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Old 11-02-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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New guy here and I think I have a problem with simple solution but could use some help. I bought a Brand new (-60days)travel trailer, 2015 Keystone Hideout 28 BHS. Live in DE where it gets cold in the winter time, normal winter weather, nothing too extreme but it gets cold. Regardless, last time we camped I dumped all grey and black water tanks. I took the RV to dealership to have winterized for the 1st time since winter is around the corner. I bring it home and both grey and black water is 1/3 full of water according to the sensors. It appears they must have drained water in them while winterizing and forgot or failed to dump them at that service bay. None the less, they were empty when I delivered it to them. So, I don't have the time to take it back due to travel for work and RV place is 2 hours away. Bottom line, can I dump a gallon of rv antifreeze in each tank and call it a day? If not, how can I dump this stuff or should I even dump it? Any advice? There's plenty of antifreeze throughout the trailer from winterizing but not sure what to do with water in the tanks that's left there. ugh!
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:50 PM   #2
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First, you will learn that that the gauges are very inaccurate.
Second, get a 5 gallon bucket and drain the tanks. You can flush the stuff down a toilet if you have nowhere to dump.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:22 PM   #3
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why didn't I think of that! Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:51 PM   #4
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I would dump a gal of RV antifreeze in each tank. Make sure there is plenty in the toilet bowl to keep the seal wet.
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Old 11-03-2015, 09:32 AM   #5
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:00 AM   #6
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I would dump n a bucket to see what it is in the tanks. Could be a mix of "water" and antifreeze. Regardless, getting rid of it won't hurt anything, especially if you add a gallon or two of straight antifreeze to each tank after.
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Well, if you emptied before getting it winterized, we then assume that what is in the tanks is just water, why not just dump in the driveway or street?

If nothing is in there I would do it.

If that makes you uncomfortable then the bucket-to-toilet trick is your friend.
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Well, if you emptied before getting it winterized, we then assume that what is in the tanks is just water, why not just dump in the driveway or street?

If nothing is in there I would do it.

If that makes you uncomfortable then the bucket-to-toilet trick is your friend.
Easy way to test is to dump the first couple of gallons into a bucket. If no paper, kibbles or bits are in the fluid, then run a garden hose while you let 'er rip to the curb.
To keep the tree huggers at bay, maybe pick a time that isn't where everybody is up and outside?
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Easy way to test is to dump the first couple of gallons into a bucket. If no paper, kibbles or bits are in the fluid, then run a garden hose while you let 'er rip to the curb.
To keep the tree huggers at bay, maybe pick a time that isn't where everybody is up and outside?
Umm advocating something that is probably illegal everywhere?
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How about if it goes down a storm drain, someone is gonna drink it eventually? Does the Golden Rule not apply anymore?
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Here on the Left coast, storm drain water goes to the ocean and no one drinks that water, yet. That being said, do not drain your holding tanks at the curb, ever. Your fresh water holding tank might be OK.
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On the left coast, all water goes to the ocean, but not always immediately. Storm catch basins could lead to holding areas where the liquid has an opportunity to soak down into the ground and get into ground water.

Where many cities and municipalities get their water.

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along with tens of thousands of septic tanks with thousands of miles of leach lines and even more out houses. That being said, never dump your holding tanks in the gutter.
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It's been illegal in OR to even dump grey water on the ground since about 1968 when I got my first TT. And the EPA did check even our private campground. They also outlawed our "gopher hole" sewer system and we had to put in a sand drain system.
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