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Old 07-18-2013, 07:37 PM   #11
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Ice cube means dumping a bag of ice into your black tank before departing and while traveling hoping the ice cleans your probes. If you use the correct toilet tissue and little of it, your probes should not need cleaning. The dirty probe only effects the tank monitor system, nothing else. GEO refers to using water softeners or dish soap. You always wait until the tanks are almost full and dump the black and then the grey.Here is the link RV Tank Sensors &The GEO Method | Wheeling It
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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I would suggest dumping dishwater on the ground outside as Jim B suggests. Also, the outdoor shower is great as the water does not collect in the tanks. With these two measures, our biggest issue is not volume in grey or black tanks but is running out of fresh water. The freshwater tank is usually easy to fill with a couple of five gallon containers.
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We use a 5-gal container out on the picnic table, where the BBQ and butane stove reside. Not only is it more convenient, but you are more aware of just how much water you are using.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:07 AM   #14
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When we can, we use Glenn's above method. But, we spend a lot of our camping days and nights in US National Parks. Many of them have a requirement that no grey water of any kind is dumped on the ground. We bring along a plastic bucket and if necessary we drain some grey water into the bucket and carry it to either the toilet or dishwashing station drain. A few trips gives us a lot of space in the grey tank and some exercise.
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We too usually bring along a large container, or two, or water to use outside. As we cook out there most of the time, it is very handy. We usually turn our hot water tank on when we start supper, so we have hot water at the ready for dishes and general cleanup. After that is done, it is turned off until suppertime the next day.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:20 PM   #16
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We were in a provincial park this past week, and they didn't want any grey water dumped on the ground. We did our dishes outside, but then dumped the wash and rinse water down the drain. Over 5 days we drained our fresh tank plus another 4 gallons. It all fit in the grey tank so we didn't need to dump before the end of the trip.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:37 PM   #17
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Dishwater dumped on the ground can attract wildlife, which can be a problem (for the wildlife) if there's too much of it, as there could easily be in a campground. Unless specifically permitted, I would not consider dumping any wastewater on the ground.

Although "boondocking" may have originally meant "staying out in the boodocks", it now seems to mean camping anywhere without services, and what is appropriate depends on where one is camping.
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When we stay in unserviced locations, we dump waste and fill with fresh water at facilities intended for travelers, such as RV service stations run by municipalities and at truck/RV stops. If staying in one place longer than tank capacity allows, a portable waste container has to be hauled to a dumping point, and containers of fresh water brought to refill the tank.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:33 PM   #19
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Boondocking to me, and everyone that I camp with, is camping NOT in a campground, in other words, out in the boondocks (or sort of) Using a site in a campground where there are outhouses, water, fire pits and tables, even if you are not hooked to power, water or sewer does not really constitute boondocking in my books. Though, as long as you are not hooked up at all, the similarities in camping styles are very close.

Of course, others may consider things different.
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Boondocking to me, and everyone that I camp with, is camping NOT in a campground, in other words, out in the boondocks (or sort of) Using a site in a campground where there are outhouses, water, fire pits and tables, even if you are not hooked to power, water or sewer does not really constitute boondocking in my books. Though, as long as you are not hooked up at all, the similarities in camping styles are very close
Well said, Jim.

I don't think ajay has indicated what in what situation this "boondocking" is planned.
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