Good afternoon everyone!
*Edit to title-- waste *pipe* vs. waste "power"
So, we bought our home and we're not planning on leaving it anytime soon. We're tucked back in the woods, just far enough away from everything but just close enough to get where we need to go. We moved in and I built a MH parking pad and the second phase was to address the sewage dumping "issue". I could continue to just take it to the local KOA and dump when we're inbound for home, but we're in the MH a lot and that cost adds up.
The septic tank cap is about 60' from the rear of the RV pad, and based on the yard and where the house is, I cant get the rig back there to dump it, and my hose obviously isnt long enough.
I had contemplated shelling out the $250 for a portable buggy, but I have some "cons" that make me consider digging a trench, putting some 4" drain pipe in the ground, and tapping into the drain pipe that goes into the septic tank.
Con #1: Its a burden to drain into the buggy, wheel it over, drain it again and it introduces another variable for having an accidental dump/spill.
Con #2: Its a piece of equipment floating around that I just dont care to store (we already have enough stuff I want to get rid of!
Con #3: Regardless of cleaning it, I fear it will inevitably stink like.... well... you know.
Pro #1: pretty much drag it and drop it into the tank.
Pro #2: I dont care about trenching, but opening up the drain entry line into the septic tank would be a concern
Pro #3: I have the buggy available for some other weird extremely occasional surprise.
Trenching a 4" drain pipe
Con: (reference Pro #2 above)
Con: Although slope isnt a factor because its a positive slope of a couple feet, I'd still worry about line leaks/cracks
Pro: Permanent and we plan on being RV'ers and have this house for a long while.
Pro: Minimal accidental spill risk.
Pro: The PVC drain pipe option is cheap compared to the buggy (several sections of drainpipe and some sweat from trenching)
SO-- I come to you all for advice/opinions
I dont want to say money isnt a variable-- because it is, but in this situation, if you could do it either way, what would you prefer? I can easily trench this and add a drain pipe for occasional dumping into my septic. And something about dragging my crap across my yard just makes my skin crawl lol!
I hope this post was entertaining and thought provoking, and I appreciate anyone's opinions.
-Justin and Brit