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Old 09-08-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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How often do I need to dump?

Maybe a silly question. My Airstream is in storage while I do some repairs to her. I have a full freshwater tank right now, and since there is no head at the shop, spending a whole day there working on the weekend means I'll eventually end up using the head in the Airstream.

Aside from the obvious of emptying the black/grey tanks when they are full, is it ok if I only empty it it out say every 30 days or so?

Or is there some rule that says you shouldn't go past two weeks leaving stuff in your tanks? Can't really find anything beyond emptying when full.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:28 PM   #2
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Just use a 5gal bucket with cat litter in it.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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As far as I know there's nothing wrong with leaving the black tank 'in use' as long as there is a good amount of liquid in it. If it dried out you could end up with trouble.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:34 PM   #4
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How often do I need to dump?

I would pre-fill the black tank with some water ....4-5 good flushes if you plan on using it for solids, otherwise you should be fine. Also replenish the deodorizing packets every 7-10 days

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After dumping at one location and before I leave for the next I'll flush 4-5 full bowls into the black tank and then send in a packet. While I'm traveling the water will slosh around and clean any residue left.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:40 PM   #5
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I wouldn't use it at all sitting still in a metal storage unit in Florida. Maybe a Porta-Potti and take it with you to empty every day.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:52 PM   #6
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How often you need to dump depends on how often you need to dump.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:59 PM   #7
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How often you need to dump depends on how often you need to dump.
Deep, man! :-)
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:06 PM   #8
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During repairs, indoors? Get a porta potty!!! There should be plenty in the bigboxstores with huntin seezon upon us.

You could put it in the AS bathroom area for some privacy.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:43 PM   #9
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When you are working in your trailer and your eyes start to burn it is time to dump.
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Old 09-08-2014, 05:44 PM   #10
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Astronauts use depends, truckers use wide neck bottle AS and most others designed better black water tankage than grey. If you are the only one using and can keep it to one flush, you should be fine for 30 days, if it is stored outdoors, might be a problem in a closed space unless it is well ventilated.
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No doubt you can store it, but should you?
If you use the head and dump the tank only every 30 days in the south where the weather is warm, you are inviting flies down the vent, maggots growing the tank, and hatchlings finding their way into the trailer when the dump blade opens. And that moisture attracts roaches, water bugs, ants, etc, etc. The bugs attract lizards and tree frogs. They all want in and the stuff in the black tank is a picnic.

I would not, but if you decide to use it, also use a good tank treatment that will keep the varmints out and odor under control!

I'm in mid FL 3-5 months per year. 4-5 days is long as I go between dumps.
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Old 09-09-2014, 09:39 AM   #12
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Um.. indoor storage, fantastic fans running, storage has exhaust fans in ceiling running every time I've been there.

I'll take the different opinions under advisement.
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The black tank is vented out the top of the Airstream, it's going to stink inside the storage unit and you don't want that to dwell, perhaps for a long time, in your Airstream.
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:18 AM   #14
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When we bought our trailer, it was in Mississippi. The PO's had owned it for a couple of years and never used the systems. The fresh tank was full so we emptied it before leaving MS. In the disassembly process, we discovered the black tank was also full. When I drained it, no odor, just dark brown liquid. It had been there a LOOONG time! Grass grew well in that spot for the summer....
SO, if you leave it long enough it will "compost" for you.
BTW, I wouldn't leave the fresh water tank full for a long period. Our fresh water tank was green when we removed it. Algae.

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