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Field Tested :: Dometic Go Hydration Water Jug and Faucet

Photography by Richard Giordano

While the trusty jerry can has proved itself time and time again, the introduction of the Dometic Go Hydration water jug and faucet proves that the classic water container can be modernized and improved. One of the challenges with run-of-the-mill jerry cans is the ability to control water during pouring, especially if you require anything from a couple of gallons to a quick toothbrush splash. Fortunately, the Dometic jug and faucet debuted as part of the company’s Go Collection launch in Spring 2022, and I was eager to see how they measured up in the field.

Dometic’s 11-liter, BPA-free, food-grade water jug includes removable webbed carry handles and built-in tie-down guides, which I found to be a minimalist and effective means of transport. The jug is offered in slate, glacier, or ash, and features two top openings. One is a universal Nalgene top designed for easy attachment of water filters and accessories, a screw-on cap, or a spigot. The other has a quick-connect CPC fitting and vent. Both slots are generously sized and make filling, dispensing, and cleaning straightforward when uncapped. There is a chunky handle on the jug’s underside, resulting in a secure pouring grip without the threat of slippage.

This container is particularly handy when camper systems are winterized, when you need to transport the jug between a wedge camper and truck cab (especially during below-freezing temperatures), or during car camping when cooking or cleaning outside. At 10 inches in length, 7.01 inches wide, and 12.53 inches in height, its compact size means the jug is easily filled (at a house tap, for example) and fits nicely in a back seat, behind a wheel well, or in a smaller vehicle such as a Subaru.

Sold separately, Dometic’s Go Hydration water faucet is USB-charged and features a one-touch on and off button with an automatic shutoff that kicks into gear after either one minute or 1 liter of water dispensed. The faucet, via a hose, connects to the jug courtesy of a plug-in CPC fitting, where it is free to roam as far as the hose will stretch. Several magnetic bases are included, which users may place anywhere from a table, a tailgate, or perched atop the jug. The magnet works adequately but could be more powerful, as the faucet tends to detach itself during transport, plummeting to the ground like an uninhibited cliff jumper.

Valve flow feels slow sometimes (usually while refilling water bottles), but it is the perfect speed for rinsing dishes, dampening a washcloth, and maximizing water conservation. Opening one of the top vents helps speed things up if needed. A practical but rewarding use case for the faucet is refilling water bottles while en route or at a rest stop. We stashed the jug in the back seat, detached the faucet, and stretched the hose to the front passenger seat, where I filled my empty bottle. Dehydration averted! Another pro: the integrated LED light for nighttime use was a pleasant surprise—no headlamp required.

$70/ jug, $100/ faucet | dometic.com

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. As Senior Editor at Overland Journal, you can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or writing about the unsung women of overlanding history. @desktoglory_ash