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Old 11-23-2012, 08:39 AM   #43
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Ray,

My experience that the tank limit for careful campers is the black tank, not the grey tank.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:11 AM   #44
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I suppose I look at my "facilities" as being the last resort. The only time I use my camper toilet is either at night (most common) or there just isn't another one available. You have to weigh the convenience of just using it and having to empty it more often or walking to the public washroom.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:11 AM   #45
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I don't boondock, but sometimes am at a site (water, electric only) for a week or so and the tanks can get full. I'm not about to unhook, stow, travel, dump, come back, rehook, level, etc., etc. So for me, there's this: Homemade Blue Tote
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:16 AM   #46
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of course,,,,, Don't like paper, campground showers when avail, etc.
I dont use paper either. Doing dishes 3x a day & not using the trailers shower I can get by without much effort for 5 days before I start to be a little concerned about the grey water tank level. If a lot more careful with water I can go way longer - one way is to get a Rubbermaid tub that fits in the sink and use that for the dishes and dump it into a campground sink or other areas they often have for tent campers to do their dishes. If using the trailers shower than 3 days would be about it. I also have a small 8 gallon tote that I use to bleed off either the grey or black water as needed which helps if staying in one location for longer times. Its small enough that its not really hard to lift into the back of the tug and take it to dump at an appropriate location while out exploring the area.
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Nice idea Donna, when you get wealthy off your idea don't forget us little folks.
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I assume you cannot tow a portable tank that far, they just don't look that sturdy to me. But you can sure carry one in a vehicle, if you didn't have to lift it to get it in there.
Gene, you right about the tote. I have only really seen the totes with wheels being hooked to the ball on the tug to be taken off to the parks dump facility a short ways from the actual camping spot and usually only when the roads within the park are paved.
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Nice idea Donna, when you get wealthy off your idea don't forget us little folks.
I can't take credit for the homemade blue tote Steve, I just thought it was such a good idea I made one for myself. I also purchased a wheeled luggage carrier at Goodwill for $5, so if I need to "tote" it far, on to the carrier it goes.

I love the ideas folks come up with that make my camping so much easier
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I realize this is old, but FYI, there is a difference between "sewer" and "septic". Dumping black water into the sewer ( like the gutter downspout drain ) is a NO NO.
a lot of places still mix storm water and sewage. in minneapolis, they, in the last few years ,have been going house to house and inspecting for that. so in some parts of the country that's still o.k.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:43 PM   #52
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Ahhhh, not in Portland, Oregon (where Per lives). We don't filter storm water from sewer water. As long as the downspot drain goes to the sewer, we're good to go.
Not true- and as a native Portlander I'm embarassed if anyone believes this!

Discharge of RV holding tanks in Portland is governed by the following language in chapter 17.34 of the City's municipal code:
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9. B. Prohibited discharges..........include those that....
Contain material trucked or hauled from a cesspool, holding or septic tank or any other nondomestic source, except such material received at designated locations under City contract or permit;
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Actually, the code says in whole:
9. Contain material trucked or hauled from a cesspool, holding or septic tank or any other nondomestic source, except such material received at designated locations under City contract or permit;


17.34.020 Definitions. says: . “Domestic Waste” means any waste consistent with that generated from single or multiple residential dwellings including, but not limited to, wastes from bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.

J. “Domestic Wastewater” means any water that contains only domestic waste.
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hmmmm....i think all of this worry about poop and how to dispose of it reinforces to me, 1000%, why we don't have (or want) a toilet in our trailer and happily use the facilities where we camp.

but for those of you who do have a toilet and use it with some regularity (no pun intended,,,,well, okay, it WAS intended), then i feel your pain.
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Actually, the code says in whole:
9. Contain material trucked or hauled from a cesspool, holding or septic tank or any other nondomestic source, except such material received at designated locations under City contract or permit;


17.34.020 Definitions. says: . “Domestic Waste” means any waste consistent with that generated from single or multiple residential dwellings including, but not limited to, wastes from bathrooms, laundries and kitchens.

J. “Domestic Wastewater” means any water that contains only domestic waste.
Nice try in the rationalization department, Donna...but take it from a former Environmental Health Specialist: The contents of cesspools and septic tanks mostly come from households, too, and they're also prohibited by the code.

And since just about the only place you'll find a "holding tank" is on an RV, I think the prohibition is pretty clear- not that it prevents a lot of folks from doing it anyway, or so it seems.

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hmmmm....i think all of this worry about poop and how to dispose of it reinforces to me, 1000%, why we don't have (or want) a toilet in our trailer and happily use the facilities where we camp.

but for those of you who do have a toilet and use it with some regularity (no pun intended,,,,well, okay, it WAS intended), then i feel your pain.
I'm sure glad there's somebody else that thinks this way.
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