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Grey water

Postby Rusape » Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:03 pm

I have a 500l fresh water tank that is monitored by a votronic sender and gauge. I have no black water requirement on board as I have gone with a Cinderella Lavatory. I see little point in carrying a large grey water tank so have only got a 45l grey tank installed.

I'm trying to decide if I need a sensor and gauge for this tank and if I'm really going to need to drive around with a grey tank that is filling with water that can't easily be emptied.

In the real world, how easy is it to just empty the grey tank every time it's used? We will be using green bio soaps etc. Do you empty your tanks regularly or are you forced to use grey tanks everywhere when you travel? Why drive around with the extra weight... or am I missing something obvious here?

I don't intend to spend much time in campsites... but even then, I could just drain into a bucket and dispose of properly at the site, no?

What do you seasoned travellers do?

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Re: Grey water

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:14 pm

I don't have one and have never regretted the decision to omit one. NB our style of travel, though: we ordinarily strive to be in the middle of nowhere and away from other people.

We drain straight to ground but are mindful of environmental impact. Our grey water is never contaminated with anything deleterious.

In areas where public perception might be important, I simply collect the draining water in a portable container. Sometimes I then use this for other jobs like filling the toilet flush tank; most of the time I just dispose of it out of the public gaze.

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Re: Grey water

Postby DaveS » Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:44 pm

Same in our little van - I have a free standing grey water catch tank on wheels and an extendible pipe from the bottom of the van. If we're wild camping or similar, I just let it drain to the floor, if on a campsite or anywhere I'm concerned about the image, I pop the tank underneath and extend the drain pipe. Works well and very simple.

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Re: Grey water

Postby Bazza » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:42 pm

We have a 35ltr grey tank for use on commercial
campsites we also have a portable one on wheels that spends it's time in the Garage at home.
As we also use environmentally friendly washing up fluid I drain straight onto the floor if away from the public eye.
Or drain into a collapsible bucket and empty in a hedge row.

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Re: Grey water

Postby Rusape » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:55 am

Thanks, that's made the decision easy for me then. No need for the additional expense of grey tank monitoring. The tank will be useful on some occasions, so happy it's fitted, but I will as intended, try to travel with zero grey water on board.


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