Camping 6 Gallon Water Container Faucet




Introduction: Camping 6 Gallon Water Container Faucet

This idea is all thanks to my dad who originally thought of this idea when we were doing a lot of camping with the Boy Scouts. I have taken his idea and recreated it, using a Igloo Cargo II 6-Gal Water Container and added a out door faucet to it.

Materials Needed

  • 1 6 gallon water container
  • 1/2 inch pvc union threaded on the inside
  • 1/2 inch Hose Bib
  • 1 flat rubber washer
  • Thread Seal Tape
  • Paper Towel or other material to keep from ruining the pvc

Tools Needed

  • 2 pairs of channel lock pliers

Here where I got all the parts for this project


1/2 Inch PVC Union

Home Depot


1/2 inch Hose Bib

I forgot where I bought my igloo water container at but here is a link for 1


Step 1: Here Is All the Materials Used

Here is a image of all the materials that I used for this project minus the water jug and the cap that is on the water jug.

Step 2: The PVC Union

The PVC union comes apart into 3 separate pieces. The piece that I used is on the bottom of the picture. The bottom of pvc union part is smooth and the inside of it is threaded. The other 2 pieces you can put up and use for another project.

Step 3: The Cap and PVC Union

You will take your Cap from the Igloo Water Container and remove the pipe that came with it. The part of the PVC union does fit nicely into the cap of the water container. I have take some pictures to show how the pvc union fits into the cap.

Step 4: Seal Thread the Hose Bib

Make sure to use the thread seal on the hose bib so it won't leak when you have water in the water container.

Step 5: Attach the Hose Bib to the PVC Union and Cap

I used a per towel to put around the pvc to help minimize the damage to the pvc union.

After I wrapped a paper towel around the pvc union. Used channel lock pliers to tighten everything down.

1 plier i used on the pvc union and the other I used on the hose bib.

Step 6: Flat Rubber Washer Time

Now that the hose bib is attached tightly. I had to find some washers that would work. I found this bag of washers at home depot. The biggest flat washer in the bag worked perfectly. Just insert the washer into the cap so water doesn't leak out.

Step 7: Time to Test for Leaks

Now that I had put everything together and added the washer. It was time to test for leaks. I added water to my 6 gallon water container, then put the lid on it. I wiped the water container clean so there was no water on the outside of the container so I could verify it wasn't leaking. Since I didn't see any water leaking from it. I decided to open it up and watch some of the water come out from the faucet part.

Step 8: Thank You

I hope this helps someone looking for a camping water container, or just want to use something like this around the house. So far this works better than any of the other water containers with water spouts that I have used.

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I'm not familiar with the Igloo 6 gallon container. I have been using the Reliance AcquaTainer (also blue, 6 gallon, widely available) in the same fashion. On these there is a large 3.5" white cap that screws onto the container. The supplied faucet, which soon wears out, screws into this cap.
    To modify, simply unscrew the soon to wear out stock faucet and screw in a sturdier replacement. The plastic drain cock used in hot water heaters works well. I prefer a plastic copy of an ordinary sill cock that I used to find at Home Depot. It has an imitation "brass" color and a black handle. No teflon tape is needed on either of these. The latter faucets aren't available up north (they would freeze up in a normal application) and lately I haven't found them at Home Depot or Lowes down south either. However, I would think that an ordinary brass sill cock like our author used would also work with the aquatainer provided you buffered the threads with teflon tape. No other parts are needed.


    Reply 3 years ago

    I had bought the Reliance AcquaTainer before. I had those leak around the cap, and their socket faucet. Maybe it was a bad batch that they had at the store, but I haven't had very good luck with the Reliance. That is why I went this route.


    3 years ago

    That's a good idea :)


    Reply 3 years ago

    I hope it helps someone that is looking for a good durable water container with spigot. I know some of the water containers you buy on the market with spigots usually break down after 1 or 2 uses. But this durable and should last a long time.