Utilities Part 4 – sewer

Howdy friends!

Today we’re going to talk about the sewer connection.  I’m currently hooked up to the public sewer because it’s available, however, I do have plans for a diy grey water disposal system likes these ones.

DIY grey water filter system with plans
DIY grey water filter system with plans

or something like this maybe…

More complicated DIY grey water solution
More complicated DIY grey water solution

However my current situation is just to tie into the system and kinda forget about (other than not creating grey water in the first place by conservation).  I tied in on the ground beside the other utility RV post.

sewer is the black tube and white cap on the ground
sewer is the black tube and white cap on the ground
closer look at the sewer connection
closer look at the sewer connection

luckily my builder supplied the lines and connections but it’s hooked up just like a regular RV.  There are traps under the tiny house in which the other end of these pipes are connected.  I don’t have a picture because that would require me to pull off the skirting but here is a similar one.

The connection of the sewer hose to the RV at the orange/red piece
The connection of the sewer hose to the RV at the orange/red piece

The photo above shows the hose connecting to the permanent sewer pipe on the tiny house. This is the black pipe.  The red (mines orange) part has those claws which connect over bumps on the main part attached to the RV so that it makes a good connection.  You just turn the orange part to lock into the bumps – it’s really easy!  AFTER that is connected (this is an important step) and you have the other end of the hose going to the sewer outlet you pull out that handle on the right (and there’s one on the left pipe too in this photo) and it opens the door of the sewer pipe so that it will drain into the hose you just connected.  When your going to take off the hose you would then want to close that door so nothing would drain out.

Of course, working with gravity, you want to make sure the hose is actually draining to your sewer connection. My builder also provided me with a little stand to help with drainage.  Again this is under my house (I try to hide all the utilities as much as I can) and couldn’t take a photo but it’s similar to this set up.

rv sewer

I think it took a total of 10 minutes to initially set up this system.  While I was installing the skirting I decided to move the hose under the trailer so it’s not visible or out in the elements.  So far I haven’t had any issues with it under the trailer.

Since I don’t pay for water or sewer, I am curious to know how much I consume in a day  I’m sure every day is a bit different because sometimes I shower at the gym after a workout while others I shower at home.  It also seems that some days I have more dishes to clean than other days.  Maybe I should set up a bucket to catch the grey water just to see how much I use in a typical day.  It could be interesting, what do you think?

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