not necessary, I carry far less. I do try to keep my water tank near full though. I typically boondock for several weeks at a time. After a long stint, one night in an RV park is an easy place to empty/fill tanks, dispose of trash, do laundry (onboard), and take a LLOOOONNNGGG HHOOOOTTTT shower. Many places that have an RV dump also have potable water. The only negative that I've found are the places that have the fuel, dump, and potable water all on one island. Doing all three of these things can take some time (especially filling water) and really causes movement in these lanes to slow. If you find yourself waiting in one of those lanes, best to shut your engine down. As noted by others, there are many possibilities if you are more adventurous - city parks and such.

Do test the potable water before filling though. The 'test' is whatever makes you happy. Typically some in a jar will tell you a lot (dirty, rusty, smelly???).
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Most campgrounds will have at least ONE winterized faucet/hydrant
Also dump stations may still work in winter

Of course where I park in the winter that's not a problem so much.

Even if you are boondocking in places where it's far to the next hydrant you can get a bladder or bag for your run-about vehicle, this goes in the bed/trunk/roof and holds between 30 and 100 gallons of water depending on the model, then either gravity flows or pumps into your fresh tank.

Getting rid of it is another matter though.
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I saw someone fill their fresh water tank using the same hose that everyone else has used to rinse their black water. Operator of the vehicle shoved the hose about a foot into the FW inlet and went to sit in his pickup waiting for it to fill, then sat in there for about two minutes while water shot out of the inlet after the tank was full.

I am glad I don't have to live with that guy or drink the water from his tank.
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Ok...I cheat by boondocking close to the place I grew up. I bought 7 water containers from Wal-Mart. 4 - 7 gallon square blue containers and 3 - 6 gallon Green taller slender containers. This is important because the different shapes allow for better storage.

My sources of water are:

1. Spring #1 - pipe coming out of a mountain.

2. Spring #2 - pipe coming out of a mountain.

3. Spring #3 - pipe coming out of the mountain.

4. Friends #1 - chlorinated city water.

5. Friends #2 - chlorinated city water.

6. City Park picnic area water spigot.

7. Local Cemetary. One of three had a water facet.

8. Local State Park pay to dump and fill with water.

The only place I take the trailer is to dump at a local state park.

* when using the state park I fill both the trailer fresh water tank as well as all my containers.

** All other times I am only filling about 1/2 my containers.

Never asked at a gas station or quick stop yet. (May need to add it to my water sources).

The Spring water always has a little bit of bleach added to it.

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