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Post by Brows on Wed Jul 31, 2019 11:12 am

We have recently bought a 2013 Gloucester with a pull handle to release waste water below the tank the outflow is very low i.e. eight inches to the ground my bucket and watering can used on previous Swift no good the only way when not over a grid is to place rear wheels on our ramps. What do others do?
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Post by gemdeco on Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:38 pm

Hi
    Wonderful design!!, I always get covered with waste water, the best solution is use one of the collapsible buckets, it takes a few trips to empty or wait until you are on the highway and find a drain after all it is only grey water. no worse than rain water, oil and other pollutants left by HGV. I now await the condemnation of my views
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Post by bikeralw on Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:02 pm

You won't get any condemnation from me! We do a lot of off grid camping and don't drive with a full grey water tank any further than we have to. A bit of consideration is called for, for instance I wouldn't dream of opening the tap on tarmac or in a built up area.
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Post by inspiredron on Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:18 pm

You can get an extra cap for your 3" drain from CAK tanks and then fit a Hozelock male adaptor onto that. That allows you to stretch underneath and attach a ½" hose to it.

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Post by Gromit on Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:11 am

I'll link to my old post again in case it's of interest to Brows - or others who may have less-than-perfect waste drains.

It's one of the most useful mods I've ever done.  up!

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Post by Peter Brown on Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:02 am

This is what Ron describes.  That 3" drain is the best.  I mostly drain with a collapsible bucket on sites where there is not a drive over emptying point and use the adaptor on pitches where I can drain continuously.

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Post by Gromit on Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:08 am

Yes, I had one of those on a previous van Peter, and they are certainly quick to empty.

Only problem was reaching the handle, which was further under than in your photo, and quite painful for the ancient knees. All but impossible with bikes on the towball rack!!

The first mod I did was to that system, and it was much the same as that detailed above, but considerably easier as the drain spigot was already installed.
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Post by gemdeco on Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:20 pm

Hi Everyone
      I have suddenly remembered in my early caravanning days you could get a very shallow slide under waste water tank, that was when I was fit enough to carry 5 gallons of waste water about.
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Post by inspiredron on Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:40 pm

gemdeco wrote:Hi Everyone
      I have suddenly remembered in my early caravanning days you could get a very shallow slide under waste water tank, that was when I was fit enough to carry 5 gallons of waste water about.
Alan
If I am thinking of the same wheeled tanks they had inlets of around 3 inches diameter designed to take a couple of 1 Inch waste pipes. Positioning it to catch the deluge from a 3 inch gate valve could be challenging!

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Post by Brows on Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:36 am

Thank you for all your replies most impressed I've ordered a cover from CAK Tanks as per Peter Browns suggestion ours did not come with a cover probably been lost. This will give us two options for emptying  we like to cover all bases if possible.

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Post by Peter Brown on Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:03 am

When at home I leave the cap with the outlet on and the slide part open this keeps the tank vented and smell free. As I use the van a couple of times a week at home I click a pipe connector (cut to as short a length as will allow it to click on) to the hose connector to keep it clean from road dirt and free from stone damage.
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Post by inspiredron on Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:22 pm

I was peeved when we collected our new van. The one we saw at NEC had the big gate valve but ours was built with the stupid side entry pipe that leaves an inch of waste water in the bottom of the tank AND takes ages to drain - yes I know I could improve that (a la Dave) but I haven't got round to it.

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Post by Gromit on Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:35 pm

It really isn't a difficult job Ron, even for old crocks of our vintage.

A bit fiddly, but these days I work on the principle that if I don't feel like finishing the job today, it will still be there tomorrow.  up!
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