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Old 04-06-2015, 06:46 AM   #1
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I just purchased an X254. I believe the grey and black tanks are 31 gallons each. If I get a site at a campground without a sewer hookup, approximately how long would it take 2 adults and a 1 year old to fill those tanks. Basically could I go a long weekend? This is my first camper so I have no idea. We're looking at some sites with just water and electric but the campground let's you dump for free on the way out so as long as I can go a long weekend, it won't be an issue.

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Old 04-06-2015, 06:48 AM   #2
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Yes, you should easily be able to do a long weekend. I have gone up to 5-8 days. But would try to take showers etc. at the campground facilities.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:54 AM   #3
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Hi,

I just purchased an X254. I believe the grey and black tanks are 31 gallons each. If I get a site at a campground without a sewer hookup, approximately how long would it take 2 adults and a 1 year old to fill those tanks. Basically could I go a long weekend? This is my first camper so I have no idea. We're looking at some sites with just water and electric but the campground let's you dump for free on the way out so as long as I can go a long weekend, it won't be an issue.

Thanks,
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Black tank should be ok for a weekend. Gray fills faster if you take a lot of long showers. Try not to do what some do and minimize water when you flush. There needs to be some water in the BT or you may have trouble dumping or with clogs.
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My wife has twice (not in the past two years) overfilled the gray tank on weekend trips, without showering. So watch out as the Kitchen sink can also cause overflows.

This was on an older, small HiLo, I no longer remember its capacities.
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And then there are waste totes ~ and if your keep your eye on them, they have pretty good sales; there are other threads here about sizing, using, hauling, storing, and cleaning them.

Generally we are fine boondocking on 3-day weekends, especially when using campground showers and not washing dishes after EVERY meal. We just spent almost a week at a marina campground where they have all hookups except sewer, but they DO have both an RV waste station and a roving honey-wagon to accommodate all the FT boaters. Our (2 adults) experience? Gray tanks fill faster so we use the tote about every 3 days (or less frequent if using the campground showers), then before we leave we dump black/gray at the station. Easy-peasy!
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When available, use the CG facilities. Before you go on your trip, take a 30 gal plastic trash can and place your garden hose in it out on your deck. Turn on the water to a steady flow [not full blast] similar to a running faucet. Now sit with an adult beverage or cool drink and watch how quickly it fills. It will give you a good visual how fast you can fill your tank by leaving the faucets running while brushing teeth, washing dishes, or what ever. Showers are a real killer to a holding tank. You can easily extend the life of a holding tank thru a long weekend or even longer if you are pay attention.
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As others have said, you should be fine on the black tank for a long weekend but watch the grey tank. Limit your grey water by using hand sanatizer and watching your sink usage . You can really conserve grey tank capacity by taking "Navy" showers (get wet, shut the water off, lather up then rinse off).
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I bought a shower head with the on off switch for about $20 or less, it greatly helps to conserve water on showers. We don't do alot of cooking and use paper plates so we don't wash dishes. My camper only has 15 gallon grey and black tanks so your already twice as good as me.
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Using paper plates, bowls and glasses and only having to wash silverware and pots/pans can save a lot of water, too.
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Most campgrounds will come and pump your tanks out for about 10 bucks
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