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Are we too far north for rain water catchment?

I see a lot of posts lately on setting showers, water to toilets, and water to camp in general. I've watched a ton of videos on rain water catchment systems using the IBC totes, and also using the same pumps from RV campers (DC driven) to pressurize it coming in to the camp. My thoughts would be, initially, it would more than work at most PA camps from April through November, but you would have to drain the system once we hit Thanksgiving. Anyone giving any thought to this, or have a system that works?

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That is basically what I have set up at camp. Mid to late October I empty the tank, remove the pump and drain the system.
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That is basically what I have set up at camp. Mid to late October I empty the tank, remove the pump and drain the system.
So, you are basically "waterless" for the PA gun season. I can see where that won't work for many.

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I would think putting the tanks underground would prevent freezing, at least through December.
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I know a guy in Forest county that has a cistern. Tank underground. Water, year round.

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I guess there is a lot of factors, but I know that my cousin lived in a place in Alaska that had a rainwater catchment year round.
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If you have a tank below the frost line you can keep water liquid and pump it into the cabin year round.
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So, you are basically "waterless" for the PA gun season. I can see where that won't work for many.
This pic was before I finished the inside, but this is what I am currently use. I have a 12V pump that has the hose into a 5 gallon bucket. I use the aquatainers then to fill the buckets. This allows me to use for all seasons. My planned upgrade is to use an IBC tote or 55 gallon drums outside for the 3 seasons until it is cold and then use this setup. I will have it setup so the switchover will only take a couple of minutes. Truthfully our water usage during the winter isn't near as much.

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This pic was before I finished the inside, but this is what I am currently use. I have a 12V pump that has the hose into a 5 gallon bucket. I use the aquatainers then to fill the buckets. This allows me to use for all seasons. My planned upgrade is to use an IBC tote or 55 gallon drums outside for the 3 seasons until it is cold and then use this setup. I will have it setup so the switchover will only take a couple of minutes. Truthfully our water usage during the winter isn't near as much.

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What type of hot water unit is that?
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What type of hot water unit is that?
Excel. I picked it up a bit cheaper than this on sale. So far it has worked well.



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