Before starting this journey, one of my concerns was finding water on the road. Once you start looking, it’s pretty easy. It’s sorta like spotting Pokemon.
My water tank is 42 gallons. I can stretch this out to over three weeks if I need to. I’ve gotten very good at conserving water. Normally, I’ll need to fill up every two weeks. I only use this water for drinking, washing dishes, and washing hands. The key is to just fill up the tank whenever you spot water and fill up your water bottle any time you see a water fountain.
My two favorite places to find water are rest stops and parks.
Many rest stops have these things around tables. It’s not potable water, but I’m pretty confident in my filtration system. Unfortunately, I usually can’t drive my van close enough to use my hose. I use a container like this one instead: Jeep Style Rigid Water Container. The issue with this method is the pouring. The first time I tried to pour this into my water tank, I spilled water everywhere. I found this siphoning hose I use instead: Super Easy Siphon. It makes it a breeze.
A lot of parks have this style instead. I look around the bathroom buildings. Sometimes they’re in the back of the building. You can’t use them without a key. I order this: Jones Stephens Four Way Key.
When I can get my van close enough, I’ll connect a hose to fill the tank. I’ve actually upgraded to a food grade hose since this picture. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to fill the tank. I have various connections and valves that I use with the hose, so I can control the flow and connect it to just about anything.
Some people have asked me about collecting rain water. If you want to see an example of that check out this video:
Personally, I think it would require too much maintenance. It’s a cool concept, but not really needed for my lifestyle. I’ve never been desperate for water. I can find it easily.
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