BURNING MAN - How Do You Do It?? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 10-03-2011, 04:28 PM   #1
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BURNING MAN - How Do You Do It??

I posted this at another forum but wanted to see how the variety of FG owners here did this. Have any of you taken your FG trailer to Burning Man?
How many days did you stay?
Was electricity provided at all or did you not use electricity? Solar?
With the small tanks of fiberglass trailers, how did you do it?
How did you make the freshwater last for so many days? Showers?
And what about dumping tanks?

I would love to go to Burning Man sometime, but I'm not sure about how you deal with all of that!

Any info is helpful from folks who have been there, done that in their tiny trailers.



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Old 10-04-2011, 04:48 PM   #2
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Don, check out these folks, they have taken their Oliver to Burning Man, I'm sure they would know. There is a picture of their Oliver at Burning Man about mid-way down the page.

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Old 10-04-2011, 05:10 PM   #3
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You can purchase dump services for your RV at Burning Man. This doesn't seem to be the case for water though I haven't read the whole guide.
There is a link at the end of the post for the guide and Burning Man.

One of the weaknessess of the Scamp and Casita is the small water tank. We have managed to make it for 5 days on 25 gallons of water. Both the Black and grey tanks are adequate for 5 days if you're careful with the grey.

One of next year's projects is to replace my water tank with a larger tank for those out of the way places.

Water tanks are inexpensive and relatively easy to install.

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Old 10-04-2011, 09:45 PM   #4
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Hi there... I'm Cherie of Technomadia, referenced above.

We did take our Oliver to the Burn for all three years we owned it, and prior to that we went in our 16' T@b teardrop trailer. It's entirely possible to thrive at Burning Man with limited resources... heck, folks go in tents.

We typically stay 10-20 days when we go (we usually get early entry for projects we're in, and stay late to help with clean-up) and have not yet run out of resources.

As we full timed in all of these trailers, we were ultra in tune with our usage and capacities. (We've been on the road full time for over 5 years now).

With the T@b, we had just a 5 gallon water tank and no gray, and just a little portable chem toilet (yes, we full timed in it for a year). We used water jugs for our drinking and washing water, and collected & evaporated in. We used a camping solar shower over an evap pond for very brief showers a couple times a week (and baby wipe cleaning the rest of the time). We used the port-potties (supplemented by a pee bottle for late night use) that year for black needs.

In the Oliver, we had 38.5 gallons of fresh, and an equal size grey tank - which was just about enough for our time there with conservative use. But we always carried a couple of 2.5 gallon water jugs - just in case. Usually our campmates 'gifted' us several more gallons of water that we just didn't need and became a hassle to cart off the playa. Our black tank was 18 gallons, so we used that for overnight use, and porta-potties the rest of the time.

Yes, you can flag down a tank pump service and drain your grey & black tanks. However, it costs $50, and unless you happen to catch them -can mean spending your entire day waiting for one. It's much better to know your capacities, and utilize the public toilets for what you can't provide. External holding tanks can also be useful if you want to lug them out there and back.

For electricity, BM does not provide any (unless you are staff or part of center camp).So anything you need - you bring. Both of our travel trailers were outfitted with solar, which allowed us to run our satellite dish & modem, computers (we work online), lights, water pump, lights for the camp shade structure, etc. For the few times we needed A/C in the Oliver, we had a Honda 2000 generator plumbed to run off propane that we turned on when needed.

We sold our Oliver a few months ago, and have now moved into a 35' vintage bus conversion. We just did the burn again, and it was a complete luxury to have 90 gallons of fresh water, and gray/black tanks to match! Daily showers and no porta-potties for the win!!! We don't yet have solar installed (will soon), but we do have a nifty 500 amp hour Lithium Ion battery bank that is massively awesome for living off grid (we only need to run our genset a couple times the entire week, and were able to run our induction cooktop, lights, computers, etc. Heck, we even ran our neighbors coach!).

Burning Man is an incredible experience, and a lot of fiberglass RVs out there of all shapes and sizes.

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Old 10-05-2011, 04:07 PM   #5
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Cherie, Luv your website and all the info you provide!
Wonder if you did anything special to prep your Oliver for Burning Man - was thinking in regards to the sand & window issues or anything else.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:13 PM   #6
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Here's our general tips for preparing an RV for Burning Man:

12 Tips for Taking an RV to Burning Man | Technomadia


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Old 10-06-2011, 09:49 AM   #7
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Cherie, thanks for jumping on here and filling us in on how to tackle Burning Man with an RV. My wife is refusing to take ours to BM, maybe your experience will give her some insight. But then again, I think she just might like camping in domes. Thanks again, I have been looking for this specific information. You guys are awesome, love following your new bus stories.

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