Waste water in winter - solution needed

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Branston1080, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Branston1080

    Branston1080 Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    32
    Here's the issue, how do I manage my waste water tank in winter?
    I work away from home in the week and I have just started using my motorhome as my accommodation.
    I'm on a long term pitch and therefore not moving the van ( no service point anyway).
    My tank is under slung but there is a heated vent to hopefully prevent it freezing. As I'm new to this and have no experience of winter camping I'm unsure of the best way forward.
    Do I keep the tank closed and heated and drain and empty when required or should I keep the tank open so it just drains?
    If I do the latter what's the best container to go for and how do I cope with freezing temperatures?
    I know these are all probably ridiculous questions but I'm worried about freezing pipes/ damage.
    Any suggestions welcome :BigGrin:
     
  2. darklord

    darklord Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    1,243
    Location:
    essex
    To avoid any problems, I would open the outlet on your waste tank, and let it drain into something else, a waste hog, bucket, other plastic container. This is cheaper option than heating the tank etc, and will save you worrying about it.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. f6c

    f6c Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2010
    Messages:
    2,879
    Likes Received:
    734
    Location:
    gloucestershire
    Have to agree with Darklord I use a bucket had no mechanical failure yet:Wink:
     
  4. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    7,220
    Likes Received:
    9,600
    Location:
    Dorset
    always use a bucket in winter as a closed tank will just freeze solid preventing emptying and potentially splitting as the ice expands:thumb:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Branston1080

    Branston1080 Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    32
    Bucket doesn't fit under

    Thanks for the responses, it looks like the 'bucket' is the way forward!
    Standard bucket too tall to fit under van.
    Is it ok to attach a hose?
     
  6. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,261
    Likes Received:
    7,881
    Location:
    West Norfolk
    I would just use your tank heating!

    Its the UK, not the Alps! Seriously, I think Knaus's solution to keeping your tank frost-free will be fine.
    Our Chausson has an unheated underfloor waste tank, the bucket only comes out for ski trips.

    Attaching a hose to your tank will just add another thing to freeze.

    Do bear in mind the position of your waste valve though, if remote from the tank, it may freeze if the going gets tough.
     
  7. scek

    scek Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2011
    Messages:
    134
    Likes Received:
    81
    Location:
    Manchester
    Bucket with a "small" hole in it.
     
  8. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    Plenty of sites, especially CLs are quite happy if you run a waste hose from your tank into the hedgerow. .. (check with warden/owner first) .. Keep the waste valve open, ensure the hose drains empty and you won't have any problems..
     
  9. Minxy Girl

    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    8,532
    Likes Received:
    9,905
    Location:
    E Yorks
    If a bucket is too large to go under your van, use a washing up bowl and then just pour the contents into a bucket and chuck-it! :Smile:
     
  10. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,211
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    Have to echo the other comments on here, in freezing weather use a bucket or something similar, not a waste container like a wastemaster as you will not be able to empty it if it freezes. The taper in a bucket or washing up bowl allows it to be emptied even if frozen nearly solid.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. SC 05 OUT

    SC 05 OUT Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2009
    Messages:
    3,274
    Likes Received:
    6,396
    Location:
    doncaster
    one of the floppy plastic trug things they expand ,
     
  12. Spacerunner

    Spacerunner Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2008
    Messages:
    609
    Likes Received:
    195
    Location:
    Hampshire
    The only problem I had using a bucket was a load of waste water, bucket-shaped lollipops cluttering up a C&CC site's waste diposal drain! :Laughing::Laughing:
     
  13. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,211
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    Don't worry, they'll be gone by spring.:Laughing:
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page