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 7/19/2012 12:12 AM
 

Have decided that I need to go to cheaper read free digs!!! no I'm not going to boondock will be plugged in to electricity but no dump...will be at my dd's in ID she has a huge parking lot for a driveway so the fifth wheel fits just wish they had put in a dump!!! so going to going into boondocking mod on that tp in the garbage can and use their restroom as much as I can in the day...we dh and I could go 3 weeks with out dumping am thinking I can make that into 6 weeks maybe more...oh well think that amounts to the wtmi (way to much information) decussion...just wanted to let you all know that I'm alive and kicking need to go as my finances have been greatly reduced...and the bills haven't

So will be in Idaho till some time in the fall

sheila

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 7/19/2012 11:58 AM
 

Understand totally, Sheila. You need to do whatever you need to do. How terrific that you have a nice place to park! You might want to check the yellow pages for septic tank companies that wouldn't charge too much to come pump out your tank(s). Just make sure they have done this before. Also, maybe your DD wouldn't mind digging a sort of leach hole nearby for your gray water? A good-size hole filled with pea gravel or small rocks you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes would totally take care of sink water. A fancier solution is to put a good size can or barrel that has holes drilled all around the sides into the hole and surround it with the crushed rock - needs a cover, of course to keep the dirt from packing it up.

As for the wtmi - my son lives in a very old Class C where none of the plumbing is operable. Zip lock baggies for tp or large coffee cans for ? are ingenious. I keep a large coffee can in my car trunk with some kleenix and sandwich size baggies for those times on the road when the next rest stop is 90 miles away! I remember the "good old days" of tent camping when we bought a tent toilet at a camping store. Turned out to be a plastic bag suspended from a frame with a toilet seat set on top! Came with bags and twist ties - very high tech! Hey, when you have 3 kids and are camped a half mile from the facilities you make do!

Good luck!

Evie


Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 7/19/2012 9:02 PM
 

That you do Evie....the problem with digging a whole is the parking lot is paved but a good idea will have to give an idea as to what to do for that part...was just going to open the valve if it was ok with dd Its a small area but maybe they will have some type of honey wagon will need to research it

sheila

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 7/20/2012 11:05 AM
 

Just thought of something else, Sheila. Don't they have an end cap for the dump valve that has a garden hose opening and cover? Think I remember seeing something in CW's catalog - maybe Wally World has it? or the closest RV place? That way you could hook up a long garden hose and run it out beyond the cemented driveway for your gray water. Wouldn't be as shocking to others as the large sewer hose, so folks wouldn't think you were dumping your black tank!

When we bought our last place, there was a clean-out sewer pipe and we always thought it would be a great idea to run a very long sewer hose under the crawl space and hook it up so we could dump both tanks at home. Turned out that it was a slight uphill run instead of downhill from where the rig was parked. Sigh! It was a great solution - too bad we couldn't do it!

I'm sure you'll manage. You have years and years of experience making do, so you'll be fine. Actually, you're doing very well making all these decisions alone. I found that was (and perhaps still is) the hardest part - figuring everything with only one brain instead of two, when for so many years the two brains worked together.

Evie


Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 7/21/2012 12:21 AM
 

I'll have to remember that Evie thanks for telling me about it...it would look better

Yep it is tough to make decisions on my own...wish that I could make decisions not based on finaces but based on what I truly want to do

sheila

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 7/21/2012 10:56 AM
 

Give yourself the gift of time. You will come up with some thrifty ideas and be able to do a different type of thing. My mistake was in thinking I could just continue on like the two of us did before DH died. Now I realize that it's a whole new ballgame and I have to think outside the box a lot. Relax in ID and take it one day at a time - one hour at a time, if need be. Someone once said life is what happens while you're busy making other plans. And, let's face it, we aren't going to flit here and there like we were able to do 20 years ago! Darn old age crept up on us when we weren't looking!

I got my little old lady badge when I discovered some of those bus tours that are mainly taken by senior citizens. Discovered that I actually had a pretty good time, too.

Evie


Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 7/22/2012 12:41 AM
 

have arrive in my new home area safe and sound...had some problems with over heating in a couple of places but the guy driving hubby of dd's best femal friend is a mechanic and he seems to feel that my radiator needs to be flushed out will have to look into it...when we stopped to cool down we hit a couple of pretty bad chuck holes and as this was his first time driving a 5th wheel he didn't go as slow as one probably should have...dh always did around 55-60 his around was higher...anyway I have a stand that I got from my grandfathers estate that needs some repair work hopefull my son in law will be able to find time to work on it...just felt bad about it ...oh well it's just material stuff right??? but really like that stand...hot enough and couldn't run the A/C so am just thirsty tonight ...having problems getting the direct tv in so no tv tonight much too addicted to it anyway

sheila

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