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How much H20 do you need to boondock for a week?
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When I was solo in the van, me and the little dog went through about 1 gallon of water per day. That included food, dishes, and wipe-down-showers.

Now, with two people and two dogs in a trailer we go through about 40 gallons per week, including quick-showers for each of us. That is just about 3 gallons per human+dog combo, per day. A lot more waste in the larger trailer, most of it going to washing dishes and longer showers then just wipe-downs. Of course, if we have easy access to water, we go through more, but that usually does not exceed 60 gallons per week.

The trailer has 40 fresh, 40 gray, and 40 black. The gray tank is the most difficult to deal with as it fills quickly. We combat that by putting some dishwater down the toilet so not to over-fill the gray tank. We do not bother with this when boondocking in the desert where dumping gray tanks straight into the soil is not an issue (using proper soaps and such).
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#12
The 5 gallons is drinking for 1 week for 2 people or each if you add cooking
+or-. per the post by Tony and Karen.

The rest was figured from the fact that they have a self contained RV , the capacity of all their tanks . And their saying they dump tanks once a week.
Again , +or-.

This would not apply for someone doing a minimal use vandwelling life.

They could work on minimizing their use and adjust as they need.

But , doing a test run is a good idea for anyone wanting to know how much to carry.

There is NO set amount for anyone, it will vary greatly , everyone will need different amounts.. Air temps will change it all too.

Like I said , tough question to answer for anyone not me...
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#13
first off there is no replacement for water, not beer, not soda, not fruit juice, not Gatorade, nothing.

now what I do is what I do, ymmv.
I carry 30 gallons of water, that will last 2 guys and a dog 2 weeks with a cushion.
I would like to point out that I travel mostly in the high desert(go figure). there is always water close by, as in a springs or small creeks. don't drink this water without running it through a proper filter, however this water is fine for washing clothes, showering, even cooking if you boil it. if the water is turbid(cloudy) I run it through a bath towel. now don't be foolish. do not use water coming from a mine shaft or hot spring for cooking, or any questionable source for that matter. highdesertranger
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how long is a piece of string?
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In the winter we have no water at our site so I'll base my estimate on that.  I gallon lasts me a week for coffee, maybe two gallons for flushing, two gallons for 3 dogs.  If I fill my 30 gallon fresh water, I can make it a week adding two showers, minimal dishes, and cooking.  Need to dump in two weeks if I can let a little grey water off without it being noticed.  I have an available bath house so only shower at home when the weather is bad or on weekends when I have to share with too many people.  I stretch laundry to every two weeks but run out of uniforms before that in the summer.  Wouldn't miss internet too much as long as I have cable tv.
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(06-08-2017, 11:17 AM)AntiGroundhogDay Wrote: For a couple on the road....

Trying to think about our style of full timing, "about a week" seems to ring true for me on most subjects related to being out in the country with little to no services (water, electric, dump):

- How long are you willing to go without decent Internet?
- How long can you before needing to do laundry?
- How long can you go with sponge baths before a real shower?
- How much food can you carry?
- How long can you go before you get bored or need a change of scenery?
- How long before your composting toilet fills? (really not sure if this is a week or more/less)

So if my limits are "about a week" for most things, how much H20 do you personally use up in a week or per day provided you aren't taking multiple, full showers? Maybe one Navy shower or a solar shower per person, per week plus sponge baths while in the boonies, then hit up a real shower when we head into town?  How many gallons of gray water would you estimate?

Thanks!
Sorry for any confusion , I missed your first post for some reason and read Tony and Karen's response to it first. (I think I clicked first unread post twice !)

Most of your questions are very hard to answer by anyone but you!
Lots of variables and personal preferences involved. I hope my answers helped you out a bit though.
You'll get a better handle on it all with experience in the "field".

So for ME !
Water , I drink about a half gallon a day or more in hot weather.
Showers , maybe a quickie (navy)once a week or day depending on activity level and weather. Wet wipes in between those.
When my GF was on board all the above "goes down the drain".

