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Old 01-26-2015, 01:51 PM   #11
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Bad form IMO and a sure way to piss off the neighbors!
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:08 PM   #12
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What I hate even more is when people wash dishes at the community water spigot and leave a mess all around it even though they have dish washing stations at the side of the bathrooms..
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Old 01-26-2015, 02:54 PM   #13
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Personally I think it's ok to refill your fresh tank, but I think it is inconsiderate to stay hooked up regardless of using a Y or Tee.
+1...NYS parks do not allow for permanent hook up when not on site, but usually we have a block fill party when someone breaks out the hoses. I have been over 200 feet from the spigot and when one guy breaks out his we usually share it and top off. Makes for good time to meet your neighbors.

I carry 150 with me and a bladder too.

Another handy tool is a water bandit for some of the broken spigots.
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:07 PM   #14
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Never gave it much thought--guess because the sites I use all have water at each site
If I did come across this situation, don't think I would hook to it
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Old 01-26-2015, 03:09 PM   #15
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Another handy tool is a water bandit for some of the broken spigots.
In a lot of the CA campgrounds I've been they don't have the traditional hose hookup so this is a must, the other gotcha to eliminate extra water usage at the parks was to put valves in the supply that open only when you are holding it and it springs shut when you release it. Have to stand there for a while to fill up but not a biggie.

Most of the campgrounds we've visited also don't have sites with that many spigots so we call ahead before going to see what the water situation is like..
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Besides being inconsiderate, what if you or the DW are in the shower and an angry camper disconnects your hose, nothing like having a head full of shampoo when that happens.
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Having been a manager of public land campgrounds, I can say without hesitation that hooking up permanently is bad form, and you may even get fined for doing so. But I think everyone here already knows this is not an acceptable practice. Those spigots in state campgrounds are for everyone's use. You are not a gold miner staking your claim on a limited resource.


There is a designated place that most campgrounds have for filling with fresh water.
Most campgrounds have a fresh water fill that is about 50 to 75 feet from the dump station. The spigot is clearly marked potable water and should not be confused with the spigot right at the dump station sewer, which is for washing your slinky and hooking to your BW tank rinser.

Probably not a bad idea to carry a small spray bottle of bleach to spray the potable water spigot before you hook up to it. You never know the practices of the previous person who hooked up to that spigot.
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Thank you all for the responses. I picked up a water bandit a while back but I'll add a 5 gal water jug and some extra hose to my shopping list. The 26BH has a pretty sizable FW tank but I have no idea how much water a family of 4 can go thru in a few days.
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Thank you all for the responses. I picked up a water bandit a while back but I'll add a 5 gal water jug and some extra hose to my shopping list. The 26BH has a pretty sizable FW tank but I have no idea how much water a family of 4 can go thru in a few days.
Also remember, more in = more out and you will require more trips to the dump station. Use the outdoor shower and facilities as much as possible. Sink washing stations too help. My worst contributer is the kitchen sink with washing pots and pans when no washing station is available.
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As a campground host I can tell you that most parks that do not have threaded taps have a limited water supply and using a water bandit robs others of water..
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