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Old 08-23-2015, 09:56 PM   #15
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Oh and as this will be a bear area I'm sure that dumping dishwater on the ground is a no no and Bad Idea!
Not necessarily while boondocking. Google "bearmuda triangle " . Not in a campground though.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:16 PM   #16
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We have run into gray water tank issue when staying more than a couple days. I tried the snap lid on 5 gallon bucket and found it wanting. But at moment didn't want to fork over money for a tote. So I found a lid at HD that snaps on to 5 gallon that allows lid to screw on and off. Much better solution. As to spilling I found that it is possible to carefully let a hoseful at a time out close the gate valve and empty hose into bucket without spilling. Just take your time. Then I secure bucket with a bunjii cord in the truck bed. 4 gals in bucket weighs 32 lbs so not killing myself lifting. Will probably buy a tote at some point but for the $10 that the lid conversion kit cost it's a nice interim solution.

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Old 08-24-2015, 09:05 AM   #17
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We have a '66 Trade Wind that has no grey water tank and the black tank is 11 gallon capacity. I had planned to install a larger black and a grey tank. But the years crept by and I never fulfilled my plan. Too late now as my aging process has made it too difficult to attempt that job. HOWEVER, we have discovered that we have adapted to our dry camping requirements. We bought an 11 gallon wheeled blue boy. This size matches the black tank capacity and gives me assurance of no accidental surprises of squeezing 11+ gallons into a smaller blue boy. I've had NO difficulty in towing by car the bb to the dump facility or if close enough walking it. As for the national park the we visit I feel fortunate that I do not have to carry sloshing dishwater pans to the wash stations. Much easier to hand pull the blue boy. Works for us. You do what you gotta do.

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Old 08-26-2015, 09:13 PM   #18
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Who can tell me why these totes cost so much?

I just don't understand.

Yes I know liquid weighs 8-ish pounds per gallon, and that the totes have openings and wheels.

But geez, couple hundred bucks?

What gives?
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You wouldn't want something cheaply made and weak to carrY thirty gallons of poop to the dump station would You?
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Old 08-27-2015, 12:48 PM   #20
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My 11 gallon...just at the cusp of being too heavy for me was under $70. There's just the 2 of us and grey water needs to be emptied every 3 - 4 days and usually within walking distance. We use the camp bathroom facilities during the day and the trailer bathroom when dark or inclement weather. Like most things you adapt to what you have to do or can afford to do.

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Over many years of tent camping we have a tried and true system that we still use to this day when we need to conserve grey water tank space.

We have a small 4' folding table and one of those retracting hoses to make a dish washing station. We use two gallon plastic collapsible tubs for washing and rinsing. All dinner ware/utensils are scraped and wiped down into our trash so there is no residual food scraps in the water. Our detergent is natural and biodegradable and is used to "water" nearby trees/shrubs. We have implemented this into our AS travel so we can spend 2-3 days not having to worry about the grey tank filling up.

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Old 10-14-2015, 04:29 AM   #22
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Too funny on the chocks. . Don't want that getting away from you!

We are planning a trip for next summer where we will be in a national park setting with no hookups. Dump station available. No showers in the camp ground. Toilets and water in the campground. 2 people. 4 day stay. Our 22 has a 20 gallon fresh holding tank and 23 gray and 20 black. I'll have a Gerry can to top off the fresh water.

I can easily manage the dishes by walking to the bathroom to pour out the dishwasher. Would like to shower and am not eager to drive to the dump station after day 2 if a offload of the gray water could be easily done instead.

Just want the most basic, cost effective, easily cleaned, way to manage the gray water.
I think with that holding tank capacity you should be able to get thru 4 days for two people without having to empty anything out of your tanks.

Navy showers, dry shampoo, cook ahead and use paper plates to minimize dishes....you should be fine.

Doug and I could get two carefulshowers each with a 10 gallon grey tank, dump your dishwater into the toilet.

You should be fine, just can't use water as you would at home.


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