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Old 07-31-2007, 10:40 AM   #29
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I think if someone is purchasing any sort of rv that has water coming in - they ought to be thinking about how the grey can be discarded safely.

Not dumping it on the ground. I mean - this water was seeping towards our chairs as we were sitting around the fire. At one point in time, yellow water was streaming out and I was ready to lose it thinking it was you-know-what, but then soapy water came out. All the same though...

It's a courtesy issue as well as a safety issue.
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Old 07-31-2007, 12:56 PM   #30
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I hook it up to my truck, and it doesn't seem to mind. .
I do the same. I was talking about dragging the blue tank from the rear of the Airstream to the truck. Had to do this at a State Park in Florida over Memorial Day. Very sandy soil and the wheels on my blue tank are very narrow. Talk about being a real drag!

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well, if thats the case, there is something very, very wrong going on inside your tank. A load of wash-water that is <=24hrs old should not be offensive.
Sorry, but any water that sits in hot Florida summer weather for 24 hours is going to start to get gross even if all that's in there is dish water and shower water.
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:05 PM   #31
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Tom,

Do you add anything to your grey water tank? I buy a grey tank deodorizer at Wal*Mart (can't recall the brand name) and add that to my grey tank whenever I don't plan on draining for a while. I don't add it when we're sitting at a full hook-up letting the gray water drain. I always add a shot of the deodorizer and a gallon of water after I've drained and am putting the trailer away for awhile. I've never had any smell, and have sat for two days in the FL sun with nearly a full tank.

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Old 07-31-2007, 01:22 PM   #32
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Do you add anything to your grey water tank? I buy a grey tank deodorizer at Wal*Mart (can't recall the brand name) and add that to my grey tank whenever I don't plan on draining for a while. I don't add it when we're sitting at a full hook-up letting the gray water drain. I always add a shot of the deodorizer and a gallon of water after I've drained and am putting the trailer away for awhile. I've never had any smell, and have sat for two days in the FL sun with nearly a full tank.

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I didn't know there was such a thing until a few days ago when I got an e-mail flier from CW. I have put some of the orange granular tank chemicals I use in the black tank when we weren't going camping for a couple of months over the winter but that was in addition to the anti-freeze. I also put a liquid enzyme in there that is sold under the name "Digestit" because I was told that it was natural and would even eat grease. I tried not to have much in either tanks over the winter, but did allow some in there to keep the enzymes going.

It may be that I just have an overly sensitive nose and a general repulsion to waste tank effluence anyway. But, even my seven year old said it smelled bad when he was watching me. He was quiet curious about what had to be done.

I have never drained the black tank into the blue tank and it isn't even that kind of smell. It is just a strong, dirty dish water smell. I use a separate hose to empty the holding tank into the blue tank and have never used the sewer hose to connect the valve to the blue tank. It just has that yuk smell.
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:25 PM   #33
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well, I haven't camped in FL. BUT, it doesn't really get any hotter down there than it does up here. We get +95/sticky here, too...only it doesn't last more than a few days at a time. But we're talking a single day, here, so, that shouldn't matter. Plus, my tank is external...not nestled within the insulated and otherwise sheilded confines beneath the trailer. So it should be even more exposed to the high temps...AND I never fill the whole 25g in a single day, so it gets to ferment for a while....
never smells like anything other than palmolive.

I wonder if you're only partially emptying a larger internal tank, and there's a culture of growing in there that never gets thoroughly flushed out. (?)

Or, perhaps the use of tank chem's that kill off good bacteria, leaving only anerobic bacteria in the tank, which give off sulphur compounds...

still, we're talking "day old". not "week old". It shouldn't be that bad...
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I wonder if you're only partially emptying a larger internal tank, and there's a culture of growing in there that never gets thoroughly flushed out. (?)

Or, perhaps the use of tank chem's that kill off good bacteria, leaving only anerobic bacteria in the tank, which give off sulphur compounds...
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Typically, I don't use the chemicals in the gray tank when we aren't storing the trailer. However, you probably have hit on the problem. Our gray tank holds 38 gallons and our blue tank only holds 25 gallons so, no, I don't always get all of the gray water out of the tank each day and some is left in the tank. I do completely empty it at the end of the stay, which so far has only been for long weekends when we didn't have full hook-ups.
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Old 07-31-2007, 06:57 PM   #35
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Greywater according to Dave

I usually boondock, and I don't have a grey water tank. When I am at
campgrounds I hook up to a waste pipe. When I boondock, I let the grey
water seep into the woods or into a gopher hole. I have a blue tank for special situations. My camping buddy saved up his greywater and let it out all at once. Believe me it was nasty.( I thought it was black water )
Now.....the water in the bottom of my shower is not nasty, and after going through a few feet of PVC it is still not nasty. If it sits in a tank it WILL get nasty.
A small gopher hole ( 5 " hole, 5" deep ) will handle all the greywater as long as you don't try to dump 30 gallons all at once. I read that in outhouse holes, mico organisms in the dirt will eat any nastys before they can get an inch or so away from the wall of the hole. The trouble is that campgounds get dumped on too much for the ground to handle the breakdown. I think food particles are the culprit in ground contamination. They don't seep into the ground. I don't let food particles go down my sink, because I don't want them rotting in my P trap, or on the ground. The big question is...Does a bear s@#$
in the woods? ( just kidding I know that doesn't justify reckless behavior)
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Hi Tamis....I am very curious

What is a Thermasan dohicky???
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I believe it is a system that eliminates waste water with the heat of the TV.
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I believe it is a system that eliminates waste water with the heat of the TV.
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Yep, that's what it is.
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:29 PM   #39
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eeeeeeyeeeeeewwww. If I don't like hooking up a short flex hose to my blue tank, who thinks I would do that kind of complicated plumbing to hook my grey tank up to my tow vehicle's exhaust.
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eeeeeeyeeeeeewwww. If I don't like hooking up a short flex hose to my blue tank, who thinks I would do that kind of complicated plumbing to hook my grey tank up to my tow vehicle's exhaust.
Those things are great! Thing about it, the temperature of the exhaust system is plenty hot enough to sterilize anything. I recall seeing a similar system on an old 70's vintage Class C but it had a mascerator pump so the both tanks could be emptied

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eeeeeeyeeeeeewwww. If I don't like hooking up a short flex hose to my blue tank, who thinks I would do that kind of complicated plumbing to hook my grey tank up to my tow vehicle's exhaust.
oh, its worse than that. its for your BLACK tank!!!!






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And the slime all over your nice clean Airstream!
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