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Old 02-27-2011, 06:44 PM   #71
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Don't ask, don't tell. . .

Dang! Is that gray water valve leaking again?
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I didnt see a thing. Sal.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:20 PM   #72
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Guilty as charged. Comes as a result of more boondocking & less full-hookup camping than most. There's a ter-let in this campground? Headed there with the sports section right now... Y'um betcha!!!! Viva la difference.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:52 PM   #73
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We will generally use our own facilities. However if the CG has clean & well maintained facilities, in we go. We full time & the luxury of a long hot shower in a large stall is very exciting. Maybe I could get Tami to shower with me sometime.
It may be common to most AS'ers but we miss being able to soak in a hot bath. There are times when we'll stay at La Quinta hotels just to use a tub.

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Old 02-28-2011, 05:42 PM   #74
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5 Rules of Life

My wife will kill me but I think this fits with this thread. As my girls grew up I told them that there are 5 rules of life:

Never take a wooden nickel
There is nothing worse than a Slush Puppy headache
Every song needs some Cow Bell
Never trust a Naked Bus Driver

AND

Life is too short to poop in a dirty potty - thus the need for an AIRSTEAM.

As they grew into their teens there was one more, the sixth rule....... not one shared often in public, but I will here:
All boys are pigs and I, your dad, is the king of Pigs.
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I didnt see a thing. Sal.
that is realy not showing respeck for other campers that has to use that site and should be reported at the gate. i have seen that alot of times and have found in my site the last person had done that and stunk real bad. i for one will report anyone that does that and have. thats right we don't want anyone else's germs
theres alot of familys with kids running around that step in that, let the health department catch you and see what they do to people that dumps waste on top of the dround.
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that is realy not showing respeck for other campers that has to use that site and should be reported at the gate. i have seen that alot of times and have found in my site the last person had done that and stunk real bad. i for one will report anyone that does that and have. thats right we don't want anyone else's germs
theres alot of familys with kids running around that step in that, let the health department catch you and see what they do to people that dumps waste on top of the dround.
Use of grey water is actually permitted and encouraged in some southwestern states. There are, however, restrictions, including (crucially for RVs) that grey water from kitchen sinks must be put into the sewer.

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I always enjoy the 'open house' time during rallies...it is a good time to test out other's bathroom facilities.
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Use of grey water is actually permitted and encouraged in some southwestern states. There are, however, restrictions, including (crucially for RVs) that grey water from kitchen sinks must be put into the sewer.

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I always enjoy the 'open house' time during rallies...it is a good time to test out other's bathroom facilities.
There are laws and then there are laws... Smokin Camel's thread on gray water.

I'm an ADD fly-as-you-go camper. Three nights is the max I feel comfortable sticking around a campground. The black tank never gets more than a third full -- okay, hit that on the way out. We don't seek out water hookups but with a jerry can or two of fresh water to get by, we still manage to fill our gray tank in 3 days. Thus the spoken-about trickling sound after 10:00PM at night.

We're not accustomed to the southwest boondocking ethic of hand- and dishwashing ethic of making do with a jigger of water. That gray tank sure does fill. Not sayin' this is the best solution but there are some better watered trees after I've over-spent my stay. OTOH this is NOT the solution for people who squat in a site for a week. Get a room... (sorry, I meant to say 'Get full hookups')
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Grey water in some residences is used for irrigation in the West. The problem with it is soap and food particles if the kitchen sink is part of the grey water system. If the soap is biodegradable, no problem. Food particles are a pretty small part of the total amount of grey water. To some, leaves and pine needles are food too, but trees are allowed to drop them on the ground. Black water is the nasty stuff so far as bacteria goes and dumping that is really bad.

Early RV's had no tanks, grey or black, just daylight.

At a campground, dumping grey water is not good because there is too much of it if everyone did it, but in the wilderness, I don't think it is a problem. The water absorbs into the ground very fast because of our dry soils. Generally the soil is dry again very quickly.

Even at western campgrounds when some water is spilled, it disappears fast. It's best to flush a spill with fresh water. After I drain the tanks, close the valves, wait a while and disconnect the hoses, a little water may come out. I expect there are drops on the inside of the pipe that run down the sides then flow out.

In the east, there are few spots that are not used frequently and dumping grey water there can run into problems by overloading the soil.

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Water expands 3-fold upon entering the grey water tank...its just facts...or someone is taking 1/2 hour showers !
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We use an oxygenic shower head to reduce amount of water without reducing spray too much. works well enough for us, but if the kids were trqveling with us we'd probably further restrict water flow to keep from filling rinse water tank too soon.

Athletes foot from showers? Wear crocs to the public showers! 'tho they taught us in college the little crabs COULD jump, the fungi cannot so far as I've heard or experienced.

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