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Old 07-06-2016, 10:53 AM   #1
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first time dry camping

I recently bought the Sunseeker 2860 and am planning my first dry camping trip (a concert venue). We will be without electric plug in and water for 5 days.

I want to make sure I have a few things correct:
-in order to run the air conditioner and microwave I would need to use the generator correct?
-in order to plug anything into an outlet and expect it to work I need to run the generator correct?
-will the outside fridge run off the generator? if so, I don't think I want to use it because I would have to run the generator constantly correct?
-the interior/exterior lights, slides and outside tv all run off the battery correct?
-it would be best to run the inside fridge off propane for that many days correct?
-the propane should also be used for the water heater correct?
-I have to keep the main power switch on at all times in order for the fridge to run correct?
now some questions:
1. I plan to find a place to fill my fresh water tank closer to the venue, do most dump stations also have potable water?
2. Does my outside Advent fridge only run when I am plugged in to an electrical outlet?
3. silly question- has anyone every counted how many showers you can get out of the 44 gallon fresh water tank?
4. if I happen to have fresh water left over do I really need to wait to go to a dump station, can I just drain it on the ground? we plan to use the black tank as minimally as possible so I don't anticipate that getting full
5. when using the fantastic fan where does that get it's power?


I appreciate any advice you can give me for my first time. I am excited to learn the art of dry camping because I anticipate a lot more of it!
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1) Yes
2) Yes
3) Yes
4) Not the tv
5) yes
6) Sure
7) Yes
8) Ehhh, I'd use a different source
9) Yes
10) Depends on the person...
11) I drain as I drive
12) Battery.
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:17 AM   #3
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Thank you,
What different source would you recommend?
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:31 AM   #4
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The water by dump stations is normally marked as non potable....if it isn't marked assume it isnt...all in all not a good place to count on getting water...even if there was potable water there...I would be concerned what people may have done to the spigot or hose if one is there or even touching the spigot after dumping their tanks...just not sanitary.
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:36 AM   #5
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Your TV may also run off battery. Mine does in my new 2250SLE. Give yours a try.

As for showers, the size of your grey tank may be more important than the amount of fresh water available, since shower and sink water all runs there. My former motorhome had a 33 gal grey water tank. Two quick showers per day for 4 days plus sink use filled that up. You can do some math from there.
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:03 PM   #6
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The water by dump stations is normally marked as non potable....if it isn't marked assume it isnt...all in all not a good place to count on getting water...even if there was potable water there...I would be concerned what people may have done to the spigot or hose if one is there or even touching the spigot after dumping their tanks...just not sanitary.
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we wipe down EVERY water connection - even when returning to our seasonal before rehooking up the water lines.
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:11 PM   #7
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I recently bought the Sunseeker 2860 and am planning my first dry camping trip (a concert venue). We will be without electric plug in and water for 5 days.

1. I plan to find a place to fill my fresh water tank closer to the venue, do most dump stations also have potable water?
2. Does my outside Advent fridge only run when I am plugged in to an electrical outlet?
3. silly question- has anyone every counted how many showers you can get out of the 44 gallon fresh water tank?
4. if I happen to have fresh water left over do I really need to wait to go to a dump station, can I just drain it on the ground? we plan to use the black tank as minimally as possible so I don't anticipate that getting full
5. when using the fantastic fan where does that get it's power?


I appreciate any advice you can give me for my first time. I am excited to learn the art of dry camping because I anticipate a lot more of it!
1.yes, and, We have found that you can stop by most state parks that have campgrounds and use their dump station for the daily vehicle admittance fee. Here in Michigan ( and most likely in your home state too) if you have a annual vehicle state park pass, you can use the dump stations free of charge. Just ask.

2, have no idea, We have a MBS 2400WS

3. Learn to conserve, fill the bathroom sink half full with warm water, sponge bathe, and then jump in the shower to rinse off. Use this method especially when washing hair. You will also find that you can go through that 44 gallon tank of fresh water without filling your grey water tank so get a Coleman 5 gallon collapsible water jug. Since it is a concert venue, there will be potable water to be had somewhere on site. Use the jug to retrieve 10 gallons or so. Check and see, they may even have a Honey Dipper come around and empty holding tanks for a small fee. This is what we do when dry camping for extended periods of time.

4. I always carry some fresh water when we travel and make sure I have 1/3 tank when I start out. As far as the black water goes, I never empty until I have at least 2/3 tank full. You need that water pressure to push that poop.

5. Sorry don't know what a fantastic fan is. Please enlighten those of us who have never been in your vehicle.
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1.yes, and, We have found that you can stop by most state parks that have campgrounds and use their dump station for the daily vehicle admittance fee. Here in Michigan ( and most likely in your home state too) if you have a annual vehicle state park pass, you can use the dump stations free of charge. Just ask.

