I've been living and traveling in my RV since Dec 19th of last year and staying in it longer than that while parked at home.
I wanted to extend my dry camping
and avoid campgrounds completely this time. I'd already flushed, rinsed and flushed my black tank, and completely gave up using the toilet. That solved dumping the black water tank.
Then I decided to dump my gray water tank on the ground at home. There was a bit of an odor and I was a bit worried about that so I rinsed this tank several times also. After that I left the valve open.
My RV is a truck camper and mounted on my Silverado I typically back into parking spaces. This allows me to project out of a space no more than a typical car and puts the overhang either over a sidewalk or curb for an extra step up. I can usually find and put a grassy spot right under my dump nozzle.
I do not allow any food or grease into my gray water system. I use lots of paper towels and lots of small trash bags to dispose of anything that could stink up my gray water.
Using this method I've taken a few showers which puts a bit of soap on the ground--not much different from washing a car, and most usage is far smaller amounts.
If a little water collects on the tank, driving around empties it out.
I use rest stops, restaurants, and friends and public toilets to poop and keep a one gallon orange juice container for a pee bottle. I can pour out the pee bottle anywhere and it's quicker to pour it out than to pee. Walking the dogs in the morning give me plenty of opportunities to dump that in small batches in restrooms or in bushes.
I have two fuel tanks on my Silverado. Flying J/Pilot offers free showers if you buy more than 50 gals of fuel. Or you can buy a shower for $12. I buy only 50 gallons at a time and while it costs a bit more to buy from them it's still a deal compared to buying a shower. I'll guess it works out to about $5-$6 in extra fuel costs and I can skip a day if I choose to buy cheaper fuel. Larger fuel tanks allows me to pick and choose cheaper fuel sources, with a bit of planning.
I have an accurate formula for predicting fuel consumption by vehicle speed and wind speed, plus terrain. Driving at 55 mph I get over 15 mpg. I drop one mpg per additional 5 mph. I estimate head winds to fudge the speed. And I use a turbo boost gauge to maximize my fuel economy.
My only other problem is filling up on water. I've used friends homes to fill up and can stretch my water as needed. If I don't have enough water for bathing I use apple cider vinegar to freshen up. I suppose if I wanted to linger in one area without any friends nearby I would have to collect water some other way. I have thought about how to fill water jugs and transfer this to my water system. My plan is to add another water tank in my generator
compartment and plumb my water pump winterize hose to that tank with a few control valves. I use compressed air to purge my tank in cold weather. So I don't need that link stuff.
panels have handled all my power needs. While staying with my best friend in California, I parked close to his house in a mostly shaded area. Here is where an abundance of solar
panels paid off. I was able to keep my batteries topped off or nearly topped off every day.
This has worked fantastic for me. I've been dry camping
for two months without any dumping and it keeps my load a bit lighter, although I am sometimes traveling with full water. At present I'm nearly out of water and plan to fill up later today or tomorrow. Full water tanks will take me cross country, and I can drop weight
fast by taking a shower on board.
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