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Old 03-16-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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How long does a tank of water last you?

Assuming we all use water for cooking, flushing toilets, and personal hygiene, how long are you able to remain boondocked on a tank of water before having to fill up again (and, I guess on a related issue, empty tanks)? In our Newmar with a 75 gal fresh water tank, the wife and I never seem to make it much more than a week? I know many people make it much longer. So what are your water conservation tips?
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:20 PM   #2
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We have a 80 gallon tank, and the two of us get about a week too. We have gone 9 days, but that requires showers every other day and washing dishes only once a day. We just don’t worry about it, and we plan on heading someplace to dump about once a week. We can add 10 gallons or so of fresh water with a pump and some big containers, but we usually run out of gray water space about the same time.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:30 PM   #3
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Wife & I have gone 2 weeks without issues, navy showers every 2nd or 3rd day, sponge bath as needed between times... paper plates and bowls, do cookwares every other day,
112 gal fresh/115gray/55 black.
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Assuming we all use water for cooking, flushing toilets, and personal hygiene, how long are you able to remain boondocked on a tank of water before having to fill up again (and, I guess on a related issue, empty tanks)? In our Newmar with a 75 gal fresh water tank, the wife and I never seem to make it much more than a week? I know many people make it much longer. So what are your water conservation tips?
Well then you are actually pretty good in My Book - as we are generally only able to go 5 days - but we shower and run the Dishwasher

My tip is to go as long as you can and then refill - This RV thing is supposed to be FUN.

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Old 03-16-2018, 11:12 PM   #5
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Our Newmar 2004 had

105 gal fresh
but only 65 grey
and 45 black

so we were basically dependent on the other 2 tanks and how long we could go on them. We lasted 14 days of boondocking on our grey/black tanks and still had approx. 25 gal. (1/4 tank) of fresh water left.

So.... that means 80 gal of fresh water lasted 14 days or an average of 5.7 gal./day.

Yes, we showered every other day or daily if a strenuous hike was done. We didn't do dishes every meal. We wiped them thoroughly with a wet paper towel so no dried on food. Conservation was no hardship to us. We boondocked at lot and after 2 weeks it was time to move
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:22 PM   #6
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70 gallon fresh water tank.........2 adults 1 large dog.......cooking, washing dishes, showers, toilet, etc.

10 days max.

Do NOT leave water running in bathroom sink when washing face, brushing teeth, combing your hair etc
Do NOT leave water running in kitchen sink when cleaning up......rinsing dishes etc (wipe dishes before washing)
Do NOT leave shower running to get to 'just right' temp......one of you buck up and use the cool water to start showering with.
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We usually dry camp for a week to ten days - have gone two weeks on tanks. Then duck into a FHU campground for a day or two to do laundry, long showers, empty/fill tanks, etc.

We use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

Minimize water usage because it also fills your wasts tanks. Reduce toilet flushing by the old adage - if it's yellow let it mellow. Reduce shower usage - we sponge bathe daily and navy shower a couple times a week. Catch water with a dish pan in the kitchen sink and shower - then use to flush toilet.
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Wife & I have gone 2 weeks without issues, navy showers every 2nd or 3rd day, sponge bath as needed between times... paper plates and bowls, do cookwares every other day,
112 gal fresh/115gray/55 black.

That's unbelievably nice capacities. Wish I could afford a Foretravel.
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That's unbelievably nice capacities. Wish I could afford a Foretravel.
If you cannot swing a new one..don't be afraid to search the used ones...Motorhomes of Tx. is a good start (and most of those working there(including the shop) are former Foretravel employees.
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and FT's used offerings

http://www.foretravel.com/coaches.ph...gory=Pre-Owned

(click on the pic's will open up to larger pic's, data and spec's are farther down the individual page for each coach offered..

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We extend our stays by using bottled water for cooking, drinking, and dog's water bowl.
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With the 40' DPer we got a little over a week, with the C week get between 5 and 8 days. Two showers each and the other normal duties. But we have become more efficient. Dish water for flushing, going while out and about(more of a think about it thing), bottled drinking water, paper plates and bowls, micro the pre cooked foods and cooking several meals ahead be it on the BBQ or in kitchen to have less dish's to do. We do take hospital baths using the hospital wash cloths that have a antibacterial on the days between navy baths. We have 65 gal water and 35 gal black and grey, most likely could go a bit longer but the grey tank is our problem.

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I could probably last over two weeks. With the wife, 3days.
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Old 03-17-2018, 10:02 AM   #13
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We can easily go 10 days. We pack along 1 gal of bottled water per day so we don't use tank water for drinking or cooking. Use an outhouse if possible and always use the 2 sheet technique for the toilet. Navy shower for each of us daily. Use small dishpans and wipe out pans with paper towels before washing. We BBQ and paper plate most of the time. We are usually ready to move on long before we run out of water or black/gray capacity. Be sure to flush your black tank as solids will build up with minimum liquid. If I have a few miles before a dump station, I'll add water before we take off so it has a chance to liquify the solids.
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We can go two weeks if we are really careful. 80 gal. fresh, 40 grey, 40 black. We use paper plates, plastic silverware etc. Showers fill the grey tank so the less you shower the longer you can go. One trick my hunting buddy and I use is to pre-cook a lot of our dinners and then vacuum seal them. When it is time for dinner we just put the sealed dinner in a pot of boiling water to reheat it. When it is hot we open the bag and put dinner on our plates. No dishes to wash. We call them "heat and eat" meals. Save the water in the pot for the next dinner. We also bring bottled water or a 5 gal jug to wash hands outside on a table, brush teeth etc. just as if we were tent camping. No time or place to go dump tanks when you are chasing after big bulls!
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