2, have no idea, We have a MBS 2400WS

3. Learn to conserve, fill the bathroom sink half full with warm water, sponge bathe, and then jump in the shower to rinse off. Use this method especially when washing hair. You will also find that you can go through that 44 gallon tank of fresh water without filling your grey water tank so get a Coleman 5 gallon collapsible water jug. Since it is a concert venue, there will be potable water to be had somewhere on site. Use the jug to retrieve 10 gallons or so. Check and see, they may even have a Honey Dipper come around and empty holding tanks for a small fee. This is what we do when dry camping for extended periods of time.

4. I always carry some fresh water when we travel and make sure I have 1/3 tank when I start out. As far as the black water goes, I never empty until I have at least 2/3 tank full. You need that water pressure to push that poop.

5. Sorry don't know what a fantastic fan is. Please enlighten those of us who have never been in your vehicle.

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Old 07-06-2016, 02:25 PM   #9
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Fantastic Fan is a branded overhead fan fitting in the roof of the RV and EXHAUSTS air fairly powerfully to create a breeze from open windows and to exhaust cooking smoke. They can either operate at a few speeds manually or automatically turn on when a pre-set temperture is reached. Ours turns on and off also when you raise/lower the vent cover to the fan & was an OEM option when we bought...also available at RV stores. It runs on 12Volt.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:35 PM   #10
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I have the MBS 240S with a Fantastic Fan in the bthrm. I thought they all came with them. Buy some of the baby wipes/ dry cleansing cloths to cut down on water usage. I put a large plastic bowl in my kitchen sink and dump the excess gray water outside. ( I dump it in the toilet sometimes, but you will need that black water storage for 5 days camping unless you have access to a dump station.)
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:22 PM   #11
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Make it easy on yourself and go buy a 20litre drum (6 gallons?) just for fresh water, 44 gallons won't last long unless you're super thrifty. With a separate 20L drum you can grab water without moving your RV. I also have a separate 40Litre grey/black tank drum Fiamma with wheels. Saves moving the camper to go dump the tanks.
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:34 PM   #12
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most dump/fill stations have potable water. The fill is required to have a certain distance seperation from the dump. The water at the dump is the same water but it is marked as nonpotable because it does not have the required seperation.
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Old 07-06-2016, 04:40 PM   #13
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when I was in the Navy (a long time ago) a Navy shower at sea was three gallons of water.
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Old 07-06-2016, 06:24 PM   #14
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For shower check what pump you have, the gallons per minute. The hot water tanks are about 7-8 gallons so mixed with cold water, if you shower until it runs out of hot you will have used 10-12 gallons?
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Fresh & grey water limit you

I dry camped with 6 people for 5 nights. My sister-in-law could use 3/4 of a tank to shower. I would use 2 gallons. I bought 2 extra tanks for my truck, and a shurflo pump. I pumped the grey water into the truck tank and dumped it after every time she showered. The water tank was mounted high enough to siphon into the trailer with clear 3/8" tubing. That said, we've camped without showers for that long with no issue.
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We completed a cross country trip in May 6,596 miles. One of the issues was finding a source for potable water. We only dry camped for about 2 days at a time and were in a campground, so we were able to dump/flush and refill the fresh water tank then, but while driving I found that most of the big Pilots or truck centers with RV lanes and dump stations didn't have potable water available. I asked a manager how do other RVers get fresh water, he pointed to a sink near the food area and said you are free to fill up some jugs there. I have an 80 gal fresh water tank and didn't want to spend the day there and recruit a water brigade. I highly suggest buying some of the collapsible 5 gal jugs in the camping area of Walmart and bringing extra, that way you can always make a run for water somewhere if you needed to or there was something available at your venue. I've seen some nice 7 gal hard jugs for fresh water, so depends on your available storage space. Also the issue is how to get it in the fresh water tank. One camper on this forum posted about having an old water pump and putting on like 30' power leads to clip on the battery and having a 30' foot hose so he can keep his jugs on his utility trailer or back of his truck and just pump the water over to the camper tank when needed. So depends on how elaborate you water to get. But practice and try it out in your driveway before you go, don't assume your intended method will work without testing before needed.
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I definitely think I will be buying a water container. thank you
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markb442-I recently became familiar with what a Navy shower was. This info is very helpful thank you.
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20 years in the Navy, including 5 years out in Bermuda where the drinking water was collected off your roof. I definitely know what Navy Showers are. I rather enjoy running water... My biggest waste is the kids flushing the toilet, I know there is a lot of extra water going in the black tank when we are boondocking.
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Avoid the gray water tank by using the outside shower (from my popup days). You can quickly rinse your hair and face. Use too much water and you will be standing in a puddle or have something to stand on.
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