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Message posted by kando on 27/9/2017 at 9:03am
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What are peoples' opinions of rigid water versus folding/ concertina type water carrierst?   We want to renew our narrow jerry can for clean water with something more stable & were thinking of a Kampa or Vango 10 litre jerry can as it is squat & has a dedicated spout. However we wondered about the concertina styles as they take less room in transit. Not sure how well the folds can be cleaned compared with rigid carriers, or how well they stand in use.
Any comments are useful. Thanks.

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we use a basic plastic jerry can with a tap for our water...we tried a concertina style water carrier to save space at one point, but it didn't take long to split along one of the folds in the plastic...

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Thanks Moonstone. This is also what we were concerned about.

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My experience of concertina carriers is that they are cheap & not made of foof grade plastic which causes the water to taste unpleasant. I find 2 x 5 litre water carriers easier to use than 1 10 litre carrier. Easier to lift & easier to pour.

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We usually buy a 5 litre bottle of water from a supermarket for about 1, and when the water is used up, we just refill it for the rest of the trip and then it goes in the recycling at the end of the trip.

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I bought two of these 5lt water containers of Amazon it only cost 1.03 each including free delivery it's brilliant been using it since may no leaks yet,very sturdy and folds flat,cannot do links but just put in ricisung water storage bag pouch in the search and it should come up

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I have never used a collapsing water carrier but have heard they collapse when you least expect them to. I camp solo so don't need a large water container and I use a plastic milk container. I don't throw it away either and have used the same one for ages. I occasionally wash it out with bicarb.

As suggested, you can buy water in large containers from the supermarket and re-use them. Since there are water taps on most campsites within a few yards of most pitches it would probably be easier to use smaller containers and refill them regularly...nice and fresh then and lighter to carry. I don't like water that has stood around all day long in the heat of the day.

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After trying all sorts of flimsy water carriers that have let us down by leaking, dripping, not pouring properly or being just generally rubbish we recently purchased one made by a company called Ridgemonkey and it's the best we've ever seen.

Ridgemonkey sell fishing gear so it's not the prettiest being dark green but it's very strong and stable, has a big filling hole and pouring spout and tap that fits inside one of the caps when travelling so no problem with it being damaged or leaking while in transit. It's best attribute for us though is that, unlike others, it pours well and does not leak or drip when in use.

They are a bit more expensive than others but we feel it's worth the extra. They can be bought from fishing shops, Amazon or eBay This is it

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Thanks everyone. All your comments have been very useful. We've had a 5l can but are happy with something a bit larger if it doesn't fall over. We're going for the Kampa 10l jerry can as it is rigid, would seem very stable & has had good reviews re. the fittings.

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Occasional use or space an issue, got with the folding.

But they will leak eventually.

For the long term solution get a decent rigid container.

Easier to clean and a once only purchase.



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I have a Colapz Liquid Carrier which is excellent in use - no leaks and a nice quiet flow from the tap. It's not easy to dry out, so it's worth rinsing with a few teaspoons of bicarb before your trip.

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I bought a 7.5 litre collapsible container with a tap from either eBay or Amazon for 7.50.

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I have one of those in the garage, bought it, and as far as we are concerned...it is useless. It will not stand on end on a table to pour....and you have to hold it over whatever you are filling..Kettle... floods everything in site if you pour quickly. Let me know where you are and if I am anywhere near you can have it. I don't feel like throwing it away, but if you can make use of it...Fine.

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Well our Kampa 10l jerry can has arrived. Gave it a good testing this am. Initially the spout seal was leaking a bit but that was because the silicone washer wasn't seated properly. Once it was & the screw top had been tightened it was fine. Filled the container & left it upended by the sink for over an hour. No leaks or balance problems. Has the benefit of being able to be laid on its long side too. We like the idea that its spout is on the upper surface when sat not in use & that its squat shape makes it stable so it won't tip over.

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Quote: Originally posted by Claydoncamper on 27/9/2017
We usually buy a 5 litre bottle of water from a supermarket for about 1, and when the water is used up, we just refill it for the rest of the trip and then it goes in the recycling at the end of the trip.



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Quote: Originally posted by TimCESmith on 28/9/2017
I have a Colapz Liquid Carrier which is excellent in use - no leaks and a nice quiet flow from the tap. It's not easy to dry out, so it's worth rinsing with a few teaspoons of bicarb before your trip.



We too have this and after trying many of the squeeze box water containers and trying to keep room in transit as low as possible we finally bought this. Used it all year and it's super. Only niggle I can say is that the tap can be a touch stiff to turn on and off.

No leaks, sits up on it's own and packs up reasonably small.


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