Ya gotta fuel your piss pump, Boys and Girls. But where to fill your jugs with free water when you're living in a van down by the river? Vanholio tells you how.
Now, this doesn’t really apply to you fancy pants RV folks with your exclusive fucking Club Med RV parks and dump stations. You’re covered. This is for the rest of us living on the cheap and under the radar – van life. Now, Vanholio doesn’t have a holding tank. He just has some plastic jugs, about 12 gallons worth all told. That’s enough for a week or two, depending. Maybe you’re the same?
Here’s some places Vanholio’s been lucky while driving all over the goddamned country.
Friends, Family, Work
Filling up your jugs when visiting friends or family, or at work, is the obvious option. Don’t leave their homes without water! Ever!
Campgrounds and RV Parks
Obviously, if you’re staying at a campground or RV park that has water, fill ‘er up. But just today, I noticed a city RV park in passing. I drove in, parked in a spot, filled up my jugs from the hookups, and left. Yes, courtesy would be to ask first, but I’d rather apologize later. And fuck paying!
I’ve found water taps in city, county, state, and national parks. Don’t just limit yourself to faucets provided for drinking, though. Three weeks ago, I parked by a city ball field to read a map. Looking around, I noticed that the bathrooms by the ball field had a regular, outside tap, probably there for a garden hose. Got a week's worth of water in 3 minutes!
In some states, public rest stops have drinking water taps for filling jugs. Wyoming is really good about this.
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Grocery Stores / Water Vending Machines
Supermarkets in many parts of the USA have filtered-water vending machines that let you fill your own jugs for about $0.30 a gallon. If you can't get free, that's a better option than bottled water. In some parts of the country, filtered water vending machines are free-standing on corner lots.
Almost anywhere, including all the places above, you can walk into a public or store restroom with your jug and fill it up at the bathroom sink if they don't have a drinking water tap. How? Bring a cup or a funnel with hose to get the water from the faucet into the jug.
I'd be careful about getting shot, especially in redneck country. But Vanholio has gone up to folk's houses and asked to fill up at the garden hose. Most folks oblige. You can offer to pay, but they won't usually let you.
Streams, Rivers, Lakes, Ponds
If you'll be camping literally down by the river, or by a creek or lake, why not filter your own water? Then you don't have to go huntin' for it. A decent water filter is a good investment if you're in wet place. Desert-dwellers need not apply.
Potable water is available for free all throughout the great ol' USA. Just get out of the consumer mentality and look around, dammit. Bottled water ain't any healthier than public water (except in Flint), and buying it sucks your wallet dry.