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#5839502 - 07/20/15 11:08 AM Septic tank for deer camp
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OK, since we've decided to go ahead with a mini restoration on the old RV, it will get water to the toilet and bathroom sink, so I now need a mini septic tank at the lease. RV next door used a five gallon bucket for a couple of seasons and it worked well until he moved his RV back, so we're talking splitting a backhoe and burying a couple of plastic 55 gallon drums.

Brain trust, what say you?
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#5839509 - 07/20/15 11:14 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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I was on a lease that used that same setup with the drums, except we used metal ones and drilled a series of holes around the drums.
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#5839523 - 07/20/15 11:27 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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I was thinking about how to clean out a plastic drum, steel with a lid sounds easier.
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#5839543 - 07/20/15 11:36 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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We did the same with 55 g drums. We put about 12" of gravel around the drums in ground lane length way. We ran grey water out on it's own, worked the 5 years I was there. We used no chemicals in the Black tank other than enzyme packs.
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#5839559 - 07/20/15 11:47 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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How many people are using the potty and how often are you there?

We just dug a hole, would probably hold 10 gallons, and built a simple cap with a hole to put the drain hose through. It was me and at least one kid there on the weekends. The last thing I would do before we left on Sunday is dump the tanks. Worked great the 2+ years we were on that lease.

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#5839562 - 07/20/15 11:49 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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Bury a Tote w lateral line..
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#5839565 - 07/20/15 11:50 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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I used one 55 gal drum for 10 years on the toilet in my barn.

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#5839570 - 07/20/15 11:52 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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It's usually just me, maybe Nick if we're on a work weekend. I have only one tank, but the cap does have a top hole that attaches a water hose so I can drain off the top of the tank. Had it setup that way, cows ate the hose. I hate the idea of a sludge pit, afraid of someone falling in it when the plywood lid rots.
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#5839571 - 07/20/15 11:52 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
I was thinking about how to clean out a plastic drum, steel with a lid sounds easier.

Are you talking about cleaning it as a septic tank? After it's installed?

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#5839574 - 07/20/15 11:54 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Homer Jay]
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Originally Posted By: Homer Jay
Originally Posted By: Cast
I was thinking about how to clean out a plastic drum, steel with a lid sounds easier.

Are you talking about cleaning it as a septic tank? After it's installed?


It's a just in case thing...

Now I'm thinking an open steel drum or plastic if there is such a thing placed upside down in a hole.
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#5839575 - 07/20/15 11:55 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: SniperRAB]
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Bury a Tote w lateral line..


post the pics of it again, I remember that, looked like it was done well
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#5839578 - 07/20/15 11:56 AM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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Originally Posted By: Cast
Originally Posted By: Homer Jay
Originally Posted By: Cast
I was thinking about how to clean out a plastic drum, steel with a lid sounds easier.

Are you talking about cleaning it as a septic tank? After it's installed?


It's a just in case thing...

Now I'm thinking an open steel drum or plastic if there is such a thing placed upside down in a hole.


Bingo. Another guy on the lease did this. He was afraid the sides of the hole would eventually collapse.

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#5839641 - 07/20/15 12:33 PM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: Cast]
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We bury 55 gallon steel drums with holes drilled in the sides, the more people using/the more barrels you will need. For most 1 or 2 barrels are plenty. Yes it's best to put gravel around the barrels for better drainage.

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#5839646 - 07/20/15 12:36 PM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: skinnerback]
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Originally Posted By: skinnerback
We bury 55 gallon steel drums with holes drilled in the sides, the more people using/the more barrels you will need. For most 1 or 2 barrels are plenty. Yes it's best to put gravel around the barrels for better drainage.


Open top upside down?
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#5839654 - 07/20/15 12:39 PM Re: Septic tank for deer camp [Re: SniperRAB]
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Bury a Tote w lateral line..


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