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Old 06-04-2015, 07:24 PM   #15
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My wife and I figure about 7 gallons minimum per day with two very quick showers and paper plates.
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Old 06-04-2015, 08:10 PM   #16
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My wife and I prefer to camp away from established campsites. With our 39 gallon tank, we can stay out 3-4 days if all the water we use is to cook with, sort of wash dishes, and keep minimally clean ourselves without taking a full blown shower. There is usually enough water left for each of us to take quick showers on the day we leave.


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Old 06-04-2015, 08:44 PM   #17
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This is a tough question. How long will this $100 last? For some, a long time while for others, not long at all. This is the way with water.

Chris brought up a great point. I have two 6 gallon tanks that I bring along. One sits on the picnic table for coffee water and other such things. The second one is used to refill the Airstream tank from faucets near by.

If you don't do dishes, if you primarily use the campground facilities and if you minimize showers, 39 gallons should last you a few days. Remember, the more you turn on the tap the faster you will use up the water AND the faster your gray tank will fill. Getting water is one thing, dumping a gray tank is another.

You will figure out all of this soon enough. These first trips will be learning experiences and that is all part of the fun.
I agree with aftermath. My wife and I can use our 54 gallons in 2 days or make it last a week. If we will be dry camping in one location for awhile, and I know there is access to water, I have a 16 gallon water tank and 12v transfer pump i can use to refill. I also have a 15 gallon blueboy to dump the grey water. My black water tank is 36 gallons so that is generally not a problem, at least for awhile.

A couple ideas to help manage dishwater are to run the cold water before it gets hot into a tub and use that to rinse the dishes. If you do your dishes in a another tub, you can dump that water out on the ground (if allowable) to avoid adding to the grey water tank. We keep a pair of plastic nesting tubs that fit perfectly inside our trailer's double sink for situations like this.

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Old 06-04-2015, 08:44 PM   #18
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Yep, like dznf0g, when I take one family member it is about 15 gallons/day but that is also taking semi-navy showers, toilet visits, etc. We are not too conservative but aware of use.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:16 AM   #19
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Rather than drag the plastic tote through the cg to dump gray water, I have a macerator pump (12v) and pump it into the tote while it sits in the back of the truck. Then, you just drive to the dump station. This is particularly useful at places like Edisto Beach SP, where you have to drive out on the main road to reach the dump station.
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That's a great idea! Trying to manhandle a large blueboy is not fun. Only get one that is light enough to handle. Thirty pounds plus of water is too heavy for most of us to handle and a tip over is not good. Jim
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Exactly! Using my method, you never have to lift the weight of the water. "Work smarter, not harder"! LOL
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JB, you asked a question regarding the filling of the blue boy tank. Your trailer discharge has sliding gate valve. I think the blue boys have a gauge to warn you as it approaches full. You can shut the gate valve to stop the flow and re-start it after you empty your blue container. We find the grey water tank fills up much faster so we wash dishes using a tub in the sink which we can empty into the toilet to balance out the grey and black tanks a little. Works good for us. We also use paper plates a lot to minimize the dish washing.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:07 AM   #23
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JB, you asked a question regarding the filling of the blue boy tank. Your trailer discharge has sliding gate valve. I think the blue boys have a gauge to warn you as it approaches full. You can shut the gate valve to stop the flow and re-start it after you empty your blue container. We find the grey water tank fills up much faster so we wash dishes using a tub in the sink which we can empty into the toilet to balance out the grey and black tanks a little. Works good for us. We also use paper plates a lot to minimize the dish washing.
can this really be done without spillage? i can see where grey water into a blue boy is not too risky. black water i'd be very nervous
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:19 AM   #24
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There is water available several campsites away. So assuming one could fill a portable container, is a funnel needed to pour the water into the AS tank? I guess I'll find that out when I pick up our AS tomorrow but just curious.
I will answer this. You can do it without a funnel if you have the right container. I have an Igloo (I think) and it came with a spout about 8 inches long. It is curved so it fits easily into the FW opening on the side of the trailer. I also have a round barrel looking tote that has a white plastic spigot on the end. This one sits on the picnic table and we use it to fill coffee pots and water bottles. If need be, I can fill the Igloo and transfer that to the trailer.

Toting water gets old in a hurry and the older I get, the harder it becomes. DHC-2 on the forum has devised a brilliant way to carry extra water and extra space for gray water. He has installed a couple of tanks in the bed of his truck that he accesses with a 12v pump. When he needs more water he just pumps some in and when his gray tank gets full he just pumps some out to the spare tank. No lifting required.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:24 AM   #25
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I've got a 60 gallon tank on my Classic and like others have said it can go fairly quickly, especially if you wash dishes and don't minimize your use of the shower. Typically when I go to a site without water, I carry 3 additional 7 gallon plastic water cans that I bought at Walmart. This allows me to top off the tank during my course of the stay, without having to move the trailer to refill. In some campgrounds you may be close to a community water outlet that, if you have enough hose length, may also allow you to top off the tank if necessary.

I try to dump the black water tank full so in most cases those extra water containers allow me to fill the black water tank prior to dumping it.

I wouldn't doubt that with you being new to the trailer, that you may run out of water. Be sure to bring something to help you fill the tank from a water source at the campground. Also be careful regarding grey water. Again washing hands, dishes use of the shower can fill that tank quickly. In campgrounds that have no sewer hookups, I bring a blue water tank on wheels that can be pulled or towed to a dump station. Be cautious on size since these things can get heavy loaded. Unless they are sitting on a hard paved surface, the wheels can sink into the gravel or ground next to your trailer.

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Our 26 gallon fresh water lasts us 3 days. We always bring an additional 6 gallons but don't always need it. We shower e'day, too. You'll learn quickly what your useage is and how to predict what you'll need. If the trailer has no water in it, fill the fw tank and then turn the pump on-it will then pump water into your hot water heater. That's 6 gallons down, so now you can top it off again.
Uh....while what you say here is true it does not help the OP when it comes to managing water. The statement above applies to dewinterizing and the need to fill the HW tank at the first of the season. Once that tank is full you really do not have access to these six gallons when you are dry camping. Once your FW tank is empty it will not pump water and the 6 gallons in the HW tank are trapped there. It will always be full. In the case of an extreme emergency, you could access this water by opening the low point drain under your trailer or by removing the drain plug in the heater. It is best not to count the 6 gallons in the heater.
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The blue boy is a supplemental waste tank. Transportable and on wheels so it's made for black water usage as well as grey. I'm not sure what there is to be nervous about. It does get heavy when full but on good ground it's easy to transport to the dump station rather than moving the trailer. Moving the trailer is, of course, still an option. I often see people tie them onto the rear hitch and drive to the dump station but it would be heavy to lift into a vehicle. Beware they have plastic wheels but it is often done.
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The blue boy is a supplemental waste tank. Transportable and on wheels so it's made for black water usage as well as grey. I'm not sure what there is to be nervous about. It does get heavy when full but on good ground it's easy to transport to the dump station rather than moving the trailer. Moving the trailer is, of course, still an option. I often see people tie them onto the rear hitch and drive to the dump station but it would be heavy to lift into a vehicle. Beware they have plastic wheels but it is often done.

Good ground is the key.. It needs to be on a solid surface because if you sit on a gravel site or sandy/soft soil, the front steerable wheels will dig into the ground and you will go nowhere fast. Happened to me in Fla. I didn't have a choice other than to empty it there on the ground. I don't use it for black water since I accumulate grey faster. The black tank is plenty big enough to last us over a week without dumping.
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