Not being plumbed into mains anything means that there are many extra jobs which need doing when living in a caravan.
No mains water means having to take your Aquaroll, and fill it at the closest tap. Luckily, we are parked very close to the tap, and I can use my lay flat hose to fill up the water! Lexi benefits from having an onboard tank as well, doubling our water capacity. This is filled from the Aquaroll by means of a pump automatically using a float switch, or, can be manually overridden to fill it past the float switch- we also have the option of using a hosepipe to fill. We can use either the Aquaroll, or the onboard tank, or both – should any problems arise, they are easy to isolate. The onboard tank is great for short stops, and for the cold weather as it is kept warm.
The Aquaroll sits on a stand:
This keeps it off of the ground, to help protect from the cold. It’s not been cold enough yet to warrant an insulating jacket – keeping things off of the ground is one of the best ways to keep them warm (overstatement – warm = warmer than freezing)
Our wastewater all drains our of the back of the caravan, and could go into a Wastemaster, which could then be wheeled to the disposal site. Our wastewater however, is used to water the bushes. We keep several lengths of waste pipe just in case it needs to go into a container. Wastemasters don’t work terribly well in the winter, so, this can always be substituted for a bucket!
Emptying the toilet is another job which needs doing. It is about 3 days (twice a week) that it needs doing. One of the main issues was
with it being a chemical toilet, it would need chemicals to aid the breaking down of the waste. They looked expensive, there were loads of different kids, some for the flush tank, some for the waste tank. There was just too much choice! And the space needed to store it all was huge!
So, after some research, we decided to use the Kem-Direct Toilet Granules. They are cheap, take up virtually no space, and 1 box lasts 6-7 weeks! Inside the box there are packets of the chemical, in solid form. Half of the packet for the waste tank, the other half for the flush tank. It simply pours in, no measuring, no mess, perfect! It doesn’t have any of the perfumed smells which other toilet chemicals do, but does mask the odors well.
There have been few incidents whilst emptying the toilet. There are no ‘glugs’, thanks to the pressure release button (yellow button, near the handle) on the Thetford cassette. However, having a clumsy moment earlier resulted in the dump cap being lost down the drain! Luckily, this sits at the end of a ‘arm’, at the top of the cassette. A replacement is to be picked later today. Thanks, GoOutdoors!
Whilst I’m there, one of our awning pegs needs to be replaced – it was lost to us during the recent storms. They are only £1.99 for 4 pegs, and are straight, rather than rounded at the top. This means when knocking them into solid ground, they (almost) can’t bend because there are no weak spots.
Despite our awning only being a cheap and cheerful porch awning, it has survived being up permanently. It has a small tear which we can’t repair as it it is where the fabric is stitched through to the groundsheet and a zip. Well, it could be repaired, but it’s not worth it as we are on the hunt for a new awning.
Whilst readjusting the awning in preparation for the windy conditions, as is usually the way with many of the cheaper porch awnings, there is a small gap left between the caravan and the awning. Usually, this isn’t an issue, however, when it is very windy it flaps against the caravan wall, few noises can be this irritating! Masking tape proved to be the answer here, and survived the storm, and eradicated the flapping entirely.