After writing my blog post about Monday I went outside with my book and pretty much spent all day sitting in the warm sun reading, and enjoying the long views towards the Mogollon Rim. This 'rim' forms the southern boundary of the Colorado Plateau and is some 4,000' higher in elevation that the land at its base.
- We installed an RO system a few years ago prior to beginning our travels. For every gallon of purified water it produces there is at least 1 gallon of 'waste' water produced. When we 'boondock' we turn off the RO system. Once we know we will be without a city water source for an extended period of time we begin stock piling purified water. TLE saves our milk cartons, cleans them thoroughly, and fills them with purified water from the RO system. Naturally, living in an RV we have a limited amount of space to store this pre-filtered water, and eventually we will run out of it. To guaranty a continuous source of purified water we also use a 'Zero Water Filter' system to supplement our purified water supply as needed.
- It's easy to blow through a lot of water unless you are aware of how much you are using. To help us monitor our water usage in the kitchen we put a standard Rubbermaid wash basin in one of the sinks. Once we are finished with this water then we take the basin outside and dump it in the desert.
- We always keep a little water in the bottom of our Dometic toilet to keep the gasket from drying out. Instead of using the flush pedal to put water in after using the toilet we put water in a small cup on the bathroom sink and when done using the toilet we pour just enough in to cover the rubber gasket. Using the flush pedal invariably puts way more water in than you need for this purpose, so using the cup to put the water in helps you minimize water usage for this purpose. The whole key to how long you can 'boondock' is how much water you put into your black tank each day. If we start out with an empty black tank, and can keep the amount of water going into the black tank at, or under 2 gallons per day we can go up to 20 days.
- When showering we turn the shower on to wet ourselves down, then turn it off to soap up, and then turn it back on to rinse off. Combined with using a Oxegenics showerhead we can take a shower using around 1/2 gallon of water, or less each. Naturally, we don't take a shower every day when we are 'boondocking'. It helps that we are 'boondocking' in a quite arid part of the country......it would be tougher in the deep south with higher humidity, no doubt.
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