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Old 09-14-2015, 05:33 PM   #1
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How to camp without full hook up ????

I am fairly new to owning my 26BH. Just a few years. The places I have camped so far have been mostly human versions of what a sardine can must be like. I raise my 2 Grand daughters alone,one 13 one 5. We mostly camp at beaches, so our main focus is the beach,the staying in the camper is icing on the cake. So I want to broaden my horizons and camp at some places that I see you guys post pics of with sceneries to die for,but I'm gonna bet that these sites are not full hook-ups. So my question is how does one stay somewhere for say 3 days and not have full hook ups? I really like the thought of being able to do much more camping in the state and national parks, The sites are farther apart and the parks are much more natural and that's what I want to show and give these kids. So please if you can give me a Camping without full hookup 101 lesson Im all ears!!! I am in the Baltimore County area of Maryland, and would also appreciate some sites maybe within an hour and a half that you have had previous experience of staying at,if you could....
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Old 09-14-2015, 06:05 PM   #2
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Many state parks have partial-to-full hookups. As long as I have electric, I am good for several days.

For example on our recent stay at Poinsett State Park in SC, we had a site with 30 amp power and water, but no sewer. We took short showers to minimize what went into the grey tank which is what tends to fill up first.

We also wash dishes in a plastic tub in the sink and pour that dishwater into the black tank via the toilet. It stretches the grey tank capacity and the soapy water helps the black tank from becoming aromatic.

We prefer state parks for the more spacious and shaded sites as well as the many hiking trails most have. Of the 50+ nights we've spent in the RV in the past twelve months, only one was in a private campground. The reminder were in state parks with a handful in parking lots while passing through.
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We camp all the time for 2-3 days without full hookups. If you use your water sparingly when you shower and do dishes there should be no problem. We use a dish pan for the rinse water and fill the sink part way with wash water.

Sometimes we let dirty dishes set until we have enough to wash with out wasting water. We generally put all that water down the drain and the rinse water clears out any soap residue.

Don't skimp on water when flushing the toilet, but use the campground facilities when they are handy.

Take "Navy showers". Get wet, turn off the water, soap up and wash, then take a quick rinse. If you want a long shower use the ones in the campground.

Stop at the dump station on the way out of the campground.

If you camp where there is only electric, fill up your fresh tank and you will run out of water before both your black and grey tanks are full.
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You are close enough to Skyline Drive you might enjoy the campgrounds there. No services but they do have a dump station. I forget the exact age but it is 60 or maybe 62 you buy a senior pass that is forever for ten dollars. That gets you in the park for free and half off for camping. I camp at Matthews Arm for $7.50 I really like the camping there for the scenery and wildlife.
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You'll love "dry camping" and so will the girls ... the upside is a much larger campsite that is more private and attractive! We started-out with tents then matured into pop-ups, then finally got a true travel trailer, so we're accustomed to using campground restroom facilities, washing dishes outdoors, and bundling-up on cold nights. If tent campers can do it, so can you! As you plan the trip, make it a game for the girls, have them strategize new ways to do things 'off the grid'. Here are some hints to get them started: biodegradable dish detergent and 2-3 wash tubs (I love the collapsible ones) on the picnic bench (1 for dirties, 1 with hot water for wash, 1 with lukewarm for rinsing); for the restrooms have handy extra TP rolls and maybe even 'bum gaskets' (seat covers); if the showers need change, have quarters handy and think about getting a 'college shower caddy'; if you DO use your trailer's toilet - flush with dish gray water to conserve both your fresh water and the gray tank space; make sure your battery is topped-off and avoid using things that'll drain it ... battery lanterns are great for lights and warm sleeping bags and flannel sheets/PJs are perfect for those cold nights; play games (no electronics ); your rig's cooktop and fridge should be fine but you could cook all of your meals outdoors with a BBQ or camp-stove and rely an old-fashioned ice-chest! This is what will add to their memories!
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I forget the exact age but it is 60 or maybe 62 you buy a senior pass that is forever for ten dollars. That gets you in the park for free and half off for camping.
Great idea! Here is where you get information for the National Parks Passes; the Senior Pass is $10/lifetime at age 62; generally a 50% discount. Check also for State Park and County Park passes, you'd be amazed at the savings! Also, get familiar with various camping reservation systems such as RECREATION.GOV (National Campgrounds) and RESERVEAMERICA.COM (State Parks, County Parks, Private Campgrounds, etc.) and have your discount cards handy!
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As has been said, if you have electric and water it is very easy to get by for quite some time without a sewer connection. We use campground facilities for toilet and shower except for #1 at night. We don't consider using campground facilities an inconvenience. It's much better than the 5 gallon bucket with plastic liner which we once used.

Washing dishes in tubs and dumping the water to the sewer station saves worry about overloading the trailer grey tanks.

If you have no 120 volt electric it would be worthwhile to consider changing to LED lighting. Most trailer 12 volt interior lighting is conventional incandescent lamps. They are not as efficient as LED lights so they drain a battery much more quickly. LED draws less power. It has become very affordable.

I add this cheap LED option to my Amazon orders. Doing that with $35+ orders saves shipping.

Amazon.com: White Car Interior 48 SMD LED Light Lamp Panel T10 Dome Bulb BA9S Adapter 12V (Panel 1): Home Improvement

The LED units come with 3 different style socket adapters. I've used them for pretty much all of my vehicle and travel trailer interior lights. I just let them rest inside on the fixture lens. No sticking or gluing. Working great so far.

Another choice.

http://www.amazon.com/HAMIST-Lights-...10+3528+42-SMD

Be aware that the light they give can be very white compared to incandescent lamps. Some people consider that unacceptable. There are more expensive LED lights which have better color correction so they look more like conventional incandescent lamps. LED's will allow more time to be spent while powered from a 12 volt battery as compared to incandescent lighting.

Your refrigeration will likely need to be switched to propane if you have no 120 volt shore power.

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90% of the campgrounds we frequent are electric only sites and we manage to camp for 10 days without filling our gray water, black water, or draining our fresh water tank (90gallons). We so use the shower house for showers but we all use the bathroom in the camper. We also use paper plates for very little dish cleanup.
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This is really great information...
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Both of my JayFlghts had 80+ gallon fresh water tanks, so water is not an issue for 3-4 nights once you get filled up.

Also, each of mine had 32 gallon black and grey tanks. A 32 gallon black tank will last the three of you way longer than 4 days, we have gone a week with 5 of us using a 32 gallon black tank.

32 gallons of grey can fill up very quickly. With careful use you should get 3-4 nights. If you find it to be challenging after the first trip there are several options to get grey water into the black tank since it has room to spare. As mentioned you can was dishes into a bucket and the dump down the head. Or, what we prefer, is use a bayonet to garden hose adapter, then fill the 5 gallon bucket and either dump down our head or the CG pit toilets.

Otherwise you can get a blue boy tote for use at non-hookup CG with a dump station. We have a 25 gallon and it takes less than 20 min to fill, haul to dump station and then dump it.

120VAC is the next piece. Many many options for sites w/o power. You can increase your battery capacity and not worry about charging over a few days, you can get a solar system or an inverter type generator. Personally we went with dual grp 24 batteries and a Honda eu2000i. Generator was found on Craigslist at a great price several years ago. I prefer generator because it isn't dependent on sun and we really prefer shaded sites since there is no air conditioner when boon docking.

It takes a little practice to get your rhythm, but you will figure it out and the girls and you will have a great time.
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