Water Container Carrier

November 7, 2017

Seems like we can always use more water when camping out in the backcountry. And so I crafted a simple metal mount strap for carrying a 7-gallon Aquatainer on the trailer tongue.

The design is pretty simple.

There are two metal straps – each with bolt threads welded on at the top and a 90-degree bend at the bottom for attaching to my trailer tongue via sheet metal screws.

A top strap slides through the Aquatainer handle and then has holes for each of the bolt threads to attach with wing nuts.

Tighten it together and the water container rides easily on the trailer tongue for extra drinking water, your sole water container during winter camping (when the regular water system is winterized), or as a sealed transport container before pouring the water into your portapotty or Thetford cassette toilet system at the campsite.


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I've been camping regularly since I was a kid, from quick Cub/Boy Scout trips to week-long backpacking trips and everything else in-between. We got a popup camper when our kids were 1 and 3 years old to enjoy more time outdoors together alongside a few conveniences like heat and running water. Since then, we've spent over 75 nights together as a family in our popup camper. I've learned a lot about the intricacies of a popup tent camper during this time and love to share those lessons here for the benefit of others.