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Old 07-27-2014, 12:41 PM   #1
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HELP! I am in over my head & need info about grey tank (and much more)

I am new to trailer upkeep and I have a 1977 Argosy 26ft. I am having a lot of trouble getting to know my trailer and I believe I am driving my camper around with a full tank of grey water. The reason I believe this is the case is I can see water in my shower drain. I have read my manual about draining the tank, but when I pull the valve to empty the grey water nothing happens. I am a single mother, and it is daunting enough to be driving a large trailer with my children around, but if I am driving around with all that extra weight, it is a bit more stressful. We have a second trip camping in a few days and would love to resolve this issue. (I don't plan to use the shower,sink, or toilet at this time because I have no idea how to maintain the system) I am having some other questions too but I will try to search topics before asking in a new thread. Please help, Thank You
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:03 PM   #2
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I am new to trailer upkeep and I have a 1977 Argosy 26ft. I am having a lot of trouble getting to know my trailer and I believe I am driving my camper around with a full tank of grey water. The reason I believe this is the case is I can see water in my shower drain. I have read my manual about draining the tank, but when I pull the valve to empty the grey water nothing happens. I am a single mother, and it is daunting enough to be driving a large trailer with my children around, but if I am driving around with all that extra weight, it is a bit more stressful. We have a second trip camping in a few days and would love to resolve this issue. (I don't plan to use the shower,sink, or toilet at this time because I have no idea how to maintain the system) I am having some other questions too but I will try to search topics before asking in a new thread. Please help, Thank You
There should always be water in the drains, it keeps the sewer smells out of your trailer.
Your drains in your house work the same way, but because they are deeper, you do not see the water.
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:18 PM   #3
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Hi. Do you know if your trailer has black and great tanks? The black would be for the toilet and the great for shower and sinks. You may be pulling one handle (for black) and need to pull the other (or grey).

Also, do you have tank monitors and if so, what do they say? Not that they're very reliable - just trying to know more about your situation.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:00 PM   #4
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Thanks! I will give you a ring Howie. And I do have 2 tanks, which I have tried to pull both levers and nothing comes out. I am curious about the idea that you are supposed to see water in the drain.
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And I don't believe I have any monitors either....
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:04 PM   #7
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I had the same trailer, and could see water in my tub drain.
The handles for the tanks were in the back bumper.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:23 AM   #8
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Thanks to Howie, I now know that I do NOT have a full tank of grey water. I also do not have one VERY large mouse (maybe a small rat) taking up residence in the tank anymore! I will be sure to put the cap back on so he doesn't come back again!
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It is normal to see water in the p-traps.
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It is normal to see water in the p-traps.
When it is parked and in use; yes.

When you are driving quite often the water will slosh or be sucked out of the traps.

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Usually, I'll only see water in the shower drain, as it is a low profile p-trap. And of course in the toilet. The sink traps ar very much like the house and you can't see the water in them.
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If there is NO water in your shower or sinks, you have a problem. Water is good as stated before by others, the water prevents the gases from the tank entering your trailer. Nasty!
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When it is parked and in use; yes.

When you are driving quite often the water will slosh or be sucked out of the traps.

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Yep.
I always forget to step on the toilet pedal.
Water comes from somewhere even when I step on the pedal- maybe it was already in the lines or in the innards of the bowl?
Sometimes the water sloshes out-
There is always a little water in the dump valves, even when drain them completely-


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