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Old 07-18-2015, 09:01 PM   #1
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First time dry camping. Any tips?

Being a new RV'er I've had my trailer out a few times so far this summer. All the places I've been have had at least electrical hookups. In August I will be heading up to Sebago Lake state park for 4 nights and then on to Mt Blue state park in Maine for 3. Neither of our reserved sites has any kind of hookups. Any tips on getting through the 7 days on battery alone? I will state that we do all our cooking on a grill outside, usually don't need the AC in Maine, and really don't run the water heater all that much. The refrigerator would be nice but I'm not sure how much it will run down the battery. I also have a inverter generator that I will be bringing along to recharge the battery during the day( it's one of the quieter ones) All tips appreciated!
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:13 PM   #2
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As long as you have The Gena to charge the batteries no reason to worry. How about water? Later RJD
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You'll be fine running the fridge and WH on propane, since both use very little 12v battery power.
What you'll probably need is something to deal with gray water and FW water.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:28 PM   #4
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Thanks RJD and Dan. I'll fill the fresh water tank on the way into the parks. I figure using it conservatively I should be ok. We really only use it for washing dishes in the sink. The bathrooms are close by. My wife still will not let me use the bathroom in the camper as long as there is a bathhouse and frankly I really don't mind not having to deal with dumping the black water tank!
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Instead of washing dishes, we use paper plates and plastic utensils. Just throw away. Lights will run off of battery. I have switched to LEDs. You will be OK since you have the gen.
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Also, I had to get me an old fashioned percolator for my coffee. Sure tasted good too!
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:27 PM   #7
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Also, I had to get me an old fashioned percolator for my coffee. Sure tasted good too!
I have one of the stainless steel ones from Cabelas. MUST have my coffee!
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Old 07-18-2015, 10:39 PM   #8
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I've only done dry camping a couple of times but I really should do it more often. I also like to use paper plates. I'm not a big coffee drinker but I do have a mini tea kettle that comes in handy for hot chocolate or tea.

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I hate the waste but the disposable kitchen wear is king when we dry camp.

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I just finished 6 nights dry camping in Yellowstone. We used the fridge and hot water on gas. Recharged our two batteries twice with a 2000k Honda genny. Emptied grey water twice with a portable tank and added fresh water the same. Took 2 - 5 gallon fresh water tanks in the truck bed. We even ran the furnace for a few hours one morning. Used the toilet only a night for convenience and dumped the black tank on the way out of the CG. With the genny, a port. Gray tank, a fresh water tank and using mostly the local facilities you should do just fine.
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