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Posted: 07/06/12 11:02pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A bit off track: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/vwd/cruise_ships_index.cfm

I never even thought about this!

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Posted: 07/07/12 07:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

down home wrote:

Not too loud about filtering gray water discharge. Someone will think that is too good an idea. Yu know there ought to be a law law.


There is an excellent chance that there already IS a law. It is up to YOU to know what that law is, and obey it.
It is really just that simple: KNOW the law where you are; OBEY that law.
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Posted: 07/10/12 02:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is so much missunderstanding when it comes to "gray water". I had a county employee tell me I could dump my gray water on the ground in the "park" he manages. I didn't argue with him, but I didn't dump it either.

Gray water doesn't always stink. Mine rarely does. Depends on what is in it and how long it sits.

If the water isn't kept in a holding tank (pop ups for example) then it many cases it can be discharged onto the ground. It really isn't any different than dumping a tub of dish water like tenters typically do.

But it seems that most have no idea what it allowed. Not all gray water is treated equally.




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If grey water is held in 95 degree plus weather for say 2 days or more it does Stink!Sometimes worse than black water.I have seen it and reported it to the park ranger.His reply was,Its probley just grey water.I'll stop by afterwhile and look into it.This was @ Waterlee S/P in S.C.And as far as using your outdoor shower?I've seen this many times @ the C/G's @ the beach,with a pallet on the ground and a privacy curtain around this.So it appears that they are bathing,but could be wrong on this one.


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OK, I have a question for everyone about what I shoud doing regarding gray water and my camper. I have an older truck camper, 1986 Real Lite 950, and it doesn't even have a gray tank. What do you propose I do with my gray water while camping? I currently attach a hose and let it trickle out on the ground, I haven't left any mud pits nor any maggot colonies behind when I've left a campsite. No one has ever scolded me about doing this either, but it has been a concern of mine.

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I like what Cloudland Canyon State Park in Trenton, GA does. They have a well marked GREY WATER dump station in the middle of each camping block or more if the street is long. I guess this must be tied into a drain of some sort. They only have electric and water at these sites...

Really handy to use... Grey water disappears right away so its going somewhere...


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jchall wrote:

I currently attach a hose and let it trickle out on the ground,
let it trickle into a bucket (or much longer hose) and dispose well away from your campsite and the person's who comes in after you.

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jchall wrote:

OK, I have a question for everyone about what I shoud doing regarding gray water and my camper. I have an older truck camper, 1986 Real Lite 950, and it doesn't even have a gray tank. What do you propose I do with my gray water while camping? I currently attach a hose and let it trickle out on the ground, I haven't left any mud pits nor any maggot colonies behind when I've left a campsite. No one has ever scolded me about doing this either, but it has been a concern of mine.


Here in Montana, there is a brochure printed by Fish, Wildlife and Parks (or maybe Department of Natural Resources) that addresses this issue. It shows a diagram of a catch system for RVs that do not have a holding tank. It is not just an open 5 gallon bucket! Sorry, I don't have that brochure to hand at the moment. But, that is what the State expects you to do.

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Posted: 07/11/12 06:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw the way one boozo did it when I was living in AK. This fleetwood class C roared by me. As he passed I noticed he had a rope tied to the T handle on the dump vlave and the other end of the hose leading into the slide window on that side.

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jchall wrote:

OK, I have a question for everyone about what I shoud doing regarding gray water and my camper. I have an older truck camper, 1986 Real Lite 950, and it doesn't even have a gray tank. What do you propose I do with my gray water while camping? I currently attach a hose and let it trickle out on the ground, I haven't left any mud pits nor any maggot colonies behind when I've left a campsite. No one has ever scolded me about doing this either, but it has been a concern of mine.


There is no reason why you couldn't use a blue boy tote to let your gray drain into. I do not think that just allowing it to trickle on the ground is the right thing to do at all. You probably haven't been 'scolded' only because no one has noticed.

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