A lot of RV folks are innovative. Maybe it's all the time we have behind the wheel between stops, gives us time to sort out strange thoughts and pursue them. Now there's a new one floating around – if you'll pardon a plumbers pun: Dubbed the "Treat & Transfer" system, it promises to make handling excess gray water a snap. Will it really?
Why do we need this $139 miracle? It's specifically aimed at RVers who boondock and don't want to bring the rig back to civilization just to dump their tanks. With Carvin's new patent-pending technology, a small device is connected to your gray water outflow port, and also to your 12-volt electrical system. Gray water is automatically run through the system (which includes a chlorinator of some sort), then feeds out through a small bit of tubing to a customer-supplied portable waste tank. In the video, Carvin's waste tank is an old plastic gas can, painted blue (presumably to keep you from filling your generator with gray water by mistake).
A float system in the delivery end of the works keeps you from overfilling the waste tank. When the tank is full, you can lug the portable waste tank to an appropriate place to dump it.
Assuming that Treat & Transfer works as billed, our curmudgeonly question is, Why? Why drop $139 on a system to simply chlorinate your gray water, and in the process "deodorize" it, when you'll be lugging it off to a dump station anyway? We've carted hundreds of gallons of gray water off in a cheap "blue boy" waste tank without hardly raising a nose hair.
Maybe the "read between the lines" of this is to simply treat your gray water with the new system and pump it off in the weeds – after all, it's deodorized so nobody will smell it, and it's chlorinated so any e-coli will be a "dead issue." If that's the real theory, we doubt that the authorities would agree with the program.
We tried to learn more about the system. Carvin doesn't maintain a website associated with his e-mail. On our first try to contact him by phone, we got a number of rings, then a pickup to dead air. Presumably a wonky answering machine. Sorry, but none of this builds a great deal of confidence.
If you want to pursue it, here's a link to the Treat & Transfer video.