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03 Feb 2016 @ 10:39:35 am
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How important is it for you to have the following inside your caravan.
1) Basin
2) Toilet
3) Shower
To keep things simple, lets stick to the following categories of possible answers.
A = not at all important
B = nice to have
C = critical

Please feel free to give reasons for your answers.
*Note* This is based on "INTENDED" use. We don't want answers like;
3) Shower = Critical, because that where I store my golf clubs.

Looking forward to your replies.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 10:46:57 am
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1.B
2.A
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03 Feb 2016 @ 10:52:55 am
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1.B
2.C (At my age I don't want to walk to the ablutions twice during the night)
3.A
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03 Feb 2016 @ 10:53:02 am
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1) C

2) C

3) B

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03 Feb 2016 @ 10:53:04 am
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1) C

2) C

3) B

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03 Feb 2016 @ 10:54:52 am
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A , A , A -    because we don't want and don't have them in our caravan - makes camping easier, simpler and more hygienic in the RSA. SA caravans and camp grounds are not designed for them as in USA and N. America where they have the sewerage and grey water hook ups and dump facilities.

Slower and lower is better than higher and faster!
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03 Feb 2016 @ 11:08:24 am
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1 B
2 C
3 B
Op ons ouderdom is toilet B B ander nice to have
I love camping all year round
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03 Feb 2016 @ 11:10:49 am
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Chris Boucher writes,"2.C (At my age I don't want to walk to the ablutions twice during the night)"

Global traveller, "SA caravans and camp grounds are not designed for them as in USA and N. America where they have the sewerage and grey water hook ups and dump facilities."

This raises an interesting point. Just because our parks do not cater for grey/black water dumping, it doesn't mean there is not a need for it. Besides things change, and "advance?" Remember the days when everybody had gas lamps in their caravans?

If our parks offered both a water and sewerage connection for your caravan, bathrooms in caravans would be a lot less expensive to install. Besides ablution blocks are expensive to maintain and clean;Labour is becoming very expensive nowadays.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 11:12:57 am
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1. c
2. c
3. c
 
Because the wife wants it. Where I go fishing there are no ablutions, just me and my caravan. I have to keep the wife happy!
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03 Feb 2016 @ 11:20:48 am
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1A
2A
3A
Try and keep it simple
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03 Feb 2016 @ 11:50:49 am
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A A A - I don't need them and I don't want them. You really need some type of excercise.

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03 Feb 2016 @ 12:07:24 pm
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1.C
2.C
3.C
The caravan is my pension home,not just for holidays 24/7 365 ddays a year,many of my stops are off the grid spots with no abultion blocks.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 12:13:56 pm
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BBA
Have them all, use the pull out basin for dishes regularly, porta potty for wifey only with bad weather and shower only when camping of the grid with no ablutions.
Nice to have when you have them ,but not a neccesity
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03 Feb 2016 @ 12:14:45 pm
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B
C No toilet for wife, no camping!
B
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03 Feb 2016 @ 12:22:45 pm
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When I had a caravan, (my last one was an Avon LT) which had the facility.....

A  for all of them.

Basin: - Too much issue to fill tank ETC to use it, much easier to go to provided facilities

Toilet: -

Water afslaan.... use a fabric softner bottle & empty in the morning

Nommer 2... Dit doen ek nie in n wa nie. As ek absolute nood het (omgekrapte maag), gebruik ek porta-potty / seat-en-sak in die tent

Shower: -  Dont trust waterproofing in the cubical, an issue to get it all going, (clean / grey water tanks fill / empty...... Much easier to go to provided facilities.

HOWEVER: -

I use plakkies in the shower and in the toilet, I never use the bath.

For basin I drop 1 capfull of savlon in the basin and wipe out the basin to disinfect the basin first.

 

Slightly quicker downhill....
These days a teeny-tiny bit more slightly quicker....
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03 Feb 2016 @ 12:34:52 pm
Anonymous

1 B

2 B

3 A

Maybe, God willing, I might change my mind in future, but I have never had a shower in any of my vans, therefore I fail to see the true value of such.

Very interesting thread.

