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Old 04-05-2015, 09:42 PM   #1
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Sink & water supply questions + updates

Our 16 ft Scamp shell never had any appliances or cabinets (other than the fiberglass closet by the door), so we're having to start from scratch.

At some point I'd like to put in a small sink, but I don't want to put in a water storage tank. Is it possible to just connect to "city water" where available (with a pressure regulator) and use a sink that way?

In other news, we ordered marine headliner fabric today, bought curtain rods, looked at (but didn't purchase) fabric for curtains and bought an inexpensive air mattress. Eventually we'll add a regular mattress, but we want to be able to use this as soon as possible for overnight trips. Still doing a lot of designing and planning and might start some building this week, including reinforcing the platform that's been started in the back for a permanent bed.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:02 PM   #2
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We ditched our water storage tank, just going to use city water.
I'll just use bottled water when needed.

We couldn't remove the tank without destroying it, it had been placed
within one of the benches and then the bench was fiberglassed in around it.
We needed the storage. We kept the grey water tank.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:30 AM   #3
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While you can easily install a sink with only city water service, depending on having city water will severely limit your RV'ing options. Several of us have installed an external water reservoir and pump as an alternative source. Here's an idea:
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As Bob said, easy to install street water only.
Or add the external reservoir with a 12V pump. External Water Reservoir - Boler Camping
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If you're going to have a sink, you also need to think about how you will collect the grey water.
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If you're going to have a sink, you also need to think about how you will collect the grey water.
When I was a kid traveling around with my parents in a 13' Shasta, we just had a bucket under the sink drain. We didn't use a whole lot of water since we were usually staying in campgrounds with bathhouses near by.

Not sure when we'll put in a sink; mission now is to get it "ready enough" to use for overnight trips this year. Next winter we'll access needs/wants/time/money and try to do more.
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Sink & water supply questions + updates

Unless you order a grey tank, the most basic Scamps are not much more that that- they drain to an external fitting, and a hose runs into a bucket.

Know, though, that a lot has changed since your Shasta days. Many places won't let you dump grey water on the ground; you have to carry it to the wash house. I have heard a few places require a sealed system: no open buckets. A closed external container attached to the trailer via a leak-proof fitting is good.

Anyway, what you suggest will certainly get you started. But with so little grey water capacity, I'm not sure I see the reason for a city water connection.

Many places we go, the best sites (and the cheapest) don't have hook-ups. Our Scamp came with a fresh water tank & hand pump and a city water connection. We've never used either. We cook outside. We keep a portable 6-gallon container there and a couple of jugs of drinking water inside. One feature I have made good use of is the 12V system for lights and, occasionally, the furnace.
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If we get to the point that we put in a sink and city water connection, we'd probably opt to hook up a gray water tank, too. Interesting to hear about some campgrounds not allowing buckets or any open system.

We really are starting from scratch, though. We've done a lot since we bought it in November, but we've still got a lot to do! This is where we are now!
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When I was a kid traveling around with my parents in a 13' Shasta, we just had a bucket under the sink drain. We didn't use a whole lot of water since we were usually staying in campgrounds with bathhouses near by.
Things have change a bit since you where a kid. There are a number of places (some national and state parks etc) that will not allow one to discharge their grey water into an outside bucket these days as it attracts wild life.
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Just would like to agree with some of the others above who have cautioned about not dumping grey water directly onto the ground. That would be a big no-no in any State or National Park. And really not very good practice anywhere for that matter. At the very least you may attract critters that you really don't want to attract! You might be able to drain your sink water into a bucket or container of some sort and then dump that at the campground facilities. Another option would be one of those portable waste water toters if you don't want to install a holding tank.
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We use one of the folding water jugs attached so the waste pipe cannot be accidentally dislodged. It hasn't been a problem at any of the state or national parks we have been at.

We also opted to do away with the 12v water pump and switch to a marine foot pump and spigot. We wanted our trailer to be as simple and foolproof as possible.


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We wanted our trailer to be as simple and foolproof as possible.
This is our goal, too. As I've said, we hope to get *enough* done to be able to use it this year. We'll figure out more as we go along.

Currently we have no water input, so all things "water" are down the proverbial road a bit. But good to know about the whole bucket thing. I'm sure things HAVE changed a lot since the 60s and 70s!
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You know, those 2.5 gallon bottled water jugs are great for on-the-fly water stations. Or the fold-a-jugs. We often set one up on the picnic table. Great for hand washing too


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I keep trying to "like" posts. But thanks for the tips.
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