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Old 02-06-2013, 04:42 AM   #1
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How much water do you use per day?

Lets say that you are a couple, wanting to take a short shower once a day. How fast are we expected to use up that 20g water from the freshwater tank?

If you are staying at the same spot for a month or more, do you frequently have to tow the trailer to the dump station to dump/re-fill? We are assuming there's no water hook-up of course.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:34 AM   #2
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For starters, when camping away from services, it is rare for us to shower more than every 5 days or more, rather opting for a nice sponge bath. You get just as clean, and use only a couple liters of water tops, plus you can still bath with a friend.

When out for more than 3 nights, we do tend to bring along another big container of water, plus we always bring a gallon or two of filtered water for coffee and drinking.

We use the toilet minimally, mostly during the night, and wash most of our dishes outside pouring the water on the local vegetation. This greatly reduces the amount in the holding tanks. We still usually have to dump after a week or so.
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I suspect that you will find it difficult to use less than a gallon per shower, in fact, more is likely unless you get good at Navy showers. So, with the two of you and the other water usage, I'd bet that your limit before needing a refill is around 4-5 days.

As to refilling, you can either move the trailer or get a water carrier. I have a 5 gallon container that I can use to move water to the trailer. When choosing a container, remember that water weighs 8 pounds per gallon & you have to hold it (unless you get a pump) up to fill the trailer - too big it will be tough to use...

Another useful device for refilling your tank is a "Water Thief". This is a device that lets you connect a hose to a threadless faucet.
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:43 PM   #4
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Rather than tow the trailer to the dump station in the campground, I've sometimes used my portable wastewater tank, like this one - Tote-N-Stor 15 Gallon Portable Waste Tank - Coast Distribution System (the 25607 - Holding Tanks - Camping World Take care when filling to not over fill!

Since it has wheels, I hook it to the hitch and tow it to the dump.
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Where do you store it between trips to the dump?
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This is why I love my Tacoma with shell. It goes in back while traveling, and easily scoots under the trailer when in camp. I have an 11 gal., and empty it's very light. It goes on maybe one trip out of four, when I think I may use it. Very nice to have when needed, especially for excess gray water.
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Thank you for all the responses, they were all very helpful!

We are used to tent camping and the longest we did so far was 2 weeks. In those visits, we seem to take shower once every two days. Part of the reason is because we enjoy hiking so we end up sweating a lot. Another reason is because we have to use insect repellents which I'm sure isn't great to keep on the skin for a long time.

We could use the public facility but the lineup is sometimes long, which of course, we have been putting up since we don't have a choice.
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I have found that we don't often have a problem with the showers @ the campgrounds. We mostly use the National parks and they seem to be pretty good for the most part. It is certainly nice to have a shower on board for when needed but we don't use it that much. With out showering in the trailer it is posible to go quite a while with water or dumping issues.
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This is why I love my Tacoma with shell. It goes in back while traveling, and easily scoots under the trailer when in camp. I have an 11 gal., and empty it's very light. It goes on maybe one trip out of four, when I think I may use it. Very nice to have when needed, especially for excess gray water.
I would be concerned about 14 gal of black tank contents trying to get into an 11 gal portable tank. Do you need to be "quick" on the valve? I have also wondered how you keep your slinky clean when you use a portable tank. Having extra black tank capacity would be good but there's lots of potential for "bad things" to happen using a portable one.
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I was just trying to imagine towing it the half hour of gravel road from Kane Lakes and then 110 kph highway to Merritt, or lifting 15 X 8 lbs. Hadn't thought about the stinky.
I guess it would be OK at an Oregon State camp ground, with 1/4 mile of pavement to the dump site at the entrance to the park.
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