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Boondocking 101

 

So now let’s talk a bit about what will make your boondocking trip successful.

First – The Math!

What is the capacity of your Allegro Tanks?

Let’s assume that the fresh water is 50 gallons.

Your grey tank holds 60 gallons.

Your black tank is 35 gallons.

Your propane tank is 25 gallons (after deducting the 80% fill limitation).

Next – How long are you planning on boondocking?

Let’s assume again that we want to boondock 6 full days.

Now, using the information we have thus far. We will have enough fresh water if we only use 8 gallons per day. Our grey tank will allow us to dump 10 gallons per day. The black tank will allow us 5 gallons per day. We have enough propane if we only use 4 gallons per day.

Next – How many are going with you?

This is important as you can see. If four are going, then that means they will have only 2 gallons of water per day each. That is for drinking, cooking, bathing, and flushing.

Next – How far back in the toolies are you heading?

This becomes a factor if it is a long way from your last fuel stop. Especially if you plan on using your generator and it runs off the same fuel as your Allegro engine. Or a bigger concern if it too runs by using propane as fuel.

This is again why it is important to do a little pre-planning for your first Boondocking trip.

Next – Where are you going to go Boondocking?

Do you need permission to camp from a land owner or perhaps even reservations? What if any, are the rules and regulations governing camping for that area?

Example: Can you just dump your grey tank water on the ground or do you have to carry it out? Is there a length on the number of days you can camp? Is there a fee, and if so what is the cost, and who do you pay it too?

These are all questions that should be answered prior to heading out to Boondock.

 

Submitted by Mike Sundberg - 2/06/06
 

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