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Old 08-05-2016, 12:51 PM   #1
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Not full hookups...what to expect?

New to camping in an RV and our 2nd trip is planned for labor day weekend...gonna spend 5 nights at Devils Den state park in northwest Arkansas. They did not have any full hookup spots available so I grabbed one of the last few spots with water and power. I'm not gonna lie, I have no idea what to expect camping for that long without a sewer hookup and it makes me nervous. I've already told the family that we will be using the water sparingly and using the bathhouse for showers and most toilet excursions....even with that, what should I expect? Is it reasonable to be able to expect to make it the full 5 days without having to pull out and go find a dump station or am I dreaming and should plan on a trip or 2 at least? Camper is a 2013 X23B Hybrid with either 23 or 26 gallon holding tanks, I can't remember right off the top of my head.
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:05 PM   #2
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First, check out the Boondocking sub forum.


If you really limit your water usage (use CG facilities almost exclusively) you should be able to go more than a week on 23 gallons of wastewater.


The two of us used to go 3-4 days on 20 gallons of water by limiting shower duration.
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:06 PM   #3
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Buy a waste tote and you can use it to haul waste to the dump whenever needed. Beats breaking camp and pulling the trailer to dump, then setting back up.
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From what I've experienced so far the grey water will get you in trouble the fastest. I went 8 days before my grey filled up enough that my sink wouldn't drain, the black was only 2/3s full if we want to trust the idiot lights. If I'd been more conservative it would have been more even. I should have been dumping my dishwater into the toilet much sooner (started this on day 4). We should have brushed teeth and hands using the outside shower head (this would have helped I'm sure). We have 86 gallons of fresh water so that wasn't an issue at all. I did 4 days taking fast showers and using the toilet without any problems at all (Me, my Wife, and 3 yr old daughter). Your going to be just fine, use your camper and enjoy it. Don't be one of those guys I see making his family trek across the campground because he's afraid of the holding tanks. Watch your levels every evening and adjust accordingly if needed.
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:13 PM   #5
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If you're not going to shower in the rig then you should have NO problem. In our previous TT - with a 30gal gray water tank, the 2 of us could go a 3 day weekend even WITH taking showers. I found that with 30 gal of waste we could do 4 showers and dishes, misc. stuff (like brushing teeth) no problem.

There are a few things you can do to extend your capacity since you will NEVER fill your black water tank in that period. We used to put a piece of large tupper ware in the kitchen sink and was dishes in that. Then when done we would dump in in the toilet (so it went into the black tank). Also, our bathroom sink was plumbed into the black tank (not sure about yours) so anything we did in the bathroom sink was all good.

Absolute worst case - you might have to tow the rig to the dump station and back. I never had room to carry a tote in my previous setup so that wasn't an option for me - plus those things are expensive in my opinion and I never needed it.
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If you're not going to shower in the rig then you should have NO problem. In our previous TT - with a 30gal gray water tank, the 2 of us could go a 3 day weekend even WITH taking showers. I found that with 30 gal of waste we could do 4 showers and dishes, misc. stuff (like brushing teeth) no problem.

There are a few things you can do to extend your capacity since you will NEVER fill your black water tank in that period. We used to put a piece of large tupper ware in the kitchen sink and was dishes in that. Then when done we would dump in in the toilet (so it went into the black tank). Also, our bathroom sink was plumbed into the black tank (not sure about yours) so anything we did in the bathroom sink was all good.

Absolute worst case - you might have to tow the rig to the dump station and back. I never had room to carry a tote in my previous setup so that wasn't an option for me - plus those things are expensive in my opinion and I never needed it.
We do the dish tote in the sink, use this to wash and catch rinse water, dump this down your toilet. It will help tremendously and the soapy water helps clean the black tank. Win Win situation!
Sterilite Dish Pan, 18 quart https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PZGQRQU..._kAoPxbWJJCFXH
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Good deal, doesn't sound like it will be too bad. The good news is that we are extremely close to the bath house....the bad news is that we are extremely close to the bath house! haha
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Old 08-05-2016, 01:44 PM   #8
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Very rarely do we camp with sewer hookups available, most of the state parks just do not have them here. I use a Barker tote tank to haul the grey water to the dump station if necessary. I have never had to use it with the black water yet. Its not a big deal, you learn fast how to use less water and enjoy the trip.
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Out west... there are lots of state and federal campgrounds that encourage campers to drain your grey water into the forest. You should check with that campground BEFORE you drain on the ground.

As for us... in those places we can drain our grey water, we use a Camco-39463-Sewer-Hose-Connection attached to a 30ft garden hose and let the shower / dish water drain where it does the most benefit to the area.

Then... all you have to worry about is the Black Tank.

I would call the camp ground... let them know where your spot is and ask about "grey on the ground"
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Short answer is USE THE CG FACILITIES and you will be fine. Don't run the water while brushing teeth etc. Many if not most State Park CGs don't have sewer hookups at the sites. I know that a lot of people have the attitude that I bought a TT so I didn't have to use the CG facilities. Sorry if that is you but like I said you are going to run into water/electric only at a whole lot of campgrounds. If you are planning on making longer stays at parks without sewer hookups, invest in a tote. Sounds gross but its a necessity unless you are willing to unplug and head over to the dump station.

For a long weekend with some good decision making on water usage and you should be fine. Remember that dish washing [a necessity] can use a lot of water. The wash basin is a good idea.
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