RV fresh water storage capacity is a limiting factor for many of us who love dry camping in the outback.
It’s such a pain to leave your dream spot because you ran out of water!
But with a little creativity, you can extend your dry camping time by adding a portable RV fresh water storage tank to your setup. And no, I don’t mean like this:
Not the best portable RV fresh water storage system.
Whenever we head to the outback, we boost our RV fresh water storage capacity by filling extra collapsible jugs of water.
Years ago we would transfer the water into our RV fresh water tank by using a funnel and short PVC hose.
Unfortunately with that method water always spilled everywhere. Plus, I never had the arm strength to lift the jugs above shoulder height for an easy pour.
First, Use Your RV Water Pump to Transfer Water
Later we created this easy RV fresh water storage mod to move the water with our existing water pump and collapsible water jugs.
That easy and cheap solution can work whether you access your pump from the outside or inside of your RV. Just place the jugs where it’s convenient to use your pump or buy a really long clear PVC hose.
The only problem with this RV fresh water storage mod? Collapsible jugs eventually spring leaks.
You can patch small holes with the RVer’s best friend, Eternabond. Unfortunately an Eternabond patch is sticky and eventually you’ll need to crack open your wallet and buy a replacement jug.
These water jugs don’t last forever.
Through the years we’ve gone through about two collapsible jugs a year. At about $10 each, that’s $180 in our nine year full-time RVing adventure!
After buying two more collapsible water jugs last week, I’ve vowed that we won’t buy any more ever again. Why? Because for that $180 we could have just bought one of these:
These portable RV fresh water tanks are better.