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RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

I think if I were in your situation, I would try putting in some drain pipe runs out to a place where the water can flow to. Could even be the gravel filled trench already mentioned. The grass can grow over it but the drain still works. Barney Installing drain pipe is not ideal. The only path to direct the water goes uphill. 6 foot higher than the low spot. Not sure what gravel filled trench you are referring to, there is nothing like that on my lot.
darleyhavidson 09/18/20 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Instead of multiple smaller holes I have used a plastic trash can with holes in the side, set in a hole with gravel around the sides, and a pressure treated lid I made with a drain attached to the lid by a short piece of PVC. I put a little gravel around the drain to prevent dirt from washing in. Worked great and could handle and disperse a good deal of water in a downpour. Dave Fair point. My issue with digging one big hole is that if I choose the wrong spot or that spot does not absorb/drain water very well, than I am out that time and money. I'm hard of understanding; How do you not pick the right spot? Set a laser up, find the low spot. Bury a bucket so the brim is below grade. Put a cover on it, that will let water in. A bird bath or something to mark location, keep you off it. When your lake forms, move cover, drop pump pickup in bucket run 'til standing water is gone over the hill. I am not installing/using a sump pump. If I lived there permanently, that course of action might be more feasible.
darleyhavidson 09/18/20 09:01am General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Instead of multiple smaller holes I have used a plastic trash can with holes in the side, set in a hole with gravel around the sides, and a pressure treated lid I made with a drain attached to the lid by a short piece of PVC. I put a little gravel around the drain to prevent dirt from washing in. Worked great and could handle and disperse a good deal of water in a downpour. Dave Fair point. My issue with digging one big hole is that if I choose the wrong spot or that spot does not absorb/drain water very well, than I am out that time and money.
darleyhavidson 09/18/20 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Possible to lease another site next year and not have to deal with this? Possible, but not likely. There is a waiting list for lakeside sites. Plus I have put too much work into this site to leave it. And I have one of the nicest views, setups in the RV park. I read about a dry well method, that I might give a go. Drill multiple vertical dry wells (6-8" in diameter) 4 foot deep. Sock off end of 6" perforated drainage pipe that has been inserted in hole and fill pipe with pea gravel. I figured this method would not cost a lot of money and I can drill a couple of test holes to see how the ground absorbs the water.
darleyhavidson 09/18/20 07:08am General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

And as people change the landscape of their campsites around me, my lot is being impacted and is receiving more over the ground water because of it. So, he allows others to change the landscape of their sites, but won't allow you to change the landscape of yours? The landscape changes include adding more gravel to pad, fencing, pulling trees, etc. All the small changes to landscape around me cause water to redirect, was the point I was trying to make. I am attempting to get him to come up with a solution, but he has had 2 years and my patience is at an end. So, I am looking for some sustainable solutions.
darleyhavidson 09/17/20 01:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

The owner of the lot should fix that. If you get no love there, either drain it, or fill and resow the grass. Agreed. However, he is resistant to do anything to fix it. He feels if I add more topsoil to level it, the new topsoil won't absorb the water. And consequently, flood another adjacent lot or impact another portion of my campsite. And as people change the landscape of their campsites around me, my lot is being impacted and is receiving more over the ground water because of it.
darleyhavidson 09/17/20 08:12am General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

I also use 150' of 1.5" fabric covered 'fire hose' so it can roll up very compact for storage. Good idea. Where did you find that type of hose?
darleyhavidson 09/16/20 02:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

If you go with a pump you will want a well at the lowest point so the water will collect around the pickup. If I went this route, I figured I would dig a pit for the pump to reside. Kind of like a sump pump in a house basement.
darleyhavidson 09/16/20 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Ask for a different site that's higher and dryer(?). No lake side camp sites are available. Plus, I have hundreds of hours of sweat equity invested into this lot to leave. It basically looked like an overgrown forest the first year we leased the property.
darleyhavidson 09/16/20 01:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

installing a french drain to redirect the water to a place where it wont harm anything else would be the best bet. Steve Since the flooding is at the lowest spot on the lot grade, the safest place to redirect the water is uphill (6 foot higher than the low spot). There in lies the challenge on how to get the water to the lake side (high side) of the lot by using natural means or drainage. Mechanical pumps are an option, but since I don't live there permanently, it is the less ideal solution.
darleyhavidson 09/16/20 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Wow Darley, This thread is a blast from the past. Can you find a local landscaper to help you with the grading? Do you have free range to do whatever you want (and can afford) there, or do you need approval from the owner and/or permits? ... your choices are to either divert the water somewhere else, add French drains, raise the grade, or construct a raised walkway or even a pontoon bridge :B to get to and from your truck, or some combination of those. How long does it take to soak in after a rain like that? I assume it takes a few days or a week? And how often do you get that kind of rain? Where's your camp? Is this in ND? A landscaper would be a good idea. I would have to get the campground owner's permission for any work done. I wanted to add 20 cubic yards of soil to fill in the low spot, but he thinks it would be a waste and would not soak up the water and it would be redirected to another camp site. The flooding happens 2 to 3 times a year. Early spring the water soaks up in a day. Later in the year, the water can take up to 5 days to soak in. And then a couple days after to dry out so you can actually walk on the grass. The campground is located in Devils Lake, ND. The trees are definitely a bonus.
darleyhavidson 09/15/20 09:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

I would probably pump that. I use something like this when needed at an apartment building: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Superior-Pump-Utility-0-25-HP-Stainless-Steel-Submersible-Utility-Pump/1000737618 As the water absorbs, note the low point to place the pump. Get some hose such as pool backwash hose to carry the water where it will run off without issue. If this is a permanent spot where you own and control then I would be more inclined to re-slope the area as needed for a permanent solution. I lease the spot and have to get the campground owner's approval to do any modifications to the lot. I have been pushing for a permanent solution.
darleyhavidson 09/15/20 09:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Here are a few links to pictures of the water issue I am still dealing with. Any advice would be appreciated. https://link.shutterfly.com/rVai4SFkO9 https://link.shutterfly.com/UJ8SsoRkO9 https://link.shutterfly.com/b3KQAoVkO9
darleyhavidson 09/15/20 03:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase water flow AFTER the filters?

