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Old 03-17-2014, 12:03 PM   #1
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We must use too much water..

Happy Monday Everyone.

We had a great weekend trip out to Lake Tawakoni State Park. (About 40 miles east of Dallas, Texas).

This is our second trip out in our trailer and we have been having a blast. Our problem seems to be filling the gray water tank to quickly. We have a 32 gallon tank but by the next evening we seem to be full. 4 showers and washing pots and pans for 3 meals seems to be it. I've not changed out any of the faucets yet, and we try to do the Navy shower as much as we can.. But I just can't believe we are using that much water.. I plan on purchasing a 15 gallon holding tank so that I can do a mid-camping dump so that will solve most of our problem.. Guess I am just posting to whine... My wife and I had to do a PTM bath. (Parts that matter) the second night as our 2 boys showered and then the tank got full.

Ok..that was it, just needed to vent...
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:22 PM   #2
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Its a highly controversial move, but I water the shrubs at night w/ the grey water. I have seen almost ALL the RV'ers around me do this at some point in the trip. Often multiple times.

Black water - totally different subject.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:27 PM   #3
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We don't take showers in ours and we will often use dish tubs dump the water from doing dishes instead of letting it flow down the drain. We've never had an issue.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:48 PM   #4
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Water management is probably the hardest part of no hook-up camping for us. We are a family of 5; between dishes, basic hand washing and Navy Showers (4 since the two smaller kids go together) we don't get much more than 24 hours out of our 32 gallon grey tank.

I have purchased Barker Tote-A-Long 25 gal that is used in CG with a dump station. This is a life save, takes ~15min to tote a way 25 gallons of grey and we are good to go for another day.

On weekend/long weekend trips I'll use a 5 gallon bucket to transfer some grey to my black tanks. The black tanks last 5+ days for us, so adding grey to it is actaully quite helpful to get the volume up before dumping.

Several folks I know also use bins/totes to do dishes in and then dump that in toilet/balck tank. Same principle as above, and takes pressure off the grey.

I'm not ashamed to admit I have watered the shrubs before too. This requires the right kind of campsite though. Specifically one with out neighbors right on top of you and with ground that can perculate the water and not just have it puddle. I know its a bit controversial, but really what is the differnce if I dump grey water vs tent campers duming their dish water on the ground. Is the same soapy water.
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We must use too much water..

I know its a bit controversial, but really what is the differnce if I dump grey water vs tent campers duming their dish water on the ground. Is the same soapy water.
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I feel the same as you its just soapy water.
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Its a highly controversial move, but I water the shrubs at night w/ the grey water. I have seen almost ALL the RV'ers around me do this at some point in the trip. Often multiple times.

Black water - totally different subject.
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I know its a bit controversial, but really what is the differnce if I dump grey water vs tent campers duming their dish water on the ground. Is the same soapy water.
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I feel the same as you its just soapy water.
I'm with you guy's on this one.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:44 PM   #7
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I know its a bit controversial, but really what is the differnce if I dump grey water vs tent campers duming their dish water on the ground. Is the same soapy water.
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I feel the same as you its just soapy water.
Well, now that you mention it.. Texas has been pretty dry lately.

Thanks for the replies everyone... I just thought it was us... Now I don't feel so bad...
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:42 PM   #8
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We haven't had to resort to this yet, we've only stayed in places with full hookups so far. But when the time comes that I need to dump and don't have the on-site sewer, I think I'll use the bucket into the toilet idea. Better than wasting fresh water... And I've seen PLENTY of plants that could use the extra water all around South Texas...
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I agree with clubhouse where he says it requires the right kind of campsite. One where it won't leave a puddle and your not so close to your neighbours.
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Some of the Texas State parks are very strict about the gray water. I have seen them drive around just looking for wet areas around the dump valves. Then again some never question you when you have a tank beside the trailer.
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