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Old 07-30-2014, 10:19 AM   #1
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The Long Weekend - Gray Tank

Ok, I'm posting this in the Hybrid forum as we all have "small tanks", no pun intended (or maybe it is, not sure), so I'm assuming we are all in the same boat here.

I always try to get a "full hookup site", not because I fill the black tank on a long weekend, but because we fill the gray tank so fast. How do you all handle gray water usage? I mean, I guess we could conserve more, not wash dishes, use the CG showers, etc...but we aren't boondocking...we want to use the water in the camper...that's why we bought it, right? Who's with me???

There are so many great campgrounds that don't even have full hook up sites...what do people do in this case?

What do you all do?
  • Just conserve water and use GC facilities?
  • Have a portable waste tank that you haul off to the dumpsite?
  • Pay for a service from the GC to come empty it?


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Old 07-30-2014, 10:49 AM   #2
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We use option 1 and use the water sparingly. We have no problems using CG facilities. We came from a pop-up with no water tank at all, so to us it's not a big deal if the fresh water runs out, or the gray/black tanks fill up. We just go to plan B at that point.... It's more a luxury actually, that we can work around if needed.

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Old 07-30-2014, 10:50 AM   #3
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...And 100% of our camping has been without full hook ups.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:55 AM   #4
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We use minimal water in the trailer...pretty much flushing, brushing and dishwashing. I only have to empty the gray tank if we camp more than 3 or 4 days and I have a 25 gallon tote tank for the job.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:56 AM   #5
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We use a portable tank just for the gray and pull it to the dumps station. I like my showers and don't use CG facilities. Even when we tent camped I brought a port-a-potty and a shower tent to house it..lol
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:06 AM   #6
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we have a dish pan we place in the sink when we do dishes and when we are finished we dump it in the black tank for additional liquids in it. only two of us so even in a week we never fill the black tank. we also do dishes outside a lot which also helps. we also have a sunshower and enclosure and use that when we can to save on the water and gray tank.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:35 AM   #7
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I have asked this question on the forum as well. After using our TT several times I have come to a foregone conclusion and acceptance. I purchased a portable tank...

Here is my reasoning. There are 4 of us, and as much as I try, I have a very hard time getting my two kids to take a navy shower.. Also we got very tired of having to make shortcuts everytime we wanted to use water. That is why I purchased the TT in the first place, comfort.. So.. I broke down and purchased a large portable tank and now don't have to worry about my gray tank filling up anymore..

Also as many of you here already know, the fill indicators hardly ever work and if they do they are usually wrong. This takes all of my worries away wondering if the tank is full or not.. I simply make my Saturday evening dump to the portable and knowing what our average water usage is I no longer have to worry...

On a regular Friday - Sunday trip, I can empty the tank on a late Saturday afternoon and we don't have to make any adjustments to our water/drainage usage anymore..
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:47 PM   #8
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We bought a portable tank to drain and pull behind truck to the dump station. Our new camper has 87 gallon grey capacity to no longer an issue.
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:09 PM   #9
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We use the campground showers. In my opinion most RV showers weren't meant for heavy use. Heck, on the 17Z the spigot and valves are mounted on the wood veneered side of the sink vanity, protected only by the crudely cut Jayco supplied shower curtain.

For dish washing I use two plastic dish tubs which makes it easier to monitor water usage. If the campground has a dedicated dish washing sink, (not a bathroom sink!) I will sometimes use my two dish tubs and wash them there. Why? Mainly because it can be done much faster there and secondly to minimize gray water output.

At 30.5 gallons the gray tank in the 17Z has always been more than adequate for our needs. On the last trip of 5 nights with my wife, son and daughter on board, I actually wound up purposely adding several gallons to the gray tank the last night just to aid in flushing the dump hose.
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:32 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by TEBechtold View Post
We bought a portable tank to drain and pull behind truck to the dump station. Our new camper has 87 gallon grey capacity to no longer an issue.
You will be eating your words if you have women with you. They can fill up any size grey tank!

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