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Avoiding a hijack

Didn't want to hijack the water capacity thread by diverting the subject but reading it makes me wonder.

We have a 12 gallon tank in our slider cabinet that generally maxes out at 10 gallons to prevent sloshing through the filler. We use an additional three gallon carboy that ultimately gets more continuous use than the tank.

What I wonder about is how many people do that much camping while on the road in places where water isn't freely available? East of the Rockies our experience was a lot different when it came to finding Nat'l Forest campgrounds and such and Wal-Mart had to come to our rescue a number of times. But all-in-all the idea of carrying around any more water than we already do is anathema.

How much time do people camp for prolonged stays where there is no water. Even when we boondock there is often a natural source of water that can be heated and used for washing.
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Where we go camping (boonies west of the Rockies), there is rarely a source of drinking water...unless we visit a NF campground.
We chose to not split our water into potable and non-potable. The single 41 Gal tank is pretty much adequate for both drinking and washing needs for well over a week.


But in the event that we do run low, I can refill the tank from pretty much any source like a stream or lake, or CG faucet.. My setup allows us to pump directly from such a source, using Annie's pump and in external in-line filter.

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We tend to plan a stay at a park where there are showers at least every few days to a week and pretty much make the water tank in the van last until then. At places where there are showers, there is pretty much always a place to fill up.
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We also have a black and grey tank that need to be emptied and most dump stations we go to have fresh water nearby.
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I rarely have stays longer than 3-4 days where I need to be self-supported regarding water. A gallon per day for drinking and cooking is easily enough for two of us. There are other beverages in play (beer, juice, woo-woo "Ph water", flavored soda water), and the RoadShower doesn't get used much; I've never run out of water in it on a trip (5gal).
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Ha ha! I opened this post thinking it was about personal protection against some miscreants!

We have two 7 gallon portable containers. Minimum usage for us is 1 gallon per person per day, probably 1.5. So, about 5 days, at which point we would be ready for new scenery anyway. If we bathe with potable water, that cuts into it severely.

REI sells a collapsible water container that uses very little space. Tuck it away and fill only when you need to extend your time in the boonies.

Almost every small town has a city park. Great place to fill water, use the restroom, stretch your legs, have a lunch. We find that some of the best food comes out of small town cafes.
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We have a distinct family memory associated with drinking water on a camping trip and it isn't a good one.

My youngest daughter drank some water from a CA state park drinking fountain and got h pylori. (a nasty bacteria)

The result was missing nearly the entire first semester of 6th grade while we worked with doctors to figure it out.

You can argue that it might have been cured faster, but we saw specialist at 2 fairly decent hospitals and had fairly invasive testing done in an attempt to figure it out.

10 years later, we don't drink water on road trips that isn't from a factory bottle. Of course we recycle the empties.

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