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New to boo docking...how long will 96 gallons of water last?


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3 days... I would say NOOOOoo problem. There are a lot of variables in there.. and everyones usage will vary, but for three days I can't see you having to do much water conservation with 96 gallons. I get by with around 66 gallons a month as a single.

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Easily - - if you realize that the faucet is no longer connected to a billion gallon reservoir. Some could go a month or more on that much water. There is a big learning curve for dry camping. I've always thought that it's much easier for some old back packers and tent campers than those who go directly from the luxury of a stick and brick into an RV.

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We dry camped for 18 days one time and I kept track of my water usage - about 7 gallons per day for 2 persons. I knew that when my tanks filled up, we would have to break camp and go to the dump station or make several trips with the blue tote. So we were pretty conservative with water usage.

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We routinely boondock for 7 days on 80 gallons of water. Our general practice is to do 'washcloth' baths, but other than that, just observe common sense water saving measures. When going beyond 7 days, we do the 'navy' shower thing and that works quite well, too. So far, 10 days seems to be the comfortable range for us on our 80 gallons.

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With good conservation methods I could go two weeks on 40 gallons using it for cooking but not drinking in my van but that would be daily washcloth baths rather than showers. I only showered once a week to wash my hair. I dumped my black tank once a week so I only needed to fill fresh every other dump.

 

Linda Sand

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We had a bus conversion with a 250 gallon tank. That 'could' last us 4 weeks. But you have to be very aware of water usage. Dishwater to flush the toilet etc. Friends of ours had a similar set up and could manage just 3 days. She was a hair fanatic and washed and rinsed it every day!!!!!!!!

 

regards

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We usually go 10 days on our 96 gallon water supply without completely draining the tank. We still do navy showers, and use dish washing water to flush the toilet. There is a learning curve and after a while you get comfortable with conservation.

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It depends (and we say that a lot around here).

 

Anywhere from a week to a month.

 

If you do not use the hot water heater (waiting for the water to get hot out of the tap uses up a substantial amount of water that then fills your grey water tank), if you do not leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, if you wet your hands, then soap them and then rinse them all without leaving the tap going, and if you use the latrines provided at many boondock sites you can extend the time needed to dump and fill considerably.

 

WDR

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We have a camp member with a HEAVY drinking problem.......Dolly--our-Paint-Horse guzzles FIFTEEN gallons every day.......GULP!!

 

Dolly is a fairly careful "drinker" but IF you give her a 5 gal bucket to "drink" from sometimes she might tip it over and spill a few gallons so we have a 10 gal wide bottom Rubbermaid water tub that is very stable and we fill it twice a day with about 8 gal per fill.

 

We can boondock for two weeks easy with the 330 gal tote on the back deck of our Freightliner Century and 200 Gal in our Dune toyhauler with a removable Dolly-module in the "garage".

 

Most days in our remote dry horse camps Dolly helps conserve water by rolling and taking a "dust-bath".......... it seems to work well for her and some dirt bikers but we still prefer the "Navy Shower"........

 

Gotta go now and see if the hose has finished filling the tanks......

 

Safe travels,

 

Dollytrolley

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We have a 100 gallon fresh water tank and it will last us a good 10 days. Our black tank is good for 2 weeks or more and we dump our grey on a bush or two.......I find that bushes are not that fussy about where they get their moisture from...if we are in the desert.

 

So basically after 10 days we head to a dump station and refill the water tank and head back to our spot in the wilds.

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Dumping grey water depends on protocol. New Mexico State Parks permit it if done through a hose (and use that hose only for that purpose) and the seals on black water tank have to be perfect. It should never be done near a stream or standing water. Safest is to wash dishes in a plastic basin and dump that (if permitted) and to take outdoor showers. Our 2013 Open Range has hot and cold water to the showers, which was not a feature on earlier models

 

Agree with Lots2see that coming from a desert back packer/mountaineering background does give one a different perspective on water usage. We have lasted for two weeks in desert.

 

Having a horse or two along will definitely change the game plan with water usage.

 

Reed and Elaine

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Water is the EZ part, it's where to put the gray water. And water is also the EZest to get or refill, there is always a place to get a few more gallons. Gray water filling up is the real problem for us. Like others navy shower every three days and the big hospital wipes or bath cloths in between. Catch the dish water or do the dishs in a pan for disposal or toilet wash and catch xtra shower water in a small tub or bucket. We can go over two weeks on the 90-100 gallons and all but three weeks on the black water doing some duties away from the boondocking site. Coffee and fresh water from gallon jugs or bottles. Just think about using the water twice.

 

LEN

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I had an issue with access to water last Summer. I was able to have a daily shower and get by on 3 g/day. When my wife is along 5g/day is about the minimum for showers and to get by without any major accommodation.

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Cut a hole in the top of a milk jug big enough for the shower head. Run the shower in the jug until it gets hot then use the water for the toilet, animals or what ever. We can go 2 weeks on 100 gallons. Navy shower every other day and the dishes are done in the sink not a tub. The 2 of us with a dog and a cat. Just be careful with it.

 

Jeff

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