Originally Posted by freakn
All great info. But for myself I still like my tanks. 40 gallon black and 40 gallon gray. Draining is not messy if you do it right. My wife and I can go over 2 weeks between dumping the tanks.
I pull up to sanistation, attach the drain hose, pull the black tank and drain. When that is done, I pull the gray tank, this flushes out the hose. When done properly there is no smell and the outside of the hose doesn't even get wet.
Of course while all of this is going on I am refilling my fresh tanks.
My wife is dumping all the garbage in the bins.
It really is a painless process and relatively clean when done right.
Just my 2cents
Most certainly. You seem to have the knowledge of how to properly use and maintain a black water system. I for one am certainly not in any way telling you that you are wrong for choosing and using such a system.
Now think of all the people that do not know how to properly empty and maintain their black water system. It has nothing to do with the owners manual or the sales staff teaching them, it is just that they do not possess the ability to understand the "how" the black water system works and the importance of following procedure when dumping.
They give rvers a black eye every time they use the dump stations.
Same can be said for the referred to "composting toilet". Many people do not understand or possess the ability to comprehend how such a system can work. They buy into it for what ever reason and fail to take the time to learn the procedures of dumping and cleaning. They give rvers and other users of the system a black eye.
I the end there are many systems that are viable. Where problems arise in discussing or comparing the many systems, is that so many people are not confident enough to acknowledge that other systems are just as viable as their own choice. Arguments and insults ensue and eventually no one wins.
Using your very own description of how you dump your black and grey tanks, I can relate to how simple my composting system is. I have a system down that is highly efficient, quick and easy, and clean, just as you do with the black tank system. The main difference is that where you have to maintain a water supply system to your toilet and maintain your toilet seals and black tank as well as keep them from freezing etc., I dont have any of that. Instead I have to maintain a compost bin and cover material supply, where you do not. Our choices work for us. Your black tank system works well for you. My compost system works well for me. They're both viable. I am more at ease and comfortable maintaining a compost bin than a black tank system. My chosen system is not better, it is just no worse either.