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Old 04-25-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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Gray water

Wow it fills quick! Do I need to say any more? I think I need portable tank for this. I can not believe that their is 20 gallons in it already. All we have done is dishes and one shower for my 4 yr old daughter. It was her first quote unquote navy shower and still the tanks are 2/3 full.... my god! I definitely need a tub for dishes but still I did not think I used that much. SUGGESTIONS?
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:00 AM   #2
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Use tubs for washing and rinsing dishes. Dump the wash water and save the rinse pan for the next round as the each pan. Add hot water to warm it up.

That's not an original idea. I read it elsewhere here but will try it out on an upcoming long vacation.

It probably isn't an ideal approach if you don't have a lot of counter space.

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The rate you fill your tanks is based on your usage of course. Normally dishes for me is a half sink of water and soap and a quick rinse at the end - maybe a gallon. Showers are quick indeed. I usually get just over a week from my tanks for two people. Some use the externals. All personal choice. Good luck.


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We dry camped in our popups for 17 years and got good at conserving water.
The two of us can go 4-5 days before filling the gray tank, in our 23SS.
So, conserving water has a learning curve. Many newbies will find ways that they are wasting water, as they get more experienced.

Especially when you have kids!

If you plan on more dry camping, suggest you get a tote tank for gray water.
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This has been one of my biggest concerns as my previous camper had twice the capacity and I regularly reached the limit. I am planning on buying a portable tank.

I told myself I would never go to smaller gray tanks. Clearly I don't listen to myself.


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You already have the major suggestions: Tubs for washing dishes (pour dirty water down the toilet into the black tank) and no showers. We have three kids and they all have learned that showers are to be done in the shower house at the campground.

The alternatives are full hookups or a blue tote. I have a Barker Tank - 32gl IIRC. The Barker is very well thought of amongst the RVing population.

Remember that water weighs 8.35lbs per gl. So, filling up a 32gl tote makes it 280lbs with the weight of the tote (~10lbs). The recommendation is to get one with sturdy wheels. You really don't want to try to man-handle one of these and you don't want it flipping while driving it to the dump station.

Consider one of their smaller tanks, too, as the 32gl tank is big and bulky and the Roos don't have a lot of storage for this size (Just some food for thought). The smallest four-wheel job from Barker is their 16gl and that weighs 135lbs full.
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Tubs for washing dishes (pour dirty water down the toilet into the black tank)
Also if your going by the lights, you may still be under half, there not that accurate.
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Also if your going by the lights, you may still be under half, there not that accurate.

Good point. Very inaccurate; especially once they get "gunked" up. Best to estimate, which is relatively easy to do.
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Paper or plastic plates, wash the rest in a tub as suggested.
We use plastic plates and bowls and recycle them with our water bottles.
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... (pour dirty water down the toilet into the black tank) ...
I forgot that point. It's a good idea for most of us but some micro-lite trailers have black tanks that are microscopic. I saw specs on one where the black tank was only 9 gallons, IIRC. It may still be better than dumping in the gray tank but the OP should know the capacity of both before doing so.



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