Ok, I recently installed a RVwaterfilterstore.com filter system. The filter sequence is: a 1 micron sediment filter, a .5 micron carbon filter and the final one is a metal trap canister. The campground I permanently camp at has strong well water pressure (65 psi) and great flow. After I connected the filter system the water barely flows from the hose and all the fixtures in the camper have less than ideal water pressure. So, I would like to keep the filtration system but need an increase in water flow after the filter system. How can this be achieved? dh Well, I tested everything. Tried without filters. Tried each one individually. Eliminated each filter one by one. Tried different hoses. And with all that, it was the 3rd filter (the metal trap filter) in the series that was causing the most restriction of flow. So, I removed that and installed (2) 1 micron sediment filters in series and the 3rd filter is the .5 micron charcoal filter. I probably reduced the effectiveness of eliminating the sulfur smell by removing the metal trap filter, but at least the shower can be used now. Thanks for all the feedback and advice. dh
darleyhavidson 07/31/20 11:15am General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase water flow AFTER the filters?

............ Nothing is parallel. 3 filters in series. and therein lies your problem. get three more filters, link them in series, and put both sets in parallel. the first set up I tried was a dirt catcher filter followed by an effective one. got no flow rate, put two sets in parallel and worked great. bumpy Interesting concept. What micron and style filters did you use? Do you have any pictures of your setup?
darleyhavidson 07/31/20 11:07am General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase water flow AFTER the filters?

............ Nothing is parallel. 3 filters in series.
darleyhavidson 07/30/20 09:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase water flow AFTER the filters?

How much have you used this set up? If the iron is that bad you could have them blocked already. Time to change them. I have high iron at my well and have a filter to catch the sediment before the water softener. This traps all the **** from blocking up the watersoftener. That filter has to be changed frequently as it blocks up quickly. Another thing nobody mentioned. Is the flow bad out of everything or just the faucets? Check your aerators for sediment clogging them up. Used the filter system for one weekend. The faucet screens are clean. The shower pressure is so low it is almost not worth using. I get water out of all faucets but it is underwhelming flow and pressure. I will have time to troubleshoot the filter system one more time tomorrow.
darleyhavidson 07/30/20 09:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase water flow AFTER the filters?

Did you flush the fines from each filter before connecting the next one in the series? I have not run three but have run two in series. Perhaps and only perhaps this is contributing to partial blockage or restriction. On thing I have doe in fill the tank when pressure is low then use from the tank. Our last water pump would kick in when it was on and water pressure from the outside source was low and bring pressure up. This new identical pump not quite the same even though rated at 55 psi. Does your coach have its own pressure requlator somewhere set to 45psi? Carbon filter was flushed of fines prior to install, per instructions. There is no onboard pressure regulator on my RV.
darleyhavidson 07/28/20 07:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase water flow AFTER the filters?

Dont confuse pressure with volume as you trouble shoot. If your pressure at the source is good then you have a flow/volume issue. Trouble shoot with a process of elimination. If you were to put a pressure gauge on the outlet side of the filters or at the faucet you should see the pressure as the same as at the source. When you open the faucet and the flow slows its an indication of a volume issue. .5 seems pretty small but as mentioned others have used them. Pressure is created at the pump and builds when you shut off the faucet. Again, volume and pressure are two different things. You say increase the pressure after the filters which you might think could be solved with an additional pump after the filter but it doesn’t work that way. You would then be restricting the intake flow to the pump. Some pumps are damaged by low intake flow because they can have cavitation You are correct, I mixed up the terminology. I edited the original post to reflect the correct information.
darleyhavidson 07/28/20 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to increase water flow AFTER the filters?

Thoughts: - I use a filter system at the house and at the cabin. No RV, but both locations have iron / smell issues. - Carbon filter helps, but to eliminate the iron and the smell, I had to have a carbon filter upstream and the last downstream filter was an "RFFE" filter, the filter people simply called it an "iron filter". - Recognizing that I don't use it on an RV, I'd suggest: a) taking out each filter in sequence and seeing how the water flow is affected; b) going with a 5 micron carbon filter as the upstream filter, an iron filter as the 2nd "midstream" filter and ditching the "metal trap canister"....although I'll admit to not knowing what that is, on both my house and cabin systems, I only have the two filters. If there was a "simple system" you used previously, try putting an iron filter as the downstream filter in that and see how it works out. You've got a flow issue, so I'd also check the filter housings for physical impediments or a clogged orifice. Thanks for the feedback. Your option "A" idea makes a lot of practical sense. Hopefully, it is something simple.
darleyhavidson 07/28/20 03:12pm General RVing Issues
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