I’ve learned some good stuff on boondocking and dry camping. Us with trailers hate to have to hookup to go dump and take on water etc right? Well there actually in most case is no need to go through all that. You can go indefinitely without hooking up and re-setting up your trailer/RV in most cases. Below are some suggestions that work real well that I learned on my first trip to Quartzsite Arizona and boondocking in the desert.
They apply just about to all dry camping experiences providing there is a dump station and place to get water within a reasonable distance. This applies basically to those with pickups, MDT and HDT tow vehicles. It might be practical with SUV’s as well. In this tip I’ll mainly deal with pickups. In the case of other than truck type vehicle a “bladder bag” type container will work.
First thing is to get a fresh water tank to place behind the cab of your truck. I prefer the 35 gallon size. It’s up to you and depends on what the largest size tank you can fit or want. From there you get a 12 volt pump to pump the water into your trailers fresh water tank. This solves the issue of having to haul your trailer to a dump station to take on water. You simply drive your tow vehicle to the dump station to fill the portable tank in the bed of your truck. No need to hookup and drag the trailer down there.
Now you ask OK, but what do I do about emptying the tanks? This is an easy task. You get a Macerator pump and attach it to the dump valve on your trailer. From there you pump your gray and black water into a tote also in the back of your tow vehicle. I prefer the 32 gallon size tank and they have a dump valve like the trailer on the side so you simply hook up a sewer hose to the tote and the other end goes into the dump.
Each time you go somewhere you can simply pump your gray or black water into the tote with your Macerator pump. The black water does not need to be dumped as often so most of the time it’s the gray water. You can dump as often as you like or practical. Cost for everything is approximately $500, but if you dry camp or boondock this is relatively cheap and saves you a whole lot of work in hooking up and hauling the trailer to a dump station and back.
The Macerator pumps will usually pump up to 12′ in height and distance is not a problem unless you exceed a run of 40′ or so. Most of the time you’ll only be pumping maybe a 15 to 20′ distance and a height of maybe 5′ so it works great! The easiest way for me to run the 12V to the fresh water pump was a cord with a cigarette lighter adapter and a plug at the pump where you can hook and unhook the 12V cord.
There are numerous easy ways to accomplish this though. There are many different products that can be used for this and these listed are just mine. Many may know of this tech tip, but for those new to RV’ing or dry camping it’s great as I found out early on. As with all my projects they are annotated in my RV Notebook software in the finance and maintenance sections where I really realize my savings and track them. That makes the projects/mods even more fun. Even projects like this are great money and time savers!
* Macerator pump..
|* The macerator pump allows me to simply pump my holding tanks into the Blue Boy tote and haul it to a dump station. * Fresh water tank from Loomis Tank Center in Paso Robles and the 12 volt Shureflow pump allows me to haul fresh water back to the rig and fill my fresh water tank. This is basically the same type pump in our RV’s and mine pumps about 3 gpm.
|Tote.. (I have two equaling 37 gallons). Both have side dump valves I installed for very little expense which eliminates the need to tow or lift the totes. If the dump station requires a drive on public roads you can’t tow it behind you anyway. Due to a family member illness I was forced to dry camp for 6 weeks at one location and never had to hookup once. It made life so much easier.|
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