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Old 08-30-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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What size fresh, grey, black water tanks do you have?

I'm getting ready to purchase my water and holding tanks.

I'm looking for your experience with tank sizes.

For each of the three tanks: fresh, black, and grey, what size do you have? How many people use them? Do you shower?

If you had your 'druthers what size would you have or are you good with what you have?

Any advice on suppliers?

Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:08 PM   #2
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I think the first thing would be look at how you plan to travel... are you looking to go 1 day between dump n fill or 6? and then how many people are in the bus with you too.. are you the type to require a full shower every day? or will you be flushing the toilet more and showering less.. do you use paper dishes or plan to do a lot of washing dishes? (typically dish cleaning uses quite a bit of water if done alot)...

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Old 08-30-2016, 04:11 PM   #3
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For the wife and I we're going with 100 gal on both the fresh and gray water tanks. We'll be living in it full time and hope to go for 6 days at the very most when boondocking before we can dump and refill with fresh water. No black tank for us. I have no desire to mess with that "crap" literally . We'll be going with a composting toilet. We'll take army showers every other day, and use paper plates most of the time.

It all just depends on how much you want to conserve and how much you'll be hooked up to water at campsites or how much you will boondock.
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:22 PM   #4
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Our bus is a camping rig. 40g fresh, 37 grey and 17 black. Our trips are mostly 4 days with showers every other day for 2 of us. Never have run out or run over. No hookup.

Oct is our annual 2 week trip and I will refill/dump twice. Last year it was one dump on the road.
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:54 PM   #5
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I salvaged my tanks from an older coachmen RV. When I pulled them out I ended up with a 60-gal-fresh water, 30- black and 30 grey.
So I asked questions and researched why,cause I thought it would be a different?
What I found out was that with 60-gal. Freshwater in normal daily use in an RV is that the waste tanks are designed to hold the exact amount of fresh water that you are holding/carrying so (in aspect you can't overflow)?
Even though you/we use more grey water than we do brown water. But in that aspect with 60-gal. Your brown water tank will use 20-gal. And solid/semi-solid waste and your grey will consume the other 40-gal. Unless you have an outdoor spigot/shower that goes on the ground/somewhere besides the tank. Cooking,cleaning,splashing,,,,drinking water if filtered and can be recycled ( could in the trees/bushes if available)
I plan on campfire cooking a hand sink outside that dumps under/away from the feet and thinking on an outdoor shower when possible.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:35 PM   #6
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grey 40 gal
black 40 gal
fresh is 40gal, but I will increase it to 60-80gal
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:47 PM   #7
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I have a 100gal fresh I pulled out of a Bounder RV, my grey tank is a 112 gal steel fuel tank I pulled out of another bus, I bought a 37 gal black tank off eBay but it leaks so I'm taking another 112gal fuel tank I have & I'm going to cut it in half longways weld a Plate to it & use that for my black. It will fit right were the abs black tank I bought is sitting right now.Also I'm not using gravity dump I'm using Macerating pumps.
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Our bus is a camping rig. 40g fresh, 37 grey and 17 black. Our trips are mostly 4 days with showers every other day for 2 of us. Never have run out or run over. No hookup.
This is great info - thanks!

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Oct is our annual 2 week trip and I will refill/dump twice. Last year it was one dump on the road.
Glad I wasn't driving behind you!
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my bus is used for week or weekend camping. the camping shower exists but is rarely ever used. although we could. we might use 20 gallons of fresh water in a weekend.

i have a 44 gallon freshwater tank, and a 48 gallon combined grey/black tank.

i have another fresh water tank the same size, but it just takes up too much storage space under the bed and never got installed.
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Old 08-31-2016, 12:25 AM   #10
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I have 110gal fresh, 110gal grey, 55black...
Waste tanks were used 55gal poly drums from a car wash at $10 each
The fresh were food grade drums that had flavoring in them for the food industry $20 each...
I may eventually change them - but I'm proof they can work as I've used my tanks for a year and a half everyday already...
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