Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-11-2013, 09:06 AM   #1
New Member
Currently Looking...
Ten mile , Tennessee
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 3
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?

Tnriverside is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2013, 09:27 AM   #2
Rivet Master
dkottum's Avatar
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Battle Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 7,716
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.

doug k

dkottum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2013, 09:43 AM   #3
New Member
Currently Looking...
Ten mile , Tennessee
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 3
Thanks Doug. I don't see many manufactures doing this. Even the smaller units commonly separate the two systems.
Tnriverside is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2013, 10:09 AM   #4
Rivet Master
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
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.
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
Rivet Master
dznf0g's Avatar

2007 30' Classic
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 9,787
Images: 5
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.

"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
dznf0g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2013, 03:47 PM   #6
Rivet Master
TBRich's Avatar

2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,506
Images: 64
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.
TB & Greg and Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Prez & Membership Chair, 4CU/WBCCI
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2013, 05:51 PM   #7
3 Rivet Member
R2DTube's Avatar
2007 16' Bambi
West Hollywood , California
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 152
Images: 11

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.

R2DTube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2013, 06:28 AM   #8
New Member
Currently Looking...
Ten mile , Tennessee
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 3
This is good information. Thanks

Tnriverside is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:47 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.