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Baja Man

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Posted: 06/24/21 07:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So we made compromises....smaller TT, lighter weight, easier to tow, easier to access locations, etc. Smaller, lighter TTs usually equals less CCC which equals smaller holding tanks.

The new to me TT has holding tank capacities as follows:

Fresh: 37ga
B/G: 30ga

Brochure on TT states 50 on fresh, but called Keystone, and per VIN, it is 37.

We mainly camp where there are full hookups.
Some state parks offer water and gray, but no black.

But when we do want to go where there are no hookups, how can we handle the limited tanks?

We travel most of the time with 3 adults......4 on occasion.

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Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??


Put less water down the drain...

No, 4 adults won't be able to take long hot showers everyday... [emoticon]

Sponge baths as needed and don't worry about being ready for the Grand Ball each day! ha, ha...

Good luck! Mitch


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As Mitch says, sponge baths.

Use baby wipes to clean up.

Use the campground bathrooms as much as possible (save the RV toilet for middle of the night needs).

See if showers are available at nearby campgrounds (in California, the USFS campgrounds are often in groupings and at least one will have showers that you can use).

If there is a dump station nearby, you can use a portable waste tote to empty tanks as needed.


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Once had a friend living in a small camper while house was being built. She had a sewer connection as septic was first thing installed but for water, she had to fetch in jerry cans from a neighbor. So she worked hard at minimizing water usage. She managed to get down to 3 gallons a day for drinking, sponge bath, cooking, dish washing and toilet flushing. Clearly that is a bottom limit, but it does suggest that stretching 37 gallons is possible.





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There is an additional 6 gallons of water in the hot water heater, if so equipped.

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Carry extra fresh water in a bladder or tank in the back of the truck. Easy to transfer water with and folds up like a duffle bag when empty.
Look at wake boat fat sacs. Can get a deal for a 400-1000lb bag and pump for around $100. Or maybe used. Lotsa wake boats in Cali.
Bring a garden hose and drain gray out in the woods or weeds after dark. Don’t mind the ninny’s who say that’s bad. Seriously.


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cptqueeg wrote:

There is an additional 6 gallons of water in the hot water heater, if so equipped.


With no way to get it out except use the low point drain once the fresh tank is empty.

And I agree with others, use campground bathrooms and navy showers, we stretched 30/15/15 with electric only to 14 days with 2 dumps using a Barker waste tote, there were 4 of us. Water conservation was the price we paid for only spending $450 for 2 weeks right at the beach =)


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Poking a small hole in the cap of a water bottle can be a big time water saver. Squeeze and squirt a little stream instead of turning on a faucet.

Bring 5 gal water jugs and try to do as much water related stuff outside as possible. Washing hands and brushing teeth.

Depending on your view of the environment paper plates and plastic utensils are water savers.

If youre camping with girls you might not need to prefill the black tank with water before a trip. Looks like yours is a black gray combo. Will save space not prefilling knowing the girls will add liquid soon enough. If possible maybe the guys can find a tree.

Im used to boondocking in the desert so some of this stuff would not be appropriate with neighbors and kids camping nearby.

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Is that 30 each black and gray or combined? If it’s 30 each that’s comparable to what we have now and it’s doable. Gray is always our limiting factor. As others have said just be careful how much goes down the drain. If possible, can wash dishes in a basin and dump that outside if possible or down the toilet if you have separate black and gray. You could also use one of the portable totes for dumping gray assuming the campground has a dump station.


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toedtoes wrote:

As Mitch says, sponge baths.

Use baby wipes to clean up.

Use the campground bathrooms as much as possible (save the RV toilet for middle of the night needs).

See if showers are available at nearby campgrounds (in California, the USFS campgrounds are often in groupings and at least one will have showers that you can use).

If there is a dump station nearby, you can use a portable waste tote to empty tanks as needed.


This might work... Epic Body Wipes

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