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Old 01-21-2019, 07:32 AM   #31
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Thanks kjohn,
I should have caught that you said it was a 45gal barrel and then it would have clicked. Thought I was missing out on something
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:49 PM   #32
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Thanks kjohn,
I should have caught that you said it was a 45gal barrel and then it would have clicked. Thought I was missing out on something


You are welcome. I got cornered one time and had to pack up, move the trailer about thirty miles to a dump, then back to the campsite and spread out again. I really don't want to do that again. With my trusty dump barrel, I can always talk a town foreman into lifting a manhole cover in a quiet place and dump the barrel, if there is no proper dump. Water is no problem. One place I camp every year has water available, so I only need to fill the truck tank and pump it off into the trailer.
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:44 AM   #33
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We’ll be camping this summer for two weeks in a national park that has water and electric - but no sewer hookups. I’d like to think that we would only have to dump the black tank once, but, truth is, 5 days seems to the safe limit for our 27’ Cougar. As such, I’ll break camp every 5 days, take a short trip to stir things up in the black tank, visit the dump station, and return to our campsite. It’s a bit of a bother, but it solves the problem. As for the gray water, I usually dump that every other day (depending on shower usage, since the campground does not have showers) using the 35 gal towable blue tank. I use the Thetford additive every time I dump the black tank. Works for me!
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:08 AM   #34
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Well be camping this summer for two weeks in a national park that has water and electric - but no sewer hookups. Id like to think that we would only have to dump the black tank once, but, truth is, 5 days seems to the safe limit for our 27 Cougar. As such, Ill break camp every 5 days, take a short trip to stir things up in the black tank, visit the dump station, and return to our campsite. Its a bit of a bother, but it solves the problem. As for the gray water, I usually dump that every other day (depending on shower usage, since the campground does not have showers) using the 35 gal towable blue tank. I use the Thetford additive every time I dump the black tank. Works for me!
Why wouldn't you just use the tote to dump your black tank also? If your using the tote to drain the gray tank every other day just make an extra trip when your black tank needs dumping. I would hate to have to break camp and pull the trailer out just to dump it.
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Old 02-13-2019, 10:12 AM   #35
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Well be camping this summer for two weeks in a national park that has water and electric - but no sewer hookups. Id like to think that we would only have to dump the black tank once, but, truth is, 5 days seems to the safe limit for our 27 Cougar. As such, Ill break camp every 5 days, take a short trip to stir things up in the black tank, visit the dump station, and return to our campsite. Its a bit of a bother, but it solves the problem. As for the gray water, I usually dump that every other day (depending on shower usage, since the campground does not have showers) using the 35 gal towable blue tank. I use the Thetford additive every time I dump the black tank. Works for me!
Why not use the blue tank for the black tank every couple days while doing the grey & save having to move the rv?
Just be sure to use as short of hose as possible to connect to your little blue buddy.
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Old 02-13-2019, 04:16 PM   #36
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It’s a subject that seems to work different for different reasons. We were very active full timers, racking-up 75-100 campgrounds per year. Our method seldom gave us any problems.

Our black tank valve is always closed from dump to dump. We flush and dump on every move, even if it’s just an overnighter. When necessary – black tank becomes full, we flush and dump.

We use a blue/green garden hose for flush & dump. I connect the garden hose to the garden hose flush fitting and fill the black tank until the warning light blinks. I open the black tank valve and flush & dump until I have a clear flow. I use a clear sewer fitting something like this one - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Valterra-...d=actual_color.

Our gray tank valve is always open when we are connected to a sewer. I close it before we take our “nite-nite” showers and open it after I’ve completed the black tank flush & dump. It helps clear residue from the sewer hose.

At final walk-around we put in an 8 oz liquid tank treatment chemical like the one in the reference below and then add 5-10 lbs. of ice cubes/crushed ice down into the black tank and top it off with 3-5 gal of fresh water. It will help loosen up any sludge in the black tank. At the next hook-up I open the black tank valve and rinse it a little before closing it again for the stop.

Just about any biodegradable toilet paper will work. We have always used Scott regular 1000 sheet.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Campa-Che...ord-13288/4016


Note: We have a portable ice maker that's always making ice when we,re parked.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Igloo-ICE...0f&athena=true
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