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Old 09-16-2011, 11:46 AM   #41
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There are areas that like you to dump "GREY" water to help water the greenery, especally areas that are by nature very arid.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:27 PM   #42
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Dumping grey water

We never used to think too much about dumping the grey water out onto the ground at campsites, but that was before it was un-green to do so. Now with all the regulations and laws? allthough I haven't actually seen one, I would never dump my tank onto the ground. Our last camping trip our grey tank was filled to the top(almost anyway), I unhooked out TT and took it to the dump station, what a pain in the a@@,lol. My wife and I have now decided we are either going to only stay in full service CG or are going to get a honey wagon and bring it along, no more moving the TT in the middle of out camping trip.


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Old 09-16-2011, 12:43 PM   #43
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Dumping Grey Water

Wow, this topic is getting a lot more coverage than I ever thought it would. Nice thread, lots of opinions, and no red-necked come-backs. Respect is what I like about this forum. Respect for each other and respect for each persons opinion. What would be the point if we all agreed with everything? There are a lot of opinions on this thread, and each one is probably right.

I think our comments are coming from our own experiences in the type of campgrounds we stay in.

If you live in a highly populated area where you have to make a reservation to stay in a campground and the sites are booked every day for the season, then I can fully understand the comments of not wanting grey water dumped. Yeah, it would stink.

There are the other campers who stay in the 'remote sites' with a minimum of activity and if the previous camper, a few days ago, maybe a week ago, dumped their grey water, you would never know it.

The latter is the type of campgrounds we have around here. The shrubs and bushes are lush green and grass surrounds the campsites. Go out 20 yards into the bush and it is crispy dry and dust.

It is our different experience as to what a campground is that forms our opinions.

Which brings up a question of outside showers on our trailers??? Where does the water go in the outhouses in a campground? An outhouse here is a pit (never pumped) with a stinky shed over it. Our campgrounds don't have public flush toilets or showers in them. Fresh water, if they have it, is a single pump and handle. No dumping stations. Haul it to town and dump at the municipal campground.
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What about tenters?
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What about tenters?
Tents have holding tanks now? Man, camping has come a long ways!
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Old 09-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #46
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I think he meant what do tenters do with their grey water? I know you were having some fun, but it brings up a valid point. I will agree most tenters will produce less grey water, they still end up dumping it on the ground or in the fire pit.

Or like RubenZ said; he rinses his utensils- which also puts grey water onto the ground.
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I went to the dumping station to dump and when I removed the sewer cover, out poured gallons of grey water all over my feet, legs and arms. My little nephew, being the inquisitive and exploring type, apparently opened the grey water gate the night before. At least he got the blame. I wouldn't do a stupid thing like forget to close the gate after my last dump. I didn't notice this when I removed the sewer cover. Grey water stinks, is greasy , and I wouldn't want toe be stepping in that at any campsite where the camper before me dumped his grey tanks.
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There is a way to keep the grey water from stinking. Add about 1/4 gl clorox to and empty grey tank then fill with water and let set for a bit. The only reason grey water stinks is when there's a significant amount of food waste going into the grey tank. I usually flush my grey tank about every other month.
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Grey water stinks, is greasy , and I wouldn't want toe be stepping in that at any campsite where the camper before me dumped his grey tanks.

Gee, I wonder what causes that stink? Could it possibly be bacteria?
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... I can bet they wouldn't think of watering their lawns/gardens at home with it.

Actually We had a lemon tree that had roots burst into a sewer pipe we had. That sucker got water every time the sink was run and toilet flushed Needless to say it was the BEST producing LEMON tree anyone probably saw They were the JUCIEST Lemons we'd ever seen. In fact back in the days people out in the country would have their Washing Machine Drain go to the outside to water stuff.
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I would think that tenters could potentially use more water. They go to the taps and run them doing dishes and rinsing or washing themselves or clothes with soap suds all over the place. They don't have a tank to consider and they don't have a tank that they have to maintain. They use the water and toss it at the back of the site. I would almost put up money that they use as much or more.

My fresh is 30 gal and my grey is 30 gal. When I am out of fresh my grey is getting close.
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Most CG have sinks for the tenters use. They also use the showers at the CG. I have never seen a tenter washing themselves or their clothes at a water tap.
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Most CG have sinks for the tenters use. They also use the showers at the CG. I have never seen a tenter washing themselves or their clothes at a water tap.
You're lucky. Witnessed it more than once this year! And they were adults too!
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I think water use should be banned at campgrounds. Obviously we stupid humans can't be trusted to handle water so it's best to just prohibit water use altogether.

The drama in this thread is comical, I think people really just love to tell others how to behave.

If it's not drinkable we shouldn't dump it in the woods? You drinking from many wetlands, ponds, rivers, streams, puddles lately?

I would never dump a tank of anything, but a bucket of dirty water to put the fire out? Hell yeah! Now I am not talking a bucket of bacon grease or a bucket of soapy water, I'm not talking a bucket of food scraps. In all my years camping at all types of campgrounds, I've NEVER run across a campsite that looked like someone dumped a tank of inappropriate water,

We water plants with rainwater from the gutters, I wouldn't drink it but it's no dirtier than the water I'd make washing my hands in the sink.

People need to chill. You worry about your stuff, you let me worry about mine.
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If it is any consulation, I worked for the park service for 33 years and caught a few people doing this.
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If it is any consulation, I worked for the park service for 33 years and caught a few people doing this.
What did you do to them?
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If we all considered it "acceptable" to do this, and everyone emptied their gray tank at the campsite or into the woods, just think what would would happen over time.

I like to think of the people who camp as true nature lovers who go out of their way to protect the environment.
In any 'protected park' you are not allowed to even take a stick or rock out of the park because you are disturbing the ecosystem.

Just think what dumping a tankful of water mixed with antibacterial soap , anti dandruff shampoo and the other various chemically laden products people use would do.

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Morally admirable people to the right thing even when nobody is looking =]
Are you kidding me, when there was an oil spill out a sea and the animals that were affected by this had oil all over them guess what the number one cleaner was - you got it dish soap!!!! And you people are worried that grey water is going to kill everything off - guess who the ignorant people really are???? I also will dump my grey water on the ground if and I quote "IF" I really need to.
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Seen a guy one time late at night just slightly pulling his grey handle to allow it the drip but it was more like a steady trickle.
I was sitting under my awning in the dark so when he went inside to go to bed I slide on over and shut it off.
next day he was scratching his head. Later he hooked up tt and went to dump .
I'm geussing he was full on grey and decided he'd drain over night so he didn't have to dump.
I foiled that plan! COME ON!

Sorry to say it but if I ever caught anyone and I meen anyone touching my trailer for any reason I would break their fingures!! So next time you think you are going to be a hero, maybe take a few steps back and reconsider the consiquences!! Please don't take this as directed straight at you but how would you like it if you caught someone touching your trailer and do you really think that soapy water is that bad!!!!
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Actually We had a lemon tree that had roots burst into a sewer pipe we had. That sucker got water every time the sink was run and toilet flushed Needless to say it was the BEST producing LEMON tree anyone probably saw They were the JUCIEST Lemons we'd ever seen. In fact back in the days people out in the country would have their Washing Machine Drain go to the outside to water stuff.
And do you or your familly have extra limbs growing now from eating the lemons... Probably not!!!!!
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