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Old 03-02-2016, 03:05 PM   #1
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Boondocking -Sort of-First Try Tips

We are going to a ranch for 2 days and will have regular electricity only.
Also a generator. Any tips?
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Old 03-02-2016, 03:10 PM   #2
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Make sure you dump your black/gray tanks and fill your fresh water tank before you leave and you should be fine. Don't forget food and BEVERAGES! Weather in Texas should not be a issue this time of year. If the nights are cool use a space heater.
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We are going to a ranch for 2 days and will have regular electricity only.
Also a generator. Any tips?
Not sure what you are asking. If you are going to have electricity then you are not really boondocking and you have no need for the generator. As mentioned, be sure you have your water tanks full and waste tanks empty and don't forget the food and drinks, have fun.
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By regular electricity I think the OP means a household 15a circuit. With generator usage if air conditioning needed. If I am correct be aware to not overload the circuit or use too long / not heavy enough of an extension cord.

As for holding tanks, just two days should be no problem if starting with empty gray/black and full fresh. Even with full hookups we often don't connect sewer and water if only a couple days.

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Learn to use the little button on the shower head that turns off the water while soaping. You'd be amazed how fast you can fill a holding tank with a couple of people showering in the morning.
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Learn to use the little button on the shower head that turns off the water while soaping. You'd be amazed how fast you can fill a holding tank with a couple of people showering in the morning.
Would that be separately or together?
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Agree, for two days you shouldn't have any issues. Come with empty black and grey tanks and a full water tank. Conserve running water, especially for showers and dish washing. You'll be amazed at how little water you really need. Have fun.
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We haven't been RVing very long, but quickly learned when dry camping or boondocking:

Navy showers. Every other day if possible.

Only wash dishes once /day

Watch how much water your toilet uses. Our macerator must use about a gallon / flush if you're not careful. When we flush we shut the water pump off to keep from filling the bowl after a flush. You can adjust the fill level but I'm too lazy to keep changing the programmed level.

Use public toilets if they're available.

Drink beer & wine to prevent running low on fresh water.
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Drink beer & wine to prevent running low on fresh water.
That, my friend, is sage advice.
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You don't say what MH you have but two days is no problem for most holding tank set ups. On ours I usually never hook up the sewer hoses until we leave and I dump the tanks, even when we have full hook ups. We have gone 5 days, with two people showering each day ( get wet shut water off, lather up, turn water back on and rinse off), minimal dishes ect. The grey water only got two thirds full, and our toilet tanks(we have two) didn't even register. I always add water to them via our flush valve when dumping just to get enough water in there to drain clean.

As for the generator issue, if you are plugged into power you will only need to use the generator if it's not a 30 or 50 amp source and you want to run your AC's or Heat Pumps. If it's only 30 amp then I would only use one AC or Heat Pump. If it's just a regular house plug in type 15 or 20 amps that will be enough to run your fridge, lighting, water pump ect and keep your batteries charged.
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What kind of electricity is regular?
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What kind of electricity is regular?
If you're referring to my reply, I would guess you didn't read the whole sentence, I was just referring to the average house receptacle and not a line set up for 30/50 amps specifically for RV's, as I thought that was what the OP was referring to. Some farms may have them just like some people set up at their homes if they store their RV's there. Hope that clears it up.
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We almost exclusively boondock camp.

Digging a hole about a foot deep and cracking the gray valve will allow the gray water to drip out and keep you from filling it and having to mass dump the gray if you did happen to fill it
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Very good advice. Yeah Navy Showers good. We will use paper goods a lot and I just don't want to forget anything. Thx for the tips!! Great info. We are 50 amp.
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