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Old 06-11-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
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16' Bambi water odor?

My wife and I are considering the purchase of a 16' Bambi but the combined gray and black water concerns me. I have read some threads that discuss the reasons for not combining these tanks on other models. Looks like an opportunity for odor and sanitation concerns. Has anyone had any issues with system?

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Old 06-11-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
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Gray water can give up some odor as well, so that wouldn't be my concern. The simplicity of a single tank is attractive if you don't need more capacity than weekend camping. That's the real concern.

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Thanks Doug. I don't see many manufactures doing this. Even the smaller units commonly separate the two systems.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:09 AM   #4
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The GMC motorhomes of the 70's used the combined system, and I had one. My major issue was that the 40 gal tank filled too fast and you had to take it to a dump station. With two tanks, the gray water can be dumped more easily and with less damage. I have never had a problem doing that here at home. I don't mind soapy water in the driveway or on the lawn, but not black water with human waste in it. On the GMC, with a wet bath and one tank, once the tank became full it could back up into the shower, and let me assure you, you don't want to deal with that.

So, I am not a fan of combined tanks when dump stations are few and far between, or you are not in a CG with full hookups. I personally would never consider one on a new Airstream, as I boondock extensively. Your camping stile may differ considerably and it may not be a concern to you though.
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Your house is combined...well the plumbing is anyway. No sanitation worries with the codes and Gubmnt so I wouldn't worry about odors nor sanitation.

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Old 06-11-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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I don't see and safety or health reasons not to combine black and grey waters. They both produce odors, especially if it's hot outside. It's more a matter of your needs, camping habits and convenience.
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We have a 16' with the combined black and grey tank. Yes, it fills quickly. especially if there are 2 of you showering every day and washing lots of dishes. And yes, it will start to smell after not too long, UNLESS you pour in a bottle of this stuff, which I've found to work incredibly well:

There are ways around your tank filling too quickly while boondocking. Use the handheld outdoor shower. Or take a wet-wipe bath! Goop brand makes a good one. If you're in a campground with an outhouse, use it, especially for #2. This way, if you have to empty into a blueboy, it's just grey water. Use paper plates and cut down on washing dishes. They make good kindling for your campfire. Once you get going and you're thinking about it, it's fairly easy to cut back on water going down the drains.

I have fantasies of growing into a larger trailer with separate black and grey tanks, but until then, we make it work. It's not always a perfect situation, but we love our trailer too much to get worked up over it.

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This is good information. Thanks

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