Originally Posted by roach711
... At our family camp we've been washing dishes and ourselves over by the water pump and dumping the water on the ground for decades without noticing any smells so I personally have no problem with someone out in the boonies dumping dish and shower water on the ground. If I was in a campground parked next to someone doing the same thing I'd likely be less enthusiastic. It's all a matter of where you happen to be and, probably more to the point, who happens to be watching at the time...
Bear in mind... any cooked egg combined with grey water will stink to high heaven. We had to pull the food carts tanks out and completely dump them, flush out remaining water until the eggs were completely gone. YUK! I still had to make early morning German Breakfast "Burritos" about once a month for a while (never again). And there are places where it is illegal to "dribble" grey water. Many of the illegal places will look the other way or even request that you dribble your grey water on their plants during the drought...others won't. I know that a vintage Class C (slightly smaller than our Class C) was parked in the far edge of the parking lot at work for over a week with out moving (yes, the manager knew). Unless they had put mega holding tanks (likely the original size... about 18 gallons), I would guess they were dribbling grey water at night. Since the drip irrigation system turned on around 4 AM, no one would know unless the grey water was stinky (some folks wipe there dishes with paper into the trash before washing... others only grill and use paper plates). As a responsible RVer, you need to know when you can and can't dribble. Simplest thing is to ask the person in charge... just like parking overnight in a parking lot... you always ask management not the guy chasing the shopping carts around the parking lot. Remember..."LEAVE NO TRACE" applies everywhere. If you aren't sure... pack it out.
WHAT WORKS FOR US IN OUR SITUATION:
On the bus we have two (1 free & 1 super cheap) RV polyethylene (translucent "oily" plastic) tanks - plumbed together - for grey waste (about 75 gallons total) & one (from JC Whitney) ABS Valterra Rocket tank for fresh water (36 gallons... need to add second 36 gallon tank because we filter ALL our water and store it for roughly 70 gallons filtered fresh) with a float valve to turn off the water fill when full. Our black tank (RV) is 25 gallons. It lasts about 4 or 5 days with LOTS of water added (mostly single person use... David tends to schlep up to the bathhouse... I'm not doing that at 3:30 in the morning, I'm doing good to get fully dressed.... I'm NOT a morning person
). The vanity sink is plumbed into the black tank to keep the water input up high. We stay full time in campgrounds and when traveling, pull off the road, after 2 to 3 days, into a (free/cheap) campground to dump waste and refill fresh water. My filters knock the water pressure down so much that I don't want to waste a lot of time filling my fresh tank while sitting at a rest stop fill/dump station blocking others.
When the other NON-ABS tanks fail, they will be replaced with ABS tanks that we can easily repair with glues/solvents/fittings that are readily available. As it is, I have to order a special poly glue from the internet (to glue in new larger drain fittings since these poly tanks were originally fresh tanks)... in couple of weeks when it cools down to the high 80's. We are finally hooking up the grey tanks!
Can't wait to get the shower stall plumbed! Soon, soon. Before it turns freezing at night in Nov. Got a pretty natural oak toilet seat for the toilet from work (display) marked down to $10 the other day... looks good on the toilet... much better than the old original worn seat. Need a shower setup now.
post a review on skoolie.net about the new poly glue. I hope this stuff works.