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Old 08-30-2015, 07:27 AM   #1
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Sink drain "etiquette"

We just purchased a 1996 1206KB. As this is the first time either of us has owned or camped in a pop up, I'm sure we'll have plenty of questions. Here's the first one: Regarding the sink drain, which is essentially a hose hookup on the outside of the camper. What is the proper etiquette for using this? Do you just hook up a short length of garden hose and let the water drain onto the ground? Do you tuck the hose under the camper? Are you supposed to have it empty into a bucket and "dispose of it properly"? Sorry for the novice question, but we don't want to get "those looks" when we're using our camper! The first couple times this camper will be used will be dry camping, no hookups. Essentially, we'll be in the middle of a field. Is there a different etiquette if you're in a campground with hookups? Question 2: On the right side (the side with the door), at the front, near the bottom, there is a cover that is open at the bottom, and looking up inside this cover by laying on the ground, you can see there is an opening under it. The cover is solid and doesn't lift or pop off. It's screwed on. What is this for? I know we'll have more questions as time goes on. Thanks in advance for the info.

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Old 08-30-2015, 08:04 AM   #2
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A simple hose drain from a pop-up or a 30 gal gray tank the only difference is quantity. If you're out in a field [not CG] pretty much by yourself, I believe its pretty much your choice. Why drain into a bucket and then walk 50 feet and pour it on the ground? In a CG, use a bucket or tote. Pop-ups have to follow the rules too.

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Old 08-30-2015, 08:08 AM   #3
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Regarding your sink drain. Proper etiquette depends a lot on where you are at. Always ask a campground host. Generally speaking though, allowing your sink to drain into a bucket or tank is advisable. If you are camping anywhere around critters, this allows you to dispose of your "grey" wastewater away from your campsite. Although, when dry camping "in the middle of nowhere", I have run a hose (usually and 25 foot hose) out to a hole I dig (about the size of a 5 gallon bucket). Upon departure, I back fill the hole. Also, it is advisable to use a bio friendly soap with your sink.

As for your cover. Photos would be helpful.

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Old 08-30-2015, 09:21 AM   #4
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When I was a tent camper I used a 5 gal. bucket and always used a bio soap. At the end of my wash and rinse I walked around and watered the bushes and young trees.
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Old 08-30-2015, 11:25 AM   #5
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I used a ten foot hose that was old and had had the end cut off... I think it was down to around seven foot(-ish) and usually tried to direct it away from the pup. Try to figure out which way was down hill. I didn't have a hot water heater, so the sink wasn't being used often, although I did pour my dish wash bin down that drain.
That is what most people do around here. (Maritimes Canada). I did do a trip down the east coast to virginia beach & back and the only time I drained into a bucket was Massachusetts because they have a grey-water law.
So using a bucket might be better etiquette but I've only done that once and no one has ever said anything about it or given me dirty looks for not doing it. I read campground rules and only place that mentioned anything about it, was camping in Massachusetts.

Edit: about question #2.... Not sure what you are asking about; please post a picture. :-)
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:10 PM   #6
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Photo of mystery "port"

Here's a couple photos of what I am asking about in question 2 of my original post. Anyone know what this is for?
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Old 08-30-2015, 03:12 PM   #7
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Could be some type vent for a tank, maybe fresh water. You should be able to see where it goes on the inside.
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Old 08-30-2015, 05:02 PM   #8
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The shower/toilet unit is on the opposite of that wall where it is. There's nothing to see on the other side of the wall but the plastic shower enclosure. Plumbing for the shower is not on the outside wall either. I wonder if it could be an air vent for the shower drain?
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IF there are pit/vault toilets nearby then capture the gray water and pour it into the toilet. .
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:34 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies. The first couple trips (and probably most of the subsequent trips) made with the camper will not be to a regular campground. It's kinda hard to explain, but we're involved in a sport that has 2 day matches, and they are at a venue that is not a campground, but has an area set aside for people to set up camp. Most people have travel trailers or RV's. There are porta-john's brought in for the events, but that's about it for "utilities". Totally dry camping so there's no way to "properly" dispose of water. The shower in our unit has a tank. The sink I anticipate being used for washing face, hands and brushing teeth and occasionally washing a dish or two. I will try to discreetly observe what others are doing if there are any other pop ups there. Otherwise I'll just tuck that hose under the camper so no one is stepping through sloggy ground if they walk by our unit. I'm hoping to be able to be out away from the other campers/RV's. I am not yet a very experineced tower, and precision backing scares the crap out of me!

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