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Old 05-03-2016, 07:26 AM   #31
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ha! I see this is how I'll be treated the first time I build something differently than the rest think i "should"?
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you totally right man, the world needs people that will do and not just say. cheers to him for tryin.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:59 AM   #32
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Hmmm, well im not worried about plumbing yet. But i can understand free over paying for stuff. And question. Can you vent multiple sinks/shower together? Should the vent pipe be wrapped in something to prevent condensation breathing?
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:38 AM   #33
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its good to see you all checkin in on ole zaphod!



the whole thread is good, but i havent read it since he left us.


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i figured he'd a burnt down by now.

He or she, depending on what day you ask it.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:44 AM   #34
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Yes one can use a common vent for multiple fixtures. It needs to be sized "appropriately." Normally (I believe) 1-1/2" ABS would not pass inspection in a real building as a multi-fixture common vent, but surely in a bus it's adequate for venting both the shower and sink. Some people squeeze their vent down to 3/4 or even 1/2 PEX, but personally I don't like any risk of drains being slow, so I wouldn't go that small with a vent.

Several unspoken variables play into the sizing: is the vent also releasing air from the holding tank as water goes in, or is it only breaking the vacuum so that water rushing down the drain doesn't suck the P trap dry? Is there a P trap at all, or is a hepvo valve used instead? Etc.
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At least their blog post ends on a high note.

"In other news I found the bus title."
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:34 AM   #36
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use "hepvo" waterless p traps.

they are self venting..... simplifies everything

my waste tank is vented with 1/2" pex.....never been an issue or smell
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Old 05-03-2016, 02:03 PM   #37
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I thought these jokes about "it" were from a long time ago. This stuff is current. I don't think this individual reads his own posts. Quite the word smith.

There are additional plumbing efforts that also have reducers so the fluids go through a transparent piece of tubing. Also a translucent barrel supported by chains mounted under the bus.

Is it still polite to rinse a sink after use and maybe get those fluids past the poorly named p-trap? I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea of needing to see fluids flow through the plumbing system, although the use of a garden hose valve would allow one to release and view the flow after completing "it's" business. Concerning the leaking waste water issues, I guess you don't have to actually stop at a dump site to empty it that way. Maybe "it" has got an idea there.
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:59 PM   #38
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Concerning the leaking waste water issues, I guess you don't have to actually stop at a dump site to empty it that way. Maybe "it" has got an idea there.

unless he has been eating a ton of Taco Bell , im guessing he wouldnt be able to Leak-down the black tank..

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If "it" can put it down his sink and through the reducers and past the transparent tubing I think he's got it made. Besides, if you can put it through a sink you obviously don't need a black tank.
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If "it" can put it down his sink and through the reducers and past the transparent tubing I think he's got it made. Besides, if you can put it through a sink you obviously don't need a black tank.
His plan is to have a composting toilet (a bucket) for #2 but to use the sink to keep #1 & #2 separate. That means that the tank under the bus would be a yellowish-grey tank.
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