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Old 12-10-2013, 11:42 PM   #11
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feed it directly into the grey water tank
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Why would you collect it and route it directly into a waste holding tank?
In rain water collection mind set, all water is saved. After the fresh tanks are full the grey water tank is filled because it's used to flush the toilet. It comes from the earth ship, self sustaining home.

However without sending the grey water through the grease / solids separator, and through a botanical cell, it would not be too pleasant .

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Old 12-11-2013, 12:13 AM   #12
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Yea, We just chatted about that. I guess I wasn't thinking of grey water as complete waste water, though now I realize it's not as useful on a bus as it might be on a homestead. I think I would collect rain water and use it as fresh water for dishes, watering plants, possibly showering, don't know about drinking. Does this make more sense? Or is it still a weight/ storage issue
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:18 AM   #13
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Does this make more sense? Or is it still a weight/ storage issue
Depends on how much traveling your doing. If you are long term parked, the added weight won't matter.

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Old 12-11-2013, 10:07 AM   #14
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I could see capturing/holding a small amount (maybe 10 gallons?) to use as rinse water for the holding tanks but wouldn't use it for anything else without some means of purification. Remember, water that is simply stored goes "bad" pretty quickly. That is precisely why the Royal navy carried so much rum on board their ships for 300 years.

Now...if you decide to include another tank for maybe 50 gallons of a good rum...like say, Myers?...I'll join your crew matey!
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Now...if you decide to include another tank for maybe 50 gallons of a good rum...like say, Myers?...I'll join your crew matey!
Wifey, used some Myers last weekend to make a rum cake .....ooppsss....had to use a spoon....a tad to much rum for a cake
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:30 AM   #16
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Ahhhh...pardon an old pirate but...no such thing as "too much rum" laddie.
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:22 AM   #17
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If I'm not wrong, rain water by it self is fairly clean.. The issue is the roof it's running down is covered by bird stuff, and other contaminants.. Usually when collecting you use the surface area of the roof as your collector, then run gutters into a holding tank.. As others have said the water does not keep long by itself especially in hot weather, you also have cold weather to worry about.. Water under a bus (most likely place for your tanks) freezes, putting it inside takes up a bunch of room.

But I'm still learning, others probably know more..
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:58 PM   #19
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Hello again.
It's been awhile since I had a reason to update my log. I have been doing lots of research and working on the floor plans, will post them soon I hope. Here's the plan so far: we need to stick out the summer on cape cod because the money is worth it. In the fall we are tying off loose ends in NY, hopefully by New Years we will be ready to move to Alabama. Boy friends mother lives in Fort Payne and she is willing to rent us her cabin and help us do our build. There is a place there to park the bus already, and we figure a bus from the south would be in better shape. Plus lots of salvage shops and rv warehouses to get parts.

The bus I want is a full length school bus (40ft?), diesel, air brakes, dog nose. I can learn manual if needed.
At the back of the bus we want a short work shop with an outside door into the bedroom. I saw a plan with a bed built into the side like a cubby with storage underneath and above. This would leave a hallway between the workshop and the rest of the bus. After the bedroom will be a tiny bathroom with shower and rv toilet. I tried to sell justin on a composting toilet but he wasn't having It, so we need a black tank but I plan to have grey water for flushing/ spraying/ etc. on the outside of the same wall will be the sink in the kitchen so all the plumbing will be close together. Small kitchen, dorm fridge, wood stove, bar table with seats. Futon for guests and then a wall between the drivers seat/ copilot and inside. I plan to collect rainwater from the roof for showers and dishes, an extra tank but I'm only going to need a small fresh water tank for drinking.
I really need help drawing plans, any one have something similar or realistic measurements?
I have no experience with plumbing or electric, so I'm going for simple. If the water tank was on top would gravity be enough pressure? We plan to run outlets along both sides of the floor. Do most people have extra batteries or a generator? Might do solar down the road but not right away.
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Cool,remember priorities!
We need a place to eat sleep and poop in comfort...everything else is gravy
I am putting in a toilet this winter w/black tank, porti-pottis didn't work with wife....and having to rely on a gas/pooperi every x amount of miles when you gotta go....that don't stick to good

So just decide what's best for you and let the rest spread out on the back slope of the hill you sit on....at the bottom is the least important one, until you really gotsta go....in before NC/Sc/All etc....etc...
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