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Old 07-12-2014, 09:32 AM   #1
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Question How to keep your grey water tank from filling so quickly?

We have a 28BHS and find our grey water fills up so quickly it's becoming annoying. Our (seasonal) site has water and hydro hookup, but no sewer so we have to drain our tanks using our portable tote.

Since we are allowed to wash dishes outside, I've started using the outside shower to fill a plastic dishwashing bin and do my dishes outside, but I need to get a table that's adjustable to my height as the little one I currently have is so short it hurts my back. But at least it's one way to save from filling up the grey water tank so quickly.

We do the euro-showers, wet, turn water off, soap up, turn water on and rinse off. Our children (age 3 and 7) have shallow baths, and usually only once a week as they swim so much and rinse off in the outside shower that they really don't need a bath more often than this. We may have to start walking to the public showers, which we can do but it's so much nicer to shower in our own shower.

For convenience, we wash our hands and brush our teeth (using a cup to save water) inside, which adds to our grey water.

Occasionally I wash the dishes inside (i.e. if it's pouring rain outside), but for the most part it's just washing hands, brushing teeth, quick showers (not daily) and baths once a week and we fill our grey tank usually daily.

Are the grey tanks on the 28BHS quite small?
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
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Your grey tank should have a capacity around 32.5 gallons/123 litres. Certainly should not be filling up daily if you're using as you describe unless you're not able to drain completely. How large is your portable tote? Are you draining the entire tank? And, are you relying on the gauge light to tell you it is full (possibly a bad/dirty sensor) or is water physically backing up in your shower?
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Old 07-12-2014, 09:57 AM   #3
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32 gallons is not small, not huge either. We are a family of 5 (kids 8, 6, & 2). Our grey tank last ~48 hrs--that's washing dishes inside, taking navy showers, washing hands and brushing teeth regularly in the bathroom sink.

I would love larger grey tank, but using my 25gal barker tote I can easily make room in the grey tank with about 10-15 minutes of effort.
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Feel your pain my RV brethren. We are a family of 4 and try as we might we fill our 32 gallon gray tank at least once before the weekend is over. Navy showers, clean dishes in buckets, etc. etc. we have just conceded to the fact that I have to use my tote and drain at least once per trip.
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We wash dishes inside but rinse with the outside shower.
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If you are basing your decision that the tank is full from the reading of the tank level indicator, most likely it is not full. Ours will read full after a single night if the day is really warm and the night is cool. Moisture in the tan condenses on the walls of the tank and also on the sensors giving a false reading that the tank is full, even when only a couple of gallons have been put in it.
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I know of some folks washing things up in a plastic tub sitting in the sink and then dumping that down the toilet to transfer to the black tank... I don't know if that is a good idea or not.

Being in the POPUP world I capture all of my dirty sink water and make several short trips to the campground bath rooms using my two wheeled folding cart and pour them down the toilets haha... It sure is surprising how fast my two 7.5 gallon AQUA-TAINERs totes fills up with sink water.



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If you are basing your decision that the tank is full from the reading of the tank level indicator, most likely it is not full. Ours will read full after a single night if the day is really warm and the night is cool. Moisture in the tan condenses on the walls of the tank and also on the sensors giving a false reading that the tank is full, even when only a couple of gallons have been put in it.

Ours is the same. After two showers it will read full but if you ignore that it took two more showers and a lot of dishwashing before it was truly full.
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Re your grey tank:
We are on a 3 1/2 month trip of North America- what we find than helps is to dump all the dishwaser water into the black tank. This way the black tank gets needed head pressure to dump and the grey tank has more capacity.
Hope this helps and don't release the grey tank until the shower will not drain.
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Ditto what jddave said. It seems to help keep the black tank fresh too.
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