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Old 08-31-2018, 09:19 AM   #1
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Decided to beat the rush and camped for 4 nites at Devils Lake State Park in Wisconsin. If you run out of water during your stay is it because you didn't put enough water in the tank to begin with (sensor said it was full) or someone in your party is using too much water?Click image for larger version

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Old 08-31-2018, 09:24 AM   #2
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My first guess would be someone using to much water.
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Old 08-31-2018, 09:33 AM   #3
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I donít understand this posting.

Hawkeye.....
Regardless of the sensor indicators (they are notoriously wrong) did you fill the fresh water onboard tank until it came out the overflow?

Does everyone onboard your rig KNOW there is NOT an endless supply of water when youíre at a park such as Devils Lake State Park?

Canít have everyone taking showers, or running water when brushing teeth, or using more than the necessary amount of water for washing dishes.
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I have found some folks adapt to dry camping easily, and others don't. And you learn how to better conserve water as you go.

My wife and I mainly boondock and use around 90 gallons a week. We use the water in the tank for daily showers, dish washing, and toilet usage. We have friends that use less than that per week, but we enjoy showers, not sponge baths

When my BIL and SIL join us in their RV, they just never get dry camping. They use about 50 gallons a day so he is always refilling the fresh tank and emptying the gray tank.

Hopefully the offending members of your party can adjust their RV water usage habits
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Old 08-31-2018, 09:43 AM   #5
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I have found some folks adapt to dry camping easily, and others don't. And you learn how to better conserve water as you go.

My wife and I mainly boondock and use around 90 gallons a week. We use the water in the tank for daily showers, dish washing, and toilet usage. We have friends that use less than that per week, but we enjoy showers, not sponge baths

When my BIL and SIL join us in their RV, they just never get dry camping. They use about 50 gallons a day so he is always refilling the fresh tank and emptying the gray tank.

Hopefully the offending members of your party can adjust their RV water usage habits
Silly me thought that a 60 gallon tank would last a week at least. Now i know. You learn by doing!
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Old 08-31-2018, 10:16 AM   #6
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Remember some of that 60 gallons was used to fill your water heater. Looks like you've got a big 5er so you probably have a 10 gallon water heater. Have fun this weekend at Devils Lake State Park!
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Have you checked to see if you lost any during transit from the overflow?

Sometimes if a little comes out it becomes a venturi effect.
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Old 09-01-2018, 09:20 AM   #8
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Learn to take a Navy shower.

(Water on, get wet, water off. Soap up. Water on, rinse off, water off.)
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Hauling FW in my TT is not a great idea, because the tank is way in the back, and creates a little tail wag if itís full. I carry a couple of the collapsible 5 gal water jugs and have a funnel to use with the FW fill. If itís a dry camp, I have to do a little planning ahead.

Youíve probably already figured out how to replenish, though.

The Navy shower thingie is a terrific if not very popular, way to save water. I usually use the campground showers if theyíre decent. The Dish Washer prefers to use ours.
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