By Bob Difley
If you plan on following the snowbirds this winter to the Southwestern deserts you will have many choices of where to stay. Many RVers pick one spot with the amenities that they want, such as full hook-ups, a recreation room and pool, and organized programs and events, and stay for the season.
Others prefer to wander, boondocking for a few days to a few weeks, then moving on to where the wildflowers are starting to bloom or exploring trails, palm grove shaded oases, or old mines and prehistoric Native American pueblos.
If you are among the latter group (usually the avid boondocking crowd), you know that conserving your resources, enabling you to stay longer without hook-ups, will add to the enjoyment of your chosen campsite before you have to pull up stakes and find water and a dump station.
One handy gizmo that enables you to extend your stay is a portable holding tank, into which you can dump your rig’s holding tanks and then tow off with your tow vehicle or truck to the nearest dump station, without having to pack up your whole rig and drive it to the dump station — a much more involved undertaking.
Thetford and Barker each make several sizes — from 10 gallon to 45 gallon — portable holding tanks and you can see an assortment of them online at Dyers RV Parts & Accessories starting at below $100. They’re also at Amazon.
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