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Old 07-26-2016, 11:27 PM   #1
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Dry docking tips

Have had our 05 Affinity 45' 770LX for two weeks and in looking at the owners manual the details about dry docking are sparse. It says sparingly use the shower, run the generator for two hours each morning and evening and that's about it. It says you should be able to dry dock easily for 4 days.
Any futher insite and experience is greatly appreciated.
(It is an all electric RV).

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Old 07-26-2016, 11:34 PM   #2
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Biggest factor in Boondocking is water usage. I can go like 8-10 days with 100 gallons. Would be longer but I like too shower each night 😜👍🏻

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Old 07-27-2016, 12:13 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by hiddenone View Post
Have had our 05 Affinity 45' 770LX for two weeks and in looking at the owners manual the details about dry docking are sparse. It says sparingly use the shower, run the generator for two hours each morning and evening and that's about it. It says you should be able to dry dock easily for 4 days.
Any futher insite and experience is greatly appreciated.
(It is an all electric RV).
Search for "boondocking" instead of "dry docking" and you'll get a lot more results. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that go over boondocking.

The point of running the generator is to replenish the batteries. You could run it all day if you wanted, depending on what you were doing and where you were at.

Use water sparingly. You could use disposable plates/bowls/cups/flatware to cut down on dishwashing. Practice your "Navy Shower" technique. Keep a pitcher in the rig to catch cold water from the tap while you wait for hot water to come out. Then you can use that water for cooking, tooth brushing, etc. Really it's all about rationing water and electricity. Nothing special otherwise.
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:26 AM   #4
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There are some good threads here with many dry camping tips. Findable via the search feature I am sure.

Fresh water conservation, black and grey water management, and electric power are the prime factors. Black tank is usually our limiting factor. Navy showers and sponge baths help with fresh water and grey tank usage. We use bottled water for drinking. Ample good batteries, and charging them provide for power. Generator as you mention for a couple three hours a couple times a day - usually while preparing breakfast and dinner. Solar is popular to reduce or eliminate generator usage.

Replenishment of fresh water via containers, portable dump via a blue boy, and fuel in cans can extend your on station time.

Moving into a camp ground with facilities for a day or so every week or two allows for water fill, tank dump, laundry usage, full showers, etc.
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:31 AM   #5
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Our 'boondocking' has consisted of parking on a street in front of a relative's home for a week. In our previous coach, a Winnebago Journey, we could easily go 5 -6 days before the holding tanks start getting full. Electric was no problem since we had a shore power hook up.

The issue with the Allure (it was a learning experience for us) was the amount of water used by the Tecma macerator toilet. Our black tank was nearly full after 2 1/2 days. It was our first coach with this type of toilet. So, we have since learned appropriate 'flushing strategies' to stretch it to 5 days.
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Your largest water usage will be the electric toilet. I thin it can be adjusted to use less water, not sure,

We don't take navy showers, just shower real quick. Paper plates sometimes, I hate a good steal off of a paper plate.

We have dome 11 days, showering every day and still had 25 gallons left so it can be done.

Set the generator up for auto start so you don't have to worry about the battery bank. Make sure it is set up to top off the bank early enough so you can go all night without it starting up. Set up the quiet times usually 10PM to 6AM

4 days should be very easy
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We can do 2 weeks with out too much problem. If you're in an area that you can use a Solar Shower outside it shouldn't be any problem. Run your generator as needed and look into getting a solar system installed.

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