If you have been dry camping for days, or even weeks, one of the first things you’ll need to do is fill up on fresh water. Here are a few tips on where to find it, other than a paid campground.
This may be the first place to look for fresh water. Please be alert, dump stations often have a “non-potable” water spigot near the sewer dump, and a freshwater spigot somewhere else. Don’t get the two confused, and only fill your fresh with potable water.
Many rest stops, especially ones with a dump station, will often have a freshwater faucet for public use.
Gas Stations & Truck Stops
Truck stops and travel centers like Pilot, Flying J, Travel America, and others will generally have a freshwater spigot available, and often have a dump station. If one is not readily available, just ask.
BLM & Forest Service Ranger Stations
These facilities typically have a faucet available for campers and hikers. Just ask the rangers.
You need to pay the entrance fee to be in the park, so if you’re there, be sure to get filled up on water. Sometimes water spigots are available at the visitor’s center. Even if you’re not staying the night at a paid park campground, most national park campgrounds will let you fill up on water.
City, County & State Parks
Water spigots are often found in these parks, but be cautious that it’s potable water, and not for irrigation purposes. Non-potable water spigots are usually labeled.
Any Business you Patronize
Don’t be afraid to ask after you have purchased groceries, propane or eat at a restaurant, especially in small rural towns, which may be more laid back and understanding of the needs of campers and travelers.
Stop by a church and ask the pastor or office staff if they would be kind enough to let you have some water. You won’t be turned down.
More Tips on How to Successfully Fill Up on Water
Get a Water Bandit, or something similar. This will allow you to connect to a non-threaded spigot.
When asking for water, simply say, “I am RVing, do you mind if I take on some water?” Don’t tell them you need gallons and gallons and gallons, or they may think twice about saying yes.
Carry an extra drinking water hose (or two) to make sure you can reach out of the way faucets.
For cleaner, safer drinking water, use an in-line water filter for your RV that can remove contaminants. you may also want to invest in a gravity water filter, to further purify your water for drinking.