A trip in a converted van is an opportunity for discoveries, adventures and other activities. Admittedly, the van dedicated to rental is manufactured or fitted out to offer optimal efficiency to its users. But, a certain constraint exists, for example, the management of water consumption. If you are traveling in a campervan, you will have to make certain restrictions on your water consumption so as not to fill the tank several times a day a day. What can be done to manage and optimize water consumption in a campervan? You will find the answers in this article.
Learn to identify your needs to control your consumption
You are required to use water, either in a van, fitted out van, or when camping or to store it in the tanks of your vehicles. Water consumption varies according to the layout and model of the van. The soft, the WC, the laundry, the dishes, the kitchen, the personal consumption… consume water. How much should everyone use? Knowing the daily water consumption per person of a van or van is essential to manage water consumption. In this case, it will be limited by the volume capacity of your tanks. On average, a classic household consumes 150 liters per day and per person. Personal hygiene is the most important and accounts for 39% of water consumption, followed by toilets at 20%, laundry at 12%, dishes at 10% and cooking at 7%. In a van, you consume water for dishes, hygiene and washing up.
If we quantify your needs, you will need five to seven liters of water a day to wash the dishes or to eat. Count ten to fifteen liters of water daily for hygiene. You need 1.5 liters of drinking water per day for drinking and 1 to 3.5 liters of water for the chemical toilet. On average, your daily consumption is 20 liters per person, or 40 liters for a trip with two people. Thus, if you are two to go on a trip, you must plan 160 liters to have a four-day autonomy. You will think about your needs when choosing your van. You have to answer many questions to find out how much water you would like to have available. Also think about your destination and plan a little wider.
However, even with this way of life, you can apply good practices to save water.
Avoid water loss by adopting good habits
Water is an important commodity for humans. Every year, millions of liters of water are lost due to bad behavior and bad habits. By being responsible, you can apply small beneficial gestures on a daily basis to avoid the unnecessary loss of a large or small amount of water.
● Save water in your bathroom
You attribute 39% of the water you use per day to bathing and showering. Remember to use a glass so as not to leave the tap open while brushing your teeth, opening it causes a waste of one to two liters of water each time. You will obtain a gain of 5 to 8 liters with each brushing thanks to this simple gesture.
Turn off the tap when washing your hands. Since the appearance of the coronavirus, we wash our hands a lot and more often. While you sanitize your hands with soap, you turn off the tap. If you soap your hands for forty-five seconds, that doesn’t mean you let the water run for 45 seconds. Ditto, when you shave.
● Save water when preparing meals
In the culinary field, the preparation of many recipes requires water. Theoretically, you need for example 1 liter of water to prepare 100 g of legs, that is to say, two liters for a couple. Choose recipes that require very little water to prepare. In the same vein, be aware that cooking many recipes requires almost no water:
● Paninis and sandwiches…
Idea on equipment to save water in a van
Your vehice can be equipped with an Oopla water saving kit to save water. It adapts completely to life in a van and to the majority of taps. It does not require any work. It is economical and easy to install. Here is how it works in a few words: the pressure injected into the water and the jet of water thus aerated thanks to the small bubbles allow you to save a lot of water, but also to maintain real comfort. You can install economizers for the shower and other taps for only 22 euros.
Thanks to a regulator, you achieve up to 50% water savings. This equipment sends micro air bubbles, which limit water consumption, while maintaining power. You can also install a flow limiter/regulator for the shower to save up to 70% water.
Bring a jerrycan or two in your hold
Keep a jerry can or two in your hold in case you need to collect water, from a public fountain for example.
Where can you find water for your van or camper van?
If you need to make a water supply, there is no reason to panic. In France, refueling is relatively easy because most motorway service stations have a water point. The various motorhome service areas are also the ideal places to carry out this technical step.
Rent or buy a fitted van at VAN IT
VAN IT has been the leading van rental and sales company in France since 2008. It has many agencies spread throughout France. VAN IT offers multiple van models and options, which can make your vacation more comfortable.
If you want to travel with a camper van, you have to be careful to avoid running out of water. It is for this reason that you need to be careful how you use each litre. Practically, adopt a more minimalist lifestyle to save more water in your camper van.