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Old 05-11-2015, 05:14 PM   #11
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Do you close that pressure relief valve when you close up camp and get back on the road?
You just want it open till water flows out, this will insure the water heater tank is full after the tank is full close the valve before you fire up the water heater.
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Old 05-11-2015, 05:22 PM   #12
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You just want it open till water flows out, this will insure the water heater tank is full after the tank is full close the valve before you fire up the water heater.
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Don't use a hot water tap to insure it's full.

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Old 05-11-2015, 05:50 PM   #13
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A lot of variables. ..showers are a big user. If you could use the showerhouse you may go for 5 days.
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Anyone use water tank tote?
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:25 AM   #15
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We have gone 5 days, and the problem is the other side of the coin. Showers will fill your holding tanks in short order. We wanted the tub because it is a major water saver. 3 of us can get clean using 3-4 gallons.
We also carry separate drinking water from home, cant stand city water.
I'll agree with filling your WH when you get your water, BUT unless you turn the WH off, and drain the water into a bucket, that water is of no use to you.
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You have to make a few trips out on your own to get a good idea of how it works. Sometimes using an outdoor shower if you have one for little kids helps. I camp with the GF and her 13 yr old daughter, If I don't control the H2O they will both run the Hot Water Heater dry twice and my fresh is 37 and both grey and black are 30. I have now learned during shower time to leave the grey valve open, They will never go dry camping with my water conservation rules, especially when the daughters friend comes, she can fill the grey tank alone with her routine.


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Old 05-12-2015, 12:06 PM   #17
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Fill water heater before you leave. Then you have 41gallons

Technically you are correct, but you need water to replace the WH. If the fresh water tank is 35 gallons then that is all you have to work with.
The other question is how big is the gray tank? Unless you are using the outside shower, that will fill up as well. Jerry


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Technically you are correct, but you need water to replace the WH. If the fresh water tank is 35 gallons then that is all you have to work with.
The other question is how big is the gray tank? Unless you are using the outside shower, that will fill up as well. Jerry


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Old 05-12-2015, 02:46 PM   #19
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I have never completely filled the gray tank and have been camping for many years. Some of the water goes in the black tank you know. I mostly camp in Wisconsin's beautiful state parks. You can not leave a gray valve open! Sounds like the girls need a lesson in water conservation. The three of us girls can go 5-7 days on a tank of water. We carry a 5 gallon jug and drinking and cooking water. Our shower is pretty much used for storage, not washing up.
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My wife and I can go three days using everything in the camper but try to conserve. Showers can be a big water hog. I try to wet down, lather up an then hose off using less water. My wife not so much. Sometimes she prefers the bathhouse for the unlimited water. I am usually too lazy to go down there!
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