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As stated already, avoid all grease going down your drain. Warm grease will harden, and will stick to pipes, just like at your home. Also when you empty out at the dump station, you introduce your grease to the cg's sanitary sewer system, which may over time develop a blockage in their sewer lines as well. I work for the local sewer department, and have had the unfortunate pleasure of cleaning out stopped up sewer lines due to grease blockages. Nastier than "poo" by far! Just keep as much grease in your garbage can as possible, and out of your drain.


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Use your napkins or paper towels to wipe the big stuff off your dishes before washing. I know that sounds silly, but you'll keep your tank a lot cleaner and be assured that the least amt of grease is going in. Also, try to use the least amt of soap that will still clean. This will ensure that your tank will last yrs without problems.


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Smax, what a great tip! I'll try that! I hate using good water to flush the black tank.

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If we are cooking bacon or something else greasy in the TT (rather than outside) we use paper towels to soak up and absorb the grease and put it in the garbage. Remaining grease get washed with the dishes.

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ktmrfs wrote:

we have one of the small wire strainers in the sink drain opening to catch small food particles, and don't dump grease down the drain. Other than that, everything that can go in the sink ends up in the drain.

DW usually scrapes of dishes with one of the silcone scrapers before washing, but that's more to make dishwashing easier than anything else.


We also use the screen to keep larger scaps of food out of the tank and don't put grease or drippings from frying anything down the drain. We do a light deglaze on drippings and then use a paper towel to get the majority out of the pan. Grease goes into a jar that is kept under the sink and throw out with the regular trash when about full.

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I use a paper towel to wipe food residue out before washing. Then the paper towels go out with the trash. Don't obsess about it, be be more careful than at home. No need to add more potentially smelly stuff than needed.

And of course no grease, just like at home.


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Sandia Man wrote:

We attempt to limit the amount of grease and food particles that goes down the drain but we don't obsess over it either. There are products available for cleaning your grey tanks if grease build-up ever becomes an issue. Happy Camping!!!


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Any water we use to wash in the sink goes down the drain but my husband usually does the dishes and he does dishes on the picnic table unless it is cold or raining. That water does not go down the drain.

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campn4walleye wrote:

Smax, what a great tip! I'll try that! I hate using good water to flush the black tank.
We always do this when dry camping, as the grey tank will always fill faster than the black.


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Posted: 04/12/12 05:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

korbe wrote:

We normally will wipe our plates with used napkins prior to washing. We will also wipe down everything else with food particles prior to washing. No reason to put that stuff down into the tank and it doesn't take much time at all.


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we also are just careful what goes down the drain

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