Water: The Weakest Link

When we first decided to go on this adventure, we knew there would be one key piece that could cause a whole lot of grief: water. This basic little need that we take for granted soon became the main topic of conversation on many a night. How would we have enough? How much do we even use now? Don't get me wrong, we knew we would need to take some SHORT showers. But that being said, we had no clue if our little Tiggy would be able to hold enough for us to get through some solid days of boondocking.

So we added a new water tank. Easy, right?

Now, if you're like me (Cori) and have never had the chance to tinker, you may be in for some trouble. Luckily, Handy Andy over here is smart enough to figure out almost any problem (I'm lucky, I know) so we started to figure out how we could increase our water tank without having to lug around 10 giant containers in our outside compartments. We noticed that there was a small, rectangular space that stretched the width of our RV right behind the existing water tank. This unused space was far too small to fit anything in storage-wise, so we started to figure out how we could squeeze in some PVC and connect it to the main tank.


I must say, this is not going to be the case in all RVs. We’re cruising in a 2006 Fleetwood Tioga 31M, but I cannot say for sure if the layout on other models will allow for this kind of increase. In our case, physics was on our side and the floor of the space we used was level with the bottom of the main tank. Since each RV is different, it’s tough to say if our method would work for everyone, but we wanted to show that it was possible. We constructed the new tank out of 6” PVC (which holds 1 ½ gallons per foot), so our 7’ tank added just over 10 gallons of water. This HUGE increase gave us the peace of mind we needed to truly go off the grid.  


In addition to the auxiliary tank, we have one 6 gallon container kept outside, used mostly for washing or other extra bits. The previous owners of our rig installed a water filtration system, so we use that as well as additional gallons of spring water for drinking. No matter what, our own hydration is key!  


That being said, water is still and will always be a main focus for us. I’m sure we will revisit this topic again, but for the moment we are sitting pretty with our auxiliary tank and a few extra miscellaneous gallons. We’ll let you know later down the road (pun intended) if all is still working out!


If you have any questions on how we installed our auxiliary tank, please comment below! We would love to hear how other full-timers have solved this dilemma. You can also reach out to us directly at nomadicneighbors@yahoo.com.