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GravelRider

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Posted: 07/09/20 10:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just got our travel trailer a couple months ago and have only been out a few times. Thus far, we've only ever boondocked or dry camped, and plan to continue camping this way for probably 90+% of our camping. In a couple of weeks we're leaving for an 11 day trip where we'll be staying in a full hookup spot two nights (not consecutive). Realistically, I will probably empty the grey water tank a time or two (long showers by my wife), and might empty the black once right before we leave. The hose supports seem like an unnecessary expense and packing bulk for only occasional use. Is this really necessary at most campgrounds?

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Posted: 07/09/20 10:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In my experience I have found that in a majority of RV parks the septic receptacle is higher than ground level, thus allowing the hose to fill when draining and making it very difficult to drain completely into the drain receptacle.....not to mention increasing the potential for leakage and spill. I carry an inexpensive plastic support that collapses to a rather compact size for storing.


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Posted: 07/09/20 10:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some campgrounds require the supports if you remain connected. In almost 20 years I have never used one and don't have one. Worst case buy it when needed at the camp store.


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Posted: 07/09/20 11:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never used one. But I don't keep connected either.


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Posted: 07/09/20 11:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't have one. I only connect my sewer hose when I need to dump and that's the day I leave the site, even with full hookups.

I don't use "hundreds" of gallons of water a day while "camping" either. I never even hook up to the city water line, even in full hook up sites for a long 4 day weekend.

I bring my own water and like using it as needed. Do I need to take a 10 minute shower while "camping" like I do at home every day??? no... I like being dirty once in a while and roughing it while "camping". It is my time to do that... ha, ha... I don't have kids so that helps a lot too I'm sure! Wife and I do just fine with each other!

Everyone does what they need to do while "camping". What I do or what you do, it does not matter... It's what works for you while you are out doing what you want to do in the wilderness..

I LOL to myself at folks that I see hooking up their sewer line even before they have unhitched their trailer! But, that's the way they setup camp for themselves, so that's what works for them. I'm sure I give a lot of 'observers' something to talk about with the way I setup my rig or do things during my stay. Who cares? I'm doing what works for me and that's all you need to do too.

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Posted: 07/09/20 11:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've never used one and I can't see the need for one. For proper tank usage, you should never leave a drain valve open for constant drainage, even the gray tank. Let the tanks mostly fill up then dump all at once to flush out debris, soap, particles.


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We're fulltime and only use them when we're stationary for a week or more and then only if needed. For a week or two moving from a winter site to a summer site we often only use W/E sites and use the dump station as needed. No need for hose support there.


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I have a cheep plastic expandable one. I have had it for years and have used it maybe 10 times. I have found the need if the distance from the camper connection to the sewer was a very long run, more than 10-12 feet. Probably could have done with out but as long as I had it I would use it. The other would be if the rv park sewer connection was high out of the ground I would us backwards, high in at sewer.

It one of those things do you need probably not. Is it one of those things nice to have, kind of.


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Posted: 07/10/20 03:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When the hook up is further away we use a plastic rain gutter cut a 10 foot piece in half place them inside each other slide the length you need. Stores on top of 4 inch tube bumper .


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Posted: 07/10/20 04:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Parks are now being required to install high rise sewer inlets to avoid standing water getting into the septic systems.
We ran into that for the first time last month. The camp host said everybody was raising heck about it. Our 5er sits low, it was a royal pain. This was a state park but it's probably coming anywhere intrusion is likely. The inlet was about a foot off the ground. A round concrete base about 3 inches and then a tube up to a water tight lid that could not be left open unless you tied it to a tree.


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