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Old 01-29-2008, 10:31 PM   #1
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So how long can you make it on your water tanks and how big are they? I'll be using a trailer quite a bit without hook-ups of any kind. It would be two people in the trailer usually. For example the 23' CCD has 30 gallons of water, 18 gallon black water and 21 gallon grey tank. How long would you expect that to hold two people?

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Old 01-29-2008, 11:00 PM   #2
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Too many variables here to make a meaningful answer.
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So how long can you make it on your water tanks and how big are they? I'll be using a trailer quite a bit without hook-ups of any kind. It would be two people in the trailer usually. For example the 23' CCD has 30 gallons of water, 18 gallon black water and 21 gallon grey tank. How long would you expect that to hold two people?

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need more info. How often are you showering and for how long? What kind of dishes are you using? How often are you washing them? How often are you using the toilet?

My grey tank fills up first. I have 60 gallons of water, 40 of grey and black..
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hi rhoward...

depending on how much beer is included...

3-5 gallons per person per day.

that would be using as little dish wash water as possible (think paper plates)...

using the dish water to flush...

saving the yellow to flush the brown...

taking 'spray n wash' showers...

and so on.

don't forget u've got 6 gallons more IN the water heater...

so always fill it too.

3-4 days is pretty good for 2 people with 36 gallons

i have seen (and smelled) folks who manage to camp on 1-2 gallons per day....

not my style

a 6 gallon water can is a handy thing to carry FILLED in the tv too,

and don't forget the beer...

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Old 01-30-2008, 12:56 AM   #5
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hi rhoward...

don't forget u've got 6 gallons more IN the water heater...

so always fill it too.

a 6 gallon water can is a handy thing to carry FILLED in the tv too,

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Everything should be filled before dry camping. However, you can not count on using the water heater as usable water after your tank goes dry unless you have a pump in the system after the water heater. The hot water in the water heater is pushed out by the cold water coming in. When your fresh water tank is dry, you are through pumping, but your water heater will still be full. You can drain it as you might for the winter, but you have no way to pump it out.
Think about it.
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In my experience...unless you are extremely water concious you really are stuck with only 2 days of boondocking...the way I tackled this problem was to buy an external 60 gallon water tank that I keep in my truck when we boondock and I use it to fill the fresh water...I also bought the largest portable dump station tank on wheels I could get from Camping World....this basically allows us (2 people) to go for a max of 4-5 days but frankly...I prefer a longer shower from time to time so....I go look for hookups!
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So how long can you make it on your water tanks and how big are they? I'll be using a trailer quite a bit without hook-ups of any kind. It would be two people in the trailer usually. For example the 23' CCD has 30 gallons of water, 18 gallon black water and 21 gallon grey tank. How long would you expect that to hold two people?

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That's my setup. We can generally make that last three days before we need to empty and refill. We do that by using paper plates, and unless it's the middle of the night, I walk to the campground facilities, and Pat get the trailer. Grey water usually fills up before the freshwater tank empties, and black water is usually not at full when we flush and refill.

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