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Old 08-29-2008, 06:47 PM   #11
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I would do what jabber suggested for the washing with one pot of boiling water to put the 'dirties' into, but.....

are you ready for my funny idea........?
drum roll, please....

I would get one of those pump sprayers they use to spray pesticide - comes in 1 gallon and larger sizes, and an old dish rack. Wash 'em all, line 'em up in the rack, and spray away. Can be hot/cold, it doesn't matter if they're clean. Camping - drip dry.


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Old 08-29-2008, 06:59 PM   #12
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Does your camp have a cabin, or do you tent?
What are you willing to go through to have what you want?

If you have a cabin and are willing to do it, put rain gutters on the cabin, duct the water into a plastic tank, and you have a cistern, no water to carry in, but drinking water. Add some clorox to the water and you can drink it.

Want a little more convenience? Get a 12V water pump from a RV dealer and a solar panel and an old car battery. Running water - no work.

Get a few car batteries and you have lights. My SIL has his whole shed with lights and stereo (Car unit) run off a solar panel and a couple golf cart batteries.

I see that you ar in the northeast. The average rainfall is over 30" per SQFT. multiply that times the area of your roof and that's a lot of water.

Some expense to set up, but,worth it.

Again, I do not know if you have a cabin or not.


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Old 09-01-2008, 06:49 PM   #13
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Legend, what did you finally come up with?
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:25 AM   #14
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If you are car camping and weight isn't an issue. Coleman makes a hot water unit that is very close to a regular kitchen sink. It provides instant hotwater on demand with a faucet. It isn't cheap, but if you car camp quite a bit, it is a very nice unit.

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Old 09-29-2008, 10:10 PM   #15
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Legend, did you ever find a solution to your situation? Would like a post for future reference.
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Old 09-30-2008, 02:13 PM   #16
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Oh, brother. Should I try again? I've camped a bit (read this quite a lot in my younger years) and like to squirt a bit of freindly soap (meaning if there's any residual it won't hurt humans or the plants you pour it on) on a sponge or scrubbie. Clean everything, then dunk in a bowl or tub (depending on how many you cooked for) of clear water. THis is what Mom did when we camped as kids, and what I've done when I camped with hubby. Hot water is only an issue if you're making something with a lot of oil/fat. For other applications, a good scrubbing and regular temp water will do ok .... alright, I shouldn't say that. For someone as healthy as me, my sibs and parents and cousins and husband, cold water and elbow grease will do it if you aren't cleaning fatty ingredients.

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