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Old 05-14-2019, 09:34 AM   #1
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Gray-black water tank 411

Hello. I hadnít seen anyone talking about black - grey water tanks... issues, concerns or questions. Iím very new to RVíing. We bought a 2019 BasecampX. I wanted to ask the community if anyone has thoughts, or owns a Rhino portable tank?

Do you like it, hate it? Does anyone use or have experience with using a portable tank to empty their RV tanks? Thank you in advance for your suggestions and opinions.

We emptied our combo grey/blank tank for the first time yesterday in Bodega, Ca. Letís just say... it was a moving experience.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:22 PM   #2
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We use Thetford portable tank:



https://www.campingworld.com/thetfor...nk-630090.html


It comes in handy from time to time. For example, when we camp at a state park that doesn't offer sewage hook up, we use that to dump without moving the trailer (ours is FC23D). It's really easy to use especially with two people (one person holds the business end of the hose while the other person tilts the tank).



We also use a macerator pump, called Flojet to dump the waste water into the portable tank because the hose connection of the portable tank is not quite secure (that's why we need two people for above operation).


We also carry three 7-gallon portable water container if we aren't sure about dumping situation during the trip. These containers are made for fresh water, but we are using them for waste water. With the macerator pump, it takes less than a minute to empty our 21 gallon grey water tank into three containers. Bring them to a bathhouse or public restroom to dump; very easy job.
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Old 05-16-2019, 08:29 AM   #3
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Thanks for your sharing your experience. Itís great to hear that a portable tank makes sense in certain situations. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Cheers.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:42 PM   #4
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A "biffy box" is good to have in an emergency. Like having your waste water tank get completely full and backing up into your shower. (We had that happen.) We keep an eye on the diagnostic, but with a small tank, the level can jump from OK to full in a hurry.

If you're boondocking for more than a few days, see if you have other ways to responsibly dispose of gray water. We use rectangular plastic dish tubs so we can dispose of fairly clean waste water somewhere other than pouring it down the sin-- like in a campground utility sink or drain. Or just walking a very long way off into the bushes.

When showering, we've used the dish pans to capture water, for disposal outside in a responsible place. One quick shower that is sparing of the hot water (turn on, get wet, turn off, soap up, turn on, rinse off) seems to use about 25% of our gray water tank capacity if we don't capture some of it with dish pans and then dispose of it externally.
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A "biffy box" is good to have in an emergency. Like having your waste water tank get completely full and backing up into your shower. (We had that happen.) We keep an eye on the diagnostic, but with a small tank, the level can jump from OK to full in a hurry.

If you're boondocking for more than a few days, see if you have other ways to responsibly dispose of gray water. We use rectangular plastic dish tubs so we can dispose of fairly clean waste water somewhere other than pouring it down the sink-- like in a campground utility sink or drain. Or just walking a very long way off into the bushes.

When showering, we've used the dish pans to capture water, for disposal outside in a responsible place. One quick shower that is sparing of the hot water (turn on, get wet, turn off, soap up, turn on, rinse off) seems to use about 25% of our gray water tank capacity if we don't capture some of it with dish pans and then dispose of it externally.
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A "biffy box" is good to have in an emergency. Like having your waste water tank get completely full and backing up into your shower. (We had that happen.) We keep an eye on the diagnostic, but with a small tank, the level can jump from OK to full in a hurry.

If you're boondocking for more than a few days, see if you have other ways to responsibly dispose of gray water. We use rectangular plastic dish tubs so we can dispose of fairly clean waste water somewhere other than pouring it down the sink-- like in a campground utility sink or drain. Or just walking a very long way off into the bushes.

When showering, we've used the dish pans to capture water, for disposal outside in a responsible place. One quick shower that is sparing of the hot water (turn on, get wet, turn off, soap up, turn on, rinse off) seems to use about 25% of our gray water tank capacity if we don't capture some of it with dish pans and then dispose of it externally.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:19 AM   #7
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Great suggestion to collect some of the grey water. We too have a smaller than typical combo grey/black tank. Having a few extra solutions for longer than usual boondocking helps. Thanks for your post!
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