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Posted: 05/17/20 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thermoguy wrote:

Enjoy the trip and don't be so concerned about water. What would you do if you were camping in a tent?

What would I do if I was camping in a tent? I would buy an RV. I camped in a tent 30 years ago, but that's not me anymore.


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Dutch_12078 wrote:

We carry a 7 gallon potable water jug that we use to supplement our 65 gallon onboard tank as needed. When the jug is empty, we take it to the nearest community source and refill it. If we need more water in the onboard tank, we just use the winterization suction hose on our pump to refill the onboard tank from the portable jug.

Could you explain this a bit. Do you just open both valves and it flows into, instead of out of, the tank?

I have a suction hose installed with a 3-port valve on the suction side of the pump. The valve selects whether the hose or the storage tank is used as the water source by the pump. Another valve selects whether the output side of the pump and the city water port connect to the storage tank or the rest of the plumbing. With the suction valve set to the hose and the other valve in the tank fill position, the pump sucks the water from the portable jug and sends it to the storage tank. The fill valve is also used when city water is available to fill the tank. The suction hose/valve can also be used to install RV anti-freeze in the plumbing when winterizing, although I prefer blowing out the lines...

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Posted: 05/17/20 09:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Back in my backpacking days, water was always an issue. Once Giardia became common, our concerns doubled. Who wants to carry all that weight??

The good news is that it takes very little water to keep you alive and healthy. A gallon per person per day is enough, and you only drink half of that. Though more makes many things more comfortable!


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I modified my plumbing so I have a valve on the water tank side and to an open "hose" so I can switch over to a portable 5 gallon water jug for the house water. The pump pulls it in. The jug has a tube that pulls off the bottom of the jug and the hose has a garden hose fitting so just screws in to the jug. I put the valve near the end so no water leaks out of the hose when disconnected. I carry two of these jugs if needed. They can be carried easily by hand and do not make store owners mad if you fill them as maybe filling an RV would.
I try to use the jug water first, so I have empty jugs to refill asap. Then resort to the on-board water tank last.
This is when I am boondocking seriously.

For me, washing dishes (two meals a day) seems to use the most water. I try to make the water go a long way, using the rinse water from one as the soak water for the next, and rinsing as many things at once as I can etc...

I am usually out on the trail for hours on end getting very dirty and sweaty, so the wipes are just not going to remove that. I have to shower every day, but I think I barely use more than 1 and a half gallons for that. Cold water, as waiting for hot water to get to the head is waste also. Cold showers use less water too. I have been known to put dirty dishes and other things lined up for a wash under me when showering so that water starts the process. Thoug, I do dishes like this only wen I can solo.


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Posted: 05/18/20 09:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some of these responses are more like "how to exist" rather than how to camp.


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I'm still wondering how you managed to fill up both a black and gray tank in one day. Are your tanks teeny tiny?

We boondock often. As a female, with hair that needs to be washed every day or two, I Navy shower. Turn water on to get everything wet, turn off water. Then soap up hair, turn water on to rinse hair. Turn off water, put in hair conditioner, and then do body wash. Rinse. Done. Uses very little water, and I never run out of hot water either. A man could do it with even less.

For dishes... well, we use paper plates/utensils for the most part. Not the most eco-friendly, but saves a lot of dish water. Get one of those sponges with a handle that holds soap, so you can wash things little by little instead of a whole sink of dishes.

The toilet is the one thing we don't mess around with. Husband has Crohn's disease. We use it as normal. Easy enough to add more water with a jug to that to flush if things got really dire, but we have yet to be in that position.

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DallasSteve wrote:

Newbie question here....

A few years ago we went boondock camping with a friend of ours. His new girlfriend was a first time camper. She proceeded to take a home-style shower. She was the new girlfriend, and it was important to look good and all that...

My point is make sure the rest of your camping party knows about water conservation, lest you find yourself in a similar situation. [emoticon]

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It is nice to have a unit that is setup for glamping no matter the situation.

Water capacity & battery capacity are king. Something learned long ago in the boating world of 100% no hookups.

We have 100gal fresh water capacity & 220AH battery bank.

If we arrive at a CG & all they have is dry or power only, no problem.

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DallasSteve wrote:

I definitely plan to arrive with a full tank. Lately we blast through our capacity (black and gray) in one day. I think if we tried we could go 2 or 3 days, but I have a 7-day reservation. Winnebago says my model has 36/42/51 (black, gray, fresh) with 6 for the water heater. Does that mean I have 51+6 in total fresh water? Hopefully, this park has a common water fill. I tried to call this morning, but they didn't answer so I sent them an email.

No offense, but if you are burning through 51 gallons of water in one day, you need to take a crash course on RV water use/conservation. Navy showers, navy toothbrushing, navy dishwashing, etc. My last motorhome had only 32 gallons; we could make it at least 2-3 days with a family of 5.

Growing up, we (family of 4) camped in a truck camper with a 10 gallon water tank, and made it fine for 2-3 day weekends (a small hand pump and no toilet/shower helped, obviously).

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Posted: 05/20/20 12:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree. Using 51 gallons of fresh water in a day seems impossible to me.

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