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bencoleman
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Recently bought our first travel trailer
I'm having hell with the gray water and black water tanks and when they should be open. Another problem is finding a mattress. The dimensions are 48 by 72 which is called a 3/4 full. The problem is the only one I've found is 169 dollars for a 5.5 inch that looks terribly uncomfortable. Does anyone have any ideas where we can get a better mattress in that size? We didn't want to go over 300.


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Can't help with the other stuff but a memory foam mattress that is 5.5" thick should be fine. I have a 3" queen mattress I roll up and use pickup truck camping. I sleep as well on it as I do at home on my $1,100 inner spring name brand mattress. Granted, that mattress is a POS that I paid fricking $1,100 for.



eta here is a foam mattress for $150. Cut to your size or do some more searching one that might be closer to dimensions.
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bencoleman
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
Thank you.


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Spankum
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
how you handle the grey and black water is just a matter of preference. I have found that black water empties a whole lot more efficiently if you let it fill up some before you pull the lever. I never did very long term camping, so I would just leave it closed until I was ready to leave and then pull the gate so it dumps all at once.

You use a lot more gray water than you would think, so you generally have to just open it up as soon as you get set up and let it free flow the whole time. the only exception would be that I like to use some gray water to flush the whole works out after dumping the black water for the last time on the trip, so I would shut the gray water valve for the last day of the trip.


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Go to Wholesale Mattress and Factory at Florida and Flannery. They make all their mattresses in-house and I'm sure they can custom make any size you want for your price range. They're high quality too.


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OnePercent
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
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 I like to use some gray water to flush the whole works out after dumping the black water for the last time on the trip, so I would shut the gray water valve for the last day of the trip.


Basically everything spankum said, I like to flush with gray water as well. As for the black tank I pretty much never let it sit dry, that can cause residual buildup of solids in the tank. Typically I hold it all weekend, dump last day, add chemical, and fill with 3-4 toilet bowls of water.


Captain Ray
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
an egg crate foam pad on top held in place with one of those matress pad fitted things works great. Super cheap wal mart fix and the quilted pad helps protect it. As far as the tanks make sure ya save up a tank full of grey water which is mostly soapy stuff to dump last that way it cleans ya hose out in the process.


bencoleman
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
I'm going to contact the mattress place tomorrow, in the meantime I'm using zn air mattress. I also have a 4" goose down pad. I'm living in the trailer during my work shift, which is 12 days on and 3 days off here in lake Charles. It's a thousand times better than the hotel. I just did a year there. Not only is it expensive it makes you miserable after a few months. I'm already liking this more.


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I highly recommend astro rv in Lake Charles. I replaced three custom sized mattresses, including one angle cut, with solid foam, pillow top mattresses for $500 total. Super nice people. They give two week lead, but I got all three of mine in one week. I took good measurements and they fit like the camper was built around them. I got the lowest grade they sell, but they're still very good quality. They're very firm. Love them. Pricing by dimensions, on website.
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Jj283
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
I typically don't empty the tanks unless they are full, or we are leaving the campground.

As others have said you want some volume to build up that way when you do empty the black tank, it will move on out.

I do the the same with the grey so I can use it to rinse the sewer hose.


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rattlebucket
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
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Spankum


Nailed it. Good advice. I do exactly the same with water tanks.

As far as the mattress we use a lot of layers. Foam, decent matress, more foam etc. I have to hop up into the bed because we got it so thick.


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FishinTygah84
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
this thread makes me realize why i don't have a camper. black water and gray water and hoses draining this and that. I'd screw something up so fast it'd make my head spin


Geaux1
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
Don't mean to switch gears on original post but it appear what I'm interested in is being discussed a great deal here.
Recently new as well to camper life and camper will remain set up and used 98% of the time where no sewer line is available and too much trouble to pack up and leave to dump tanks.
Any you baws use toilet bags for chit and just allow piss to flow on ground? If so what bags/liners work best?

Also congrats to original poster on new found "hobby"


NASA_ISS_Tiger
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
They make carriers that you dump into and then carry/wheel over to a dump station to dump. I don't recommend letting any raw sewage flow.


Geaux1
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don't recommend letting any raw sewage flow.


Right. Neither do I. I guess I should be more specific, not in a rv park or anything of that sorts, its in the woods near a deer lease. Will only be used a couple times a week.

The piss that goes to the ground is in my opinion no different than pissing in the great outdoors. As far as the "other sewage" I'm thinking of using a toilet liner then disposing properly afterwards. The bags come in many styles/options and that's what I was asking advice on.


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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
Try a composting toilet. YouTube videos are available


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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
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I guess I should be more specific, not in a rv park or anything of that sorts, its in the woods near a deer lease.


Bury a 55 gallon drum next to camper...problem solved.


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Jj283
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
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Right. Neither do I. I guess I should be more specific, not in a rv park or anything of that sorts, its in the woods near a deer lease. Will only be used a couple times a week. The piss that goes to the ground is in my opinion no different than pissing in the great outdoors. As far as the "other sewage" I'm thinking of using a toilet liner then disposing properly afterwards. The bags come in many styles/options and that's what I was asking advice on.


While I agree it is going on the ground "just like pissing in the great outdoors", I think I'd go the 55 gallon route with this.

If you dump piss in the same spot- every time- the area around your camper is gonna start smelling like A porta potty that's been sitting in the sun for a month without being emptied.
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Captain Ray
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
If da camper is set up stationary as a deer camp the toilet issues can be easily and cheaply fixed get the pvc and adapters and run a sewer pipe a few feet away preferably down hill. Either bury a tank as recommended or just dig a pit and cover it. The ground absorbs the liquid the solids compost and it will last for years if the smell gets bad just lift the cover and dump your fire ashes in it. Over time if the pit fills completely with solids move over a few feet and dig another. Plant a fig tree or something over the old one.


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bencoleman
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re: Recently bought our first travel trailer
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here is a foam mattress for $150. Cut to your size or do some more searching one that might be closer to dimensions



I went with this option. I'm getting 4 more inches with a foam pad from Walmart. I also have this goose down pad. I'm fairly sure that put together it'll be comfortable.


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