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Old 05-28-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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holding tanks at seasonal site

We're getting a seasonal site on the CA delta and was wondering what's the protocol for holding tanks. We've noticed that other campers have left the hose connected to the sewer and the valves open all the time while at the CG and also when leaving. What are the pros and cons to this practice? I thought it was best to not empty the tanks until full so that it flushes out more efficiently. What do other seasonal campers do?
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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You can leave grey open, but only dump black when it's close to full or when you are ready to leave.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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Thanks. Would it be best to let the gray water accumulate before flushing black and then flushing out gray? Do you close valves and treat both empty tanks with chemicals before leaving?
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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Not a bad idea on last day before you leave to let grey fillup and use it to flush hoses. Most people only treat black water tank. Greg tank usually has lots of soap keeping it pretty clean. But it would not hurt to treat it. Just remember when you treat black tank add a few gallons of water to it. Also I would buy some good sewer quality hoses.
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X2 on the good quality sewer hose, we use the Rhino hoses. We have been staying a month or more at sites (we are full timing this year) and have tried a couple of ways. I will always let the black get full then dump, you do not want to leave this valve open all the time or you will get solids building up in the tank! I have left my gray tank valves open, then about a day or so before I need to dump the black, I will shut the gray valves so that I have a tank full of gray water to rinse the hose after dumping the black. When doing this, leaving the gray tank valves open most of the time, it seemed that I was getting some soap scum buildup on the hose?? So this past month I have been leaving the gray tank valves closed and dumping them only when full. I will know in a couple of days when I break camp if this is working better. IMO, if you are going to be away from the site for a few days or more, I would close all valves. If one of your traps dry out, you could fill the camper with sewer gas!
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