Originally Posted by boylan
Spouse and I are shopping for a trailer camper and I'm trying to get a handle on water consumption.
I know this is like asking how much toilet paper to bring but I've been unable to find a table of typical water consumption for "navy showers", washing dishes, or per adult daily water consumption.
Can anyone share their water consumption estimates or rules of thumb?
Basically I'm trying to figure out how long 36/30/30 or 45/45/45 (fresh/gray/black) lasts if we watch what we're doing.
Black tanks generally seem over-sized compared to the gray or fresh.
Seems easier to replenish fresh than dump a tank so gray water looks to me like the limiting capacity.
Anyway, thanks for any input!
How long will you be boondocking at a stretch??
and what kind of trailer/amount of $$$ to spend??
I boondock 8 months out of the year on the edge of the Manistee National Forest in West Central Michigan.
I knew I was going to live like (boondocking for extensive periods) this before I bought my trailer so put a tremendous amount of research into it and ended up buying a Shockwave toyhauler - not because I 'haul toys' - I don't; but because of the many 'live long boondocking features:
100+ gal fresh water tank for one; but also 4000 watt cummins/onan gen with 40 gallon gas tank to power it;
160 watt solar panel to charge 2 12 volt deep cells.......
To your specific question re water consumption:
if you will be boondocking ALOT get a trailer with ALL above items;
also i use a 55 gallon blue plastic barrel to refill my fresh water tank at a campground that is about 5 miles away. I really am not concerned with fresh water usage perse' as its not hard to go to campground n refill. I'm usually there getting other stuff too anyway (essentials like GIN etc......)haha
I'm in west Michigan tho and don't know where you'll be boondocking....
Michigan is home to 25% of worlds fresh water supply so ain't to hard to find water around here.......other places??? ain't my problem.
also you'll want to invest in a 'blue boy' too.
also i know some peeps don't like 'hot water on demand' but i have it and LOVE it!! don't need a hot water tank so have room for a larger fresh water capacity.... just sayin.
Like others have said you'll "live & learn" but do your homework prior to purchase; think it thru and you'll be happy with what you buy - then you'll have the 'tools' with which to adapt to how & where you choose to 'boondock' good luck!