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.