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toedtoes

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Posted: 03/20/22 08:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In some campgrounds, if it's a small amount, it may be allowed. In some campgrounds, if they have washing stations, you may be able to dump 2-6gallons.

If there is a dump station at the campground, that is your best best.

I debated a lot on the tote size. Both my fresh water and gray water tanks hold about 18 gallons, so after 4-5 days, I have to refill and dump. A 20 gallon tote would get me through 8-10 days without dumping, but it's a big tote to store when it's not in use and when traveling. And I also want to carry another 15-20 gallons of fresh water, so I have to store those containers too. On top of that, my trailer is a folding trailer, so I have to move things around when I stop and when I head out on the road.

Trying to deal with big heavy totes didn't excite me. So, I got six 2.5gal aquatainers for fresh water, and one 6gal tote for the gray water. I can easily lift them when full and they are small enough that I can fit them in the trailer or suv. I tested them out in Death Valley and it worked well. About 6 days in, I used the aquatainers to fill water at the fresh water hose, and used a hand truck to walk them back to the trailer - three trips refilled my fresh tank. I then filled the tote and walked it to the dump station three times to empty the gray tank. Took me about an hour total.

Next trip, I'm finetuning that by filling the tote in the morning and dumping it on my way out to sightsee every 2 or 3 days. As the dump station is most always on the way out of the campground, this makes it more convenient and I'll spend less time in the long run.


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Posted: 03/21/22 06:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Carrying 28-35 lbs in a 5 gallon bucket sure beats pulling a 210 pound 20 gallon tote.

I've even used them for [gag] black water [/gag] in an emergency.

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Pulling a 2 or 4 wheel tote is lots easier than carrying a bucket. You don’t have to fill the tote to the top, y’know.


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Just read where CA state parks are going to charge $10-20 by credit card for dump use which complicates frequent trips to dump. Now looking for a container we can attach to the back of the trailer with a handle I can pull it with. Does anyone know if the regular sewer hose will latch on to most openings in a tote, and are the connectors you buy universal? Sites don't say opening size for drainage opening.

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Yup. CA State Parks is adding a new $10 fee for dump station users. Won't apply to sites with full hookups.

Locking down the dump stations will simply encourage people to dump their grey water on the ground...

Perhaps with luck, those "self pay" dump stations will become as unreliable as the pay ones at Flying-J, which routinely remain stuck open for free use...

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do yourself a favor and make sure you get a 4 wheel cart

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philh wrote:

do yourself a favor and make sure you get a 4 wheel cart


Thanks! Didn't think about that....

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eastbaygal123 wrote:

Thank you,ToedToes. I was just wondering about that. I would never dump grey water on the ground, or in a pit toilet. I might be better off getting one of those simple containers that have 2 wheels and a handle and just wheeling it to the dump site.


Dump site? Many State and Forest Service campgrounds around here have no such facility, and pouring your waste water into the vault toilets is against the rules.
That is why the tote that I bought lived under the work bench out in the shop for many years, until I sold it for $15 in a garage sale! When the nearest dump station is 5 to 50 miles away, that tote was useless.
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I guess we're fortunate here in California as most state and federal campgrounds do have dump stations. Makes me rethink whining about having to pay a fee!

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Many of the federal forests campgrounds where I camp liesurely don't have dump sites - for those I take my clipper with tanks big enough to last 14-16 days and then dump at home.

For sightseeing trips, I use the trailer. So far, I haven't had a problem. National parks have dump stations, and as said above, I can just dump the tote on my way to see the sights. Otherwise, I just plan on an overnight at an RV park every 4-6 days so I can dump and refill onsite.

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