Each winter the southwestern deserts get packed with winter snowbird RVers dry camping for the first time. Many will try hard to save water in remote areas, but most will be surprised to see just how quickly their precious resource disappears.
There are many ways to save water when dry camping. If you want to avoid running out of water when living off your holding tanks, these water conservation tips will keep your fresh water tank full longer.
“When dry camping, the longer you can conserve water the longer you can stay out there. It’s a compromise between convenience and conservation.” – iRV2 Member Raytronix.
It’s not hard to save water when you ditch RV hookups. Below are a few simple lifestyle adjustments to start with:
1. Invest in a water-saving RV shower nozzle
The best RV shower in my experience is the Oxygenics Body Spa. The nozzle is the most ideal, single dry camping investment we’ve ever made. It helps save water when dry camping because of its unique design. It literally boosts the size of water droplets flowing through the device.
As a result, you get a wider spray pattern that helps you lather and rinse faster. It also has a SmartPause feature, enabling you turn turn the flow of water off while soaping up. I’ve had mine for over two years and it’s solid as ever.
2. Recycle RV gray water
Many RVers will tell you they save water when dry camping by recycling gray water. They save nightly dish washing water in a container and reuse for toilet flushing. I tried it a few times and found this method can be smelly and gross. My recommendation is don’t handle that bowl of bacteria. RV gray water recycling can be done instead with the Extend Your Stay Tank Saver Kit.
The kit lets you divert filtered gray water from the holding tank into your toilet. Afterward it goes into your black tank and you never touch it.
The system is ideal for RVers with gray and black water tanks that have the same holding capacities (otherwise smaller black water tanks will fill up prematurely).
Ultimately you will save fresh water because you’ll only consume it while cooking and showering.
3. Stock up on paper products
Eco-minded RVers find that RV dry camping is a trade-off. Water can be used to rinse reusable dishes, or for more important things like cooking.
Unfortunately, when you try to save water when dry camping one of the best ways to do that is to eat off paper plates and pre-wash cooking implements with paper towels. Also, you can burn them in a campfire and avoid sending it to the landfill.
4. Wash dishes with low-suds soap
Make your own low-suds soap by mixing a few drops of biodegradable dish washing soap with water in a spray bottle. Instead of filling a sink with dish water, just spray the mixture onto pre-washed dishes.
5. Get used to bird baths
RV dry camping isn’t for the squeamish. But when you’re without hookups you can stay clean. Scent-free body wipes help you pre-wash before ever running water through your shower nozzle.
6. Use a waterless shampoo
There are in fact dry camping hair tips when you need to save water. Dry shampoo serves RVers as it keeps hair oil-free and feeling clean in between shampoos. You can achieve the same thing by rubbing a small amount of cornstarch into your scalp and brushing it through.
These are just a few ways you can save water when dry camping. Every RVer has their own tips and tricks. What are yours?Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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Rene Agredano and her husband, Jim Nelson, became full-time RVers in 2007 and have been touring the country ever since. In her blog, Rene chronicles the ins and outs of the full-timing life and brings readers along to meet the fascinating people and amazing places they visit on the road. Her road trip adventures are chronicled in her blog at LiveWorkDream.com.