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Old 10-01-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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Location: Richmond, Virginia
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Experience of dry camping

I'm posting this in the general discussion area since it is aimed at folks who are not boondockers.
I convinced my wife to give dry camping a shot so we could visit and camp in The Great Smokey Mountains National Park. We spent 5 days at Smokemont CG on the N.C. side near Cherokee. I told her to do pretty much everything she would normally do with the exception of letting faucets run. We had no TV, FM radio or cell reception. Our satellite radio was it.
We washed dishes once a day (after breakfast), took a total of four showers and left with water in our 37 gal. tank. We didn't use the camp's rest rooms/wash sink except for washing a couple of large pans (which I would have done if we had hookups).
Our dual Gr. 24 batteries didn't drop to 12.6V until the second morning. We ran our Yamaha a total of 5 hrs. over the next 3 days to keep the charge at 12.5 or higher. I disconnected the reefers anti-frost heating strip and pulled the fuse for the wardrobe slide during the 5 days to prevent unwanted draw on the batteries. We ran our exhaust fans and range hood as needed.
Bottom line is Penny enjoyed her trip to Smokemont and enjoyed being able to live pretty much the same way in her trailer as we do with hook ups. So if you've been curious or reluctant to go on a boondocking trip, have at it. Our trailers were built to be self-sufficient and they deliver a comfortable experience.
Wright and Penny
Richmond, Va.
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