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Old 05-15-2018, 11:07 PM   #1
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Where can you get free water when on the road? Any apps or tips would be awesome
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:25 AM   #2
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lots of gas stations in rural towns have water as well.
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And they let you fill up for free? Is this the most convenient way?
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I would think most people would be cool enough to let you fill up, what's a few gallons of water cost? Almost nothing in most of the country, California might be different during water conservation
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I would think most people would be cool enough to let you fill up, what's a few gallons of water cost? Almost nothing in most of the country, California might be different during water conservation
Then you haven't seen the news in Atlanta the last year or so. People without a water meter were getting bills.
Customers continue to raise issues about water bills in DeKalb County - Story | WAGA
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I didn't see anything about that. I'm in the Midwest we have very few water problems, outside city limits it's as easy as pounding a pipe in the ground to hit the water table.

Maybe someone tech savvy could make an app people and places could opt to be listed for water stops. Might be good advertising for places we probably wouldn't stop otherwise
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I didn't see anything about that. I'm in the Midwest we have very few water problems, outside city limits it's as easy as pounding a pipe in the ground to hit the water table.

Maybe someone tech savvy could make an app people and places could opt to be listed for water stops. Might be good advertising for places we probably wouldn't stop otherwise
Atlanta has the highest water prices in the country. The whole water system and dept. are corrupt. People are getting water bills that are $4500 a month when they didn't use more than ordinary water and they couldn't prove there was a leak anywhere. Atlanta is a mess. Atlanta is too lenient., they apparently let you get months behind. In the little county I live in, if you don't pay your bill in full within 30 days of the due date they send someone out to turn off your meter and put a lock on it. If that happens they make you pay your bill in full, pay a $75 dollar turn on fee, and add a $200 deposit to your account. Believe me, my water bill is never late.
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Where can you get free water when on the road? Any apps or tips would be awesome
Adding to the good info that Steve provided... All my info is specific to my experience in the west (not sure it is the same everywhere). I assume you plan to spend most of your time boondocking.

Nearly all dump sites also have potable water nearby (in addition to the non-potable cleanup water).

I believe all (??) truck stops that have an RV island/dump site also have potable water. These dump sites usually cost something ($10).

Many RV parks have a dump site and potable water. Again, a fee if not spending the night but it is pretty minimal ($10).

Some forest service facilities (ranger stations) have at least potable water. Some also have a dump site. I've seen free and not-free.

Some gas stations have dump site/potable water. Often free.

Some/Many of the state welcome centers (near the state borders) have dump sites.

Sometimes a town's 'water treatment facility' has a dump site.

Two useful resources are:
https://rvdumpsites.net/
https://www.sanidumps.com/

My experience full-timing, mostly boondocking, has taught me that an occasional paid night at an RV park or state park ($20-$30/night) is often the way to go. I am able to dump, fill water, do laundry, take a nice hot shower, toss out the trash, and so forth. I am able to go a month without dumping/filling, if that was only a week or less, this idea becomes much less appealing (more expensive).

I installed a good water filter system (Annual RV Water Filter Change - JdFinley.com) so I don't need to worry quite as much about the water supply. When in a town, it is a fairly safe assumption that it is "safe" treated city water. When in the middle of nowhere, you can't know the quality of the water for certain.
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