5 Ways to Store Water for Remote Camping
Updated: Feb 24, 2022
It may seem obvious to many of you, but the issue of water is a big one, especially when planning for an off road, remote camping experience. Whether you are a novice camper going on a remote adventure for the first time, or an avid camper seeking an extended stay off the grid, it's important to be strategic about water access and storage.
When you consider packing water for a remote camping adventure, you can't just think about what you might consume over your time out boondocking. You also have to consider what you need for washing hands, washing dishes, cleaning gear, taking a shower (if that is important to you), and most importantly, ensuring your campfire is dead out. If you are not going to be camping near a water source, which is the case for many of the rural, remote, Arizona off road adventure destinations, packing in water is the only solution.
Fortunately, Pin Drop Travel Trailers makes porting water easy with some simple accessories that are included in the design as well as some optional upgrades that can be added during production upon request. For example, all Pin Drop models include a 12-gallon fresh water tank. With the additional inclusion of the 2 10-gallon roof top tanks, and the two fender racks holding one 5-gallon can each, the Pin Drop can hold nearly 42 gallons of fresh water. Each of our small batch Pin Drop Travel Trailers, which are made in Arizona, are prefabricated for adding gear and accessories after your final purchase, making it possible to upgrade your micro camper at a later date.
Fresh Water Tank
Pin Drop Travel Trailers have a built in 12-gallon fresh water storage tank for potable water, accessed and filled from a garden hose, spigot or water jug with spout. The water is accessed at the deep basin sink, using a Valterra brand hand pump faucet included in the Pin Drop galley kitchen. The Valterra faucet is another Pin Drop feature that adds to water conservation in its function of only pumping out water as you need it.
The Pin Drop team can mount a RoadShower 4 on to the trestle span roof rack during production. Available in 4, 7 and 10-gallon capacity tanks, the RoadShower 4 accessory is good for more than just showers. As mentioned in a previous article specifically detailing how to use the RoadShower 4, this storage tank provides an additional way to carry fresh water for a variety of camping needs. In addition to a shower after a long day of adventures, the RoadShower 4 can be used to spray off gear, clean your bikes or kayaks, give pets a bath, rinse soapy dishes, rinse out dirty clothing and even spray down your 175-watt Renogy solar panel to ensure optimum charge. It can also be used to safely extinguish a campfire before your departure. The RoadShower 4 accessory is an excellent addition to any travel trailer, camper trailer, tear drop style trailer, camper, or off road vehicle and it certainly compliments the fully self contained, solar powered experience of a Pin Drop Travel Trailer.
Seen here: the 7-gallon Road Shower 4 mounted to the trestle span roof rack, the 12-gallon fresh water tank fill cap, and a custom fender rack with
GELG Jerry Can.
Pin Drop has also designed and constructed their own water tank holding 10 gallons of additional water storage.Easily mounted to the trestle span roof racks, these add an additional option for water storage.
Water Cans and Jugs
Custom fender racks mounted behind each fender of the Pin Drop hold a 5-gallon NATO water can or plastic Reliance water jug for additional water storage. The fender racks are an available upgrade to your Pin Drop model of choice and jugs and cans can be purchased from your local camping gear supplier. We rely on Peace Surplus in Flagstaff, Arizona for many of our own camping gear needs, specifically water jugs and water storage supplies.
Photo Credit: RelianceOutdoors.com
Desert Patrol Water Jug by Reliance Outdoors
Ice Chest or Canyon Cooler
Each Pin Drop RoadRunner model includes a 35-quart Canyon Cooler for food and beverage storage and you may bring along your own variety of cooler or ice chest. While we often think of these tools as nothing more than holding ice, coolers are another useful fresh water tank. The remaining ice and any that has melted to water can and should be saved through the end of your trip. It can be used as emergency fresh water to drink or as a way to properly extinguish a campfire.