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Dick_B wrote:

I usually shower in the campground bath house which saves a bunch of RV water. My wife takes navy showers which also helps.
One trick I recently learned is to collect the shower water that you run waiting for it to get hot and use that water to flush the toilet instead of dumping it down the shower drain. It can amount to quite a bit.


Great tips! We also bring a few gallon jugs of drinking water for making our coffee so we aren't using tank water for drinking.


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It's been stated on here but just to make sure.

You can fill before you go.

Most parks have water available. But also most have modified the fresh water spigots so you cannot attach a hose. Sometimes you can use a water bandit to fill the tanks. Link

Some campgrounds have spigots with huge 1.5 or 2 inch diameter ends on them. For that kind of fitting you're probably need a big funnel and a portable tank.

You will probably have to break camp and drain the tanks. Remember using up the fresh tank fills up the waste tanks.


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Dick_B wrote:

I usually shower in the campground bath house which saves a bunch of RV water.
You may want to rethink that.

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Fill your water tank first. If you can't go for a long weekend without dumping or refilling then you are using entirely too much water. Any camper I've ever had was usually set up where a family could camp for 3 or more days on the tank capacity.

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One idea....Use what shower water you can catch with a larger plastic bowl on the shower floor and all your dishwashing water to flush the toilet. Boondocking 101.


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Been camping in California State Parks campgrounds for the past 30+ years. More than 99% of their campsites have no hookups of any kind.
So you have to learn to conserve water and shuttle FW water and gray water.
We use a 6 gallon FW plastic jug and a 15 gallon tote tank for gray water. Also use a water bandit for non-threaded spigot.
At least you have electric.


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DallasSteve wrote:

Newbie question here.

I have a reservation at a campground with electric hookup only and no water hookup. It was the best I could do over the Memorial Day weekend. At least it's cheap. How do you normally stretch your water in that situation? Can I drive to some station in the park (it's a government park) and fill my fresh water tank? Maybe at the dump station? I know you're not supposed to use the typical water at a dump station, but maybe at these semi-rustic campgrounds they also provide potable water?


If your worried about running short of water for the holiday weekend, most camping stores sell inclosed 5 gallon pails that come with a water spigot at the base. The pails fit nicely on your picnic table. Just fill it when coming into the campground.

here somthing similar to what I have, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OUTDOOR-CAMPI........C-JERRY-CAN-WITH-WATER-TAP-/163334887324

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pasusan wrote:

Call the park. We've never seen a dump station that didn't also have a potable water faucet separately.

But, there are some parks [i[(especially government) that have no dump stations and potable water comes from a hand operated well pump !

Gray water can be disposed in a ditch (outside of the campground, away from "civilization"). Black water is an issue.

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bikendan wrote:

We use a 6 gallon FW plastic jug and a 15 gallon tote tank for gray water.

Where do you dispose the gray water ?

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mdcamping wrote:

DallasSteve wrote:

Newbie question here.

I have a reservation at a campground with electric hookup only and no water hookup. It was the best I could do over the Memorial Day weekend. At least it's cheap. How do you normally stretch your water in that situation? Can I drive to some station in the park (it's a government park) and fill my fresh water tank? Maybe at the dump station? I know you're not supposed to use the typical water at a dump station, but maybe at these semi-rustic campgrounds they also provide potable water?


If your worried about running short of water for the holiday weekend, most camping stores sell inclosed 5 gallon pails that come with a water spigot at the base. The pails fit nicely on your picnic table. Just fill it when coming into the campground.

here somthing similar to what I have, https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OUTDOOR-CAMPI........C-JERRY-CAN-WITH-WATER-TAP-/163334887324

Mike


x2 on this. I have one of the round orange water containers that one can get at any home improvement store for about $10-$20 or so. Works fine for drinking, cooking and washing cookware water, use the on board only for showers.


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