Wednesday, November 30, 2022


How a hospital stay can help you save water


As RVers, it’s natural for us to be a bit on the “conservative” side. After all, fresh water comes dear, and places to put waste water are just the same.

Most RVers recognize that when it’s dishwashing time, it’s best to wash in a dishpan, rather than in the sink. Why so? Because using a dishpan means you’ll usually use less water. Less fresh water consumed, less waste water produced.

Sometimes finding a dishpan that fits the RV sink is a bit of a trick. Here’s a source you might not have thought of. Ever had the misfortune of spending a day or two in the hospital? Nearly everyone receives a little plastic pan and, hey, it belongs to them! Got a friend in the hospital? Don’t let ’em leave without taking that little dishpan with them for your RV.

After you’ve washed your RV dishes up in that mini-pan, don’t just chuck the water down the sink. If you’re boondocking (away from a utility hookup site), you’ll probably find your gray water waste tank is the first to fill up. To stretch your time before having to take off and dump the tank, dump your dishwater down the toilet. It won’t hurt your black water contents (or the tank) but it will “buy” you more time.

And one more hint: Don’t want to wait for some unfortunate friend’s visit to the hospital? Cabela’s sells mini-dishpans for less than $6. If you can’t make it to Cabela’s, has a big selection (and will deliver!). —Russ and Tiña De Maris

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Bruce McDonald
6 years ago

When dumping dish water in the toilet, be very careful to remove all of the silverware first (and everything else). From personl experiance, I can tell you that it is extremely difficult to remove a knife from the black water tank!!!! That said, we still put dishwater in the black tank when boondocking because it is important to always have some water in the bottom of the black tank and using the dish water conserves fresh water.

6 years ago

I also poured dishwater down the black water tank. .No hospital stays for you or your friends, a plastic shoe box saved the day for me when we had water and electricity, but no sewer at a facility when having some work done on RV.

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