This week we are talking about our top 3 renovations we’ve made to our Airstream for boondocking or free camping in the wilderness. The first major renovation/upgrade we did was solar. Solar power while not necessarily cost-effective when compared to using a generator is much more convenient in our opinion and makes our power a passive process when we’re out in the wilderness. Our 2nd major renovation is our composting toilet. The composting toilet has eliminated the need for our black tank which allows us to double our gray water storage. It also means we don’t waste any of our fresh water on a toilet which allows us to stay out longer. The third renovation we’ve made for boondocking is installing the propane line and our catalytic heater. The catalytic heater allows us to keep the Airstream nice and toasty even in freezing temperatures without using ANY power and only a trickle of propane compared to a typical furnace. We even give you another gadget we love for boondocking, our Valterra shutoff valve which allows us to combine our gray and black tanks. So really it’s 3.5 things!
On Tuesday’s we’d like to answer questions sent to us from viewer’s like you and share some of the details of our Airstream life. If you have a question for us please let us know in the comments below or at our website astreaminlife.com
Welcome to our How-To Series. In this video series, we will explain the many how-tos of Airstream Living. From full-time RVing, to travel, to living in a tiny space we will share what we have learned from living this lifestyle. We encourage you to comment below with your own advice on this topic, as well as any other How-Tos you would like to see.
This week’s topic is How To Combine Gray & Black Waste Tanks in an RV & Why You Want To. There are two main ways to combine tanks. The first is to actually get a new combined tank and the second is to get a valve like the Valterra Valve which allows you to close off the sewer connection and let the existing tanks equalize. Obviously having more gray water storage is a huge help when trying to extend time boondocking without having to go into town to dump tanks.
If you have a composting toilet like we do, and no longer have sewage in your RV then combining tanks is a no-brainer. However, even if you still have a typical RV toilet combining tanks can still benefit you as well. If your black tank doesn’t fill near as quick as you gray tank you can allow some of the gray water to fill the black tank and again extend your gray tank life. This also has the added benefit of cleaning the black tank. Win Win.
We finally installed our Nature’s Head Composting Toilet into Charlie, our 2005 Airstream Classic. We took video of the entire process so we could it share it with all of you. Hopefully this will help others someday when they go to install a composting toilet.
We walk you through every step of the install process from removing the old toilet, finding constant 12 volt, venting out the wheel well and finally installing the new toilet into our Airstream. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. No more black tank smell. In fact we haven’t found anything we don’t like about our composting toilet so far.
Stay tuned for an update on how we like it as time goes on and any tips and tricks we come up with along the way! Have any questions? Let us know below!
So this article may by a little Too Much Information for some BUT we promised that we’d be sharing our Airstream experience, both the ups and the downs. Well folks Airstream life is not always a bed of roses, in fact sometimes it just STINKS, literally. So let me tell you a little story about the poo problem we just worked through. Hopefully those who are thinking of trying out a full time RV lifestyle will learn from our mistakes, and the rest of you will get a laugh.Continue Reading