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Old 08-05-2016, 03:44 AM   #15
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Dean, if you want to keep it simple, get a cap with a garden hose outlet and put a short piece of hose on it. Get a gallon milk jug or something close, crack the grey slide valve and fill it up and dump it. Call the walk back and forth exercise . Draining the grey doesn't have to be in one shot.......remember the rocket science thing ?
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Dean, if you want to keep it simple, get a cap with a garden hose outlet and put a short piece of hose on it. Get a gallon milk jug or something close, crack the grey slide valve and fill it up and dump it. Call the walk back and forth exercise . Draining the grey doesn't have to be in one shot.......remember the rocket science thing ?

Or two 1 gallon jugs and cut the trips back and forth in half!


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Old 08-05-2016, 07:43 AM   #17
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Another idea to conserve water is find a plastic tub the same size as the sink. Use the tub for dish washing inside the sink,then carry the tub to the toilet and pour it in. ...
What I do it step one of above, but I pour my gray water into a container and then use that water to flush the commode when needed. The same water does double duty. (And it sometimes makes me wonder why I spent so much money for plumbing in my trailer )

The original question was about portable totes and not water conservation, but I think everyone who has talked about water saving have a good point. You probably can empty your tanks a lot less frequently than you think if you really try to conserve and reuse your water.
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What I do it step one of above, but I pour my gray water into a container and then use that water to flush the commode when needed. The same water does double duty. (And it sometimes makes me wonder why I spent so much money for plumbing in my trailer )

The original question was about portable totes and not water conservation, but I think everyone who has talked about water saving have a good point. You probably can empty your tanks a lot less frequently than you think if you really try to conserve and reuse your water.
Dual use! Now that's camping!
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I have a 6 Gallon Tote-N-Store.

I personally would not go any bigger as others have said the bigger the tank the heavier it is and the more problematic it is to find a place to store it & dump it & the more reluctant I would be to actually using it. Mine is small enough that if your at a place with no dump station you can take it elsewhere (a gas station bathroom for example) and carefully dump it down a bathroom toilet & flush it away - obviously not all in one pour! LOL

I use mine mainly for draining off grey water only, as the places I camp they usually have an outhouse so I can avoid the filling of the black tank as well. Cleaning it out after grey water only use is easy - once home fill with fresh water and put a bit of bleach in it and let it sit for awhile. Keeps it from getting stinky and you can be stored in the back of the vehicle or in the trailer without an issues. Someone recently told me that dropping a good denture cleaner into it and leaving it sit with water is an even better way to clean it (and the blank tank in the trailer as well). Have not tried it yet!

I use the short garden hose connected to the grey water discharge pipe that has a cap with a garden hose connection on it. Makes it real easy to control the flow of the water & not having to deal with the larger slinky type hose.

Lots of ways as others have suggested to keep water usage down. Having a shut off on the shower handle is one but the one I think saves me the most water is the use of a tub in the kitchen sink when doing dishes. Especially when it comes to rinsing off the dishes. Having the water run into a tub that fits in the sink rather than down the sink pipe is a real good reminder as to how much water you are using. You can then dump the tub water into the black tank that more often than not has the room for it.

A tote with wheels is good to have & on occasion wished mine had wheels but the wheels are only usable if where you are staying actually has a dump facility and paved road that you can pull it along. Most of the places I find I need to use the tote more often and not do not have a dump facility and or a paved road.

I found with the Scamp I could easily get by being careful with water usage & 2 people having showers for 4 days - longer if I am traveling on my own - before needing to drain off some grey water. So the frequency that my tote is actually used would not warrant one of a larger size and giving up of storage space for it.

If you do a google of this site you should be able to find a post where someone rigged up a holder under their Scamp? using PVC pipes for storing their small portable tank.
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My dentist doesn't even recommend Polident tabs for dentures. Waste of money. How many do you think it would take to have any effect on a waste tank? I think they are just a mild bleach.
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It is a Tote-Along, works great and is light, we use it for long stays, for short ones we use one that holds 3 gal and store in bath room
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My only concern has been how the hose connects to the portable tank. It enters below the mid-line of the tank, so I'm not sure how it would ever fill above that point just by gravity fill. It seems it would only fill the tank half-full because the hose would back-up when the tank reached half capacity.

Anyone have any experience with this? Is it really a concern?
As long as the holding tank you are emptying is higher than the tote, the tote will fill to full capacity before the liquid backs up the line and stops. Works just like any other siphon, as long as the water level in the receiving vessel is lower than the water level in the emptying vessel, the water will continue to flow.
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Got it, thanks! I'll keep trying the SmartTote and see how well it fills. Our Silver Cloud has a low outlet for the tanks, so it seems the line is sometimes running uphill to the tote. It fills OK but unhooking the filler hose can be an adventure! You've got to hold it up high to avoid spilling on backwash.
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My dentist doesn't even recommend Polident tabs for dentures. Waste of money. How many do you think it would take to have any effect on a waste tank? I think they are just a mild bleach.
LOL have no idea as I have never tried it but there sure seems to be a lot of folks on the RV forums who shear its the best way to clear build up off the sensors in a holding tank.
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Hi All,

Thank you for the numerous replies and creative suggestions for water storage management (and utilization), particularly for the gray water. Yes, Laura and I try to conserve water as much as possible in terms of "navy" showers and being careful when washing dishes. Still, we enjoy using our shower when camp showers are not convenient or not very nice.

I am going to hold tight and not purchase a portable waste unit until we camp another time or two. We are doing a four day weekend at the end of the month at a state park in Tennessee on Kentucky Lake (Land Between the Lakes). It only has electric/water sites with no sewer onsite, but I chose a site that is very convenient to the bath house. I will monitor tank levels as we move through the weekend.

I am guessing I will still end up purchasing a small portable waste tote; however, I think this thread has helped me to narrow the size range down. Rather than considering 6 to 18 gallons, I am thinking 6 is a bit small and 18 a bit big. I am thinking that a 10 to 12 gallon gives me a bit of capacity without being as large as the 16 to 18 gallon units.

We shall see. Looking forward to camping later this month.

As always, thanks!!!

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