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Grit dog

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Posted: 05/09/22 10:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like a total pain in the ….. to filter however many gallons a Host Everest holds every time you fill up.
If one is intent on being protected from the evils of “non city” water, lol and not willing or able to buy bottled water for drinking ( the cooking one always cracks me up, as boiling water sterilizes it, which generally happens with any cooking scenario with water), then the economical and easy solution is filter/purify what comes out of the tap for drinking.
And if the water you’re pumping in smells/looks/tastes “bad” move on to another source or only add as much as you absolutely need for the terlet and bathing until you find a better source.
Haven’t camped in remote areas of the eastern and SE portions of the country, but never gave much thought to “water” in the western half of the country.
And if you do have a valid concern with the location and water, go somewhere else to get some water.
Also, same boat ballast bags and ballast pump make the ideal water storage/transport/transfer setup, IMo. Especially for large qtys. I’ve easily packed an extra 100gal on the back seat floor of the truck, with the kids in the back seat, to remote camping areas where we wanted to live the luxury life of having lots of water and the ease of not pulling water out of a river.


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Posted: 05/09/22 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Off grid camping is pretty much all the camping I do.

I put a 35 gallon water tank on my roof for when I need more water than my tanks can hold.

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mellow wrote:

Off grid camping is pretty much all the camping I do.

I put a 35 gallon water tank on my roof for when I need more water than my tanks can hold.

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That's a cool idea..Have you noticed any problems from the weight on top?


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I have 2x4's under it to help distribute the weight on the roof.

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I hadn't thought about the potential problems with purified water in the tank.

I think with that in mind, I'll just use tap water through a sediment filter to fill the tank and carry the Platypus filter in case I do need to fill from a stream.
For drinking, I'll carry a Britta filter.


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Posted: 05/09/22 09:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I am fortunate because when I go camping I take my ATV along so I always have a small trailer in tow.

I can take two of these 15 gallon barrels with me so that gives me about 70 gallons of fresh water total.


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I bought this submersible 12v pump. It will pump just about any liquid, water, gasoline, diesel fuel and other thin liquids.
I think it was about $10, eBay or Amazon. I can't remember.


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I attached the pump to a piece of PVC and a 25ft hose to the other end.


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I bought this 12v battery for $10 about 4-5 years ago and it will still pump both FW barrels into my camper.

This has always worked well for me and I've never run out of FW.

I don't know why you couldn't do something similar.

Draining the gray tank is another topic, one that starts wars. [emoticon]


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My problem isn't having water available. Like Spectra, if I'm taking my ATVs, I can carry extra water in my trailer. If not, there's always a spigot somewhere. I'm trying to keep sediment out of my fresh water tank.

If I'm in a congested area, for grey I use a 5 gallon container (appropriately marked) to dump a bit each day and empty the container into a toilet.

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