Dry Camping - Page 2 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Me | General Topics > General Escape
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-19-2015, 01:53 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
BCnomad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: O town, British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 "Lightning"
Posts: 1,327
Hyena, would love to hear your thoughts about water purification, laundry, and meals.
__________________

__________________
When you look for advice, make sure it's from someone towing your trailer, in your backyard, with the same expectations
BCnomad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 02:13 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
float5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Denison, Texas
Trailer: 2015 21'; 2011 19' sold; 4Runner; ph ninezero3 327-27ninefour
Posts: 4,900
You would be winterized if dry camping, to many anyway. There are folks who do that. They take bottled water and maybe a Brita filter or similar, a tub for washing dishes and a porta-potty of some type. So it is not just not being hooked up but not having use of the water lines and possibly having only a small amount of water. A water source, however, to filter could be nearby so it is possible to have unlimited water, just not readily useable.

You can use your Escape that way if in such circumstances.
No problem starting such a thread.
__________________

__________________
Cathy. Floating Cloud
"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.... "
Emerson
float5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 02:43 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Patandlinda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Ventura County, California
Trailer: 2013 19 Escape
Posts: 4,008
Quote:
Originally Posted by StarvingHyena View Post
Hello Everyone, I'd like to start a new thread for dry camping. Anyone interested?
I am always willing to learn . Would love to learn more .
Patandlinda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 07:31 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 3,828
We do mostly dry camping, no hookups in state and federal CG's. Our biggest challenges, if you want to call them such, are keeping the batteries charged, and water.

Batteries: Now have 2-6v'ers so we should be able to do roughly a week without worry.
To help use as little as possible we outfitted with all LED light, and added solar to try and get away from taking the generator. Cold weather means running the furnace which burns a lot of electricity, we're adding a portable solar panel. I've thought of adding Reflectix to some of the windows and the 2 roof vents for night use if I can come up with a way of doing so.

Water: limited to 29 or 30 gallons in the 5.0 TA, past experience says we can go about 5 days with this. When dry camping we use the CG facilities as much as possible, use the shower shutoff when we use the on board shower. We always use bottled water for drinking so that helps. We also carry a 7 gallon water container to use when needed, this is what we use when is below freezing and we camp with the trailer winterized.

We'll be heading out later in the year for long stints of dry camping and trying out some boondocking which is new to us and has real appeal. Being new to boondocking we will need to find sources for water and places to dump the holding tanks. Have been using Google searches and Freecampsites.net to find places to boondock, verifying them with Google Map and marking them on Utah Benchmark maps. Not expecting to have much WiFi so it's all going down on paper.

Has anyone added a water pump expansion tank to their trailer for use when dry camping? pros, cons?
__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 08:00 AM   #15
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 6,825
To me, dry camping is anytime I'm camping and it's not raining.
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward
2014 Escape 5.0TA
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 08:36 AM   #16
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape 19' PRAIRIE SCHOONER pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 13,667
I was always under the impression that dry camping means no hook ups? Being in a sail boat automatically makes one dry camping, does it not. But here on land your limits are fresh water and waste. Solar is prevalent both on trailers and boats so power is not an issue. I assume also that boats have the capability to make fresh water from salt water and the ability to eliminate their waste products, as I've heard horror stories of the huge cruise ships leaving a trail of trash for miles as they steam the ocean.
That said, there is a common bond between sailing and camping, that is living in small spaces and making the best use of that small space while enjoying the surroundings. A lot of our ideas and products for modifications come from the marine world.
__________________
Jim
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why………..Mark Twain
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 08:39 AM   #17
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape 19' PRAIRIE SCHOONER pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 13,667
Has anyone added a water pump expansion tank to their trailer for use when dry camping? pros, cons?
I have one in my garage for past 4 years still in the box. I believe Jim Bennett may have installed on. Supposedly they allow the small use of water before the pump is activated.
__________________
Jim
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why………..Mark Twain
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 08:57 AM   #18
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Oregon, Oregon
Trailer: Looking
Posts: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post
To me, dry camping is anytime I'm camping and it's not raining.
So, you don't do much dry camping then...
Jfocallag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 09:15 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,934
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post
To me, dry camping is anytime I'm camping and it's not raining.
Yeah, colour me confused. Any dry event to me means no booze, but no rain or water would make sense. I did kinda realize it likely didn't mean no booze, but have no clue what it does mean.

Seriously, I have never heard of the term dry camping before, and camping has been a major part of my entire life, in one form or another.

What is meant by dry? Seriously curious here. If it is the same as boondocking, which is mostly all we do, then I at least understand the concept, but not the terminology.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 09:25 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Mary F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Travis County, Texas
Trailer: 2015 Esc 21. Formerly, Casita LD (16 & 17)
Posts: 618
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
Seriously, I have never heard of the term dry camping before, and camping has been a major part of my entire life, in one form or another.

What is meant by dry? Seriously curious here. If it is the same as boondocking, which is mostly all we do, then I at least understand the concept, but not the terminology.
RV.net has a forum called Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping.

I have always thought the two terms interchangeable, but maybe there's a distinction?
__________________

__________________
Mary F Onward, through the fog!
Mary F is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.