Waste and Water

Lessons Learned: Water & Waste Tank Management

  • January 20, 2017
Lessons Learned: Water & Waste Tank Management

Gold King Basin is adorned in all of its splendor at the peak of summer wildflowers.When was the last time you thought about turning on the faucet and pouring a glass of water or taking a hot shower but stopped, first to think about your how much water you had or how much room in your sewer you had left? For most people, it never really enters their mind. If you live in an area with drought conditions, you might give it pause, or if you live an area prone to droughts, but for a lot of us, we never give it a second thought. When you are long-term boondocking, it is always on your mind. No one wants...

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Water! Water! Part 2

  • August 20, 2016

Dry camping brings the unique challenge of trying to find water for yourself and your furry friends. You need water for everything from brushing your teeth to washing dishes. I blogged about water conservation, here. Today, I am going to focus on how I obtained and stored water. I have a very small freshwater tank: 5 gallons. My grey tank is not much larger, at 11 gallons. I have to be an absolute miser with water and always have refilling in the back of my mind. When I dry camp, I reserve my freshwater tank almost exclusively for showers. If I am extremely judicious, I can get 3-4 showers out of 2 fresh...

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Water! Water!

  • May 12, 2016

  One of the key components to boondocking is water supply. Managing your fresh and grey water use is a key to ensuring that you do not have to pack up camp and make a trip to get potable water and dump your tanks every few days. I have been collecting ideas on water management recently and decided to share them with you. Top 10 Water Conservation Tips for T@bbers: Use paper plates, plastic silverware - I learned this last year. Besides, who wants to wash more dishes? Use a food scraper to get dishes as clean as possible - scrape every last trace of food off of the dishes,...

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Replacing the Gravity Fill

  • November 17, 2015

I broke the door on my fresh water fill last year when my heavy water jug slipped as I was filling the freshwater tank. I found the original fill to use to be a pain due to the door, so I went with a different style that works better for filling. This took about 15 minutes start to  The kit included caulk and the new fill required me to drill a new hole. As you can see from the photo, you will need to use a square head recess  screwdriver or drill but. I used a JR Products Polar White Gravity Dish, but the product is also available in off white and black. This in expensive hack makes...

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To the Dump!

  • November 9, 2015
To the Dump!

"To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump!" I can still hear my dad singing that to the tune of the William Tell Overture, made popular as the theme of the original Lone Ranger show. Dad was talking about taking our trash to the county dump, but I am thinking of taking the T@b to the RV dump station. If you have never done it sounds disgusting and intimidating. It sounds complicated and not worth the effort. However, I have learned it is really not so bad and having indoor plumbing is pretty awesome for the middle of the night bathroom runs as well as for pulling over when you have not seen...

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