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DesertHawk

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Many years ago when camping at Heron Lake State Park here in New Mexico, a neighbor saw me carrying water in 5 gal jerry can. He showed me his setup, a water tank in the bed of pickup and a small pump to transfer the water to his TT. He had order them from JC Whitney. After getting home, I order them. We used the tank and pump in two pickups and a van. The tank got cracked in storage while we went to a C-Class MH.

After we went back to having a TT, I wanted a way to have access to more fresh water and a way to tranfer it to the holding tank in the trailer is a must for us, one of the very first things we got for ours. A 26 gal water tank which we keep in the back of the pick-up. We have one of these: 26 gal Tank

I'd hate to live without my set-up. We use one of these to transfer water: 12 v Transfer Pump

The first type we had years ago, we used in the rear of a Chevy Conversion Van behind the rear seat. This was the type we had first Clicky. A Water Bladder might work well also, perhaps with one on top of the roof. Might not need a pump to transfer the water with it up there.

We had a Ford Ranger when we got the water tank, with the Ranger, I had to pump it most of the time, with the Ford F-150, we now have, being higher, gravity works very well right into the trailer's filler opening. I didn't even hook up the pump the last couple of times I used it this past summer. When gravity will not work, I have use the siphon method:
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We seldom use RV Parks.

What Is Boondocking?
"The term "boondocking" means different things to different people. Free camping, overnight RV parking at places such as Wal-Mart or truck stops, and any time RV hookups are not available (dry camping) have been referred to as boondocking."

"www.rv-camping.org defines boondocking as remote location dispersed camping. With this in mind, you might call boondocking advanced RV camping. This type of camping isn't for everyone. Dispersed camping in remote areas requires research, exploration, and a sense of adventure to find great campsites."

"The term "dispersed camping" has started showing up in official US government agency web sites. It also has been referred to as "car camping", and is defined by the USDA Forest Service as "camping outside developed campgrounds". "

You hear the terms used interchangeable all the time. One most often have to guess at which meaning someone is referring.


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itsmike wrote:

Ok.. After reading the Definitions of Boondocking, I will rephrase my statement to Drycamping!

The boondocking will come when we camp on the beach later this year..


For some serious boondocking, you need to make a trip out West!


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DesertHawk wrote:

Many years ago when camping at Heron Lake State Park here in New Mexico, a neighbor saw me carrying water in 5 gal........

hear the terms used interchangeable all the time. One most often have to guess at which meaning someone is referring.



Thanks for the info and the ideas..


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For some serious boondocking, you need to make a trip out West!


I hope next summer we will be making our trip to the Grand Canyon we wanted to do for years now..

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"She Who Must be Obeyed" and myself went to Quartzsite a couple of months ago.While we were there a couple that was parked across from us had one of those set-ups like you had with the water bladder, he had it the back of his toad. (they were in a big Class-A DP). He went into town and came back and filled his fresh water tank he used a transfer pump like the one you have it worked pretty slick.


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