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Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Ontariofarmer on Fri May 14, 2010 6:29 pm

You know ....a remote control fly in or something similar in where you can spend the weekend there.

Where do you empty the black and grey water tanks after you return home?

I wouldn't mind leaving it in there if I was going out the next weekend, but we aren't using the trailer for 6 weeks.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Fri May 14, 2010 10:27 pm

In addition to knowing a couple of dump locations withing 5 miles of the stick-house, i also have a macerator pump that will allow me to pump into my home septic system. You may want to check-out http://www.rvdumps.com/dumpstations/ for RV dump locations. I've always found this list to be fairly accurate.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby pwall on Fri May 14, 2010 10:49 pm

Check some of your local RV parks. I do a number scouting camps this time of the year, and I bring my trailer (too many alergies to sleep in a tent for me......been there, not a good experience).
Anyways, after a camp weekend I usually visit a local RV park just 15 mins down the road. I use their dump station. They do charge $15, but for me, that's better than keeping the waste water stored for long periods of time.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Ontariofarmer on Sat May 15, 2010 9:54 am

Hey FI, any more info on that macerator pump? We have a septic tank here, and that would be a great way to empty the tanks. I'm sure we will be doing more outings like this, so it will be used more often.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Sat May 15, 2010 10:11 pm

I bought this http://www.wholesalepumps.com/index.php?p=product&id=226&parent=0 FloJet unit. It chops and pumps all through a 100' (or more) length of 3/4" hose.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Zinger on Sun May 16, 2010 12:12 pm

Just plan a trip to a real campground the following weekend and dump there for free.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby cwit on Sun May 16, 2010 3:02 pm

We got back into camping about 5 years ago and I can say we have not been into a campsite where we couldn't dump at our site.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby canadian redneck on Sun May 16, 2010 7:05 pm

As others have mentioned above, whenever we camp other than at campgrounds I find a campground that is on the way home and pay to use the dump station. I have found the going rate is usually $10 - 15 which isn't too bad. It's ok if you are going out again the next weekend to leave it in, but for me unfortunately that usually is not the case. :cry:
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Ontariofarmer on Mon May 17, 2010 10:57 am

Thanks for all the replies.

I found a macerator pump at a RV place that we are going pick-up this weekend. That way I can always empty in out in our septic system anytime.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby pwall on Mon May 17, 2010 11:34 am

Cool. Let us know how you like it.
Given the amount of 'dry' camping I do, might be worth getting one and save the $15 usage fee several times a summer.
Especially in the next month....3 scout camps in a row.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby pwall on Tue May 18, 2010 4:57 pm

I took the plundge (pardon the pun) and ordered one. Figured I can't go wrong given that I have 3 weekend camps in a row that I won't be able to dump the tanks. At least now I'll be able to dump the tanks from the driveway. ;)
Should have the unit next week.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby pwall on Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:05 pm

The unit arrived yesterday. I have yet another 'field' camp this weekend, so I'll be trying the unit out on Sunday so I can dump the black/grey tanks at home.
I'll post and let you know how it goes.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:16 pm

I use mine at NA$CAR races, as well. I leave my blue honey-tank in the bed of the truck, pump into it with the macerator, then just drive the truck to the dumpsite. Connect a 3" dump hose, and stand the tank-up on the tailgate, and it dumps just fine with from there.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Ontariofarmer on Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:07 pm

Well we didn't get the pump, and that's because I found a place to "dump" the tanks, and the best thing is it's only 5 km from home :)
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby pwall on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:13 pm

Finally got around to trying out the 'tank dump' macerator. Dumped both grey water tanks and the black.
Took abour 20-30mins. The unit arrived last week, but I only had the time to try it out tonight.
Black tank contained 2 weekends of field camping. The grey tanks were manually dumped into 7gallon containers the weekend before, but were still fairly full.
I used a 80ft grey 5/8inch hose (just purchased at Costco for 16.99). I like the grey hose as it's a different colour (ie not green or white). The unit worked just fine! I ran the hose into the laundry room and used the laundry room sink.
My plan is to have a plumber come to the house and install a small drain in the garage and run the pipe thru the wall into the basement and use the 4inch sewer pipe.
Anyways, I ramble.....here is a picture of the unit. It even came with a carry case.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby pwall on Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:14 pm

And of course the unit will come in handy as I have a third 'field' scout camp this coming weekend. ;)
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Limey on Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:21 am

Pretty neat - I have a septic tank system at home and emptying into that would be neat - only problem is that the inlet I would have to use is in the middle of my front yard (we hid it under a fake wooden well so we'd remember where it is!) DW probably wouldn't like me disturbing the garden on a regular basis! Worth thinking about, although I have never yet brought home full tanks, so it has not been an issue. :) :)
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby Ontariofarmer on Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:57 pm

Looks good Pat. The green hose helps supply more water?

Maybe a 3/4 hose would go faster. When I was looking at them, I thought they emptied faster.
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Re: Question for those of you that spend the weekend in a field

Unread postby pwall on Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:08 pm

Yes, the green hose is supplying clean water. Helps to clean out the unit/dump hose when it's done.
Once I get a drain pipe in the garage to dump the 'stuff' into, I'll get a 3/4 hose as the distance won't be as far.
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