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Old 08-15-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Anyone else find themselves being a bit more conservative when at home because of your camping experience?
It wasn't that uncommon for me to leave the water run while brushing my teeth before, but find myself shutting it off except to rinse. Haven't resorted to the, get wet shut off suds up n rinse method of showering yet but I am aware of the water I waste now after taking a few camping trips using holding tanks. Anyone else notice this too?
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I do the same when we get home. Snowbirds. It only lasts for a little while. I love the full flow shower. ;-)
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I've always taken navy showers regardless of being at home or in the trailer.
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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I've always taken navy showers regardless of being at home or in the trailer.
Isn't it difficult to get 25 men into your RV shower?
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Old 08-15-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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35+ years in the Submarine Service. When you have to make your own water you get a permanent perspective. Same for making your own oxygen.
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I tried the get wet shut off lather up turn back on method once but the water got ice cold and since the shower is so small you can't escape the stream, I just let it run now, lol!
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I installed a water shut off by the shower wand. That way I don't have to adjust the shower valve to the temperature I had it before (in the motorhome). deSanford PS Coast Guard Showers (only one at a time).
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:55 PM   #8
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I conserve at home and while camping .
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We are continually harped at to conserve water here at home. We first conserved 20% and they raised our rates because the revenue went down. We then conserved 15% more and were rewarded with more increased rates. We are now being asked to conserve more and yet the largest Casino in CA is set to open in November and they just approved 300 plus new homes. Why do we have to continue to conserve so they can build more and more large users?

I will take my long showers and I refuse to conserve one more drop!
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I installed a water shut off by the shower wand. That way I don't have to adjust the shower valve to the temperature I had it before (in the motorhome). deSanford PS Coast Guard Showers (only one at a time).
That's what mine has, a button on the wand that shuts it off or slows it down, but when it quits flowing the temp changes drastically for some reason!
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The only excessive water we use is during showers/baths and that isn't what you'd call excessive. But after taking 1.5 gallon showers for a week in the RV and long hot shower was needed!
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For our eleven years of full timing I always took navy showers but am getting out of the habit now that we are snowbirds. We waste a lot of water in the house even though we are conservative. We have a washer that uses a fair amount of water even though it is a modern front loader and we didn't have one in the motor home. It takes a long time for the water in the kitchen to get cold or hot and that wastes a lot. That is probably the thing I notice most. The other is how much space we have that is not used and is not necessary. It is 200 feet round trip from our office to our bathroom. The guest bathroom is closer but I tend to use ours instead. I am finally getting to the point where I don't try to flush the toilet with a nonexistent foot pedal. Here is a comparison I worked up a few years ago. We use fewer resources than we did when we lived in a stick house even though our motor home gas mileage is 7 MPG. The Honda does good- about 24 MPG average and we put less than 4000 miles per year on it. Our numbers: 13 gallons of water per day versus 160 to 200 gallons per day for two people - average use. (Water Questions and Answers, USGS Water Science School) Our sewage outflow is about the same as water useage (13 gallons per day) versus 160 to 200 gallons per day for the average two couple household. About 200 gallons of propane per year - would be less but we spend a couple of months in CO in the fall with family and use the furnace some there. We use about 1500 gallons of gasoline per year. I used close to 1500 gallons of fuel oil per year to heat my 3600 square foot house in NH and at least 1500 KWhs of electricity per month. We put about 4000 miles per year on the car versus 14,000 when we had the house. We use 250 to 350 KWH of electricity per month versus 500 to 1000 KWH average for two people. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) kwh use 11000 per house 2008 gov The fuel and propane we use is offset by the fuel oil we used in the house. Water and electricty are quite a bit less, So it would seem to me that we are using considerably fewer resources in the motor home than we did in the house.
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Anyone else find themselves being a bit more conservative when at home because of your camping experience?
It wasn't that uncommon for me to leave the water run while brushing my teeth before, but find myself shutting it off except to rinse. Haven't resorted to the, get wet shut off suds up n rinse method of showering yet but I am aware of the water I waste now after taking a few camping trips using holding tanks. Anyone else notice this too?
Haven't been camping for months (we're heading out again in 2 weeks) and I STILL have the same exact thought every time brushing my teeth! Nothing wrong with that, but I know it's not just me now! Thanks! -Al
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:47 AM   #14
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I've never let the water run when brushing my teeth and at my house I have a well so water is free. I just wet the toothbrush and shut it off til I rinse. How hard is that? Lol! New to camping in a 5th wheel, tent before. Just started this year and so far only been one place without a water hookup. State Fair for 9 days, I was there every day but 3 and ran out of water on the last day, just me showing but a few others using bathroom. Had a seasonal spot for a month with waterand sewer and a few state parks which always have water here.
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