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toedtoes

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Posted: 06/26/21 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kellem wrote:

Never heard of so much compromising to go camping.....flush toilet with dish water, shower with a baby wipe.
How about dishes with black tank ? Lol
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A lot of this is just the era. Growing up, when we camped, we didn't have showers at the campground. Getting dirty was part of camping. At the end of the week, you sloughed all that dirt off in the shower when you got home.

Prior generations took a bath once a week. Nowadays, many people take two showers a day.

And people now use the term "camping" to mean other than spending time out in the wilderness.

Add to that, "campgrounds" can include anything from a single pit toilet to multiple shower rooms and laundry facilities. There may or may not be hookups.

Depending on the region and/or climate (or individual camping site), water may be in endless supply or may be limited to what you carry with you upon arrival.

RVs can vary from having a 4gal cassette toilet only to a 15-100gal black tank plus a 15-100gal gray tank.

The number of people in a single RV can range from one to 8-10 people and the RV size may not be in direct proportion.

All that means is that for some, water conservation is a big deal and for others it is completely unnecessary.


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Posted: 06/26/21 12:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In much of the West we conserve water. YMMV.


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Posted: 06/26/21 01:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

toedtoes wrote:

kellem wrote:

Never heard of so much compromising to go camping.....flush toilet with dish water, shower with a baby wipe.
How about dishes with black tank ? Lol
Sorry




RVs can vary from having a 4gal cassette toilet only to a 15-100gal black tank plus a 15-100gal gray tank.

My Momentum has a claimed 104 black, 104 grey,155 fresh.... And to top it off, it actually holds more in all tanks than claimed.... I measure it when new, so I know where I stand. Have done this on all of my RVs, and this is the first one to exceed the claims. All of the others fell short of spec.


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Huntindog wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

kellem wrote:

Never heard of so much compromising to go camping.....flush toilet with dish water, shower with a baby wipe.
How about dishes with black tank ? Lol
Sorry




RVs can vary from having a 4gal cassette toilet only to a 15-100gal black tank plus a 15-100gal gray tank.

My Momentum has a claimed 104 black, 104 grey,155 fresh.... And to top it off, it actually holds more in all tanks than claimed.... I measure it when new, so I know where I stand. Have done this on all of my RVs, and this is the first one to exceed the claims. All of the others fell short of spec.


My trailer has a 20gal fresh tank that only holds 15-18gal and a 20gal grey tank plus a cassette toilet.

This shows just how much capacities vary.

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Posted: 06/27/21 01:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IF you want to boondock for as long as possible then you compromise on the things that will otherwise end your trip. Camping at a campground or camping for one night is a lot different than boondocking where there is no water, no hookups, no electricity. Water, then power (unless solar or gen) then propane dictate your stay length. Carry extra or use less.

**also, Toadtoes, your 20 gallon tank might hold 20 gallons but the outlet to the water pump is an inch high, so there could be 1-2 gallons (more if the outlet is higher) left in the tank when you run dry. Then you have to tilt the trailer to get a little more...Then there is that same 1-2 gallons or more of dead air at the top if the air vent is on the side of the tank as many are. so you have 2 gallons of unreachable water at the bottom topped off by 2 gallons of useless air at the top, so, yes, your 20 gallon tank could be as you say...

* This post was edited 06/28/21 09:06am by mr_andyj *

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Thanks for the ideas and suggestions. Got it....t's all about compromises!
Lots of great ideas. I'll use the ones that apply to the scenario and work for us.


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