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RE: Off Grid/Boondocking Water Questions

Shaving -- good point! I shave every few days. Very easy to save water -- I have a small plastic tupperware-type container (maybe ten ounces?) that I fill with hot water to rinse my razor while shaving. So if I take into account washing my face before and after shaving, I think I use about sixteen ounces in total -- maybe less. One more point about showering -- I bought a very stingy and very small shower head at the hardware store, the kind that a mean landlord installs in very modest apartments. Almost nothing comes out of there -- it sprays out less than a half gallon per minute. (I have measured it.) And I also put an in-line on/off valve onto the hose -- very easy to make small adjustments to the water flow so that the spray is just barely adequate. I am so grateful to DW for putting up with my "water miser" behavior. But she loves the silence and privacy of boondocking, and she understands why it is so critical to save water in order to prolong our time in the boonies.
profdant139 07/19/17 05:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Off Grid/Boondocking Water Questions

Dirt is always handy, but few of us have the courage to use dirt to clean a pan. That is exactly how the pioneers did it, of course. But I would bet that very few people remember that trick today! I've read about it, but I have never seen it done. I should add that if you are using cast iron, soap can damage the "seasoning" of the iron. Dirt does not damage the seasoning!!
profdant139 07/18/17 10:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Start looking for a boondocking site: eclipse (Aug 21 2017)

Good luck, jefe! If anyone can find an empty spot in the path of totality, it's you. We will be somewhere in Idaho. (The Sawtooth Range.) Not as clear as Oregon, but maybe a little less hot. (Although more humid . . . . )
profdant139 07/18/17 04:33pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Off Grid/Boondocking Water Questions

One more water saving tip -- just use a trickle of water when washing dishes. We also use Dr Bronner's soap for dishes -- a few drops. It rinses out with very little water -- no additives. I also use it for shower soap, for the same reasons. (DW does not like it for that purpose -- it dries out her skin.)
profdant139 07/18/17 02:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Off Grid/Boondocking Water Questions

eichacsj said, "Iron skillets we wiped with the dirt, sponge final wipe." Dirt -- now that is really the boondocking spirit!! Well done. We are wimps -- we wipe the teflon skillet with used paper napkins -- so we need a lot less water for a soap and water cleaning.
profdant139 07/17/17 01:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Which type of NON-silicone for caulking after installing window?

After a fair amount of fumbling around on the web and the forum archives, I think I am going to go with Lexel. I just talked to one of their techs, read the product brochure carefully, did some checking of the reviews, google blah blah blah etc., and it looks promising. It dries clear (not very important to me), it remains flexible (good), it is UV resistant (very good), and it does not peel off (really good, if it is true). I will report back in a few days, maybe in a new thread.
profdant139 07/17/17 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: Which type of NON-silicone for caulking after installing window?

Well, I was all set to use the Kwik Seal, but the online reviews are really bad. (Most of them from contractors, and there are a lot of bad reviews, not just a few random grumps.) I will re-think.
profdant139 07/17/17 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Just A Note 8 Miles From Border

Wow! Good luck on the surgeries -- that's a lot of warranty work at one time. ;)
profdant139 07/16/17 10:48pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Banff/Lake Louise in September--good idea?

This blog post and the related posts may be of some help -- we spent much of Sept 2012 in that area: Banff etc
profdant139 07/16/17 10:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Should I remove the accumulator?

TurnthePage, those boots look like diagonal slices of heavy rubber hose -- is that right? (Please forgive me if I am coming in late on a discussion of the boots, but I did not see a post on that topic.)
profdant139 07/16/17 10:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Which type of NON-silicone for caulking after installing window?

