Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:16 PM
My first question so please bear with me. We are about to start our self build project ,and have the opportunity to stay in a static caravan. It is sited in the garden of our neighbour, is free, but is not plumbed in. I have looked at a portable septic tank and its related costings which are just about bearable. However, I came across an ad in the USA for a Barker 42 gal black water tank on wheels which you can tow away and empty into a friends household tank. Wondered if anyone has used this option and if so any pitfalls.
Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:36 PM
The usual thing is to install the final drainage for the house, and connect the 'van to that.
Otherwise treat it like a touring caravan and use a porta potti type toilet which is easy to empty somewhere suitable.
Posted 07 December 2015 - 06:45 PM
Hmmm, 42 gallons; a gallon's a bit more than 8 pounds- so you've got well over 320 lbs of the stuff to lug around - on a freezing night, with snow on the ground. I can just hear it
HIM "Your turn on the Barker tonight , love...." Long pause
HER "But I'm going to the bingo tonight...."
HIM "Tough sh!t pal..."
And a few more pounds in the Barker by morning.
Sort the off mains drainage first, tap into that, and smile all the way to the loo.
Posted 07 December 2015 - 09:17 PM
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Posted 09 December 2015 - 02:54 PM
There is very little tolerance in the fall of the pipe (how slopey it is)
Installing the access junction where the pipes meet is tough as well
Have you worked with wavin (sewer pipe) before?
Posted 09 December 2015 - 09:39 PM
Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:33 PM
Can it not go closer?
Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:56 PM
Sounds really grim though!
Posted 10 December 2015 - 06:38 AM
When we were living in a mobile home before the house was finished we installed a temporary septic tank
This was a hole with an oil drum, or similar,surrounded by large stones with the toilet waste pipe leading into it, lidded and covered
It served us well for the few years we needed it, and when the caravan left and we moved into the new house we stuck a willow cutting on the location of the drum
Wavin is easy enough to work with, but I would not start on such a complex and easy to mess up job like joining an existing sewer run
And as Pro Dave rightly suggests 300m might cost 750 Euro... You could build a tidy little compost toilet for that, and get a little practice building while you're at it
Posted 10 December 2015 - 01:12 PM
I'd like to have a go on one first mind you
Posted 10 December 2015 - 09:41 PM
Suspended over a stream, oh the delight of rushing out and seeing how far 'yours' got by the time you'd done your trousers up.
Posted 10 December 2015 - 11:20 PM
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