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Conserving Water on the Road

“Although it is nice being self-contained with thirty gallons of fresh water and fifteen gallons of grey, we still manage our water like we did before our truck camping days.  We do almost all our cooking and washing outside and use a five gallon Coleman water container that we fill at the camp at a fresh water source after we arrive.  The container fits nicely on the floor of our wet bath while in transit.  That leaves lots of water for occasional Navy showers and other miscellaneous interior sink uses.” – Dave and Carolyn Thalman, 2013 Ram 2500, 2013 Northstar 850SC

“We wash dishes in a dishpan that fits in the sink and use biodegradable soap so throwing it out is not a problem.  The shower is plumbed into the black so the P-trap drain is plumbed through the bottom of the camper.  The shower head has a shut off to save water.” – Rod Fosback, 1999 Ford F350, 2008 SnowRiver 10’8″

“When we are boondocking we still take a shower every day, so we conserve water where we can.  When taking a shower we quickly get the water to the temperature we like by running water into a bucket for later uses; for the toilet or whatever else we need.  We wet ourselves down and then fill the sink to the amount of water we need to rise off.  Then we shut the water off.  We shampoo, soap up our bodies up, and scrub.  Then using a glass we dip water out of the sink and rinse ourselves off using this water.  This way we only use the amount of water in the sink and that is all that goes into the waste tank.

When we wash dishes we run water into a pot and put it on the stove to heat up.  We do this instead of waiting for the water to run through the lines to get hot from the water heater to the kitchen sink.

  Our camper has thirty-six gallons of fresh water plus a six gallon water heater.  We can go a number of days on it.” – Butch Evans, 2013 Ram 3500, 2012 Northern Lite 10-2 CDSE

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