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Old 03-06-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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I and my family(4 of us) shower in the parking lot of the dump station. This allows my dump tanks to be empty, my fresh water to be full and weíre clean before pulling out. I am not sure if I am the only one who does this.
This is only while dry camping many days.
We donít shower every day while dry camping, itís part of ruffing-it. If we are playing in the lake or creek I say it counts as showering(the wife does not agree). Seems like showering is the big water user even though the family is fairly trained to do a 10-15sec get-wet-rinse, turn off the water to soap everything and then 30sec clean rinse plus girls condition hair.
So when we need to dump itís a mandatory shower day and we take longer showers because we can. I pull in to dump with hot water and then turn on hot water heater to keep it hot. The girls jump in the camper and shower. I dump part of grey first if needed then I do the regular routine and fill with water. I pull out of dump area(always check with girls before moving) get myself clean and do it again, dump grey and top off the water. Now we can go another 5 days contained if need be. The only down side to the dump station shower is I donít have the stabilizers down and you tend to rock a little and I am always last so hot water is slim if we're in a hurry.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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I.....don't see an issue unless it takes too long and other campers are patiently waiting to empty their tanks. The big question is what water hose are you using to refill your fresh water tank? Most state the rinse hose is 'non-potable'. I think I just got grossed out.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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I.....don't see an issue unless it takes too long and other campers are patiently waiting to empty their tanks. The big question is what water hose are you using to refill your fresh water tank? Most state the rinse hose is 'non-potable'. I think I just got grossed out.
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:10 PM   #4
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As long as you aren't blocking anyone/holding up the line and aren't using the non potable water it should be ok. I think if your tanks aren't full before pulling out I would squeeze in as many showers in the campsite as I could. Then give it a little time to build hot water again and then pull out. Have remainder shower doing your stated routine. This would give you more hot water.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:44 PM   #5
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If it works for you, cool!
I shower (wash up) every evening. Laurel, every 2 days. There is always somewhere to dump grey water. I haul it in a small bucket.
It is worth it to me.

Dry camping - ?
Ruffing it - ?
...in an RV with hot water, lights, heat, beds... ?
Whatever floats your boat...
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:59 PM   #6
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It's been a long day & I could use a nap but at first I thought you were talking about taking outside showers while standing in the dump station. Thank goodness I took another look at what you wrote while I refrain from thinking.

And being female I'm in agreement about playing in the lake or creek does not count as bathing.
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Ya, I would never hold up line for the dump; I fully understand us campers have places to go and only so much time to get there. Maybe I didn't say it very well, The kids start while I do the first dump and fill. Then I pull out some where close, get my own shower and back in line to redump and fill.
Never use potted water in my fresh water tank and never where the dump-gloves while filling fresh water(always filter too)
My tip/trick is only based on the experiance of not wanting to move my trailer untell I have too and if I can get the most out of moving I do. Plus some times I dont know where or when the next dump station will be so get the most out of the one your at.
I dont do it often, but it seems to work for me when drycamping
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Sounds like a system that works well for you.
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at first I thought you were talking about taking outside showers while standing in the dump station. Thank goodness I took another look at what you wrote while I refrain from thinking.
LOL, that's what I thought too! I actually saw a family do this one time. At dusk, They went to the dump and used the hose (the one that is on the pole with the coiled hose on it) to first wash their dog and then they proceeded to the kids and finally the Mom and Dad. My wife and I were just watching them in disbelief. The funny thing is we could hear the metal sewer inlet clanking from it being stepped and tripped on. That was gross!!
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YoungKopernik, thanks for the tip. Sounds like a good system.
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when i saw the title of this thread the vision that popped into my head was robin williams in the movie RV....
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If you worried about the grey water. dump it on the ground its only soaping water when you shower or wash your hands
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If you worried about the grey water. dump it on the ground its only soaping water when you shower or wash your hands
Where's the popcorn when you need it?
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It's been a long day & I could use a nap but at first I thought you were talking about taking outside showers while standing in the dump station. Thank goodness I took another look at what you wrote while I refrain from thinking.

And being female I'm in agreement about playing in the lake or creek does not count as bathing.


When I first read the title on the most recent list, I thought exactly the same thing. Just had to read the post...glad I did.
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It's been a long day & I could use a nap but at first I thought you were talking about taking outside showers while standing in the dump station. Thank goodness I took another look at what you wrote while I refrain from thinking.

And being female I'm in agreement about playing in the lake or creek does not count as bathing.
I, like you, took a second look at this after reading the title. Glad I did because I was about to gross out also. It is a different approach and if it works for them, then go for it.
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Theres just something about using any equipment near where people dump their )(*)* to shower in that is grossing me out.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:03 AM   #17
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Rarely visit the dump station. Save money by hitting up the drain by our house upon return.
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