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Old 09-04-2018, 09:00 PM   #1
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Has anyone had problems with galley gray water tank filling up fast?
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:48 PM   #2
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Has anyone had problems with galley gray water tank filling up fast?

You need to provide a lot more specifics; trailer; year; holding tank capacity; etc. Anyone will have a problem with a gray tank filling quickly if they don't take care. How do you use it? How many people? How long? Lots more info is needed if anyone is to be able to help.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:01 AM   #3
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If I have full hook ups I typically leave my gray tank open until the morning before check out. That way it doesn't get full but I still capture a full days worth of gray water to rinse my hose after a black flush.
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If I have full hook ups I typically leave my gray tank open until the morning before check out. That way it doesn't get full but I still capture a full days worth of gray water to rinse my hose after a black flush.


You mean closed?
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:41 AM   #5
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Has anyone had problems with galley gray water tank filling up fast?
Way too many unanswered questions to adequately answer. I note that this is your first post, so are you fairly new to campers? Quite simply, you cannot use your RV plumbing system the same way you do at home. You would be amazed at how many gallons of water are used when you keep the shower running the whole time, the kitchen or bath faucet running while you wash the dishes, and so on. All of this water (obviously) dumps into the gray water tank, and it can fill up very, very quickly.
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You mean closed?
No sir, I leave my gray tank open until the day before check out. If I leave on Sunday I'll close my gray water on Saturday morning.
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:21 AM   #7
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Some of the Alpines have the washer plumbed into the galley tank... I have a 2014 Alpine and that’s how mine is plumbed.. So if you are using the clothes washer then yes your galley tank will fill faster..

I would also not ever leave my gray tank dump valves open when hooked to RV Park sewer.. open them once every other day and then close.. if left open you are inviting sewer aroma and other things to come up that hose into your RV.
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:51 AM   #8
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Gray water issue 2015 Alpine 3010RE

I have a 2015 Alpine 3010RE with two gray water tanks (82 gallons total). On our first trip the kitchen galley sink gray water tank filled up after two days of limited use. The other gray tank is for the washer (which we don't have), the bathroom sink and shower. My wife & I are the only ones in the camper. We only had electric & water hook-up. When I emptied the tank for the shower there was very little water in it even though we showered every day. My concern is that somehow the shower area is draining into the kitchen gray water tank. Has anyone experienced this and if so, how did you fix the problem?
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:57 AM   #9
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Some of the Alpines have the washer plumbed into the galley tank... I have a 2014 Alpine and that’s how mine is plumbed.. So if you are using the clothes washer then yes your galley tank will fill faster..

I would also not ever leave my gray tank dump valves open when hooked to RV Park sewer.. open them once every other day and then close.. if left open you are inviting sewer aroma and other things to come up that hose into your RV.
If you're gauging the amount in your tanks by the sensor indicators on the wall, DON'T, they basically tell you the little red lights work not necessary what's in your holding tanks.
Drop a sag in your sewer hose creating a P trap & no odors, easily done, do it every time I connect the hose. We have a w/d, lavatory sink & shower into 1 grey tank so that valve is left open when hooked up otherwise I'd be out there every day. I'll close the valve a day or 2 prior to dumping the black. In 10 years fulltiming no problems, no odors.
You're also 1 of several that mentioned "other things" coming up the hose, just curious, what "other things" & where would they go if they did come up the hose? I've been to numerous sites that the previous camper didn't replace the sewer cap & have never seen any type of "other things" coming out of it!
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I think the first objective, in this situation, would be to confirm where each drain collects and which tanks are involved with each drain. At this point, it's "suspicion" that the shower "might" drain into the galley gray tank.

I'd suggest emptying all the tanks, run the shower for about 10 minutes (about 2.5 gal/min = 25 gallons) and then walking outside, pulling the galley handle and "visually observe" whether the galley gray tank remains empty. Then do the same (starting with empty tanks again) with the bathroom vanity. Determine where it drains, then do the same with the galley sink, determine where it drains. If you have any other drains that collect in the holding tanks, then also test their "final drain collection point"....

To end this, without knowing exactly where each tank drains, you'll be hard pressed to mold or change behavior. As an example, at home, my DW runs hot water in the sink when washing dishes and rinses each dish in that "everflowing stream". She completely changes her dishwashing behavior when in the trailer and partially fills one sink to rinse soapy water from the dishes after washing. The first couple of times we camped, she used all the water in the trailer the first day, just washing dishes after lunch and after dinner. There was no water to flush the toilet that evening. It was all in the galley tank. Now, we can go for 5 days on our 43 gallon fresh water supply. That includes 2 or 3 showers each as well as dishes for meals where we use "other than paper/plastic plates".....

First, determine where each drain goes, then set about to modify behavior to minimize water use in those areas where the tank fills too quickly. Sometimes it's not comfortable to modify, sometimes it's easy. Every camper learns what to endure and what to change......
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