 

 

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03 Feb 2016 @ 12:50:40 pm
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Sitnievasnie,
Regarding your water afslaan solution........delicate parts of the male anatomy should be kept well away from things with names like stay soft.
Gebruik eerder n petrol kan :)
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03 Feb 2016 @ 12:55:40 pm
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Sitnievasnie,
Regarding your water afslaan solution........delicate parts of the male anatomy should be kept well away from things with names like stay soft.
Gebruik eerder n petrol kan :)

Skerp man, skerp!!
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03 Feb 2016 @ 13:20:16 pm
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1. C
2. C
3. C
Oppad na die volgende kamp.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 13:21:59 pm
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Die Explorer het al die goed in, dus kan ek dit gebruik.
1. C
2. C
3. C
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransies. (Parys - Frankryk)
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03 Feb 2016 @ 13:35:26 pm
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Without a doubt :

1 - C

2 - C

3 - C

For exactly the same reason that I prefer an ensuite facility at home, at a hotel room or a chalet.

 

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03 Feb 2016 @ 13:54:16 pm
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I am at a stadium in my life where I would have said  C - C - C

But seeing we have not got all these facilities in our caravan, I will say  B - C - A

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03 Feb 2016 @ 14:01:15 pm
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1C

2C

3B

 

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03 Feb 2016 @ 14:19:34 pm
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1C
2C
3B
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03 Feb 2016 @ 14:39:27 pm
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1- C: Critical - healthier after using No.2

2- C: Critical - Age 70+ night walks 

3 - A: Not important - use facilities ablutions

 

LANDY'S RULE!!!
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03 Feb 2016 @ 14:39:45 pm
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1 c
2 c
3 c
Parks do cater for 1,2 and 3 so why not use them. drink less before bedtime and you might have to go once
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03 Feb 2016 @ 14:58:31 pm
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Skerp man, skerp!!

MOOI man... Jaaa.... Neeeelaughinglaughing

COMEBACK.....

It's the only bloody bottle I can find with an opening big enough......tongue-out

 

Slightly quicker downhill....
These days a teeny-tiny bit more slightly quicker....
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03 Feb 2016 @ 15:11:22 pm
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1 B
2 B
3 B
Ek probeer om by ordentlike plekke te kamp so dis nice to have as tweede opsie.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 16:14:01 pm
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1) c

2) c

3) c

only way i get SWAMBO to camp with me

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03 Feb 2016 @ 16:22:42 pm
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CCC that is what i want not really using it but for that incase it is required.
Do not like walking far at night or in the rain.
Do it now or leave it.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 16:28:37 pm
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CCC that is what i want not really using it but for that incase it is required.
Do not like walking far at night or in the rain.

When I had loads of Cane & Coke

cool Lewkker man (ouvrou)

Oppad na die volgende kamp.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 16:29:30 pm
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1 c
2 c
3 c
Parks do cater for 1,2 and 3 so why not use them. drink less before bedtime and you might have to go once

Japie, dalk verstaan ek dan jou keuse verkeerd, A nie belangrik en C baie belangrik?

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03 Feb 2016 @ 17:13:11 pm
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Jammwe tik fout moet almal A's wees dankie
Klink nogal snaaks maar soms werk die vingers en die kop glad nie saam nie
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03 Feb 2016 @ 17:28:07 pm
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A A A ek doen die stort ding in n cuble en no 2 in toilet buite wa
Haak daai wa kamp bly koning
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03 Feb 2016 @ 17:32:20 pm
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Op hierdie stadium van my lewe kom ons reg daarsonder. Oor 10 jaar wil ek nie sonder wasbak en toilet wil wees nie, vir daai nagtelike gebeurlikhede. Stort sal seker baie min gebruik word.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 17:44:27 pm
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A A A - I don't need them and I don't want them.
Why do you want to take the fun out of camping.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 19:57:28 pm
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When we camp we try to use private ablutions if available so if we need these facilities they are close by - otherwise we park within easy walking distance to the ablution blocks. Porta potties all start to stink after a while and the smells are off putting. In the USA most caravans (camp trailers/ RVs) come standard with all three plus air conditioner/heaters and most campgrounds are equipped for them. There are no smells or sewerage stink in an around the RVs and in the campground. Maybe sometime in the future SA may go that way who knows?

