How to Keep Safe, Clean Water Handy while Traveling by RV

Posted on February 1, 2017

At home, it is easy to take good, clean, safe drinking water for granted. Whether your home receives "city water" from a processing plant or well water straight from the ground, it is undoubtedly safe and should be mostly odorless and flavorless. Even if you use well water that has a distinct flavor, you are used to it, so it doesn't bother you. While traveling by RV, however, there are no guarantees about the quality of the water that you'll find in campgrounds. You may not have any handy at all if you camp on public lands. Pick up some tips for ensuring that you always have clean, safe water to drink while traveling by toy hauler or another motorhome.

Bottled Water

Bottled water is problematic for various reasons. Most notably, the plastic bottles are often thrown out and end up in landfills, where they contribute to the pollution of our planet. Buying them constantly is expensive too. However, you should always keep at least a small case of bottled water in your Class A or Class C motorhome. Just as with any vehicle, if you become stranded, you'll want water handy. Also, there's always the possibility that you'll end up camping where drinking water isn't readily available. It pays to be prepared if so.

In-Line Water Filter

The vast majority of people who own and use motorhomes regularly install in-line water filters right away. Available at hardware stores and stores that cater to RVs, an in-line filter connects between the campground water hose and the intake valve on a gas or diesel RV. In-line filters remove the vast majority of bacteria and other contaminants. They don't necessarily remove all odor, taste and color from the water, however. Even if you plan to stick with bottled water and secondary filtration, you'll want clean, safe water for cooking, bathing and personal hygiene. In-line filters are inexpensive and completely worth the small amount of work that it takes to install them.

Secondary Filtration

If you're reluctant to rely too much on wasteful bottled water, consider investing in some form of secondary filtration. Filtered water pitchers are a prime example, but many other filtration devices are available. The nice thing about a filtered water pitcher is that it also keeps the water icy cold as long as it is in the fridge. There are even individual water bottles that have filters built right in, so you can enjoy clean, safe, filtered water while on the go.

If you are especially concerned about avoiding bad water, pay attention to reviews of various campgrounds. You will find that some have a reputation for having smelly or otherwise unpleasant water. By identifying these places beforehand, you can avoid them entirely or plan ahead to ensure that you have alternative options for after you arrive.

Built-In Filtration

Finally, a higher end diesel or gas RV typically has built-in water filtration. You still have to switch out the filter itself from time to time, but the device is built right into the plumbing of the vehicle. If you are in the market for a Class A motorhome, you shouldn't have any trouble finding one that includes this feature. With built-in filtration, you won't ever have to worry about unsafe water--and you won't have to take any extra steps to ensure that it's safe.


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