Septic vs Sewer: Might Septic be Better?

Side view of a Sundance travel trailer Isuzu ELF 6th gen, standard-cab-type auto-sleeper style recreational vehicle R Pilote recreational vehicle Articulation point The point where two vehicles are coupled together to allow movement, usually by a ball or fifth wheel hitch. Awning On most newer RVs, the manufacturer includes a roll-out awning. The awning can be either manually operated or it can be operated electrically. Another type of awning used by RVers is a portable pop-up canopy or tent that provides a temporary solution to people who want to be outdoors and enjoy shade. The frame usually incorporates an accordion style truss which folds up compactly. Some of these awnings have side curtains that can keep out wind and bugs. Bull-nose front end Commonly seen on class A motorhomes where the angle of the front of the vehicle leans forward.

Finding free places to overnight in your RV

First, the bad news. The old well that I had high hopes of restoring is beyond repair. When I bought my property many years ago, there was an old, but still functioning, cast iron deep well hand pump. I contacted the local well driller this spring to see what my options were. A couple of weeks ago they tried to get the drop pipe out, but ran into an obstruction 4 feet from the bottom.

With the old drop pipe still in place, the well is a dead end.

What do I do if my black water tank is stopped up and will not drain. The problem you have is the toilet tissue in the tank has surrounded and plugged up the tanks drain hole. Remember toilet tissue will sink to the bottom of the tank and is made from wood and when it dries out it gets very stiff.

Sewer Septic vs Sewer: Might Septic be Better? Conventional wisdom suggests that when faced with a choice between town sewer and a septic system, the answer is clear: But is the conventional wisdom right in this case? Is septic sometimes a cheaper, greener choice? A closer look at this question suggests that while the conventional wisdom is clear, it may not be right. The Conventional Wisdom The advantages of town sewer are well-known: Town sewer requires no maintenance — once you flush, you’re done.

Understanding and Using RV Water Systems

Essentially, we use our toilet mostly for number one only. Since we camp at campgrounds, most other business is done at the campground bathrooms. The Problem Last summer, we were on a week long trip around the 4th of July, and we ran into trouble. After every time using the toilet, well, the only way to put it, is that the camper stank. Definitely a sewer stink.

For one thing, with a septic system, the clean-out is going out the back of the house to the septic tank and drainfield, not out the front to the street. Secondly, septic systems can’t handle giant loads of water, so 30 gallons from a Roadtrek or Class B RV should be no problem, but make sure they aren’t all taking showers and washing clothes.

Welcome to the fun with liquids page! The information here is mostly based on my own personal experience. Working with plumbing is pretty straightforward and usually isn’t terribly dangerous, unless you gouge yourself with a screwdriver or drop a wrench on your foot. However, improperly installed or poorly repaired plumbing can lead to your RV filling with water or other far more disgusting substances! Some of the suggested RV modifications require you to be at least a little handy Don’t undertake any project beyond your capabilities.

Introduction One of the best things about an RV is it’s ability to provide all the comforts of home even when you are miles away from civilization. Key to our comfort are simple things like running water and indoor toilet facilities. Lucky for us, our modern RVs are equipped with complete miniaturized equivalents of the household plumbing that we all take for granted.

Even small RVs have partial or complete self-containment capabilities and the basic design of the plumbing systems are pretty much the same, from a pop up camper all the way up to a big class A motorhome. Let’s take a look at a simple block diagram: A couple of notes:

Water Projects

A black water tank is one component that makes this possible. Black water tanks hold waste from the toilet until the waste can be flushed into an approved dumping station. When a black water tank fails, it can be removed and replaced like any other component on an RV. Most RV owners can accomplish this themselves with tools they usually carry on their RV.

Remove the RV toilet.

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I installed septic systems for quite a few years and have seen some weird things people have done with their systems. Installing an RV sewer dump into a home septic system is very easy. Remember sewer lines should not have quick drops because the water will leave the solids if there are any. Large elevation changes should be made with 90 degree drops. One inch of drop in a one hundred foot line is almost overkill, we always tried for no more than a half inch drop per hundred foot, but that is hard to do using plastic line.

Ideally the solids are kept with the liquid and casually float to the septic tank entrance. Connect your RV dump line into the septic system between the house and septic tank, never into the drain field. Another option is to drop the discharge from you RV directly into the top of the septic tank, preferably before the baffle, but after the baffle will work if that is the only possibility. A macerator or other grinder will help but is not a requirement.

I have installed RV dump lines into several septic systems, used both methods and never had a problem with them.

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Share Tweet There unfortunately is not a perfect procedure for connecting your utility RV hookups. Awareness Be sure to get a spot in a campground that has the appropriate RV hookups for your type of rig and has enough room to accommodate the size. The coveted pull through sites are always a plus! Find the site hookups and see if you can keep the sewer connection as close to the RV as possible.

It eliminated my problem of premature filling of my RV tanks. I also use it to rinse my tanks at home then dump the contents into my septic tank. It has come in real handy.

The host did not get out of his chair during check in and was discourteous. No park map is provided and no information on the location of showers or restrooms and dumpsters. The host told us to pick our spot, to avoid the sites that are roped off because they have no electrical. There is a huge dip in the entrance, just past the office, and from that point on this park just did not feel good.

The entrance road is paved, a frontage road to the left is paved, all the others are soft sand. I drove a little way into the park and parked the rig, then walked until I located a site that I felt I could access without getting stuck in the sand towing the fifth wheel. All the sites are tilted so leveling blocks will be required and they add stability in the sand under your jacks.

Fire and Piss Ants are everywhere and the park has done nothing to control them. After I set up I moved my pickup to clear the road in front of the rig and got stuck briefly in the sand on the road.

Can I Live in an RV on My Property?

View FixitDragon’s Album If just using the trailer’s holding tanks, be prepared to take “Navy” showers. Wet down, turn off water, soap up, shampoo hair, turn on water and rinse. Our trailer has 40g tanks holding tanks and a 50g fresh, which is pretty good size for travel trailers. My wife and I have 3 little ones.

Being conservative with water we can usually get days of dry camping no hook-ups.

Maneuver the tank to remove it from under the RV. Keep the black water tank in one piece if at all possible during the removal process. Take the tank to RV .

The 4-wheel Tote-N-Stor is by far a better option than a 2-wheeled RV tote tank since you don’t have to lift up one end to move it and it can be dumped in the horizontal position. While the Tote-N-Store is less expensive than the Barker 4-Wheel Tote-Along , the Barker is an overall better choice as its superior wheels allow you to maneuver the tote on all types of surfaces – not just hard, smooth roads.

There have been some consumer reviews indicating that the front wheels of the 4-wheel Tote-N-Stor are not very durable and can come off. These front wheels are just small diameter, hard rubber caster wheels that are suitable only for smooth hard surfaces so it is easy to see that if you take this portable blackwater tank ‘off road’ these small wheels may have issues. The Tote-N-Store is a MUCH better choice than a 2-wheeled tote which you have to lift one end to move and dump , but you need to be certain that you ever need to take the tote onto a soft surface.

If you do, go with the Barker and make your life easier. Tote-N-Stor Features and Specs: Available in the following gallon sizes: This kit gives you a 3-foot collapsible high-quality hose with a translucent degree elbow that eliminates the hassles associated with the cheap hoses included with the portable waste tanks. See below video for more information. There’s a lot to know about getting the right portable waste tank.

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