How To Combine Gray & Black Waste Tanks in an RV & Why You Want To

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.

Some Products Mentioned:
Valterra Valve (Amazon affiliate)

 

Tuesday Talk – We Love Propane, What We Use it for & How Much We Use & Spend

This week we’re answering a question from a viewer regarding propane. We absolutely love Propane and use it as our main source of heat/power for everything we can. In this video, we discuss what we use propane for, why we love it so much, how much we use and what it costs.

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.

 

Tuesday Talk – Our Power Usage/ Strategy While Boondocking

This week we’re answering a question from a past video. “Have we used our generator? Every morning for appliances? 12v appliances? Hows solar?” So, in general, we answer what is our strategy for power while boondocking and how is our solar system and generator working out for us.

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

 

How To Get A Good Nights Sleep in an RV No Matter Where You Are

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 Get A Good Nights Sleep in an RV No Matter Where You Are. We’ve been living and sleeping in our Airstream for over a year now and we have some tips on how to ensure the best night’s sleep whether at a campground, boondocking in the woods, or beside a semi in a Walmart parking lot. Make sure to set and follow a relaxing routine in your RV (similar to what you would do in a house). Ensure your bed is comfortable and your sheets and comforter appropriate for the season. Keep the RV at the right temperature and level of darkness for sweet dreams and think about using a noise generator every night to maintain consistency and block out any new noises.

Some Products Mentioned:
Mattress Pad (Amazon affiliate)
Flannel Sheets (Amazon affiliate)
Down Comforter (Amazon affiliate)
Reflectix (Amazon affiliate)

 

Boondock Hunting + Our Hitch Issues + Moving Into the Forest

In today’s video, we go hunting for a good boondocking outside of Bend. After finding a couple of spots we stop for lunch at a Sno-Park before Steve backs us down the forest road in the snow!! Snow in June….who would have thought it! Steve also explains how we think we fixed our hitch issue.

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LaPine State Park on Campendium

 

A Very Trying Day. Where Are We Going to Sleep Tonight?

In today’s video, we leave California and head into Oregon!! We are looking to boondock near-ish Crater Lake. We strike out on our first spot…too sketchy to try the fit the Airstream. So we decide to head North of Crater Lake (another 80 miles) to try a second spot. Little did we know that there was still SNOW there…in June! Our Arizona minds were blown. We eventually decide to head to a National Forest Campground but even that turns out to be more interesting than we expected. In the end, we are safe and sound with a place to lay our heads for a couple of days while we explore Crater Lake but wow….what a day!

Have you had travel days like this? Any advice to us or others out there on travel days? We’d love to hear it!

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Our final spot on Campendium

Moving to Antelope Island State Park & BUGS

In today’s video, it’s moving day. We are leaving our amazing spot on Utah Lake and heading for 1 night on Antelope Island. Antelope Island is on the Great Salt Lake north of Salt Lake City. We knew we wanted to go check it out and since it was $10 to get in we decided to dry camp for one night instead for $20 total. The views from our campsite were beautiful but the no-see-ums were ridiculous. Poor Penny was eaten alive on day one and Steve has over 100 bites after day 2. We will come back to the island…just not in the spring during no-see-um hatching time.

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Our spot on Campendium
Antelope Island State Park

 

Experiencing Utah Lake & the Provo Area + An Evening Out

In today’s video, we are doing some exploring of the area around Utah Lake including hiking a waterfall (our third choice for a waterfall but it was still beautiful!). We also get a birds-eye view of our campsite at Miners Canyon from our hike up the hill. Lastly, we enjoy a night out for some Thai food which was special and delicious.

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Our spot on Campendium
Battle Creek Falls Hike
Thai Siam

 

Boondocking on Utah Lake

In today’s video, we show you around our new boondocking spot on Utah Lake south of Saratoga Springs. We also go explore another boondocking location on Stansbury Island and get through a long not so fun day of important errands. We decided we liked this spot so much we’d stay a whole week here but wait until you see the bugs. Luckily they don’t bite 🙂

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Our spot on Campendium

 

Friday Favorite – Our Water Siphon for Topping off our Tanks while Boondocking

This week’s Friday Favorite is our water auto siphon we use to top off our fresh water tank while boondocking in the Airstream. We tend to boondock in a spot for a week or maybe more and we don’t want to have to move the Airstream to go get water. We bought 2 big 7 gallon blue jugs for fresh water but they were a pain to pour into the fresh water tank (literally). So a friend who brews beer recommended this auto-siphon and we LOVE it!

This week’s links:
Similar Large Auto Siphon (Amazon affiliate)
7 Gallon Blue Jugs (Amazon affiliate)

Occasionally on Friday’s, we’d like to share with you some of our Favorite Things. These can be products, websites, or anything else that we love. Note we will ALWAYS say whether we are sponsored in any form from the companies we are sharing and these videos will ALWAYS reflect our true opinions. These are the things that bring us joy and we hope they can become your favorites as well.