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Old 04-24-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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Shower tents/Generator usage at campgrounds

As I was looking over a couple different threads I noticed some folks discussing their shower tents since our rigs generally come with outdoor showers. What's the rule of thumb when it comes to campgrounds allowing the use of these showers? How tough are the restrictions on these types of set ups at campgrounds? Don't they frown on the "grey" water from the shower, or do most places kind of ignore it? Also...I was thinking that if I did one of those set ups, do you use some kind of a rubber or plastic raised mat or something so that you don't end up standing in a mud puddle? I'm a newbie to the outdoor shower idea...makes sense to me...but are you able to use them in most campgrounds?
ALSO related to campground regulations...I am noticing as I am surfing around looking for campgrounds...that some will not allow generators...is this also typical. Are you pretty much limited to the rustic campgrounds for generator use and outdoor showers (BLM or remote state parks, etc)? Thanks for any insight you can provide on the use of these items!
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:54 AM   #2
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at least in California, most state campgrounds allow for generators, since less than 1% of their campsites have any hookups.
so, since 99%+ campsites have no electric, they have to allow generators.
but all campgrounds that allow generators, that i've heard of, have hours of operation. usually 10am-8 or 10pm.

really depends on where you're talking about. at Colter Bay's Campground, in Wyoming, they have generator loops and non-generator loops.
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When I think of outdoor showers and generators I'm thinking of dry camping. We use our outdoor shower primarily to rinse off sand from the beach, or the like. I appreciate the idea of generator usage being restricted in a park at night. It would be miserable to be beside a loud one all night.

Side note to the outdoor shower ~ why are they usually located in the back of the unit where your feet get dirty again getting to the front of the camper......
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Side note to the outdoor shower ~ why are they usually located in the back of the unit where your feet get dirty again getting to the front of the camper......
Probably because the people that design campers don't camp .

Only time we use the outside shower is to rinse the dog off after using the doggie beach.
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Side note to the outdoor shower ~ why are they usually located in the back of the unit where your feet get dirty again getting to the front of the camper......

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Probably because the people that design campers don't camp .

Only time we use the outside shower is to rinse the dog off after using the doggie beach.
I imagine it's more economical (read: profit potential) for builders to have shorter plumbing runs.

Because of the potential for creating a mud puddle in the "lounge" area, there is a sort of reasoning for the driver side placement I guess. At the rear of the camper seems like a more user friendly location to me, but what do I know, I'm just the consumer....

It is not my intention to tick anyone off and I've been trying to hold off posting about it, but... generators are loud, pollution creating and stinky. I'm sure that they are necessary in some instances. The generator loop and non-generator loop is a good idea and with limiting run time seems reasonable.

As an adult, I've not camped in CA and wasn't aware of the shortage of "electric" sites in state parks there. Bummer...hopefully there are private owned and franchise campgrounds in CA with hookups?

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By definition (from Wikipedia) grey water is: "In a household context, greywater is the leftover water from baths, showers, hand basins and washing machines only. Some definitions of greywater include water from the kitchen sink. Any water containing human fecal waste is considered black water."

So technically your outside shower could be considered grey water. Some members on here will consider it grey water, others will not. I don't think any CG staff would give a hard time, but you never know. I've never experienced any problems using the outside shower. If you're really worried ask the CG staff.
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As an adult, I've not camped in CA and wasn't aware of the shortage of "electric" sites in state parks there. Bummer...hopefully there are private owned and franchise campgrounds in CA with hookups?

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most private campgrounds are parking lots, as are franchise campgrounds.
we would never camp in a KOA or similar campground, even for hookups.

we prefer a more natural setting and most private campgrounds in California don't have that.
we only use our generator for a couple of hours, every third or fourth day.
we don't like the noise from generators either so we keep usage down to a minimum. only to recharge the two batteries.
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most private campgrounds are parking lots, as are franchise campgrounds.
we would never camp in a KOA or similar campground, even for hookups.
OK yes I see. Unless it's a quick overnight while on the road, those types are undesirable for camping.

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we prefer a more natural setting and most private campgrounds in California don't have that.
we only use our generator for a couple of hours, every third or fourth day.
we don't like the noise from generators either so we keep usage down to a minimum. only to recharge the two batteries.
Sure, temporary use for charging batteries would be necessary. I understand and can go along with that.

But, regarding the OP's question concerning gennies, some people just don't use any sense operating their generators.

It's those that let the thing hammer all day while they are off touring, hiking or what ever, and at night that I have a problem with.

Cuts into other folks outdoor experience. I feel sure this why generators are restricted/prohibited in some campgrounds.

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I have found that generators are like lawyers...
Everyone hates them, until YOU need one.

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I have found that generators are like lawyers...
Everyone hates them, until YOU need one.

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Oh, I don't hate generators, please don't take me wrong here. We have one that powers our home during occasional outages and I'm in love with it.

There is a time and place for use and most campers with generators are courteous in using them.

Then there are others that just seem to be oblivious of the affect they are posing on other campers.

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