So I’m not sure if everyone reading this understands how water usage is dealt with on a camper. So, to make sure you understand the adventure we had recently, I’m going to fill you in on how it works. Incoming water can go into the holding tank and then be pumped to the faucet when used or you can have it hooked up to a hose all the time. We leave ours hooked up, so we don’t have to use our pump and honestly so we don’t have to think about it after we get it all hooked up.
Mina has three tanks for outgoing water. A main grey tank that the shower and sink drain into, a black tank for the loo, and a grey tank for the kitchen sink. The main grey one is the one used to flush the black tank. Generally we leave both grey tanks “open”, meaning they drain as we use water and flow directly into the septic.
So now that you understand how that basically goes, free flowing in and out for grey water, until we need to flush the black tank. Things got interesting on Friday morning, when I was getting ready for the day. I was letting the water warm up to wash my face when I noticed that the water wasn’t actually draining out of the sink. First thing was turning off the water and checking that the sink stopper was still sitting up in the “soap holding area” of the sink. (And by “soap holing area”, I mean the minuscule space that might fit half a bar of hotel sized soap, but happens to fit the sink stopper pretty well.) My next thought was that somehow the sink had managed to already get clogged with hair or who knows what else. I tried hand plunging, and that didn’t really do much either. Next realization was that the grey tank might actually be full. We have little buttons to check how full the tanks are next to the buttons for stuff like the slide and awning. Sure enough. Both the kitchen and the main grey tank were full. So outside I headed and they were both closed off, so I opened them up and let both tanks drain. Sorry if the ending was a bit anticlimactic, but it was pretty amusing at the time. And now I have learned to check that the tanks are open, and that dealing with them isn’t that intimidating after all.