Slower and lower is better than higher and faster!
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03 Feb 2016 @ 20:15:40 pm
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A A A. As jy nie meer kan loop om te gaan P nie, hoort jy in n ouetehuis.
Hou jou voete plat op die aarde
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03 Feb 2016 @ 20:53:13 pm
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Pieter, jy moet nie sulke stellings maak nie vriend. Dit is onsmaaklik, ek sal my lyf in n rolstoel voortsleep en in n potjie pis voordat ek aangese word om ouetehuis toe te gaan.
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03 Feb 2016 @ 21:28:19 pm
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Herman, stem saam met jou.   Dit gaan oor gemak, veiligheid, die weer, stap in die nag en jy is dalk helder wakker daarna, nie omdat jy oud is nie.   Net jyself kan besluit wanneer jy die dag te oud is.  Party mense is dalk oud op 50 en ander kan tot 80 vir ander ore aansit.laughing

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03 Feb 2016 @ 21:29:14 pm
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Mooi gese Herman.
As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransies. (Parys - Frankryk)
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03 Feb 2016 @ 23:15:25 pm
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2 C
3 C
Dit gee my opsies ek kan besluit of ek dit wil gebruik of nie. Vroulief se geen geriewe binnehuis geen kamp. In die nag is daar niks beter as om nie in die woonwa park rond te dwaal nie.

Ek wil nie die topic Hijack nie maar 'n eilandbed is ook 'n "C"
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04 Feb 2016 @ 02:04:38 am
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1. C
2. C
3. C

This is my home, 24/7 x 365 On the road three years now, won't change my lifestyle.
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04 Feb 2016 @ 05:55:37 am
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1. c
2. c
3. c
 
Because the wife wants it. Where I go fishing there are no ablutions, just me and my caravan. I have to keep the wife happy!

Ditto

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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04 Feb 2016 @ 05:57:19 am
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If you had it once you won't sommer want to be with out it.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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04 Feb 2016 @ 06:36:55 am
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1 B
2 C
3 B
Op ons ouderdom is toilet B B ander nice to have


Mammie sÍ
C
C
C
Ons kom reg sonder dit as dit moet, maar die vraag....... how important?
Dan is dit ccc
Sy sÍ, caravan het dit, now use it.
I love camping all year round
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04 Feb 2016 @ 07:46:26 am
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Ranger we seem to be on the same way length could I e-mail you, love to compare notes
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04 Feb 2016 @ 07:53:25 am
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Toilet is critical for night use and whenever you find dissatisfaction with ablutions - then atleast you have your own.

In most cases we camp over weekends and if for instance showers are not up to scratch do as you did in the army - bear it out until you get home.

Most of us use hand basins outside. I took mine out with the stove when replacing the cabinet top to gain more workable space. My wife wanted it back so I built it on top of a cupboard over the wheel arch when building the island bed - never been used since.

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04 Feb 2016 @ 14:01:17 pm
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AAA- thats why there are ablutions

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04 Feb 2016 @ 14:42:06 pm
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Al drie "B"
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04 Feb 2016 @ 15:20:30 pm
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AAA
Like Warren said. Stay soft bottle with a short piece cut off the top, will make it easy & comfortable to use by both sexes for number ones. This is virtually used nightly and then rinsed out daily with hot (left over coffee water & detergent), so always stays fresh & clean.
After each trip this is thoroughly washed & disinfected.
We regularly camp in the wild with no fenses and do not believe in getting up in the middle of the night and wondering around in the veldt where there are wild animals which would just as soon enjoy you as a light snack.
No. 2 can be done during the day in the ablution block in each campsite or in a safe place in the bush.
For the emergency No. 2 during the night, we use a 5 litre bucket lined with a scented plastic bag, which would get notted & flushed with the next visit to the ablutions or dicarded or buried in a covenient and safe place. This has only been neccessary once in ten years travelling, but it is there & available for emergencies.
The more you add to the caravan bigger the cost and the heavier the van & your fuel bill. You will also need more space. Till now we have been camping in a Hilux S/C ldv, so we can only take what fits into the vehicle. We already take so much that we are looking at leaving things behind because of the weight starting to be a factor.
You support your resort because of the neat & clean ablution facilities.
We still mostly do overlanding and this works well for us.
If we need to, we can share a litre of water to bath in. I cannot go to bed and sleep b4 I have washed or showered.
After our wash we feel as clean & refreshed as we would after a proper shower or bath, it is just a matter of knowing how.
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