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Old 01-26-2012, 01:19 PM   #169
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Brian, our experience is similar. We avoid showers when boondocking as sponge baths suffice. After all, we used to backpack for days without hot water and fluffy towels. We used a "sunshower" once—a bag of water that is supposed to get hot in the sun with a shower at the bottom. Not very effective and not hot. A sponge bath is luxury compared to that. The dreaded water back up in the shower is to be avoided, so we get very careful. Two nights boondocking means showers are possible, 3 maybe.

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Old 01-26-2012, 01:27 PM   #170
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We have had grey water back up into our shower a couple of times, when we have gone a bit too long boondocking without dumping. This problem seems to be exacerbated if you are even slightly not level.

We bought one of those sun showers last year, have yet to try it out but for on the dog, but intend to. I can handle a sponge bath, but still need to wash my hair every other day or so, being one of those whose head sweats at the mere mention of heat of any kind. Lukewarm water on the head should be tolerable, I'm thinkin'.

The best remedy for overfull holding tanks is still being very, very judicious in your use of water.


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Old 01-26-2012, 01:52 PM   #171
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Ronnie,

What dealer did you first take your 2012 FC to trying to find a solution? I did not know Houston had any dealers.

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Barry:

Houston does not have a dealer anymore; it appears that both Camping World and Demontrond RV are no longer on the list per Airstream. Neither was that "great" when they were on the list.

Bob Jones RV repair in South Houston is excellent at repairing Airstreams; better than the ones I just mentioned.

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Old 06-11-2012, 09:26 AM   #172
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This looks like an older topic--hopefully someone knowledgeable is still following. We have recently purchased a '93 Excella 30', that was essentially new--only used 3 times and the water never used. Our gray water tank monitor shows empty after I drain it, but fills very quickly--in less than one day only washing dishes, no showers--including into the shower where it will not drain back into the tank. I have some ideas from these posts, but wondered if anyone has experienced and solved this--I am open to any ideas. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:44 PM   #173
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Steve, the problem may be with the monitor. They are notoriously inaccurate.

If you put a known volume of water into the grey water drain (kitchen sink or shower are the easiest, you can check what the monitor says. You can do the same with the fresh water tank if that monitor is wrong. The only sure way to know if the grey water tank is full is if it backs up into the shower.

Or you may have a blockage in the shower drain (hair, soap scum). Or both. If they never used the shower or any water, I can't imagine how anything would be blocked unless when it was built someone left something in the pipes.

Are you getting water on the ground under the trailer indicating a leak? I am sure seals in the system are dried out. The monitor may need to be recalibrated too.

Does water come up in the shower when you let water run into the kitchen or bathroom sinks? There could be an airlock, but usually the water slowly drains out. Some have a compensation device that lets air into the drain pipes so the water will run better; if that has locked in place, the drain cannot function. I don't know if they used those in '93. Or there may be a blockage in the soil stack (the round black vents on the roof; one is really close to the toilet) caused by paper wasps (mud dabbers) or some other creature.

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Old 07-30-2012, 09:14 AM   #174
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Update--water does back up into the shower when draining the kitchen sink, but it goes down unless the tank is "apparently" full. When the grey water tank seems to be full--water backed up into shower does not eventually drain--I have drained both tanks. I did have seals replaced on both grey and black tanks and there is no leakage. My next step is to pour a known quantity of water into the grey tank via the sink or shower to see what it holds. I'd really like to get this solved so we can do other than FHU travel. Any ideas toward a solution are most welcome!
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