Laundry , a weeks worth of clothes is very subjective.Depends on what you're doing.
Sitting in the shade or gold prospecting in the "go figure" High Desert.(Good one HDR)
I frequently wash every days clothes in my sink or bucket if water is available from a lake or stream.

Grey water , Is controlled by whatever goes down a drain.(Sink or shower)

Internet depends on how much you rely on it (webaholic?? Wink or just checking email every few days/weeks..)

Food , you need a weeks worth for a week?
I'd carry 2 weeks just in case of "just in case". Or a month or more if Yellowstone was being puffy Rolleyes .

Boredom , never happened to me.
Everywhere has something of interest .
Even those city places if that what floats your boat.

Compost toilet , ????????
Bucket toilet , Depends on your storage and/or disposal method.

Hope I didn't miss anything . YMMV


Oh Yeah , John: the string length question , would that be the square root of a square knot?
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(06-08-2017, 02:48 PM)John61CT Wrote: how long is a piece of string?

In the context of this thread I'd be asking for the length of ~your~ string.  From the original post:

Quote:how much H20 do you personally use up in a week or per day provided you aren't taking multiple, full showers?
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That too greatly depends on many variables.

If I really want to maximize my time out there, as little as 1/2 gallon a day.

If I'm regularly going into town anyway maybe 5, even up to 10 when doing hard labor in desert heat.
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I have a TT. It is just me and my two small dogs.

I use about 30 gallons of water a week. I shower every two or three days, it is a quick 3 minute shower. Laundry is every two weeks. I have to dump my black tank once a month. I carry about two weeks of food at a time.

I plan my trips around the 14 day BLM and campground limit. So I find a spot and stay two weeks. I do laundry and dump tanks and find a new spot. I always make sure I have cell signal, as I have health issues, anywhere I camp. I enjoy the peace and quiet, boredom has not been an issue.



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(06-08-2017, 11:17 AM)AntiGroundhogDay Wrote: - How long are you willing to go without decent Internet?
- How long can you before needing to do laundry?
- How long can you go with sponge baths before a real shower?
- How much food can you carry?
- How long can you go before you get bored or need a change of scenery?
- How long before your composting toilet fills? (really not sure if this is a week or more/less)

Without decent internet is the stickler here! I can go without it until I run out of reading material on my Kindle...after that - I be finding cell service for my mobile hotspot in a big hurry!!!!   Big Grin  I've actually taken to stockpiling extra books from the library BEFORE I head in to an area with questionable connectivity!

Laundry - about 2 1/2 weeks or until I'm on the last pair of undies.... Rolleyes

I have a pump solar shower set up and have figured out how to use it in the van with the kitchen sink for washing my hair so the question is not how long CAN I go but how long do I LIKE to go...after a couple of weeks of low pressure solar showers I'm wanting the real thing...unlimited hot water and high pressure babyyyy!

I need to buy fresh salad veggies at least once a week but could go for a couple of months with the meat that is in the freezer. I have a 65 qt Whynter set up at freezer temp and it's usually full to the brim. Stuff like juice and dairy products - 2 weeks max before I need a store. I could carry more staples but I'd still need the fresh produce weekly.

I don't mind sitting in one place for a goodly length of time as long as it's an interesting place and I have friends to share it with me. If it's just me and it's someplace like the Ehrenberg desert...I'm out of there in a couple of days. I could spend forever if it's beautiful scenery. But then that would also depend on internet connectiviity...lol.

I have the C-Head 'separating' toilet and can go 3 days before I need to either empty the liquid tank or change it out. Fortunately it takes 1 gallon water jugs so as long as I have a place to either dispose of the liquid or a place to store jugs I'm good. The solids tank usually needs to be emptied every 4 to 6 weeks. Keep in mind that is for a single user...two of you would halve that timing.

I carry 10 gallons of fresh water. I drink nothing but tea and water so I go through at least a 1/2 gallon a day, sometimes more depending on the weather. I use a half gallon for dishes and because there's just me I can get away with only doing dishes about every 2 1/2 days. The solar shower holds 2 gallons and I usually have a half gallon left over after a shower...that includes washing my long hair. I don't normally apply conditioner if I'm using the solar shower because of the extra water to rinse it.
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