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RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

I would be afraid of rat infestation if this rig is left for long in Texas. I hunt there and it is amazing how quickly rats infest anything and everything My friend and neighbor a couple of hundred yards away leave their fifth wheel out there and they've had zero problems with rodents. We have plenty of bobcats and other predators to keep em in check. If not there's always rat poison. The biggest problem out there is wasp nests,coons and possums. You definitely dont leave anything out you dont want to get eaten. It cracks me up!!! When we come back from a fishing trip and fire up the electric fillet knife it's like a dinner bell to the smaller gators. You wont be done with your second fish and there they are waiting for a handout.
BoxerDogs 01/08/20 02:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

While we do not fill the tank before dumping, we do dump before leaving the park. No sense hauling all that extra weight and **** around. When we dump the tank, I usually flush about a 5 gallon bucket of clear water down the stool. When the water runs clear through the clear plastic elbow at the dump slinky hose, we are good to go. You can develop any method that works for you. Most people do. If you screw up once, chances are you will not make the same mistake again. Good luck Once we get the redneck septic hooked up it'll be easy enough to empty after every stay. Like you said,if it's not full enough to properly drain I'll dump five or ten gallons of lake water down the john and pump it out with the macerator.
BoxerDogs 01/08/20 10:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Another thing. The place is crawling with wild hogs,coyotes,deer,and even a few black bears and cougars. The hogs make their wallows right on the edge of the water and poop and pee right on the water's edge. A buried system has nothing on the hogs. We had these type of systems all over one the lake areas in Florida. Nary a problem. The critters left more deposits than the humans, at least before a blue jillion people moved in. I have the same type of thing at my house in the NC mountains, only on a larger scale. Big plastic tank connected to a drain field. Sure ain’t rocket science. Thats my take on it. It's the same as a septic system on a smaller scale. And the owners of the property dont have a problem with it.
BoxerDogs 01/08/20 10:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Another thing. The place is crawling with wild hogs,coyotes,deer,and even a few black bears and cougars. The hogs make their wallows right on the edge of the water and poop and pee right on the water's edge. A buried system has nothing on the hogs.
BoxerDogs 01/07/20 04:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

So I'm going to fly in opposition to some of the posts on here. I never, as in never, use any kind of holding tank treatment in my tanks. Been doing it this way for 14 years and don't have smell issues. I have also let my blank tank sit with stuff in it for the entire summer and it was no better or worse than dumping after a weekend of use. If there is more than a few gallons of water in your tank you will be fine. Where the problem comes in is when people don't use enough water when flushing and the poop just drops and piles under the toilet. Since you're not going to be moving the trailer you won't have the benefit of water sloshing around and breaking up the pile and floating it away. So you're probably going to have to add enough water to the tanks after dumping that the poop can be float away. Two other thoughts that popped into my mind when reading the replies above. I think you misunderstood the cassette potty suggestion. Most of the popup tent trailers with bathrooms use a cassette potty. At the end of the weekend you pull the cassette out from under the toilet and carry it off to empty it into a toilet. The cassette automatically seals as you pull it out so aside from the actual minute you're pouring it into a toilet there is no mess or smell. Just pull the cassette at the end of the weekend and put it in the back of the truck and empty it at home. Just don't forget to bring the cassette back to the trailer when you come back the next weekend. If I had to make a choice between a 5 gallon cassette or a 20 gallon blue boy tote in the back of the truck. I would go with the cassette any day of the week. Not to get into the legalities of the homemade septic idea, but you mentioned the nearest well is 4 miles away. You also mention filling the tank with lake water. You do realize the restrictions on septic placement and such are based on distances from water sources, not just wells. Hopefully the lake is uphill from or at least a good distance from all the home grown septic systems around it. We've used a cassette toilet in the past. They tend to fill up pretty fast. We're about thirty yards from the lake but as I said it's pretty much all sand which is a great filter. There isnt that many people on this lease and very few have septic. If I had to guess I'd say there's no more than ten camps on the 6k acres. As far as the water in the lakes goes they're all crystal clear with a continuous flow of spring water and full of fish and gators. I'd say there's far more deer scat in the water than anything else.
BoxerDogs 01/07/20 04:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

