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Old 10-24-2008, 07:41 PM   #15
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Oh gee, I still have ours all nicely sealed up.
We didn't use it on our way home from Bandon last year.
Now, I don't have a trailer that I can even go out and try it with!!!!!

It says that "no venting is necessary because there should be no air in the container.. Hose connections must be tight...

SO, I feel bad if I steered you wrong with this thing....cause it sounded like a great solution...
Now, I am anxious to try ours out!!!!! (in May???)
No, I think you steered me to the best solution in the long run. I think the container might open up due to water pressure if it sat further below the sink, but like Nancy mentioned above, the 13' Scamp sits pretty close to the ground, and there is not enough head of water to overcome the stiffness of the container to make it open up. I tried pulling it open in advance, thinking some water might go in before the pressure built up enough to block the water flow, but that didn't work either. I'll probably try a vent on the sink trap next. It would be really easy to make a vented, capped bucket or jerry can to solve the problem, but I really like the idea of this thing being collapsable for transport.

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Old 10-24-2008, 07:45 PM   #16
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Parker,

We had trouble getting our water to drain into our not sealed container (hose is smaller than the neck). We cut our garden hose shorter and moved the container closer to the outlet. Haven't had trouble since we shortened the hose.

We need to be more legal and should make one like Donna has. If ours tips over it would spill. They didn't arrest us in Oregon though. We picked it up out there at some restaurant. Oil came in it. Donna's is higher than ours and she has a 16. Our 13 sits lower so I'm not sure if we can have one that tall.

Before you give it up try making the hose shorter (when ours didn't work I think the hose was actually on the ground and had to go uphill. I figured with the bottle lower than the sink we would be ok, but we weren't. Now the hose goes right down into the bottle.

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Nancy,

We've used the setup you're describing with a very short hose, and it worked great with our trusty bucket. I'm now trying to use a commercial container that is very similar to a collapsable fresh water container like you often see on campsite picnic tables. It makes a fully closed system that is intended to "inflate" as it fills with drain water. Except the pressure backs up and prevents the water from flowing into it, so it never opens out. As soon as I get this vent situation sorted out, I think it will be the best way to go for us. Thanks for your comments!

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Old 10-24-2008, 07:47 PM   #17
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Would a plastic lid with a built-in vent work? Plastic Lids
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:08 PM   #18
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Would a plastic lid with a built-in vent work? Plastic Lids
Donna,

Yep, that would work fine, and is so simple that I'm trying not to think about it. After buying this collapsible container, I'm going to stick with it a little longer. The basic idea is a good one, and it takes up almost no space when packing up. Of course, the bucket can have dual use and be crammed full of things when we load up, so I may end up there before it's over.

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:17 PM   #19
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What I do is drill a hole in the cap of a laundry detergent jug (inside pour spout removed) into which the hose loosely fits (not air-tight, but is bug-tight) and it drains fine. I bungee the jug on the frame near the battery.

However, if it tips over it will spill but the hose keeps it steady.
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:00 AM   #20
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Sometime I hope to have a gray water tank under the 13 like Joy has. I never got around to calling Scamp to see if they would install it, and what the cost would be. Bet it would be more than the $5 I have invested so far.

Joy described the installation, Fred doesn't remember the conversation, so a call to Scamp is my only option because I'm not into that stuff.

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Old 10-25-2008, 12:06 AM   #21
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Ok Pete,

Got it. I have one laundry jug and two lids, one with the hole and the other without. Was trying to think of how to transport my water with a hole in the lid. Duh.

Would prefer to find another lid for the jug I have as it is clear and I can see the level easily.

I like the idea of drilling a smaller hole in the lid. I can get Fred to drill a hole for me.

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Old 10-25-2008, 02:02 PM   #22
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Get the kind of jug that has a clear stripe up one of the ends -- I got tired of switching caps and just leave the hose in when traveling (tucked under, of course) -- So far I haven't spilled any out of the hole...

BTW, I get the jugs at the laundromat for free.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:29 AM   #23
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BTW, I get the jugs at the laundromat for free.
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How big are these jugs? While still committed to the collapsable container, I may have to check this out.

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They are just laundry detergent jugs that are sold in the supermarkets -- When I needed one, I just fished one out of the trash while I was doing laundry -- They have really good sealing if you use care cutting out the pour spout.

I have another one inside that I use at night -- I call it my Yellow Water Tank -- No hole in top of this one! I keep it under the front bunk with the porta-potty.

In morning when I go to the CG potty, be it outhouse or one with plumbing, I take both jugs and empty them.

BTW, I didn't generate much gray water -- I ate out of pots, used paper plates and licked my flatware clean! I also got a dish detergent squeeze bottle, rinsed it well, filled it with water and used it to apply water to the few things I washed -- Between that and the manual water pump, I used less fresh water and generated less gray water.
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:49 PM   #25
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Got it. Thanks. We do better at not generating gray water when we're carrying our fresh water back to the site from a faucet somewhere or using out of the Scamp's tank exclusively. But when we're tied into city water at an RV site, we become much less frugal and have a lot more gray water to empty! And I don't think I'll attempt to suggest some of your water-saving techniques to Carol.....

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They worked for me for nine years of Full Timing
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:53 AM   #27
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I have a 5 gallon plastic "jerry" can that I use with a short hose. Works fine. Here's a link to some similar containers. http://www.nextag.com/5-gallon-water...er/search-html
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Old 10-29-2008, 01:30 PM   #28
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I was in Wally last nite and they had a bunch of similar 5 gal Jerry cans with a spout arrangement for $8.50
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