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Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« on: February 03, 2013, 06:19:05 AM »
I've been poking around the forum and trying to find some references to a fresh tank water reclamation system that I thought Sean (odyssey) was using in his Neoplan. We have 100 gallon tanks on board and since I'm recording this week here at the studio and we've been parked in our coach in their production truck ramp for what will be 12 days. We've had no problem making 100 gal of freshwater last us even with house faucets and shower head (navy showers) but I'd love for us to get a month out of our freshwater. I already know we easily have a month of holding tank, but our fresh runs out. Besides being more of a miser or running larger tanks, can anyone fill me in on a water filtering/reclamation system that can be practically used on the coach and will extend the use of our fresh water?


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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2013, 06:25:41 AM »
There have been busnuts who rigged up the toilet to flush with gray water in order to not use fresh water for this purpose.

This has increased maintenance potential as others have reported that the contents of the gray water, soap and whatever residues, fouling lines/valves and/or seals.

If money is no object, NASA will have some lovely, proven equipment...

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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2013, 06:47:29 AM »
The Romans used silver I have read where this generation uses colloidal silver I remember my Grandmother always kept a silver spoon in the well bucket I never knew why or cared it may work or may not I have no idea.
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2013, 06:52:13 AM »
Cliff, I have no idea what to think :) I am wary about reusing grey water for toilet unless its filtered. The charcoal filters we used when going overseas basically insinuated we could stick the pickup tube into some really brackish water and as long as iodine was added or chlorine tablets, we could drink it. A larger version of this might work!?


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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2013, 06:57:26 AM »
No I just am talking about keeping the fresh water from growing and killing the bacteria used water is not my thing lol
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2013, 06:59:36 AM »
Oh. Haha! Ok. I get it. No I'm wanting to know if I there were a commercially sized water filtration system that could be practically installed on a coach to reuse grey water.


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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2013, 07:05:09 AM »
Found it. Yep. NASA has it. Yep, it probably costs more than a house. Nevermind. I'm giving up my 3 GPM shower head.


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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2013, 07:05:40 AM »
They do it in Vegas for the golf courses I don't know it works I just see the signs "Don't Lick Your Balls"
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2013, 07:24:51 AM »
Why cant he just run the hose thats setting by them prevos and fill his tanks, got to be water there close,
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2013, 07:44:32 AM »
The low desert here, Palm Springs, etc, recycle gray water for golf coursed and landscapping.  There would only appear to be three ways to extend your water fill time: get more water, recycle, use less. We have a five gallon water jug that I wheel over to a tap, fill, and pour into our tank when we dry camp.
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2013, 08:34:15 AM »
What Sean has is a smaller (I think 20gal) water tank just for drinking water with a separate faucet. He does not recycle the gray water. I don't think it is a good idea to recycle the gray water into the toilet. Can make for quite a stinky mess. Good Luck, TomC
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2013, 11:06:14 AM »
Interesting info on ceramic filters: http://greywateraction.org/content/ceramic-drinking-water-filter.

But yes, I mistakenly thought this existed in a practical package for a bus. I guess 250 gallon fresh tanks are in our future.
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2013, 12:16:57 PM »
The only thing I know Sean does is he recirculates cold "hot" water in the shower back to the freshwater tank until he gets actual hot water.
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2013, 01:27:44 PM »
Oh...yeah. You're right. That's what I was confusing with a reclamation system. Duh.  :-\
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Re: Making Fresh Tank Last a Month
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2013, 05:45:32 PM »

 I guess 250 gallon fresh tanks are in our future.

If you were to upgrade to 250, what size back and grey would you use?
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