How many Ltrs of water do you use all up camping or caravanning?

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Daily usage that is on a trip being self sufficient.

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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:11

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:11
Gday Axle! We just had a few days away, we use bottled water to drink and cook about 3 litres a day. Also 12 litres to shower between Janet and myself. 9 litres for Janet and 3 for me LOL!! We stayed in NP's, 2 had showers, the other 3 did not, we used our own onboard setup for the latter. Michael
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:15

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Follow Up By: Axle - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:25

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:25
That sounds pretty good Mike!, The inlaws just had five days away in their van and used 180ltrs all free campsites,...Me thinks a bit to much playing in the shower maybe..lol.


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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:38

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:38
LOL ! Axle, we dont take our trailer now the boys dont come with us any more so we only carry 40 litres of water in the Patrol plus bottled drinking. But we can use less as the guys said below if needed, it depends on the availability! We have been known to take 200 litres in 25 litre containers to a dry campsite to our friends amazement! Now we fill up at parks and anywhere there is a tap in town on the town supply. Michael.
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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:17

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:17
G'day Axle,

We are a couple in a hybrid, self contained camper. We are not minimalist campers but we do try to conserve resources when it is wise to do so, and use them freely when it is appropriate.

It depends on the availability of water. We carry 200 litres of drinking water in two tanks, one 70L strictly for drinking the other 130L for nominal non-drinking but kept to drinking standard - ie washing (not clothes. Sink, shower and vacuum toilet flush)

If clean creek water is available we don't skimp. We bypass the big tank and use creek water out of a barrel for all but drinking. That gives us 200L of drinking water, which will last quite some time. Quick shower each day if a swim not available, etc etc. In that case, total maybe 20L a day.

In water conservation mode no showers just wet-wipes, Number 1's for her in the bush or alternative if provided (mine are always there:-)), Number 2's in the flusher if alternative not available (that's why we have it), dishwashing only when necessary - under 10L a day, more depending on weather, activity and duration of stay.

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Follow Up By: Axle - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:34

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:34
Sounds like you have a good system in place Frank,..We tend to get a bit carried away, or she does..lol, Showers are the culprit I think.


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Follow Up By: Neil & Pauline - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 12:37

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 12:37
Two of us can use as little of 10 litres a day. No shower but a bit under a litre in a big bowl in shower recess with a sponge. Need to allow another 7 or 8 litres on wife's hair washing days. Use our toilet for every thing but only water used is after we have drunk it (reuse / recycle). If water available not so frugal.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:23

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:23
Hi Axle

It varies according to supply. In Tasmania where good water was plentiful and we could afford decent showers, an 80 litre tank could last three to four days. If in the desert and being cautious but including having a sponge over wash every night, five litres a day plus drinking water would do us.

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Follow Up By: Axle - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:41

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 21:41
The heat makes a bit of difference with the drinking water
if your like me Motherhen, especially of late.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 08:47

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 08:47
Hi Axle

Yes, drinking water needs to be calculated separately depending on location, weather conditions and amount of physical activity and individual needs; some of us drink a lot more than others (water that is). We always take water on long walks.

In addition to having one caravan tank as dedicated drinking water (can be accessed by one tap only so can't be used for showers) we carry a 20 or 25 litre jerry can of drinking water in the tow vehicle, plus a couple of day's supply in smaller bottles in the car fridge. On most occasions, the normal tank water is OK for tea and coffee; just a few cups each day.

When we ran out of water in the desert on our last day before Alice Springs, we used a near full drinking water tank for cooking, washing up and bathing but had anything gone wrong, the 80 litres would have lasted us several days. We still had plenty of back up drinking water.

I'm a bit paranoid about having plenty of drinking water = survival :)

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Reply By: K&FT - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:00

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:00
From my experience, most survival type guides suggest a minimum of 10 litres per person per day.

we carry 180L in two tanks plus a 20L reserve and top up the tanks whenever we can.

with the usual cooking washing up and showers we have made the two tanks last up to 5 days which is a tad over the minimum given but that included family using the loo which also flushes out of the main tanks.

I think with just the two of us we could make those two tanks last at least 7 days.

I am sure you can work it out from there.

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Reply By: SDG - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:02

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:02
Two months travelling with two kids and I only had to refill the 80 litre once. As we were mostly in caravan parks, showers were done there.
When free camping on my short trips, 80litres will last close to three weeks.
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Reply By: Ross M - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:07

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:07
Axle

Only dirty people need a wash, you know that! That should cut it down a bit.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:17

Saturday, Jan 04, 2014 at 22:17
Ross! Dirty or not, that shower at the end of a hot dusty day is just the best!! OHH! Followed by a cold beer! regards Michael
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 00:33

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 00:33
Oh hell how long is a piece of string.

There are so many variable factors.

I carry drinking water for work every day, in winter I can go out with 2 litres and come home will 1 litre left over......in summer doing hot work I can go out with 4 litres of water, 1 litre of milk and 1 litre of weak cordial all iced and come home empty needing a big drink when I get home.

Then spread that across other issues as well......the variation can be huge.

The recon the nomadic arabs can get by on 250ml of water a day in the desert for weeks at a time...but that is a whole other story.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 07:12

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 07:12
We are still using on average 1.5lt/person per day Axle , this over many trips now and so we carry 2lt/person per day.

Find that knowing how much you use is important , if we had a tank that we just pumped it out of I'm sure we would use more.

What one uses is part of a whole system of course and meals we have don't require dishes to be washed etc.

Mustn't forget that drinks like coke , wine etc usually come to another lt/day.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 08:58

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 08:58
You do well Robin, but as you say, when the need is there you can be very frugal. For dry food I wipe plates with paper towels rather than wash dishes. We always had a daily wash all over and have not needed to go without since we went from tent to caravan.

Drinks like Coke and alcoholic drinks are dehydrating and should not be substituted for your drinking water needs.

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Reply By: Malcolm 02 - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 10:45

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 10:45
When I lived on Groote Eylandt we (2 adults) would go for 4 days with 40L and come back with more than half. Bathed in the sea, used dry sand to wash the grease of the dishes then rinse in the sea and a lot of our drinking fluid was in the esky.
Now with the camper touring Aus. we have an 80L tank which we only use for drinking and carry 75L in 3 x 25L Jerry's for all other uses. This makes it easy to monitor usage and modify according to availability.
The first time the inlaws came with us (total 4 adults) with the camper I wasn't monitoring the usage and we used 120L in two days.
So you can see that it can vary from 3L/person/day to 30L depending on circumstances and discipline.
Another thought is to have a reasonable amount of water in the vehicle when leaving the camp to go exploring, 10L is what I take.

A little forethought turns a disaster into an adventure.

Have fun while we can, happy camping.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 11:29

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 11:29
For a 12 day desert trip,
With a mate, the 2 of us need around 45 litres.
With my wife, the 2 of us use around 100 litres!
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Reply By: Mick O - Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 18:45

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 at 18:45
For a desert expedition in the winter months, catering for two persons on board - 200 litres. This allows enough to last a month at 3 litres each per day and 50 days at 2L per day if the proverbial hits the fan.

This is purely for drinking and a light wash. Showers occur only when water can be found. We filter and top up supplies when ever we find suitable water (not fouled by bloody camels). If towing the quad trailer I have an extra 100 litre tank underneath which can be used for luxury items like a shower!

If out on the quads, a minimum of 5 litres per day with 5-10 litres spare (4 days - 30 litres). Even with this you're still pretty thirsty on a warm day though!

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