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Old 11-17-2021, 10:17 AM   #1
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New to Campgrounds--water sources & dumping

Hi All,

We just bought a new Campervan with a fresh water tank and grey tank only. We have not yet been out to a campground. Was wondering where you can fill your fresh water tank if the campsite doesn't have water hookups. Also, what is the dumping station like for grey water? Our van takes a half an hour to fully drain the 24 gallon grey water tank, so I'm wondering if we would be holding up the line at the dump station.

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Typically campsites that don't offer water hook ups have a fresh tank fill station. That doesn't apply if your boondocking.

Yes you would be getting evil looks if you spent 30 minutes at the campsite dump station. Are you sure you are doing it correctly because that doesn't sound right.
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Old 11-17-2021, 11:23 AM   #3
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Fill fresh water tank before going camping
Fill at CG potable water source....usually a general use station

Grey tank....
Taking 20-30 minutes to dump.....not venting properly
Need to investigate what/how tank is vented
**How is it drained.......garden hose?

Black tank>
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Old 11-17-2021, 11:37 AM   #4
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Something is definitely not right there. My 50 gallon grey tank will empty in about 2 minutes.
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Old 11-17-2021, 12:25 PM   #5
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State parks and most US Forest Service campgrounds have dump stations often near the entrance. The dump station has a non potable water spigot for cleaning up after your dump (sounds a bit crude doesn't it?) and they often have a potable water spigot near by. Some have a potable water spigot at the entrance near the check in station.

But some public sites have no dedicated water fill spigot and those that they do have spaced every 4-8 sites don't have hose bib threads, just a smooth exterior surface. I pull up to those and hook up with a "water bandit" a thick stretchy hose on one end that slips over the spigot and a conventional male hose fitting on the other.

Then there are some (one in Southern Mass. particularly) that have nothing. I always fill before I go to that one. Some rustic USFS sites also have no water other than maybe a pitcher hand pump. A water bandit won't fit over one of those . These almost always have outhouses as well.

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Pictures are worth a 1000 words: Can you post a picture of your setup for dumping?

Maybe a little more information on your RV as well. I am not sure that the term "campervan" is pretty generic, make, model, year might be helpful.
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A large diameter short hose will help. You can usually get with 15 feet. Maybe you can find a 3/4" diameter 15 foot garden hose.

I get my TT within 10 feet. A shorter hose will drain faster.
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Pictures are worth a 1000 words: Can you post a picture of your setup for dumping?

Maybe a little more information on your RV as well. I am not sure that the term "campervan" is pretty generic, make, model, year might be helpful.
Here's another post of hers and in it she gives a link to the name of 'campervan' she has.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f59/newb...by-561369.html
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If the extended drain time has been the same since new, it sounds to me like there is clearly an obstruction in the line. This has been known to happen due to quality control issues during manufacture. If it’s recent, something was dropped in the tank or broke loose. There should be a “WHOOSH” and done.
If you have a gate system maybe the handle is pulling up but is no longer connected to the gate. I had to replace one because mine only opened about half an inch or so on the black tank. Took forever to dump due to solids. (That was a fun repair).

As far as potable water goes, some truck stop have water available. You’d have to check as you go or plan ahead along your route. Buy a good quality water filter though as a precaution.
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I just noticed the link to you van. My drain info is not applicable but there may still be an obstruction or as someone else stated, a venting issue. Do you have to open a cap or valve to allow air into the system? Maybe open a faucet?
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A lot of the campgrounds we frequent have potable water faucets spaced throughout the park. They are purposely not threaded for a hose connection. We carry a portable 5 gallon water jug with a spout for those times when we run out of fresh water. For me a couple of trips with the 5 gallon jug is easier than dragging the trailer over to the fresh water fill station (usually near the entrance or near the dump station).
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Also, what is the dumping station like for grey water? Our van takes a half an hour to fully drain the 24 gallon grey water tank, so I'm wondering if we would be holding up the line at the dump station.
It depends on the campground, of course, but at a typical state park there will usually be a line during busy times when a lot of people are leaving (e.g. Sunday morning). 30 minutes to dump would definitely create some hard feelings. Most RVs can dump both grey and black tanks in less than 10 minutes. Of course those tanks dump through a 3 inch hose, not a garden hose. So yours may take longer but 30 minutes still seems excessive. Gravity flow through a hose depends upon venting, hose diameter (larger is better), and hose length (shorter is better). So I'd suggest using a 3/4 inch garden hose that's about 10 feet long. If vented correctly, you should be able to get close to 10 gpm with that setup. Here's one that may work: https://www.amazon.com/Homes-Garden-...-Dehumidifier/
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I can fill my 40 gallon fresh water tank in about 15 minutes when using a filter and a 5/8 inch water hose. I'm another vote for a restriction in the drain system.

Once you have checked out that drain and cleared any issue, I would suggest a 3/4 inch drain hose.
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