QUOTE(5campers @ Sep 11 2007, 11:31 PM)
Thank you for the info. We have only camped in our TT once without full hookups and it was for a weekend. Can you give me some tips on how to utilize the tanks so that we can venture out to the beautiful state parks of NC and SC.
The good thing about the state parks of SC is they do have water and elec - but no sewer. I've never stayed at a state park in NC, only federal, and there were no hookups. You can fill your water tank when you first pull in. They are several taps in each loop - I have extra hoses in case I need to re-fill during the week.
So you want to make sure you don't fill your gray and black water tanks during the week (I've never had a problem with the black water, but have filled the gray water up before). You can get a portable tank (about 25 gallons) that can attach to your hitch or you can manually walk it over to dump. Be careful at Edisto Island, SC - the dump station is several miles down the road. You want to avoid showers (well, in the trailer - do bathe in the bath house
) in these situations, and be very careful washing dishes during the week. What I do then is just get the water I need to wash dishes at each meal from one of the taps and wash them in a tub outside.
If there's no elec, you want to make sure you're staying somewhere that's cool enough that you don't need A/C (and Pisgah is just perfect in the summer for that). The opposite end of that equation is times you will need the heat. If you're running the heater heavily during the week, you're going to drain the battery (and go through some propane if it's really cold). I take an extra battery when I go somewhere w/o elec, and have a solar charger to try and help the batteries during the week.
Other things to watch for that can drain the battery - 12 volt fans. I mounted two in my trailer (it's a hybrid, and running the fans through the bedrooms gets rid of the condensation on our canvas), and have discovered that they really use the juice if left on for awhile. Another trick I've learned if to leave the water pump off, and only turn it on to build the pressure back up when needed. The pump seems to really draw hard when it's getting to the cut off point. I've noticed that if the battery is real low, the water pump never reaches pressure, and keeps pulling (undetectable to my hearing) until the battery is gone.
Propane seems to only go fast with the heater - regular cooking and running the fridge doesn't seem to use too much.
Enjoy - it takes a little extra effort w/o hookups, but when that storm comes through, you 'll be glad you're not in a tent (especially if you have kids and it rains for several days).