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Old 04-26-2015, 08:43 AM   #11
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That is good advice on getting a smaller portable...thank you! I had in my mind the bigger the better as I could just hitch it to the truck. I didn't even thing about storing the the thing. Honestly a small one is just as good as far as I am concerned. I don't think I will need to use it all the time or even most of the time.

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Old 04-26-2015, 08:47 AM   #12
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Also look into replacing the plastic wheels with larger pneumatic ones from Harbor Freight or Northern Tool. They are very economical and much easier to tow.

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Old 04-26-2015, 09:00 AM   #13
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We wasted water on our old 183 waiting for hot water to make its way from the water heater to the shower. Our new 231KSS has the water heater mounted right next to the shower so I'm hopeful our gray tank won't fill as fast.
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:33 AM   #14
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We use a 6 gallon gray water tote. It's fairly light & I toss it in the back of the truck easily. Another 5 gal container to add fresh water. It can become a daily chore, but it's not too difficult.

Re gauges: I fill my water tank, run the water into a 5 gal bucket, dump it down the shower, and watch the idiot lights during the process. It gives me a range of fill for each light and a more accurate idea of how much the tanks really hold.

We brush our teeth using a cup of bottled water, using the remaining amount to rinse the sink.

Waterless hand sanitizer helps too.
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:24 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by RooVader View Post
That is good advice on getting a smaller portable...thank you! I had in my mind the bigger the better as I could just hitch it to the truck. I didn't even thing about storing the the thing. Honestly a small one is just as good as far as I am concerned. I don't think I will need to use it all the time or even most of the time.
I have a 15 gallon with solid wheels that I carried over from my popup days. I haven't needed it yet but it's small enough for me to drag to the car by myself while big enough to minimize trips. It lives inside the bathroom, upright, when on the road.

Pneumatic wheels probably work better but I don't use it often enough to justify the effort. If I camped more often, I'd do it.

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Old 04-26-2015, 03:44 PM   #16
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I am just finishing up a weekend trip to the beach. Me, the wife, and my two kids. Had to drain the grey tank three times! I am teaching the kids to use water sparingly, but the wife is having none of it. Dry camping is out of the question for me!!
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Old 04-26-2015, 09:48 PM   #17
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Will have to get a tub definitely. I was thinking about putting some gray water down the toilet but dismissed the idea. When we roles out this morning we emptied the tanks and the black tank was definitely relatively empty. Gray water tank seemed to drain for a long time. Admittedly I'm a newbie! If the idiot lights are not trustworthy how do you know? If I had to guess how much water I used during dishes would be know more than 5 or so gallons. DW gave my daughter a shower and doesn't think she used that much water at all.... This all aside this was our 1st weekend trip and the Roo 23ss is awesome! Friday might the kids slept on the u shaped dinette. We slept in the front bunk. Saturday night it rained and we Turtled. Closed the tent end early before the rain. Very comfortable. Great weekend trip! Great maiden voyage!
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Old 04-26-2015, 10:59 PM   #18
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To solve the hot water issue, you can run the clean cold shower water into a bucket and either use to rinse dishes or just throw out outside.
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:53 AM   #19
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We can go for a week and still have enough to dump tanks at the end. We wash most of our dishes with water we carried form the campground faucet. We heat it over the fire while we eat. If we do dishes inside, I can do them with very little water and that water gets dumped down the toilet. That helps with flushing out black tank! I never use tanked water for cooking or drinking. We bring a 5 gal jug with water from home, keep it filled with ice. If your careful you can make that water last!
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You already have the major suggestions: Tubs for washing dishes (pour dirty water down the toilet into the black tank) and no showers. We have three kids and they all have learned that showers are to be done in the shower house at the campground.

The alternatives are full hookups or a blue tote. I have a Barker Tank - 32gl IIRC. The Barker is very well thought of amongst the RVing population.

Remember that water weighs 8.35lbs per gl. So, filling up a 32gl tote makes it 280lbs with the weight of the tote (~10lbs). The recommendation is to get one with sturdy wheels. You really don't want to try to man-handle one of these and you don't want it flipping while driving it to the dump station.

Consider one of their smaller tanks, too, as the 32gl tank is big and bulky and the Roos don't have a lot of storage for this size (Just some food for thought). The smallest four-wheel job from Barker is their 16gl and that weighs 135lbs full.

My buddy who has the 21SS Roo has one of those towable 12 gallon totes he had it for his popup and uses it for his Rio since he goes to camping areas with no hookups for 4Wheeling.

I looked at getting one but my last trailer had 50 Fresh 37 black and 37 grey, Roo has 36 fresh, 30 black and 30 grey. It is not too much different for me but a portable tote of like 30 gallon would be nice. See these at CW

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