The camper sits on 6000 acres and is in the middle of nowhere. In that case, all you really need is a big hole in the ground for "outhouse" use. :B But the barrel method that you propose will NOT be legal in any area that regulates septic use. It just won't. It is where I'm at and it's far better than a hole in the ground. Humane waste isnt poison. When treated properly it's a fertilizer. The ground it's going in is pretty much all sand which is a great filter. Obviously I wouldnt go this route if it was clay soil like we have on the coast since it wont let liquids pass and you'd end up with a full barrel of poop and liquid in short order.
BoxerDogs 01/07/20 10:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

It works like a standard septic only on a smaller scale. About what I expected. No it does NOT work the same. It is illegal and dangerous......especially if located anywhere near a well. Having lived in the country and used septic tanks fo a lot of years I assure you it is the same. You have a tank and a drain field,just like a standard septic system. Surely you've heard "the grass is always greener over the septic tank" As well as over the drain field. Oh....the nearest well,an artesian well that flows 24/7 is four miles away at the front of the property. The camper sits on 6000 acres and is in the middle of nowhere. And you also have to remember the thing will only be used by two people on weekends. And of course you dump a bunch of Rid X in the tank as well.
BoxerDogs 01/07/20 08:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Most tank treatments preserve the poo. There are some that use bacteria to dislolve/eat it. These work very well with time. I once had my DW live in the TT in the driveway for 2 months. I did not get around to dumping the full tank for awhile. When I did, the clear plastic adaptor I use showed absolutly no solids were left. No smell, and it was pretty clear. You are a perfect candidate for such a treatment. Thanks for the info. I'll dump whatever is necessary in the poop pod to make it a month.
BoxerDogs 01/06/20 06:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Boxer, you'll be fine, and you already have the setup to be your own mini septic pumper truck. FWIW, our camper, 90% of the time it's on the truck and being moved regularly when the toilet is being used. Obviously, no issue with emptying the tank. But last year I spent a month straight in it for work. Month's worth of #2s daily (beats the portapottys on the job). I emptied the black tank near the end of the month through the garden hose connection on the drain cap. No plugging. Just lots of chocolate milk and TP! It was kind of a test as we'd never let the camper sit, in use, for more than a week before moving/dumping. Shined a light down the terlet hole afterwards and didn't see much solids left over in there at all. If you gave it a quick douse with a 5 gal bucket or 2 of water right before dumping, it will get as clean as it needs to for sure. Thanks for the reassurance. I'll work my way up in weeks not draining and see what happens. It sure would be nice to empty it once a month rather than every trip. And with my borescope I can check on it rather easily.
BoxerDogs 01/06/20 04:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

If it were me, I would fill the tank with water and dump it before leaving it for any length of time. The odor pods (or liquid) will not last for longer than a week or so and you also run the risk of the solids in the tank starting to adhere to each other and forming something you'll play heck trying to get out. Appreciate the info. That was kinda my thoughts,I'm worried about fouling the tank level sensors as well. Guess I'll be pumping it out every trip and just add some lake water to the tank to get it up to a good level for draining. We bought a macerator pump and a blue boy black water tank that can sit in the back of the truck and I can easily empty it into the sewer clean out in the garage when we get home. It'll be a pain in the butt until we get our redneck septic system installed which I would have already done if it wasnt for the **** hip surgery. We were looking for an easy out until that day comes. I think that this is the best plan. A pain perhaps, but maybe a smaller one should anything go wrong with letting it sit. This will be a temporary solution at any rate so I dont mind it too much.
BoxerDogs 01/06/20 10:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

