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Posted: 02/28/22 08:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kinda ranks up there with wooden boats, wont they leak then sink?

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Posted: 02/28/22 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The comments here amaze me.

Heavy? This thing is no heavier than any wooden platform that you guys recommend here ALL THE TIME. Couple of sheets of plywood and a few 2x4's.

If it leaks, SO WHAT? It's just going to leak into the truck bed and run out the back or the holes in the front corners. The camper is high and dry. You shut the factory gray discharge, pull the tank, and fix it.

What tanks are readily available? Is there a 4'x8'x4" high plastic tank on the market that can withstand the weight of the camper? What is your idea? Where else on the camper are you going to put more gray capacity?

Frankly I think they could have much more easily solved the problem with compromise, by not taking 20 minute showers, but that's just me. A long luxurious camper shower for me takes 2 gallons of water.


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Grey water is not clean faucet water, it's contaminated water that stinks. And when it leaks dry rot may have started. Dry rot results from wet wood with no air circulation ie this tank design. And when it does leak repair or replace.

But I like the idea as a proof of concept.


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CA Traveler wrote:

It's a cleaver idea. Seems like a good proof of concept prototype that will need to be replaced as leaks start and dry rot sets in. Also thinking the baffle openings need to be much larger as "stuff" starts to clog them. On the next version the inside could be covered with fiberglass to water proof the concept. Perhaps add several flush fittings to help with cleanout.


Unless you poo in the shower and stuff TP down the shower or sink drain, I can't imagine any "stuff" that would build up.
Built right, I could see this lasting a very long time. Especially if it's looked after, IE the author apparently gets a couple extra days out of their grey tank with it. It's certainly not bulletproof enough to hold water for years on end without degrading, but sure looks like it will hold water for a few days, off n on for quite some time.
Pretty ingenious idea, IMO. Not as quick, clean and easy as "watering the flowers" once in a while at night, or during the day if boondocking and noone around.


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CA Traveler wrote:

Grey water is not clean faucet water, it's contaminated water that stinks. And when it leaks dry rot may have started. Dry rot results from wet wood with no air circulation ie this tank design. And when it does leak repair or replace.

But I like the idea as a proof of concept.


I'd bet confidently, that if it leaks or when it leaks, it's through the seams long before dry rot, which, IMO would likely be wet rot first.
Either way, if lumber prices weren't so high, it wouldn't have even cost $200.

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bgum wrote:

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Yes I owned a wooden boat made from marine plywood. In fact in my area that was the only type of boat until they perfected riveting and welding aluminum. I would keep it in covered dry conditions between use. When put in water it didn't leak a drop. I agree some wood boats need to swell but not a properly built and painted plywood boat. Many families lived on houseboats made from wood.

I agree that a wooden tank would not be the preferred material.


Sounds like cold molded or stitch and glue where there are layers of fiberglass protecting the wood vs a true wood boat.

This is closer to a wood boat as he merely painted the inside, which is unlikely to remain water tight for any length of time.

Honestly, if you are that far into the wilderness, just find a ditch and dump the gray water away from campsites.


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CA Traveler wrote:

Grey water is not clean faucet water, it's contaminated water that stinks. And when it leaks dry rot may have started. Dry rot results from wet wood with no air circulation ie this tank design. And when it does leak repair or replace.

But I like the idea as a proof of concept.


"Dry rot may have started." SO WHAT? You unscrew the tank from the bottom of the camper and replace it.

You act like this is an integral part of the camper buried somewhere inside where you wouldn't notice a problem for years. It's an external module that has nowhere to leak, except to the outside. You'd notice right away if it leaks.

I don't want to know what you do with your gray water; mine "stinks" like Old Spice bodywash.

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Posted: 03/01/22 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

Not as quick, clean and easy as "watering the flowers" once in a while at night, or during the day if boondocking and noone around.


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mkirsch wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Not as quick, clean and easy as "watering the flowers" once in a while at night, or during the day if boondocking and noone around.


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