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Old 04-17-2016, 06:32 PM   #11
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Grey tank is full when you are standing in water while showering....lol
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:46 PM   #12
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Grey tank is full when you are standing in water while showering....lol
Lol, yup thats when we found out ours was full. Also could hear a gurguling noise from the kitchen sink drains.

I watch the black tank level much more closely... Soon as it hits 3/4 on level gauge, I dump and flush.

Morning shower time, gray drain is now open. Black and grey closed all other times except dumping/flushing. Don't want whatever could be lurking in the camp sewer finding its way into the tanks...
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Old 04-17-2016, 06:48 PM   #13
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Don't know of a more definitive way than the gauges other than what you do by letting them overflow into the trailer somewhere. I would and do depend on the gauges somewhat altho I do empty about every 3- 4 days when we stay anywhere over a week.
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Old 04-17-2016, 10:47 PM   #14
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After the shower pan fills, it overflows onto the floor of the RV. When I entered the RV at the International rally, I thought that the cat had decided to use the floor instead of the litter box before realizing that the cat couldn't have that much fluid in him.

The problem was caused by the bathroom sink faucet being turned on while the city water had been temporarily turned off. When city water was turned back on, the faucet ran and filled the grey tank past overlfow. Fortunately, the very slight angle the RV was at caused the water to run along the carpet/linoleum joint and out the door. A vendor at the rally had a bacterial product that I used to scrub the wet edge of the carpet. By the time I finished scrubbing at the door, there was no longer a smell from the grey water.

This was an easier problem to fix than the water I was getting in one of the basement storage compartments. It only took 18 months to discover that that leak was from the toilet flush valve.

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Old 04-17-2016, 11:08 PM   #15
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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS OPPOSING OPINION TO "POPULAR" THOUGHT WHICH SOME MIGHT VIEW AS MICRO AGGRESSION(S). So please go to your safe zone instead of reading any further. I will not be held responsible if your feelings are hurt.

When I dry camp, I carry a 5 gallon bucket. I use grey water to rinse of my ATVs and truck/jeep after a day's worth of offroading. I'm not dumping it directly on the ground.

I really don't understand what the big deal is about grey water anyway. The enviro weenies have really taken things too far as far as I'm concerned. Am I harming the environment by spilling grey water wherever my dog urinates in our dry camping area so it dissipates the urine and ammonia smell or using it to rinse dirt off of toys? Perhaps I should use hook up a pressure washer to my fresh water tank and fill my bucket up with fresh water and car washing soap to clean my toys instead?

We are talking about grey and not black water.
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Old 04-18-2016, 12:08 AM   #16
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We always boondock camp and my grey usually is open the entire time we are camped. I have never hauled grey water back. I'm not hurting anything.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:12 AM   #17
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Some have p-traps, some not. It's full when it comes up in the shower or any sink. Should not be any leaks if the plumbing pipes are tight and properly connected to the tanks.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:31 AM   #18
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I let this happen way more often than you'd possibly imagine (kind of like me running out of propane on too regular of a basis).

It goes into the shower pan with no side effects. Fortunately we've never overflowed the shower pan.

Our other gray tank just backs up into the kitchen sink- usually when doing dishes, so it's already dirty water.

No harm, no foul.
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:53 AM   #19
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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS OPPOSING OPINION TO "POPULAR" THOUGHT WHICH SOME MIGHT VIEW AS MICRO AGGRESSION(S). So please go to your safe zone instead of reading any further. I will not be held responsible if your feelings are hurt.

When I dry camp, I carry a 5 gallon bucket. I use grey water to rinse of my ATVs and truck/jeep after a day's worth of offroading. I'm not dumping it directly on the ground.

I really don't understand what the big deal is about grey water anyway. The enviro weenies have really taken things too far as far as I'm concerned. Am I harming the environment by spilling grey water wherever my dog urinates in our dry camping area so it dissipates the urine and ammonia smell or using it to rinse dirt off of toys? Perhaps I should use hook up a pressure washer to my fresh water tank and fill my bucket up with fresh water and car washing soap to clean my toys instead?

We are talking about grey and not black water.
That's one way to save money washing the ATV's....the water is already soapy!!!
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:55 AM   #20
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I remember when we were told to dump gray water on the ground, not haul it off! That was with our pup in the 80s.

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