Great tips, and really fast!! Thanks.
profdant139 07/16/17 09:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Off Grid/Boondocking Water Questions

We use 5 gal of water a day for showers and dishes and the toilet. We have a 30 gallon tank. We also have five 6 gallon plastic jerry cans. We use a funnel to fill the tank from the jerry cans when the tank gets low. I should add that we shower every night before bed. The real limiting factor on our boondocking range is our gray water capacity of 25 gallons, which we reach in about 5 days. Some folks dump gray water on the ground, where it is permitted. We don't -- I just can't justify it. We sometimes dump gray water into a bucket and dump it in the toilet. The toilet's capacity is 25 gallons, which we never reach. So due to the need to dump gray water, we usually have to find a dump once a week. We also drink around three gallons a day (coffee and water in our water bottles while hiking). That water has to be of a better quality than the stuff in the tank -- we bring reverse osmosis water from our home system, use the Brita filter to improve the water in the tank, or (as a last resort) buy big 2.5 gal. jugs of good water at the supermarket. Once in a while, especially in the mountains, we find water spigots with delicious water, which we then put into our plastic tanks. A rare but pleasant event. By the way, DW has fairly short hair (because she does not like to fuss around with it), and I have almost none. That saves a lot of water. We boondock around 60 to 90 nights a year. There are other folks on this forum who do it a lot more than we do, I think.
profdant139 07/16/17 05:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Which type of NON-silicone for caulking after installing window?

(EDIT -- as you will see below, silicone is wrong. But keep reading for other great suggestions!!) DW and I just finished re-installing our new front window, using butyl tape. Everything went fine -- no problems. My searches of the archives show that most folks recommend sealing with silicone caulk around the top and 5 inches on the sides, after trimming off the excess butyl. They say don't go too far down the sides with the silicone -- better to let the water drain. That makes sense to me. So this is my question - exactly which of the many silicone caulks will do the best job? Also, I have a caulking gun, but I am thinking that a big tube of caulk would be overkill. Thanks in advance for your recommendations!
profdant139 07/16/17 05:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Crescent City Ca. And the Redwoods.

Newton Drury Parkway in Prairie Creek State Park is a great drive. If you can, spend a little time on the James Irvine Trail, which starts at HQ on Newton Drury.
profdant139 07/16/17 09:54am Roads and Routes
RE: hot water heater

We turn it off right after showering in the evening. We do not leave it on all day. That has nothing to do with cost -- propane is very cheap. But we boondock a lot and we try to conserve propane so we don't run out. A tank of propane lasts us about a month of camping.
profdant139 07/16/17 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Mfr used plumber's putty on window -- do I need butyl?

It really was the original -- I am the original owner! And thermal stress is the only explanation that I have -- it was 105 degrees, and we left the trailer all day in the RV park with the air conditioning on full blast to keep our ice chest cold, rather than taking the ice chest with us in the truck. The temp inside the trailer when we came back was under 65, so there was a 40 degree difference between the inside of the glass and the outside. And there was the little crack in the corner of the window, which spread during the next day to cross the whole window.
profdant139 07/15/17 09:27am Tech Issues
RE: Redwood National Forest

We like Kamp Klamath, but it is not for everyone. Great location for Prairie Creek. Great whalewatching right nearby. Away from the highway. Great BBQ every Sat. night with really great live music. But the facilities are very limited -- the bathrooms are not good due to regulatory hassles between the owner (a great guy) and the govt. If you are ok using the facilities in your own rig (including showering), this is a very good RV park. FHU, of course. Nice landscaping. We have been back several times, and DW is a fanatic about the redwoods. Which are almost 800 miles from our home. A long, dull drive. But these are special trees. Let us know if you need recommendations for hikes and bike rides.
profdant139 07/13/17 10:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Just A Note 8 Miles From Border

Good day! (Another Paul Harvey-ism.) Mex, I am coming in late to this story -- why are you coming to the States? I sure hope it is not health-related! Shopping for decent electronic components, perhaps? In any event, good luck and safe travels!
profdant139 07/13/17 10:28pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Mfr used plumber's putty on window -- do I need butyl?

Could you mount brackets on the outside, to accept a fiberglass protective panel? Might need a decent ladder to get up there to deploy and remove the panel, though. ;)
profdant139 07/13/17 10:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Mfr used plumber's putty on window -- do I need butyl?

The good news is that this window is protected by a thick fiberglass rock guard while we are towing -- the rock guard flips up when we set up camp, serving as a sunshade. So unless someone throws a rock at us while we are camped (always possible), or unless we are hit by a really big rock while towing that penetrates the rock guard, I think we are ok. The original window got a small crack due to thermal stress (I think), which rapidly turned into a big crack. Not sure what kind of glass it was. But the window held together (aided by a lot of duct tape), till we got home.
profdant139 07/13/17 02:56pm Tech Issues
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