Originally Posted by BCPaul
We have a 13 ft Trillium
trailer and we only have a sink (no shower, no toilet, no holding tank). Being completely new to Rving, it occurred to us that we don't know what the procedure is for letting our sink drain where there is no sewer hookup (which is the type of site we are typically given).
Should we let the hose drain on the ground under the trailer or should we collect it in a bucket (and then what)?
We are always careful to wipe our plates clean with paper towel before we wash them so there is very little food going down the drain.
There have been other threads regarding grey water dumping. The issue is what it does to the environment. And, although I am not an environmental ideologue, I do believe that we have to act responsibly - regardless of the odds of getting "caught".
I am lucky to have a grey water tank, and have come to appreciate one of the major advantages of a fiberglass trailer: it is so very easy to hook up and drive off to a area where you can dump you gray H2O as well as fill up on fresh H2O.
I spent last winter dry camping
in a private dog training area. One of the first things I asked the property manager was:
- Where is the nearest fresh water source?
- Where is the nearest dump station?
- Can I dump my grey water tank at my campsite?
Surprisingly, he gave me permission to dispose of my grey water tank at the campsite. The trailers are parked alongside an embankment and it is an easy thing to place the sewage hose down a bank into a covered field with trees. There didn't seem to be any concern regarding the environment ...
Thinking about this situation, I think that what I'll do this winter is use "green" camp soap. I do shower at the site, and hopefully Dove body soap will do no harm. If it does, I'll shop around for a "green" body soap and shampoo.
I regularly dry camp at other spots that do not allow
for grey water dumping. I do acknowledge that and am prepared to travel to a dumping area.
Fresh water is my biggest problem when dry camping
. And I need to hook up and take the trailer to a fresh water source every few days. That usually conforms with my need to empty the grey water tank.
If I did not have a grey water tank installed in my trailer, I'd find a way to get one. If there simply is no way to install a grey water tank, I would use a portable holding tank or bucket. I have seen them advertised.
As I said, I'm not an ideologue. But I do think we need to be responsible about what we are doing to the environment.