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Deer camp septic system #7198094 06/15/18 01:17 AM
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Anyone on here build a DIY septic at deer camp? If so, would you mind sharing any input on design, build details and any lessons learned. Considering building one with a water tote, plastic barrel and leech line at our lease.

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We used a 55 gallon black plastic barrel with a screw on lid. I drilled about 30 1" size holes all around the bottom quarter of the barrel (barrel laying down of course). Unscrewed the lid, cut a hole in the top of the barrel and fastened a pvc flange that accepts the size of my sewer hose from the trailer. Rented a small backhoe and dug a hole twice as deep and wide as the barrel. Threw some gravel in the bottom, a couple of boxes of lime in the hole and set the barrel in the center of the hole. Then glued a riser on the pvc flange so it was about 2" above ground level. Back filled the dirt. Added another box of lime through the riser. In place 5 years now with no issues.
I do have a cap for the riser so in the off season I will just store the septic hose, put the cap on and cover it with a 5 gallon bucket with a large rock on top.


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Dig hole, build outhouse, fill it up, move outhouse to new hole. Worked fine for couple hunnert years. More modern would be a five gallon bucket with box of trash bags next to it for liners. Course you gotta pack that out but hey...


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I was on one lease where the rancher simply dug a hole and covered it with plywood. The sewer simply leached into the ground. The hole never filled. He ran the grey water onto into the yard.


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Used the 55 drums as well (similar to Halfdozen) with good results. We used 2 drums since we had family members out a lot. We didn't use the lime, but did throw a bottle of the enzymes in once a month or so.


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I dug a hole about 4 feet deep, 3 feet wide, and 4 feet long. covered it with some tin roof (cause that's what I had on hand) and reinforced it with 2x4. Covered the whole thing with about a foot of dirt and put a rail around it so nobody would fall in. hose from the RV went in one end, and had a piece of 1" PVC sticking out of the ground at the other end for venting purposes. ran grey water and black water in there for five years. Never had an issue. If you don't vent it, the stench will back up into the RV.


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Don't get caught doing the 55 gallon drum. It not a legal septic system


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Originally Posted By: YellowDog
Don't get caught doing the 55 gallon drum. It not a legal septic system


They can't see it from city hall.


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I put in a 55gal plastic barrel with 4 holes cut in the bottom sides standing upright in a hole for a barn toilet 30 years ago. It’s still working.
No gravel or anything else. This was in caliche.

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If I was going to do a Camp site septic. This would be my thought, just like my 2-500 gal regular. Dig hole install 2 plastic barrels, connect the second with PVC pipe about 1/4 The distance from top with holes around bottom sides with gravel around outside. Hook up to first barrel to TT or cabin top of barrel. Just my 2 cts.

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Thanks for the feedback. I think we’re going with a water tote for solids and connect a 55 gallon plastic barrel for liquids. We’ll run a pipe out of the barrel into a trench and pit filled with gravel and sand.

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Originally Posted By: bigjoe8565
Thanks for the feedback. I think we’re going with a water tote for solids and connect a 55 gallon plastic barrel for liquids. We’ll run a pipe out of the barrel into a trench and pit filled with gravel and sand.


Because it's just me and a friend who each have our own trailers, we use this. Buries easily and includes a protective sock that helps keep the holes working in the pipe. And every once in a while, we'll drop one of those bacteria packets into the toilet.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/FLEX-Drain-4-in-x-25-ft-Corrugated-Drain-with-Filter-Sock-Pipe/1239339


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Don't get caught doing the 55 gallon drum. It not a legal septic system


They can't see it from city hall.


Never understood why it's such a concern when a lot of deer leases are near pastures covered with cow patties.


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Originally Posted By: scalebuster
I put in a 55gal plastic barrel with 4 holes cut in the bottom sides standing upright in a hole for a barn toilet 30 years ago. It’s still working.
No gravel or anything else. This was in caliche.


This is what we had t the deer lease...…..

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We put one in at our place but it was solid rock past 2 feet down so jackhammer was used. 2 plastic barrels burried and a septic pump in second one so guess it is aerobic. When 2nd barrel is full I water the lawn at the breaker and turn off when empty. No smell and clean so far. Probably should put some chemical in first tank to dissolve toilet paper but been fine for 5 years now.

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Originally Posted By: YellowDog
Don't get caught doing the 55 gallon drum. It not a legal septic system
If they are worried about that then whatever agency they work for has either too many employees or too much time on their hands.

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There are only 2 of us on our lease so we dig a new hole each trip with post hole digger and cover it with our home made port-a-potty I built out of EMT, tarps and ball bungies.
We keep it steaked down behind our trailer when we are not there.





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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
If I was going to do a Camp site septic. This would be my thought, just like my 2-500 gal regular. Dig hole install 2 plastic barrels, connect the second with PVC pipe about 1/4 The distance from top with holes around bottom sides with gravel around outside. Hook up to first barrel to TT or cabin top of barrel. Just my 2 cts.


I may or may not have done something similar at an undisclosed location. Basically copied the residential septic system using two 55 gallon plastic drums with screw down kayak hatches on top. I have them joined together with 3" PVC and then I ran 35' of 3" perforated drain line. I have heard it has worked great for 5 years and counting. The only thing it service is the commode and sink in the barn.


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Search DIY septic system. One of them uses two barrels and pipes. We did one barrel and two pipes. We're in sandy soil and it has lasted for several years without attenion. I started dumping grey water on ground.

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Ya'll are way over thinking this! Just dig a pit a couple of feet deep and about 4x4 10-15-20 ft from your RV/ Cabin, etc.. Buy a joint or two of thin wall PVC pipe from Home Repo and extend it from the discharge to the pit. Make sure you have a little fall in the pipe from the discharge to the pit and insert the flex hose in the end of the pipe (I use baling wire to secure it in place when the brown nuggets start flowing). Throw a couple of pieces of tin over the top of the pit so no one can watch the brown trout swimming and put a hog panel around the pit to keep you or your buddies from taking a swim. You're done, now back to relaxing, hunting and telling a few lies around the campfire.
I don't suggest growing any Romaine lettuce or anything around the pit but the grass will always be green around it smile


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I used two blue plastic drums. The first to catch the major solids and the second to catch what the first missed before going to the field line.


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