But again...we plan on putting in a redneck septic when my Hip heals up and it wont be a big deal to dump ten gallons of lake water in the tank and pump it out with the macerator. Could you define "redneck septic" for us, please ?? You dig a five foot deep hole and line the bottom with large gravel and place a plastic 40 or 55 gallon drum with holes in it. Then backfill with gravel around the drum and cover the whole thing with dirt. Then you run a drain field line with four inch pipe with holes in it to disperse the liquids. Of course you need to run a pipe from the threaded holes on the top so you can attach your black water line to it. My Buddy has been on the lease for eight years and his is still working perfectly. It works like a standard septic only on a smaller scale.
BoxerDogs 01/06/20 10:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Just to add another thought. If it's only for weekends as you say, until you plan on longer stays, why don't you just go get a cassette toilet to take with you on those weekends? That way, you wouldn't have to worry about the main toilet at all. We thought about that but in the end you still have to deal with a container of poop and pee. You change the bag and put in a new one every time you use the bucket with the seat on it and it can go right in the trash when you get home. No cleaning and no fuss. I mean the only real difference is your poop is going into a tank vs a bag. One requires extensive cleaning and the other requires a trash can. If we stay for a week or so I'll use the pooper in the RV. But again...we plan on putting in a redneck septic when my Hip heals up and it wont be a big deal to dump ten gallons of lake water in the tank and pump it out with the macerator.
BoxerDogs 01/04/20 08:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Dang it!! I hate when I get mixed responses!! I guess I'll play it by ear and see what happens. I do have a borescope so I can make sure it totally flushes out. You'll always get that on this forum. Try saying it's Saturday. And you'll get a debate on that one too. I dont mind roughing it a bit. As long as I have A/C, heat,shower and a comfy bed I'm good. The effort of cleaning the black tank vs tossing a few bags of **** in a sealed bucket is worlds different. You have to remember that most of our stays are only for the weekend.
BoxerDogs 01/04/20 01:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Dang it!! I hate when I get mixed responses!! I guess I'll play it by ear and see what happens. I do have a borescope so I can make sure it totally flushes out.
BoxerDogs 01/04/20 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

I'd agree with adding water and dumping before leaving. Not only do you run the risk of odors, liquids will evaporate especially in the summer leaving a concentrating sludge. I would also always add several gallons of water to the tank before use at the beginning of a stay. Yep,that sounds like the best advice. If it were just me I'd poop in a bucket with a bag in it in the shower stall and pee outside. Unfortunately the Wife seems to be adverse to that arrangement.
BoxerDogs 01/03/20 07:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

If it were me, I would fill the tank with water and dump it before leaving it for any length of time. The odor pods (or liquid) will not last for longer than a week or so and you also run the risk of the solids in the tank starting to adhere to each other and forming something you'll play heck trying to get out. Appreciate the info. That was kinda my thoughts,I'm worried about fouling the tank level sensors as well. Guess I'll be pumping it out every trip and just add some lake water to the tank to get it up to a good level for draining. We bought a macerator pump and a blue boy black water tank that can sit in the back of the truck and I can easily empty it into the sewer clean out in the garage when we get home. It'll be a pain in the butt until we get our redneck septic system installed which I would have already done if it wasnt for the **** hip surgery. We were looking for an easy out until that day comes.
BoxerDogs 01/03/20 07:17pm Travel Trailers
Hey Y'all! Have a noob question!

Hello. The Wife and I are from Texas and we just bought a new Lance 1995. It will sit on our lease the vast majority of the time and we have a question about our blackwater tank. We'll use it probably two to three weekends a month which of course wont be enough to fill the 45 gallon tank. And it may sit up to a month at a time. The stinking question.....How long can we leave waste in the tank before dumping? I know you should wait till it's at least 2/3 full for proper draining but as I said there's no way we'll fill it up in one weekend trip. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
BoxerDogs 01/03/20 06:27pm Travel Trailers
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