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Old 09-05-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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dumb question: dumping grey water

Okay, I'm a newbie... after searching though the site, I've found that, since my '73 Overlander does not have a grey tank, that a portable blue-boy (or likes) can be used to store grey water during boondocking, et al. Soooo, here's the dumb question... how do you hook up the blue boy to the AS? I don't recall the PO showing me (or reading in the old manual) a particular valve for the grey water. So, I'm assuming it comes straight out of the dump line (the ~ 4" capped line). If so, then the blue-boy must have a large diameter hole to receive the grey water. Is that right? When I looked at a picture of a blue-boy, I thought the inlet looked to be the size of a regular garden hose. Can someone straighten me out on this?

I found it really interesting that, in the old manual, it talks about how you can use the toilet during travel. But it doesn't mention that you can't wash your hands afterward?
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The grey water line is inside the larger diameter opening for the black water. It should have a large cap with a smaller cap that is threaded to accept a standard garden hose. You can run that hose to your blueboy.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:38 PM   #3
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You can get a garden hose cap for your sewer connection.
Garden Hose Cap - Item - Camping World

Dumping Grey water on the ground was not an issue back in 73. Everyone did it and it was not considered a hazard. If you want to see some interesting reading, find an old owners manual from around 1960. They talk about digging a honey hole under your trailer to dump the black tank, if you had one.
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Picture one is of the dump tank - there are a bunch of models in various colors - hooked up with the Black tank line.

Picture two is the cap you can use to hook up the grey tank to the same dump tank and only drain off the grey "liquids".
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If you want to hook up the slinky hose to the portable tank, you can do that too. The grey water will flow freely and the black water will only flow if you pull the release handle. Either hose is fine for grey water.
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As they came from the factory in 73 both black water and grey water come out the same hole. A regular sewer hose should connect the trailer to the blue boy. You may run into the problem of the connection on the trailer is a Thetford fitting while the blueboy is Valtera. Valtera is standard nowadays. There are adapters.
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Thanks for the quick replies. Cool.
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You should be able to open the door on top of your rear bumper and see the lines...
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Here's a dumber question Can grey-water be dumpted with no problem when boondocking? Anyone know of any good boondocking locations in the Gunnision National Forest area of Colorado?

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Here's a dumber question Can grey-water be dumpted with no problem when boondocking? Anyone know of any good boondocking locations in the Gunnision National Forest area of Colorado?

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Dumping grey water on the ground is generally frowned upon, especially in the National Forests. I have heard some states still allow it, in some circumstances.
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If one uses soaps and detergents with no phosphates and that are all natural, I wonder how bad dumping grey water can really be?
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First please refer to it as wash water, ie. wash hands, wash dishes.
Several years ago the state of Georgia decided it was beneficial to put wash water to the ground. Except for parks on federal land Georgia State Parks allow it.
I had always question the tent camper next to me washing up and doing dishes was ok, but since my wash water went through a pipe I could not put it to the ground.
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If one uses soaps and detergents with no phosphates and that are all natural, I wonder how bad dumping grey water can really be?
In reality, grey water can be worse than black water, as the black water has already started the process of decomposition through digestion, and the food that has washed off the dishes and pots generally just goes on the ground and rots.
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Here's a dumber question Can grey-water be dumpted with no problem when boondocking? Anyone know of any good boondocking locations in the Gunnision National Forest area of Colorado?

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We have elk hunted/dry camped in the Taylor Creek Reservoir area of that forest. There is a no-hook up campground at the Reservoir called Mosca. It is open until around Oct 1. But there you can camp lots of open areas around the campground. Its secluded and a nice spot.

After a search of the Forest Service web site, it seems dumping of gray water is allowed when dry camping outside of improved campgrounds. Though some specific forests may have areas that don’t allow the practice.
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