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Old 04-18-2017, 07:40 AM   #15
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You might want to think about more use of your gray tank. There aren't too many campgrounds where watering the trees is a good idea, permitted or not. Dish washing involves food residue that can stink and/or attract varmints. If you have the option of keeping it in your tank and disposing properly, why not?
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:46 AM   #16
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Also, don't get a tote that is too big. I got a large one first time around and ended up giving it to a neighbor. This https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 works well for me and is easy to carry.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:59 AM   #17
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It's not true that dumping grey tank on the ground is banned everywhere. I was in a state park somewhere in the midwest about four years ago that requested it. And on short trips not too far away I often do it on my own property. It saves the time at a dump station, especially if there's a line, and waters my shrubs.

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Old 04-18-2017, 09:06 AM   #18
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There is a reason

Note, this is not directed at the original poster, nor am I piling on.
We used to have communal drinking cups at the well that everyone shared. We don't anymore. Disease.
We may not have thought of all the reasons, but there are no doubt good reasons rvs have separate black tanks. If a tank was a tank, I suppose you could use your fresh, grey, and black water tanks interchangeably. Please warn me if you do.
It's probably why beer is in sealed cans.
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:56 AM   #19
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Also, don't get a tote that is too big. I got a large one first time around and ended up giving it to a neighbor. This https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 works well for me and is easy to carry.
I bought a slightly larger tank, the 11 gallon, because it has 2 wheels and a separate tow handle is available. Usually I pull it by hand, or if I don't fill it I can pick it up and set it in the pickup bed.
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Old 04-18-2017, 09:57 AM   #20
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[QUOTE=JWScarab;635918]It is an interesting concept. My home uses a septic tank and only has one tank. The only thing between me and that is my sink p-trap so it is an interesting thought.

There should be a big trap in the sewer line just before it exits your house
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:00 AM   #21
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I think some of people's thoughts are how they were brought up or used to. I too have many times dumped on my property when I got home. I also have a friend down the road that still has a functional out house on his 80 acres. We live in rural areas on acerage. Our septic tanks leach into our yards by design. They are meant to do that. It's probably a country mindset. Some rustic campgrounds we camp at have outdoor showers that run off at the full timers sites to shower off after getting out of the lake or river.

I'm not going to mix my tanks but more for the venting reason. Like I memtionef every home with septic has a mixed tank. If you have city sewer you are one ptrap away from the entire neighborhoods black water.

It's all good! ��
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:15 AM   #22
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I do want to add that I respect everybody's opinions here and appreciate them! I'd buy you all a beer but I can't cause then my black tank would be full again !! Ha!!
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:02 AM   #23
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I had a Parkliner for awhile. It's a very well designed and built trailer, but one thing I decided wasn't acceptable was a combined black/grey tank, precisely because it meant not being able to dump grey water where wanted/needed.

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Old 04-18-2017, 11:29 AM   #24
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One Tank vs Two?

Here is another idea: ParkLiner trailers have only one tank - Grey/Black - because their optional toilet, is a macerator type that makes a "smoothie" out of everything and pumps it back to the grey tank.
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I'm aware of that, but I still don't like the system, for reasons stated. And I'm a firm believer in the KISS principle, which the mascerator toilet grossly violates. It's another drain on the batteries, just one more thing to break at just the wrong time, and a potential for expensive repairs

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Old 04-18-2017, 12:35 PM   #26
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I owned an Itasca Navion where the manufacturer (Winnebago) drained the bathroom sink into the black tank. It was probably more convenient for them and also kept more water in the black tank. I never experienced any problem from that design but was very conscientious about having clean tanks when the RV wasn't in use. Gray tanks can also get very smelly if not properly maintained much the same way as black tanks.

I regularly read the View/Navion web site and do recall any negative comments on this subject from the more than 5,000 members that have RV's with that design feature.
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It appears that the 2017 Airstream 16 foot Sport also combines the grey and black into a 21 gallon tank. They must also have the macerator toilet.
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Old 04-18-2017, 03:18 PM   #28
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I confess to having drained some gray only into my flower bed just behind where the trailer is parked. Would not hesitate to do it again. But it's my flower bed and nobody is going to have to camp near it! And another camper won't be in tomorrow to repeat the process, over and over. I'll draw the line at having toilet trout basking among the hostas, got to maintain some standards....
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