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Old 06-12-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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Septic Hook Up for weekend?

Do I need to hook up septic for a 3 day weekend on a T-2770 or would we be ok going with just water and electric and empty the tank when done?
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What kind of camping will you be doing? Sitting in a driveway where you can use inside plumbing of the house? Sitting in a campground with a bath house but no hookups? Or will you be trying to live inside the camper all the time?

I'd start with a full freshwater tank and empty gray and black. Then keep an eye on the tank levels as you go since everyone uses water differently.

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Depends on how many people will be using the facilities. Wife and I camped for 4 days over Memorial weekend without dumping black water. Used bathhouse bathrooms sometimes, but tank still showed only 2/3 full. Had to dump gray water daily, however, due to showering and washing dishes, so we needed sewer hook-up anyway. If you quick-wash and use disposables, you can probably get away without dumping. I would bring a blue-tote along as a precaution.
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We would be in a campground but figured we could save around $30 bucks without the hookup. It would just be me, wife and 2 year old. It sounds like I should just pay the $30 and one less thing to worry about. thanks for the help
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You probably will be better off by paying for full connections this time and then pay attention to what you use as if you hadn't. Then next time you'll know for sure what you need.
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We would be in a campground but figured we could save around $30 bucks without the hookup. It would just be me, wife and 2 year old. It sounds like I should just pay the $30 and one less thing to worry about. thanks for the help
Hi 08

If you go full hook up that will cover all the issues. To answer your 1st question, how long will on board tanks last for a 3 day weekend?

That depends on how you use the camper and the size of your tanks to start out with. You did not list a year on your camper so I could not look it up to see your tank size. Here are some guides from what we have done.

If you are conservative, we have gone 4 days and ran out a 32 gallon fresh water tank. It is just my wife and I. Our gray tank was 35 gallon and the black 30 gallon. As you can see since we ran out of the 32 gallon fresh supply and never filled either the gray or the black as it was split between the 2 tanks. But it takes some thinking and conserving to get to that point.

The 30 gallon black can go a week or more, again pending use. If we are out for 4 plus days during the day I'll use the shower house rest room leaving the camper black tank for night use, DW or , ya gotta go...

The gray, here is where most of your fresh water ends up. Doing dishes in the camper, taking showers and hand washing are the 3 biggest users of fresh water and filling the gray tank.

For dishes, we use to do many of them outside on the picnic table in a wash tub. This came from our pop up years. It would save both the fresh and gray tank supply. Then we migrated to doing dishes inside but being very conservative in how you do them. Don't over do it with the soap to start with and using a 2 sink or 1 sink 1 rinse tub approach will save water. If you do not over soap them you can reuse the rinse for several dishes until you need to add more. For sure you need to get the soap off but running water down the drain to rinse every dish, fork etc uses a lot of water.

Showers, here if your shower does not have a quick single on and off lever on the hose, get one so once you create the right temp mixture, wet your self, shut the water off with the single hose control, soap up, then rinse. This uses a lot less water then letting the water run the entire shower time.

Hand washing, again here let the water trickle from the faucet, wet your hands, soap up and then rinse. Yes it takes a whopping 30 seconds to 1 minute longer but it uses less water you have to haul. Having a small trickle verses fast running water like at home drastically reduces water use just washing your hands.

We also carry 2, 3 gallon fresh water cans to refill the fresh tank as needed. And a drain tank tote (aka blue tote) to take out excess gray water. On the morning of day 3, I add 6 to 9 gallons of fresh and take out about 10 to 15 gallons of gray and we just keep on going. If we are into a week plus I get into a daily or every other day chore to add more fresh and take away some gray. The black I have always made it going to the dump station at the end of camp but if needed this can be done with the blue tote too.

The real issue generally is kids who are old enough to take showers by themselves in the camper. If you have 3 kids they can drain you completely in 1 day.... In this case heading to the shower house solves this problem or let them help haul fresh and gray water until they too learn how to conserve.

Being water conservative for 2 adults and a young child Mom and Dad are caring for can go 3 to 4 days if they stretch it. It comes down to choices. If you do not want to use the camp shower house, then do dishes on the picnic table to save the water for the shower. In time after you camp long enough you will get the feel for how long you can go and will end up with some fresh water supply cans to re-fill fresh water at camp and a blue tote to get ride of gray water when needed.

Hope this helps and good luck

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Just remember to leave the black tank valve closed and allow it to get plenty of water in it, along with the solids. If you leave the black valve open, there won't be enough water with it, to push the solids out. You'll end up with the dreaded black pyramid!

We were at the Buttonwood M&G for 4 nights and only dumped the black tank twice. The first time, was because Trailblazer and I were working on my black tank.
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For more stats to work with. With just the two of us and not using the site facilities, we go 5 nights before I have to dump the black water. Being conservative and taking quick showers we dump the gray water every other day. Both are 25 gal. Shower at the facilities, both go 5 nights.
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If you have a fill gauge I would watch that. 70 % accurate but a mess if you overfill.
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If you run out of fresh water it's time to empty the gray tank the black really does not use much water if you just flush it and not hold the valve on. By my self I probable could go two weeks with out dumping the black. There are setups that pump gray into black tanks to extend dump times.
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