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Old 04-15-2013, 07:57 PM   #1
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Home dump stations

Living on a farm does have advantages. A barn for AS storage. And best of all, being on a septic system, which serves a dual purpose as our own private dumping station. We do have an exterior pipe (Cleanout tube) which serves great after a camping trip to just drain the tanks into. Also checked with our septic company, which said it was perfectly OK. Some systems may not work.
Just wondering if others have this "perk".

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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Yep...

Sure comes in handy...black tank stays much cleaner, dumping at the end of the trip rather than at the campground, slosh,slosh.

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:12 PM   #3
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We are able to do the same thing at our home. It great to have other tank dumping options. Research to be sure the chemicals you use in your holding tanks will not damage the bacteria balance in your septic system. We do not use any black tank treatment that uses formaldehyde as an agent.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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home dump station

Where we live is in the city but we have a septic tank. I am in the process of rigging up a dump station, I ordered the macerator pump on ebay, just received it. We want to be able to use the facilities in AS while parked at home without having to pull out to dump. Just need to be extremely careful what we put thru the black water system.
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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I don't live on a farm but I do have 5 acres so I can park my AS on the property along with my boat. A couple of years ago a put in a 30 AMP electric connection so I can keep it plugged in with all the conveniences. It's great to have it available to use as a guest "cabin". Luckily, the parking space is also located near a clean-out for our septic system. If we have have guests, they can use the facilities in the AS and we don't have to worry about hauling the trailer out to dump the waste.

One of our favorite places to dry camp is either El Capitan Beach or Refugio Beach near Santa Barbara, CA. There are no dump stations nor convenient places to dump septic nearby, so it's easy to just haul the waste home and dump it in the septic clean-out.

I wish I had a barn to park the AS in though!
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #6
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If you have good drains at your home, the outside clean-out works just fine. However, it's sometimes better to do this chore in the misty dawn or dark of night as nosy neighbors may think you're watering the lawn! Water if needed must be added from a garden hose. I carry a water pump and a couple of old drywall compound buckets. Good way to power up the flush on the Sewer Solution.

Hem - and changing subjects - "cheapness".

I spend too much time in campgrounds, because I still work, and it's just easier to have full services. My primary campground costs about $1500 for 30 to 33 weeks per year - but I can only stay on site for 28 days, then must hie myself off for a week before coming back. Sometimes I travel on business, and surprisingly often I'm invited to camp in a customer's parking lot for a day or two.

When I have to pay for a week at a Va. Beach Campground during summer rates with 11% tax (tourist gouging IMHO) I get sticker shock. $350 or more.
So last time I asked "how much for just water and electric? I saved $5 per day... which is a lotta cabbage even if the pre-processed version S***). So I took "non boondock showers" with the drain plug in, then used a small bucket to transfer the bulk of the water across the hall into the throne.

Did just fine, and when I returned to my main camp immediately hooked in and drained both tanks. Net savings for an 8 night stay was $40.

My question? HUH? The camp I departed had dump stations that campers could use for free - people just wanting to dump pay $8 to empty their tanks. And of course any camper can use the bath houses at no charge. Lessee here...?
  • same water consumption in bath house /RV bath
  • same "waste material" donated whether in bath house/camper
  • same amount of biologicals added to camp's drains whether through individual sewer hookup or dump station/bath house
  • $5 per night difference in price?
  • que pasa?
Definitely different day, same s***

Going GREEN ($40 worth) by not "going" in a private sewer connection. Odd is it not?

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Old 04-15-2013, 09:12 PM   #7
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Yep, I have the same ability on my 5 acre "farm".
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:16 PM   #8
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I have a sewer clean-out access pipe in my back yard within ~30' of my A/S. I run several 10' sections of 3"' pvc pipe with rubber couplers (available from Home Depot) to the clean-out and let gravity do the rest.
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40 acre farm... gray water on the ground, black tanks get emptied with a sewer solution to a cleanout on the septic line. Building a new barn with a couple of 30 amp hookups as well as pads and drop lines to the septic system.

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Old 04-16-2013, 06:11 AM   #10
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We have a septic system where we live on 4.5 acres. I transfer black and grey waste in one of those blue tanks on wheels to the cleanout as it is uphill from the trailer. Recently purchased a macerator pump and 3/4" hose but haven't used it yet. AS lives indoors when not in use.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:14 AM   #11
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We have covered storage and use a macerator pump to reach a clean out at home, too.

It is easy to become very spoiled.

I am curious about the use of preservatives in the black tank. We completely quit using anything in the tanks several years ago, and have no issues with odor.

Do most folks still use the "blue" stuff?

Certainly, I would not empty my tanks into my home septic system if the tanks had any chemicals in them, i suspect trouble would result quite quickly.

We do add enzymes and yeast to our home septic tank regularly. I have always done so, and I have never had any difficulties.

We even added these things to our trailer black tank for a while, but I didn't see any benefit, so I quit.

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:16 AM   #12
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Another benefit of having a farm is good fertilizer for corn & beans don't need to hook up to septic, just don't dump close to house
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:52 AM   #13
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Seems to me that there was a change in the formulation of black tank chemicals a few years back. We have a 30 amp plug with water and a dump pipe. AS is stored in our AS Hanger that is a drive through with a 30 amp plug and overhead lights.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:37 AM   #14
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I have added a more conveniently located "cleanout" at our city place and use the "sewer solution" to deal with the slight uphill grade.
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