Looking at solving the water supply issue on remote road trips for dogs
The chill of the early morning was evident as I broke open my door of the pickup truck and the warm shelter inside was sucked out like a vacuum. The has station was quiet past the usual early morning bustle of truck drivers. Gas was not on my agenda but rather an ample water supply for the day ahead.
This rather ritualistic stop at the same gas station ever week or so began to make me really question how I used resources and furthermore the convenience of water in traveling. A three-hour drive north would take us to our favorite hunting haunts but it would also take us off grid. As in no water, electricity, or gas station coffee. The waste associated with purchasing gallons of water often forgetting to refill them and eventually them becoming crushed beyond use in this road trip lifestyle made it evident that I needed a solution.
My first choice was the old gas can style water jug. Purchase on Amazon for a fractional cost the reviews assured me that not only did it work well but it would not leach chemicals into my dog and I’s water supply. The first time I used it I was excited to turn the faucet on it and refill the dogs bowl and our water bottles for the long hikes into the timber. A slow leak on the cap made me start to finick with it and eventually I learned to keep it upright when not filling up. Gravity was my friend for a while.
Then one long and quiet moment in time as winded through logging roads and eventually arrived at my unsuspecting cover I discovered a disaster. In my long drive the canister had broken free from its bungee cord shelter and slowly leaked its was to empty over the course of my drive. The dog saw my sense of defeat as he looked out of his kennel wondering what this all meant. His eye contact spoke of the telepathy messages he had been sending me the whole drive that “hey, you should probably fix this buddy.”
I had had enough and began searching for other options to fix this issue. My search brought me from elaborate coolers converted to water jug and even make shift PVP pipe contraptions with plenty of YouTube videos on how to build one. I wanted something simple, reliable, and that would last the chaos of the back of a hunting truck.
Low and behold Dakota 283 had people like mines lifestyle under thought in design. And soon a Dash Water System became a regular staple in the packing of my truck. The idea was right in line with the problem I was trying to resolve and unlike my Amazon solution it did not leak and held up the abuse I gave it. It has launched down inclines when opening the tailgate on slopes became a volleyball in the bed when traversing unusually bumpy tote roads. All while keeping our sacred water supply safe from the disaster I suffered the season before.
Like many, I do not want to have to worry about simple stuff like leaking water on the road. I want to go through my pack up routine and know I can rely on the storage I use for the tailgate lifestyle that I have come to know. With limited time these simple improvements can mean a lot for ones sanity and in ones safety on the road. From options of 3.5 gallon or 5 gallon that Dakota watering systems make ample supplies for a hunting dog even in hot climates. My older 7 gallon Amazon contraception was almost unmanageable at its size and the 5 gallon proved to be the perfect sweet spot of carry capacity. Add in the handle and even an easy way to strap it to the side of the truck and my life just got a whole lot easier.