Originally Posted by Movin up
How long should a full tank of water last? I know that depends on how conservative we are with the water, but I thought we were pretty sparing. We thought we had a full tank when we left, but ran out of water on the first day. I found the drain on the bottom, and am pretty sure it was in the closed position. Some friendly campers with a hose helped us out, and even closed that drain. I may have opened it when I was checking. But it was for sure closed after we filled it at the camp ground. That was Friday afternoon. By Sunday morning it was empty again. We had washed dishes a few times, made a couple pots of coffee, and used water in the sink twice to thaw food. Other than that, it was quick hand washes and brushing teeth. No showers! Does that sound about right, or could we have a leak?
Things to remember:
1) If you started off with an empty water heater and lines, then you already used a lot of water from your tank. Pump water through the water heater and lines, then refill your tank. 2) I'm not sure how you did the dishes, but if you did them like you do at home, you use lot of water. Wipe them off with a rag or paper towel, then wash them using as little water as possible (paper plates and plastic silverware are our choice if water is limited). 3) When showering, only have the water on get wet, turn it off, soap up, then turn it back on and rinse off. 4) Use wet wipes for minor cleaning of counters, hands, faces, etc. 5) When waiting on hot water from faucets/shower, catch the cool water in a container. This can be used to flush toilets, wash dishes, etc.
The more you camp the more you will figure out how long your water will last. Good luck!