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Old 05-05-2015, 02:09 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by John1928 View Post
I don't recall using the shower in the trailer once. Even the toilet was pretty much just for night-time and emergency use once kids were past the toilet training age.
We have friends with a short class "A". They've had several class "C"s over the years as well. The toilet and shower is not used because she say's it's "yucky" to dump the tanks. Not a good reason IMO, but it's not my rig.

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Old 05-05-2015, 02:19 PM   #12
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My trailer has a 40 gal black and 40 gal gray tank. The two of us can take quick showers, do dishes, and use the toilet all weekend at SPs. I usually do my business in the CG outhouse during the day but use the onboard toilet at night. Girlfriend uses onboard almost exclusivily. We both take quick showers - get wet, lather up, then enjoy a little longer (but low pressure) rinsing.

We mostly use paper plates, which cuts down on a little dish washing. (They can be burned on the fire.) Last time we went weekend camping (2 nights and 2 days), we had 2/3 capacity left in the black tank and 1/3 left in the gray.

As a side note - since my trailer has an 80 gal fresh tank, I made sure the black and gray tanks were full before we went to the dump station. They empty and flush out "stuff" better that way. And after the first dump, I use the black tank flushing feature to rinse the black tank - and at the same time, girlfriend empties the entire hot water supply into the kitchen sink. The scalding hot rinse helps get rid of most of the grease buildup. (And BTW - if you have the black tank flush, make sure you keep the black tank valve open when rinsing, lest you over-pressurize that system - according to my dealer tech during the PDI.)


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Old 05-05-2015, 10:01 PM   #13
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We use our tote for grey water only. I got a cheap harbor freight pump so that I can put the tote in the back of the truck and don't have to drag it at 2-3 mph all the way to the dump station. Makes it much quicker and easier. With three people taking showers and dishes, our grey will go about 1.5 days or maybe 2. I don't know how long the black tank will go. Never had it get close to full but our longest trip has only been 5 days.
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Old 05-06-2015, 05:49 AM   #14
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We only camp in Michigan's State Parks (electric only on site with common dump fill) and State Forest CGs (rustic). While at the state parks, we use the CG bathrooms for showers and daytime toilet needs. We use in trailer at night. We own a blue tote, I know many people use them, but we have never filled our tanks.

When rustic, we use outhouses during the day and trailer at night. We also take most of our showers outside using the outside shower or just jump in the lake for a while. We often rustic camp for a week or two at a time and never had a problem. Occasionally we will take showers inside (very rare) or go to a nearby state park to shower.

I should note as well, we do all dishes outside in some old aluminum tubs we bought at a flea market. We use CG water stations to fill a large kettle and heat over the fire.
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:01 AM   #15
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Bought a TT for the convienance of living area, kitchen, and bedroom. The bathroom provides for necessary functions when its not particularly comfortable to use CG facilities. Night time use primarily and CG facilities during the day and for those "LONG SHOWERS". The grey tanks fill up fast so you'd be dumping daily if you plan on long hot showers and multi trips with the tote would be in order.

To each their own, as we all don't use our campers the same. All I am saying is that with just a little strategy, trips to the dump station can be reduced and in most short trips limited to the exit from the CG.
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:38 AM   #16
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most of our camping is electric only...everywhere we go has nice bathrooms and showers...I told the wife once the tanks are full your done so use accordingly
1)my wife and I can shower at the cg...my daughter can get a shower in the tt (she is 6)...don't let water run, spray her, turn water off, soap her, rinse her...once every other day is enough
2) WE use cg bathrooms during the day...unless its an emergency...at night of course we use the tt, although I have been known to walk to the cg potty at 2am lol
3) don't let water run continuously in sink...turn on, rinse, turn off...

again...once that grey tank is full your done...I don't want to bring our tote, and I want a full grey tank at dump station to flush out hose after emptying black...

some people leave their grey tank "cracked" so it trickles out...it is only soap water...but I don't do that...

Also...if we are going for a week or more, I want full hook up...sewer and pressurized water...filling the fresh tank is a pita (pain in the arse)
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:07 AM   #17
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DW and I never shower in our Greyhawk (35 gal grey and black) but we use the toilet anytime. We have filled up the grey water tank after 5 nights, but never come close on the black water, so I try to dump as much grey water from dishwashing (use dish pans in the sink to wash) into the toilet as possible. If not we have the Thetford 18 gal tote on hand.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:28 AM   #18
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We shower in our rig unless we have the grandkids with us. Then it's off to the restrooms. If you're careful, you can easily stretch it to 3-4 days (or more) depending on the size of your tank. When you wash dishes, use a dishpan and dump the leftover down the toilet. Get an Oxygenics shower head and an inline shut-off valve. Don't stand at the sink with the faucet running if you're not actively using it. Just use common sense and you'll see it can last longer than you think. We too had a blue boy that we used on occasion but I finally sold it because it just wasn't needed.
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Old 05-06-2015, 07:57 PM   #19
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will kitchen grease in the black tank hurt anything?

Thanks for the idea to use a dishpan to deposit the sink water in the toilet. Does anybody think that the grease from washing dishes would have any negative effect on the black tank? Doesn't seem like it to me, but the DW mentioned this concern. Thanks

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