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Old 06-28-2012, 07:26 AM   #15
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oh yes,,,,always dump out,,,never dump in,,,,that way lies madness!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:24 AM   #16
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Kevin--is the Calgon liquid or do the beads work? And what kind of liquid soap? (hand, dish washing?). Thanks!!!
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:06 AM   #17
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We sometimes pull into the middle of a field of ours to dump when out at our rec land. We do only use an environmentally safe, formaldehyde-free solution in the black tank. I would not recommend doing it just anywhere though, you might just find an irate land owner.

Other than that, I have sourced out a few local free dump stations, most municipally or provincially owned. And if needed, I will pay the $10 (approx) for a commercial dumping station.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:15 AM   #18
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Kyle, I use powder Calgon, what it does is it helps keep things from sticking to the sides of the tank. But another neat trick for getting a blank tank very clean is to dump a bag of ice into the tank and drive home - you can thank Donna for that trick!
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:50 PM   #19
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Do you do anything similar to the gray water tank to get it cleaned out?
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:23 PM   #20
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The very fastest way to dump - which does not risk getting yourself dirty or even cause you to touch yukky stuff is to blow a tire and rip off all the plastic plumbing.

The guy in the Ford E250 Van behind you may not be exactly appreciative - but don't ask how I know this.....
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Old 07-12-2012, 05:01 PM   #21
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Cenex gas stations out west has free dumping. But I agree with camping with full hookups is the best especially when one forgets that the poo and gray water aren't going away. This is easy to forget when you are hooked up to water.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:03 PM   #22
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If you use full hookups don't make this mistake.

Leaving the tank valve of black water always open while hooked up to sewer at site. Water drains out leaving solids behind, you need the water in the tank to have some volumn.

Know someone that ended up with a rather large pile of problem in the black water tank from doing that.

You do the black water (toilet tank) first so when you do the gray water second (sink shower) your flushing the drain hose and/or common pipe between the two tanks.
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:24 PM   #23
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Folks who have a porta potti or cassette toilet can dump their little tanks in any toilet.
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I always get interesting looks when I'm walking across the campground carrying the bottom half of our Porta Potti. They can tell it's heavy going to the bathroom area, but much lighter coming back. I do the same thing with our portable gray water container, dumping in the toilet, unless there is a separate drain area for it. On the UHaul, the gray water line extends our the left bottom of the trailer and we hook up a Coleman water jug with a short length of hose to screw on to the outlet pipe. When we do full hook-ups, I run a length of garden hose from the outlet pipe to the ground sewer pipe. The only trick is getting the hose to run downhill as much as possible or the water won't drain out of the sinks.
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I always get interesting looks when I'm walking across the campground carrying the bottom half of our Porta Potti. .... The only trick is getting the hose to run downhill as much as possible or the water won't drain out of the sinks.
So you use the porta potti, how well does that work for you? Any problems? Have been thinking of purchasing PP for rustic camping.

Have you ever tried one of those expanding supports that people use under sewer hoses for your water drain hose?

The ones like this Slunky Sewer Hose Support - Product - Camping World
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I just spent 3 weeks in the Dakotas using a Coleman Portapotti and it works wonderfully. I had to empty it once during our trip and once after I got home. No odors for the most part and emptied out in a vault toilet with no mess. It gets heavy but not unbearably so. Cleaning it after the trip only took a few mins using fresh water and little bleach in the holding tank, sloshed it around really good and emptied it.
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