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Old 04-23-2015, 04:42 PM   #1
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Reducing grey water production

Looking for ideas on generating less grey water. our black tank even tho about the same capacity will take more than a week to fill while the grey will fill in about 4 days. We like to use the conveniences of the the MH, cook and bath with onboard facilities. Most cg rules don't allow dumping of grey on site. What changes have you implimented to reduce grey?
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:00 PM   #2
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Take Navy showers and wash dishes outside. Get one of those Y-connectors for the water spout so you can use the water without disconnecting the hose. Dish washing is a big water user.

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Old 04-23-2015, 05:07 PM   #3
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We wash dishes in a tub in the kitchen sink and then dump the dishwater down the toilet.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:11 PM   #4
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Here are a few things I do to extend the capacity of our gray tank when needed.

- of course Navy showers, I imagine we all do that. Better - use the campground showers unless they are really disgusting!

- Use plastic washbasins that fit into the in the galley sink for dish washing and dump gray in the toilet. (Black tank fills much more slowly).

- If your layout makes it practical, run the shower into the toilet while waiting for the cold water to run hot - ours seems to take quite a while, and so represents quite a lot of water into the tanks.

As well, I bought and sewer hose cap with a hose attachment and carry a short length of hose to screw onto it as well as a collapsible 5 gallon water bag that is reserved for this purpose. I haven't had to use it yet, but the idea would be that rather than move to trailer to a dump site, if we got full, we could take 5 gallons of gray water with us every time we were going away from the trailer with the truck and dump it.

Of course, having the sewer cap with an 8 ft length of hose attached could be used to surreptiously dump gray water another way - but we wouldn't do that now would we.

We seldom camp without full hookups so don't often need these techniques, but I like to be prepared.

The few times we have camped without sewer hookup I have been amazed how quickly our gray tank filled, (without using the above tricks) even though we really try to conserve. Just the two of us but it seems we can't expect more that three days or so if we use the shower in the trailer.

I'll be watching for other good tips in the answers you get!

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Old 04-23-2015, 05:15 PM   #5
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Get a an insert for the kitchen sink. It is a plastic bowl with a flange so it sits in your sink. It has a drain just like your sink, with a stopper. Use that to wash dishes and carry to toilet and pull the stopper. One came with my trailer from the PO. I just went looking for one without much success. When i pull the trailer from storage next week I'll se if it has any markings on it.

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Old 04-23-2015, 05:30 PM   #6
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We were tent campers for many years before we bought an RV. No one ever thinks twice about tent campers pouring their dishwater out to water nearby plants. Dishwater is not grey water until it gets into the grey tank. Often times there are dishwashing stations at campgrouds and you can take advantage of that amenity. With that philosophy, you can build upon your options. Dumping 40 gallons or some portion of that at campground campsite is not an option in my book.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:36 PM   #7
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It's always acceptable to dump grey water on the ground.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:40 PM   #8
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A blue boy portable tank solves the problem when there is access to a dump station.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:47 PM   #9
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A blue boy portable tank solves the problem when there is access to a dump station.
Good point and probably the best solution if you regularly camp were there are no sewer hookups, but for many people I suspect - certainly for us - it would b e a very rare thing and so carrying around a blue boy "just in case" didn't seem a good use of limited carrying space. (plus the blue boy isn't cheap).

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Old 04-23-2015, 06:10 PM   #10
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Actually I have been to CG thst forbid any dumping if gray water whether sink water or not. There are still food particles in gray water. Draws flies. Some if these CG have a place for tenters, etc to dump there gray and dish washing water. Peace,jim
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This is what we're doing: replace the toilet with a composting model, combine the old black tank with the grey tank into a huge new grey tank.

Dumping grey water is rarely acceptable.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:08 AM   #12
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You could just pull the trailer to the dump station and then park it at your sight again. It is good parking practice anyway. If you are one of those folks who spend a day nesting and then a day breaking down for a 3 day weekend then this may not work. You really don't need to go to all the trouble to set load bars etc to drive around the camp ground dump and come back. Not much more trouble than the blue boy. Those blue boys don't hold that much and there there are the idiots that pull them behind their trucks. There is nothing so noisy as something with hollow plastic wheels being pulled behind a truck at 20 MPH and then they make 2 or three trips. Why not pull your trailer to the dump station once as opposed to going through all this.

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If I am at a CG with no sewer hookups I try to use the CG showers. Even with hook ups I still like to use the CG showers, keeps the humidity down in the trailer. Amazing how long it takes to fill the gray tank when not showering on board. All else fails the on board outside shower is hard to beat on a hot summers day. The bucket in the sink is another excellent option where ever you decide to dump it.
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Dishwater is not grey water until it gets into the grey tank.
Dishwater becomes grey water once foreign matter such as dish washing liquid and food particles enter into the process. The water is no longer clean irrespective of whether the water resides in the sink, a tote, or the grey water tank.

While generally considered acceptable for recycling/re-purposing it is still grey water none the less.
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