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Old 01-12-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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Rainwater for greywater?

Have any of you serious boondockers ever successfully collected rain water for use as greywater for things like flushing toilet etc. ? I have a thought to add some aluminum extrusions to the roof "edge". Out of sight above the awning rail, directly alongside the solar array. The extrusions could act as bracing for solar, concentrate water spots in a smaller area, and could potentially be used to divert rainwater or nightly dew/condensation to a collector to prolong the time in the boonies. I have a wild grapevine living off the nightly condensation dripping off our metal roofed building, and there is a beetle in the sahara that survives collecting morning dew off its back so it works in nature. Any thoughts on the use of rainwater/dew in an AS anyone ?
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:43 AM   #2
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Have any of you serious boondockers ever successfully collected rain water for use as greywater for things like flushing toilet etc. ? I have a thought to add some aluminum extrusions to the roof "edge". Out of sight above the awning rail, directly alongside the solar array. The extrusions could act as bracing for solar, concentrate water spots in a smaller area, and could potentially be used to divert rainwater or nightly dew/condensation to a collector to prolong the time in the boonies. I have a wild grapevine living off the nightly condensation dripping off our metal roofed building, and there is a beetle in the sahara that survives collecting morning dew off its back so it works in nature. Any thoughts on the use of rainwater/dew in an AS anyone ?
Actually, we have put dish pans under the end of the awning during downpours while boondocking, and used this to flush the toilet and for the dog to drink. (She drinks out of puddles, anyway!).

Seemed like a shame to let gallons of water just disappear into the ground. And, why not?


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We have used feeder streams and lake water.....


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I'm with the previous 2 responders- the awning needs no modification to gather rainwater, and adding gutters to your AS roof would presumably involve drilling more holes into that already leak-prone area. Stream and lake water is also great, if you're camped near it.
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The awning would indeed be a huge rainwater collector, and I shall incorporate it as such as the yield will be far greater than my idea. Considering the awning collection system, I guess my strips would mainly be effective during drier periods in collecting nightly condensation which would not occur on the fabric awning.
As for extra holes, the "gutter strips" will be part of my attachments for solar so the holes are being added regardless. With over 2,000 + holes in as AS already (check my post called rivet count) I don't understand the general apprehension at adding a few more holes filled with the same buck rivets that seal the thousands of other holes.
I'm glad to see there are some out there getting creative with their water uses, way to think outside the box !
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