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Old 09-12-2017, 07:35 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any suggestions on what size fresh water tank and grey water tank to get? We are planning on traveling full time and were thinking 55gal would be big enough, but we are still unsure. There will be a shower and one kitchen sink in our bus. Any tips would be helpful! Thanks
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:09 PM   #2
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Does anyone have any suggestions on what size fresh water tank and grey water tank to get? We are planning on traveling full time and were thinking 55gal would be big enough, but we are still unsure. There will be a shower and one kitchen sink in our bus. Any tips would be helpful! Thanks
Someone said 7 gal/person/day, but they could get down to 5 gal ea/day.

Dish washing eats a lot, so paper plates, etc.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:17 PM   #3
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alot depends on your usage as mentioned and also how often you plan to be near civilization where you can fill it up.. (and deoends on your waste tank sizes too..).

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..and whether or not you have a clothes or dishwasher on board.
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If you base your calculation on 3 gallons per day, per person ...

85 Gallons would allow a couple to be off-grid for two weeks.

Juggle that figure up or down to account for your own patterns of usage, travel and number of people. If you have kids you will use more, but there is plenty of slack in that number to accommodate water saving techniques.
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Old 09-27-2017, 10:42 AM   #6
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While boondocking in my last bus we were conservative but not crazy so and we used 5 gallons per person per day. That includes daily showers.

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Put in the biggest that will fit. Easy! When have you ever heard about an RVer or vandweller complaining they had too much water/waste/propane/electricity/etc. Nah, didn't think so either. If you have space for a 100-gallon tank, do it. Anything much over 100 gallons should probably best be split into two tanks to avoid problems with sloshing and with straining the walls. FYI, I have two water tanks totaling 220 gallons, plus 180 gallons of waste tanks - big is good! I plan for at least a month's self-sufficiency for one person off-grid.

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Old 09-27-2017, 11:23 AM   #8
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Put in the biggest that will fit. Easy! When have you ever heard about an RVer or vandweller complaining they had too much water/waste/propane/electricity/etc. Nah, didn't think so either. If you have space for a 100-gallon tank, do it. Anything much over 100 gallons should probably best be split into two tanks to avoid problems with sloshing and with straining the walls. FYI, I have two water tanks totaling 220 gallons, plus 180 gallons of waste tanks - big is good! I plan for at least a month's self-sufficiency for one person off-grid.

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Good advice.

I carried over 200 gallons in my last bus.
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:47 AM   #9
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I would calculate at least 5gals a day per person. You might not use it but water keep humans healthy and clean.

It really depends for me what kind of water sources I have at a camp. I like to camp by rivers and creeks then I will use that water for much of my washing and bathing.
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i like to camp by rivers and creeks then i will use that water for much of my washing and bathing.
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