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Old 07-22-2013, 09:06 AM   #11
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LOL @ "experienced the wet discharge"

When I'm packing up, I open up my low point drains, water heater pressure valve, and fresh water tank drain valve. I put a 3 gallon pail under the fresh drain and let it fill up, then pour it down the toilet. I do this over and over again as many times as possible. I use as much of the fresh as I can, and even collect the hot water from the tank and put it down the black tank to help clean it out.

By the time the rest of the campsite is packed up and we're hitched on, it's all drained anyways.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:49 AM   #12
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I let it drain out when at home. Like others have said, I know it's fresh water but others don't. Besides, who knows, you may need some water for a "flush" on the drive home
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:16 AM   #13
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It depends on how you use the fresh tank. We don't camp w/o water so I only carry enough for a few flushes or to rinse a plate on the road. I let it out sometimes in my yard, and the same when draining the hw tank.

Please have some consideration and don't drain it going down the road.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:01 PM   #14
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Hello everyone. I have a question about what to do with left over fresh water in your tank when leaving the campground.
Is it ok or even legal to open the fresh water drain and drain while you are traveling, getting rid of unused fresh water and also reducing weight?
Or do you just run the pump and fill your grey and black tanks and then dump even more at the dumping station? Thanks in advance.
For me I have to dump my water before getting on the road because I am already close on my towing limits. I try to plan ahead and only fill up the tank with what I think I will need. For our family, we never use more than 2/3 of our tank over a weekend so I keep an eye on the tank level while filling. I have a 6 gallon water jug that can be used to bring more water if we run out. Then if I'm at a campground with large spaces I usually dump the excess at my site while getting packed up. If we're at a campground with tightly spaced sites I usually wait until I'm at the dump station to open the valves so water doesn't drain onto my neighbor's site. We usually leave early in the morning.. I have no doubt the water is soaked into the ground before the next rig pulls in that afternoon. Also, I make sure it is completely drained before driving at highway speeds.

One thing to note, on my first few times out with the new TT I opened the FW tank valves all the way and it took forever to drain. I've since learned not to push the valve handle all the way to the open position. The water drains out much faster that way.

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Old 07-22-2013, 12:14 PM   #15
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I typically travel with both the H2O heater and the water tank empty. We have a relatively small water fresh water tank of about 22 or 28 gallons (do not recall at the moment). The black and grey tanks are about the same size. When we are packing up I fill the black tank until 2/3 full or more full. When we leave the site the fresh water tank is almost empty. After dumping the sewer tanks, I add my few gallons to the black tank and wash my hands and there is almost nothing left. I do open my low point drain as we leave. By the time we get to the park’s entrance the last few gallons are drained. I prefer to fill my sewer tanks with the water to get a good flush then to pour it out on the road.
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..... I prefer to fill my sewer tanks with the water to get a good flush then to pour it out on the road.
Please tell me I am misunderstanding this and you are not actually dumping black/gray tank rinse water on the road. Strictly by definition of the purpose for rinsing that would be one nasty thing to do for the traveler behind you. Be it car or motorcycle.

The problem may be the word "then" instead of "than". The whole meaning changes.
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Please tell me I am misunderstanding this and you are not actually dumping black/gray tank rinse water on the road. Strictly by definition of the purpose for rinsing that would be one nasty thing to do for the traveler behind you. Be it car or motorcycle.

The problem may be the word "then" instead of "than". The whole meaning changes.
Interesting take! I read it the way I "assumed" he meant it (I hope!).... Instead of dumping the water straight out of the FW tank, he uses it in his black water tank to get a better flush at the dump station.
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Interesting take! I read it the way I "assumed" he meant it (I hope!).... Instead of dumping the water straight out of the FW tank, he uses it in his black water tank to get a better flush at the dump station.
Yep. I prefer to use the FW to fill the sewer tanks at the CG before I dump at the Dump Station. To many miles on the road camping this past 19 days and I am still recovering.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:05 PM   #19
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The two occasions I've been dry camping, didn't have much extra water to drain, at least by the tank level gauge which read empty. Anyway, I wait 'til we get back to the storage facility and open the drain; runs down the asphalt and into a storm drain.
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boats dump water after being pulled from the water and down the road...just saying. Now NEVER dump grey/black water down the road, period.
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