Originally Posted by donn
If you are very careful you might get away with three days on two batteries. If the weather is cool and you try to run the furnace, consider a battery a day minimum.
We have camped 6 days with power to spare with just
2 basic 12v batteries. This is warm weather camping
without the furnace. One night per battery using
the furnace is reasonable. We use our maxxair
fan on low a few hours per night.
I think you can get 4 nights out of one battery if you're
We use the campground facilities for "flush-able" heavy
stuff and thus never get close to filling the black tank.
This also saves fresh water.
Grey water can be kept to a minimum by washing
dishes every other day and using paper products some.
You can dry camp for a week with only minimal "inconvenience" if you are careful.
If your kids leave the water running while they brush teeth
or wash hands all bets are off on water usage and gray
I agree with Don, get a 5 gallon collapsible water tote
also found in the camping isle of your favorite store if you
want to save space or get a blue water tote that doesn't
collapse but are easier to use and just sit it on your
picnic table (in the shade if possible).
Remember that those 2 bulb over head lights are battery
hogs too. We have LED bulbs in the bathroom
and also one over the sofa. These are enough light when
we're dry camping, allowing us to use the incandescent
fixtures a minimal amount.
At the very least you can remove one bulb from the
lights you need.
If you like morning coffee you'll need a stove top coffee
percolator. You can find these in the camping isle of
Wally World or most any big box dept store that has a
camping/sporting goods dept.