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Old 09-04-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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Boondocking Water Tank Question

I have a 2011 27FB International I am thinking about replacing the toilet with a composting toilet and removing the black tank. I thought I could either add another grey tank or fresh water tank. I have not gone boondocking yet, but would like to.

So my question is those that have gone boondocking a lot, would you recommend adding another grey water tank or fresh water tank? Which would be more beneficial?

Thanks!! (And sorry if I asked something that has already been asked, I could not find any threads exactly like this.)
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:17 PM   #2
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I would vote for an additional fresh water tank, as you can frequently dump dishwater and bath water away from your campsite to keep it out of the grey tank.

It's an adequate supply of fresh water and a too full black tank that become the issue with boondocking....but you've the the black tank problem covered.

But, that's just me.


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Old 09-04-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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yup, I dump grey water pretty regularly when boondocking. That being said, out black tank lasts us 14~18 days - just recently it lasted us 18 days which I think was the longest. I kept stepping outside to a tree away from the camp site for #1.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:23 PM   #4
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Old 09-05-2015, 09:23 AM   #5
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Fresh water is the first to run out as stock tank is only 40 gallons. Not too much of a problem. We carry a small a.c. powered water pump and pump it into the tank. If no water is available, we fill 6 gallon plastic jerry cans to replenish water.
It is great to go green with a composting toilet, but I wouldn't rip my conventional one out until I get reviews of how well they work in a R.V. application.
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I have a 2011 27FB International I am thinking about replacing the toilet with a composting toilet and removing the black tank. I thought I could either add another grey tank or fresh water tank. I have not gone boondocking yet, but would like to.

So my question is those that have gone boondocking a lot, would you recommend adding another grey water tank or fresh water tank? Which would be more beneficial?
I would go boondocking with what you have right now and see if you need or want to change the basic self contained AS system at all.

You may just find that it is unnecessary to remove the original toilet and black water tank, and install a large composting toilet and all of that when you have had no experience with boondocking to begin with.

Not trying to sound negative here, just try what you have first, then if it does not work, you will have some reason for making changes.
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Old 09-05-2015, 06:43 PM   #12
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Back to OP's question for a moment. I would say it depends on how long you plan to boondock.
Now that we have a reliable system for tank reports ( See Level installed) we found we can reliably stay out for 2 weeks and I know myself enough that I usually get tired of a spot long before then.


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Here's another thought, we've been full time for awhile and generally do national parks, BLM and forest land dry camping and boon docking. For the most part, the max stay I've seen has been between 14-16 days on the high side. And some places less, like 6 days. After about 14 days I'm usually ready to move anyways.
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I looked at composting toilets at the Miami Boat Show two years ago. The Nature's Head Dry Composting toilet manufacturer told me that for two people it would need to be emptied about every three or four days. Otherwise is looked like a well designed, high quality item. But not for me.
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