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Old 09-10-2016, 08:13 PM   #1
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FR3 Boondocking Duration?

I am a newbie trying to get a ballpark estimate of the number of days the FR3-series can be boondocked with its 57-41-41 tank capacities. I realize the generator will need to be run periodically to charge-up the house batteries but the tanks are my biggest concern.

The two of us would typically:
- take shorter navy-showers every other day
- recycle cooking/dish water for flushing the toilet
- use water in jerry-cans for cooking/drinking

I'm sure estimating the number of days one can boondock is far from a science and is best determined by actually experimenting, but we won't be getting our 30DS for some time and want to do some advanced planning now.

Thank in advance for any info that helps us with the estimation!

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Old 09-10-2016, 09:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to FR3 world!!!

Gray tank is our bottleneck (2 adults). Furthermore the A/C since in SFLA

If in cooler climate we could dry camp for 6-7 nights.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:15 PM   #3
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The two of us can go 5 days with both taking camping showers every day
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Old 09-16-2016, 08:36 AM   #4
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I'd have to agree with about 5 days for 2 people. For us, 2 adults and 1 child, we get about 4 days with daily showers and maybe longer if we can tolerate a little stink. :-) Grey tank will definitely be the first to fill up, but you could extend it longer with a composting toilet, combining black/grey tanks and doing the external water mod so you can fill your tank remotely via jerry cans. Composting toilet is on my mind, but gotta convince the wife.
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I'm going to say 5-6 days as well.
You might get one more day if you were really stingy with water. (ie: catch some of the grey water with a bucket and use for toilet flushing.)
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I'm going to say 5-6 days as well.
You might get one more day if you were really stingy with water. (ie: catch some of the grey water with a bucket and use for toilet flushing.)
I like that idea!!
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I like that idea!!
I have two sewer outlets, one for black & grey, one for sink/galley.
I have often thought about building some kind of an adapter for the galley outlet with a screen for debris and a 12v pump attached. Run a line to the toilet supply line with a quick connect and couple of ball valves to switch between sources.

After a couple of days of using the kitchen sink, one could easily supply the toilet with that water instead of fresh water.

You could also use the black/grey water outlet but would want to be sure you didn't pull the wrong waste gate valve. By using just the galley, you wouldn't need to worry so much.
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:53 PM   #8
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Great info and ideas!!

We were hoping to get at least 3-4 days of boondocking, so the 5-day estimate makes our planning much easier. Once we get the 30DS, we'll camp at a local SP and refine our estimate. Fortunately, about 20-miles down the road from our preferred SP is a CG with full hookups!

I've also heard that the tank level monitor function is a bit wonky on the FR3s. That will take a bit of trial and error to figure out.

Thanks to everyone for their contributions!

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The tank level monitors are a bit 'wonky' on most units... not just the FR3's.

You will soon learn (with a little experience) how full the black tank is by the sound of the flush and how full the other tanks are too by the little nuances they exhibit.
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I am a newbie trying to get a ballpark estimate of the number of days the FR3-series can be boondocked with its 57-41-41 tank capacities. I realize the generator will need to be run periodically to charge-up the house batteries but the tanks are my biggest concern.

The two of us would typically:
- take shorter navy-showers every other day
- recycle cooking/dish water for flushing the toilet
- use water in jerry-cans for cooking/drinking

I'm sure estimating the number of days one can boondock is far from a science and is best determined by actually experimenting, but we won't be getting our 30DS for some time and want to do some advanced planning now.

Thank in advance for any info that helps us with the estimation!

Theo
Never heard of an FR3 going boondocking, what are you calling boondocking? Just no hook-ups. Makes no difference what TT you have the capacity your talking about would be about 5 days IMO.
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