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Posted: 03/15/11 09:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For boondocking camping how much water do you estimate per person per day?

For cooking?
Cleaning?
Toilet?
Shower?

How much water does it take to flush one of those marine foot operated toilets?


Seems that these small TT's have a wide range of capacities:

For example:

Jayco Jay Flight 19BH
fresh water 90 gals
gray water 32
black water 32



Jayco FeatherSport 197
fresh water 22 gals
gray water 30
black water 22

Jayco FeatherSport 165
fresh water 30 gals
gray water 30
black water 11


I can't figure out why a smaller trailer the Feathersport 165 would have larger tanks than the 197 since the 197 would hold more people.

I can always carry extra water in the back of my truck but the gray water tank and black water tanks need to last as long as possible.

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Posted: 03/15/11 10:04am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Water usage depends very much on the individual. We have a 100-gallon fresh water tank and can easily last for 2 weeks (2 people, 3 pets) with that size. For most RVers anywhere from 2-4 gal/person/day should be completely do-able and you might be able to squeeze that down with more conservation and using external water (portable jugs etc.). Most of our usage goes to drinking & washing...very, very little needed for the toilet.

If you're interested I wrote a blog post not that long ago on water conservation tips HERE

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I have never tried to figure it out, so I don't know.
We practice extreme water conservation measures when camping (nearly all of our trips are to campgrounds where there are NO hookups, and NO dump stations).
I would have to go look at the specs for the Tioga to see what size the tanks are, right off hand I don't know.
I only know we can go for 5 to 7 days without running out of water or filling the gray tank. By using the vault toilets in the campground as much as possible, the black tank capacity is not a concern.
We use paper plates to keep dishwashing to a minimum. We do not use the shower, all personal hygiene is with less than a gallon of warm water in the bathroom sink. We use very little water for cooking, mainly by staying away from any pasta or other stuff that requires boiling in a large pot.
It is amazing how little water a person really NEEDS to drink. Most people tend to drink much more than is really necessary. I often see people sucking on water bottles all day, every day. That much water is really not required, I have found. Of course, everybody is different


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We have a 100 gal fresh water tank that lasts for a week without being to conservative, saving and using some dish water to flush with, short showers and washing dish's once a day. We ride ATVs so at times it's a shower every afternoon but never less than every other day. Nina's blog is informative and there is the Boondocking forum here also with lots of comments about water requirements. With the Jaycos I think the big difference would be just the floor plan and room for a tank, not some plan about water use since there doesn't seem to be a plan in the size.


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Posted: 03/15/11 10:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks, I will look at the blog and I didn't even know there was a boondocking forum so will check it out.

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Posted: 03/15/11 10:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never bothered, just fill the entire water tank and THAT'S what we have to work with. When it;s empty we go get some more. When dry camping we shower every second day instead of each day and continue to cook, wash dishes (once a day) and of course drink all we want.


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Hi,

I'd not skimp on water for the toilet. The previous owner had an additional fresh water tank added so I have lots of capacity for fresh water. Black water and grey water are my special concerns.


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After years of living on a boat and having to haul our water and 60 years of dry camping I can say each person needs 1 gallon a day to drink. Less will work for a few days.

I know its a bit extream but you can get a 1 or 2 gallon weed sprayer (the kind you pump up pressure) and use it to rinse the dishes . Use a damp soapy rag to wash them with.

On the boat we had lots of salt water however bathing in it will cause problems after a while so for a bath each person gets 1/2 gallon and gets wet, soaps down and is sprayed off. After doing it a few times you find less works fine. We also do this for long dry camping..

However on the boats, flush water was not a problem. For dry camping we flush when needed.

We have used some of these things on long dry camps when we do not want to go back for water. How much you need is really up to you and where you have to go to get it.


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Posted: 03/15/11 12:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i don't think the JayFlight is an ultra-lite TT, like the two Sport ones are, so that's probably why it has much bigger holding tanks. stronger/beefier frame.

we don't bother figuring out how much water we use. used to be popup campers so we're used to water conservation.


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It varies.

When we are using the TH it carries 100 gallons of fresh water so I have never paid much attention to usage. How fast we fill the gray tank is more of an issue.

When camping in the pup it only carries 10 gallons in the freshwater and 2.5 gallons in the porta-potti. The 10 gallons lasts us two days with conservation and the porta-potti has plenty of water.

So I guess for us the minimum is two - three gallons per day per person.


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