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Old 07-16-2016, 12:30 PM   #1
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city water and electric?

Has anyone remained hooked up to city water and electric for an extended period of time? What adapters/gadgets do you recommend? Any considerations?

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Many of us do that all the time.

Use a GOOD power management system, such as the ones from Progressive Industries. These are more than just a cheap surge protector. They will also shut down the electricity if the voltage is too high or too low.

Use a pressure regulator and a good water filter. Change the filter element regularly.

You didn't ask about sewer, but DO NOT leave the sewer hose connected and the valves open. You will end up with a solid mess in the black tank. You can leave the sewer hose connected and the GREY water valve open if you want. Just remember to close it a day or two before you are ready to dump the black tank. Then dump black tank, then grey tank. That will "rinse" the pipes a bit.
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Old 07-16-2016, 04:21 PM   #3
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How long do you mean by extended period? When we are at home, Lucy stays hooked to shore power for several months at a time with no apparent damage. We use water from the on-board tank, and refill the tank as necessary. We have been following this routine for over ten years.

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I have more or less permanent three point hook ups at home. 30 amp line for AC power and normal marine water hose with attached filter. For the sewer dump I use a PVC pipe direct to a county sewer line.
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Thanks guys! It will be months on end. Do you have links to specific gadgets? Sorry I'm a super newby on that and don't even know what to look for...
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Thanks guys! It will be months on end. Do you have links to specific gadgets? Sorry I'm a super newby on that and don't even know what to look for...
No specific gadgets needed in at least my case. If you do decide to install a 30 Amp line call a local licensed electrician and discuss your needs. Water hoses and PVC pipe can be purchased at any big box or hardware store.
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I am using a composting toilet. I won't have black water but I do want to leave the grey water valve open. Thanks for the advice!
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Some people live in them hooked up to city water and electricity for years and years.
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Good advice so far. Composting toilet makes this easier. Suggest letting grey water fill tank every so often, for the dump valve to stay operable and lubricated. Is winter and freezing pipes an issue? If in Georgia keep this in mind next winter.

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Just curious, what are you gonna do with the gray water? We run ours out to the woods with a garden hose, not exactly legal, but it works.
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Just curious, what are you gonna do with the gray water? We run ours out to the woods with a garden hose, not exactly legal, but it works.
Lots of campgrounds permit this, and in rural areas where residential domestic waste goes only into basic cesspools, both the household black and grey water goes right into the ground 4-8' +/- below the surface.

Letting grey water run onto the ground at least separates it out, and can actually water the ground, gardens, etc.. Indeed, during drought conditions, plenty of states encourage the diversion of grey water onto the ground at private residences, except for vegetables and other edible plants.
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Greywater is typically good for the plants and the ground if you use soaps that are biodegradable. We have always dumped our dish water on the plants. The castile soap helps to kill bugs and the food bits actually nourish the soil. I'm guessing I will just need to find the right converter to plug into to use a typical household drop cord.
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For example, is this what I would need?

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...-adapter/69611

And those of you that leave it this way, will it run your AC unit?
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