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Old 08-05-2016, 03:48 PM   #11
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I don't know what the deal is, but I swear: two military showers and our grey water is full up. Even when it's just me in the trailer.

One of these days I'm going to climb underneath and find they put a half size tank in or something.

I have a 42 gallon grey water tote that comes in very handy when we don't have a sewer connection. Only used it once, but it was a lifesaver, and not difficult to deal with at all.

I have yet to ever actually see the black water tank full, save when I fill it up to dump.

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Old 08-05-2016, 05:09 PM   #12
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We go to State Parks without full hookups sometimes - When we go for 5 nights, we can make it 3 nights, but then I pull it up to the dump station. We have two small kids (3&5) that get really dirty and aren't really into showers yet, so they get a sparing bath. We go easy on the dish washing (paper plates). I have found that I can hook up, go dump, and be back on the site in about 40 minutes total...


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Old 08-05-2016, 06:16 PM   #13
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Go out and purchase a 15 gallon Blue boy and don't worry about it. They are a great investment especially if you are camping w/o sewer often. I have a 15 gallon tank and I have 4 times the grey water tanks as you. Even if I don't need it for 5-6 days, it's there if needed.


Enjoy the trip! BTW, did you mention if you are taking kids with you? Family members have to be taught how to conserve what goes in the tanks. The less the longer it is not a problem. Keep some water in your black tank even when empty.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:22 PM   #14
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Yes, the kids will be along with us.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:53 PM   #15
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As others have said, just get a "honey pot" (tote) for the grey water. Encourage everyone to use the CG facilities.

At least having a tote will get you out of a bind if your tanks fill up.

Electric and water is considered a luxury to some

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Old 08-05-2016, 10:35 PM   #16
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Thanks for the replies everyone, I'm feeling much more comfortable. I knew it was doable as a lot of the sites I've seen don't offer sewage I just didn't know what I should expect. Looks like a great weekend in the making to me! ��
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:53 PM   #17
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I don't know what the deal is, but I swear: two military showers and our grey water is full up. Even when it's just me in the trailer.

2 "military" showers and the grey tank is full?? Something is definitely not right...lol!
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:35 AM   #18
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We've got a fifth wheel, so bigger tanks than you, but we will dry camp for 5 to 7 days without moving. Our black tank is 37.5 gallons and that never gets full, but is getting closer at 7 days. And we don't make an effort to use the campground facilities. This is with a family of four.

We have 2 gray tanks, both 37.5 gallons. One is hooked to kitchen sink (which never is an issue) and the other to our bathroom sink and shower. This one's our limit. We can make 5 days work without worry, but do get darn near full, but can't make 7 days. Kids usually end up showering every other day. I've kind of figured out that our showers average 3 to 4 gallons of water each. We have had a 20-some gallon blue tote for several years and have only pulled it out to make one or two trips during a 7 day stay only to empty shower water, probably 4 times in 6 years.

We started the same way. The more you do it, the more you learn your camper, and the more comfortable you'll get. Between the tote and a few 6 gallon water jugs, we use our fifth wheel without worry. It's easier for me to carry water to pour into the camper than to overly worry about conserving water (everybody ends up stressed it seems). If we need water, I add it. If the gray fills, I empty it. For me, it keeps things easy.

You don't need a giant tote, a 10 gallon may be a good compromise between storage size and capacity. Either 2 trips in one day, or one trip every other day, would keep you in really good shape, tank wise.

My suggestion, if you are interested and have room to store, would be to get a tote, and a 6 gallon fresh water jug. Then you can add fresh water, get rid of gray water, and not be tied to full hookup sites. It will open up a lot more possibilities for places to stay.
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Our experience is with mostly electric only sites.

As noted above there are many water saving tricks to extend your stay without having to dump. I really don't want to haul around a tote or pay the extra money for one.

We are one of the groups that takes the trek for "nice" bathrooms a couple of times a day then utilize the vaults other times. After all... it is "camping" and we still have to rough it a bit.

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