Originally Posted by Lherrlinger
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:
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.