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Old 04-02-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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After storing our Airstream under cover for the first year behind our house we decided to add power. We could plug in like at a park, keep the batteries charged and operate all systems as a check before heading out on the road. After installing the underground wiring( by the power company) and having an electrician install the meter base and power box, we went to the county inspector so we could have the power activated. We were then told a septic system was required because we might decide to live in it behind our own house. They now tell us an "outhouse" with a 4 foot hole in the ground will qualify. Has anyone else run into zany county rules?

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Old 04-02-2015, 01:53 PM   #2
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Wow... Well, that's interesting.... Hmmm..

So, get a past hole digger and dig a hole

I am sorta kidding.....

If you "must".... Do this. Get a 55 gallon drum. Cut off at 4' tall. Dig hole big enough to put in the barrel with the intact top on top. Attach plumbing for the hookup then drop on the hole. "Backfill" the perimeter then "top" with concrete. This will form a good lid if you pour at least 5 inches deep. Of course you may need to adjust plumbing on the lid to keep it "accessible".

We made similar for our "dog kennels" and it worked just fine.

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Old 04-02-2015, 02:18 PM   #3
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Government knows best don't you know! Cause we all know that RV owners can't even wait for an opportunity to dump crap in their own yard.

Too bad you are so invested already...

At this point you need to tell the county that you have abandoned the idea for using this for your trailer, and now you want to use the power for a really, really, elaborate Christmas light display and as an "on the fly" recharge station for your future "green" electric lawn maintenance equipment. (Or maybe for a fountain or a coy pond...)

After you get the permit approved, install the RV plug, and give the politicians a defiant finger when they aren't looking.

One of the first rules when doing any property improvement is to do homework so that a person can lawfully pursue options that do not require pulling a permit.

Once the beareaucrats get involved simple things become difficult.

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Old 04-02-2015, 09:17 PM   #4
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CWL - so do I understand your directions correctly that you cut the barrel at four feet and then put it in the hole cut end down? Did you fill the barrel with anything like rocks, or just left it empty?
As a side note I have heard of people take a barrel and punching a bunch of holes in it, filling it with rocks And then putting it in ground. Just not sure the best thing to do as I actually would like a sewer system for our guests to connect to when they visit cut would not be used much but a few times a year. Where I would locate this in big close to our house and existing septic system so I cannot hook into anything existing


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Old 04-03-2015, 03:21 AM   #5
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Well homework was done. My usual contractor and electrician both who have been in business for 30 years here did my project. Neither had ever heard of this "rule". A note...I do not plan to use this waste disposal system since this is storage only. Just doing enough to get approved. Yesterday I spoke with our county manager. This may be a dead issue by tomorrow.

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