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Old 05-07-2016, 07:16 AM   #1
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Long term stay on RV pad; anything I should do differently?

I am set up on an RV pad for several months. Right now, I'm running the gray waste water line full time (valve open to the drain), since I do dishes, shower, etc. I will have to switch over to the black water waste from time to time.

Is there a way to drain both at the same time, so I don't have to switch back and forth?

Is there anything else I should do differently for a long term setup? I tried to level the trailer as best as I could.

So far, everything is going well. Just thought I'd get input if you have it...
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:31 AM   #2
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:42 AM   #3
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Thanks! I updated the information on my profile.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:09 AM   #4
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Use a Y splitter and two hoses. OR just move the one hose back and forth as needed.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:17 AM   #5
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On our Casita 17SD both tanks drain from one single outlet. The gray water comes from the right & the black water comes from the left, & each has a slide valve to control release. I just hook a hose to the outlet, connect it to the sewer drain, & use whichever valve I need to drain that tank...
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:23 AM   #6
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It's best to let your black tank to get reasonably full before draining it. Giving the "solid" material a chance to break down and become liquefied. Less chance of a clog this way.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:34 AM   #7
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On our Casita 17SD both tanks drain from one single outlet.
Rebecca has a Scamp. Unfortunately there are two separate dump valves separated on each side of the tire.
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Rebecca has a Scamp. Unfortunately there are two separate dump valves separated on each side of the tire.
Is that still true on new ones? That would be a major deterrent to me. Far too inconvenient.
So far I've modified three older FG trailers to a shared black/grey outlet port. I sure wouldn't expect to need that mod on a new one. And with the two outlets on opposite sides of the axle it might be a major challenge.
Glad you mentioned that Donna. I hadn't noticed that before. I get a lot of requests for advice on FG trailers and that's a feature I should include.

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The best way to manage your waste tanks and to prevent clogs caused by solids in your black water (toilet) tank is to use proper RV toilet tank chemicals to aid in the breakdown of solids and to allow the tank to fill with plenty of water before dumping. Since you are on a full hookup site you also might load that tank with water and dump it to flush your system clean.

If you have a single two tank exit port then always dump the toilet tank first then close off the toilet tank dump valve and open sink tank (grey water tank) as that liquid will rinse out the black water residue.
Never let solid mater collect in the toilet tank without plenty of water or a major clog will develop.

Clean area and hoses with a bleach/water mix to disinfect .
Wear protective rubber gloves when dumping.

Hopefully I did not miss anything.

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I am set up on an RV pad for several months. Right now, I'm running the gray waste water line full time (valve open to the drain), since I do dishes, shower, etc. I will have to switch over to the black water waste from time to time.

Is there a way to drain both at the same time, so I don't have to switch back and forth?

Is there anything else I should do differently for a long term setup? I tried to level the trailer as best as I could.

So far, everything is going well. Just thought I'd get input if you have it...
For such situations, I got a cap for the grey water drain which has a smaller nipple that fits a garden hose. And, the elbow that goes to the sewer connection has a similar connector. You need a length of hose with a female connector on both ends. Easy to make up with repair ends from the hardware store.
Now, the grey water slide valve can stay open. But, as others have said, keep the black water valve closed until tank is full.
You may want to relieve the weight on your tires by use of the hitch jack and rear stabilizers. raise the Scamp an inch or two. But keep the tires on the pad.
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Is that still true on new ones? That would be a major deterrent to me. Far too inconvenient.
Yes, it's true for old Scamps and brand new Scamps. It is inconvenient, but since the black water tank only needs to be emptied about once a week and it's a five minute job.... I wouldn't make this a major reason to not buy a Scamp.
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Yes, it's true for old Scamps and brand new Scamps. It is inconvenient, but since the black water tank only needs to be emptied about once a week and it's a five minute job.... I wouldn't make this a major reason to not buy a Scamp.
For long stays in one place with a sewer hookup I might agree, but in eight years of camping I've yet to stay on one site for a full week.
And most places I camp do not have a sewer hookup so my dumps are at a dump site, far too inconvenient with separate hookups several feet apart.
Like a lot of things, it depends on your camping style.

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Walt, it still isn't a big deal. If moving the hose several times a day was necessary... then yeah... it would be a big deal. But you don't, so it's not. Casitas have everything plumbed to one valve, but all that plumbing hangs down really low. I've read enough over the years to know replacing that plumbing is a much bigger deal than moving a hose. Do Scamp owners wish there was one valve, well sure. I've seen several owners try it and none have worked real well.
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Good discussion. I hope others don't feel it is too far off topic. On Casitas I would only consider one with a high lift axle, and I've converted one to that mode. Same with my Bigfoot. Then the plumbing is not that low and I've not actually heard of anyone damaging it. I imagine it has happened, but apparently not that common.
And I guess we can agree to disagree on the imperative of the single waste port configuration. Not something I will ever do without again.

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