Water is necessary for life. Unfortunately for RVers, decent drinking water is not always easy to come by. Even if you are lucky enough to be staying in a place with water hook-ups, we have found that it is not unusual for that water to taste terrible. What’s more, those who boondock often may find themselves in a position where they must use less-than-ideal water sources in order to stay hydrated.
So what’s a person to do? Well there are actually several options, and as long as you arrive prepared, you should be good to go.
The first and most obvious option is to carry bottles of water. However, bottled water is bulky, heavy, and expensive. On top of that, all those plastic bottles aren’t doing the environment any favors. Therefore, while bottled water is convenient, it isn’t always the best plan for the long term.
Filling the Tank
Those who choose to boondock or dry camp should always fill their tank before heading out. Filling your fresh water tank before you head out is also a good idea if you aren’t sure what the water will be like in the next campground, or if your water may be shut off for any reason.
Of course, if you’re using that fresh water tank, you will want to keep it sanitized in order to ensure your drinking water is safe. This can be done very easily by running a small amount of bleach through the entire system. Be sure to find thorough instructions before attempting this job.
If campground water quality is a problem you deal with regularly, you might consider investing in an in-line water filter for your RV. This will clean the water before it ever even reaches your tap, which can help improve the taste of the water and remove some impurities.
For those times when the drinking water may not necessarily be safe to consume, it is best to boil the water before using it. This is even truer if you are using an in-line filter. Unsafe drinking water could be an issue if you are using water from natural sources while boondocking, but you may find yourself concerned with certain campground tap water as well. Remember, it’s always better safe than sorry.
Finally, because fresh water tanks can make water taste funny, and because filters and boiling don’t always get rid of odd tastes, be sure to always carry some sort of water flavoring. By making your water into lemonade, Kool-Aid, or fruit-flavored water, you can cover up that icky taste and still ensure you remain hydrated.
We all know how important hydration is, and without good water, hydration simply cannot happen. Therefore, I hope that these tips and tricks help you find clean and tasty drinking water wherever your travels may take you.