We all love our RV’s
and truly enjoy our camping outings.
There is however, one absolute necessity that none of us are looking forward to:
our visits to the RV dump station
before we leave to go home again.This could be
moment, which could bring a bit of anxiety to a lot of RV-owners. Let’s face it, after seeing the red light on the monitor level panel indicating that the black (and grey) tanks are full, we all let out a <sigh> of concern, because it means that we are going to have to take care of a ‘dirty’ job
!Some of the anxiety also comes from worrying how long we’ll be waiting in line at the dump station, and/or, when it’s our turn, wanting to be fast and efficient
in order to not hold up the waiting line behind us too long.
Many customers are asking us: Where can I find a dump station?
It all depends on where you are living of course. If you’re located inside any big city, chances are that it is illegal to dump into the public sewer system. However, Google will provide designated places and addresses of dump stations in your vicinity, but be aware that some may come with a minimal price to pay. If you’re living outside of the city, on an acreage for instance, chances are that you’re having your own septic tank(s), and you’d be able to dump your RV waste water right there.
That said, many RV campgrounds, as well as provincial parks have dump stations on site, or at least close by. Some may charge a small fee, others are completely free of charge. We found a very handy e-book called “RV Dump Station Locations” available to download online from Sanidumps.com/store/
So there you have it – you’ve found the nearest dump station to you, and now you are thinking about the next thing:
What is the fastest and most efficient way to keep our time short at the dump station?
7 tips to get as fast and efficient through a dump station.
1. Pull up to the dump station as close as possible, lining up the black/grey tank dump drain(s) with the sewer inlet on the dump station platform. IF you have a line up of RV’s behind you, DON’T RUSH! You are less likely to make a mistake if you are calmly following all the steps according to careful planning and staging.
What does this mean?
Have all your supplies organized together and ready for use in a designated space or container, such as:
Gloves – RV Sewer Hose(s) – RV Black Tank Flush Hose – Sanitation Products (such as wipes)- Soft Small Knee Pad(s)
Build your own ‘Handy Dandy Sanitizing Station’ on the inside of the storage compartment door, where you also have your container with these supplies!
2. Many RV dump stations (although not all) have a non-potable water spout, where you can attach your RV BlackTank Flush Hose. This is -non-drinking- water (be sure to read the signs) and should NOT be used to fill the Fresh Water Tank, this water simply isn’t clean. We would recommend that sanitizer wipes are used to clean the dump station water spout first -before- attaching your RV Black Tank Flush Hose. Also this flush hose obviously should never be used for anything else but to flush out the RV Sewer Hose or the black water holding tank.
3. Put on your waterproof gloves, remove the end caps and connect your RV Sewer Hose to both the black/grey tank outlet (receptacle) and the sewer inlet on the dump station platform. Always ensure that both ends are attached properly and NEVER pull the valve knife unless you have determined that the sewer hose is properly secured to both the receptacle and the sewer inlet!
There are excellent (long) latex gloves with grip available in stores, that are easy to wash and reusable. If disposable gloves are preferred, there are also environmentally friendly biodegradable gloves available for purchase.
4.ALWAYS pull the knife/release the valve of the BLACK TANK FIRST, then close it again after the black tank shows empty. Second, pull the knife/release the valve of the GREY TANK so that the water from the sinks and shower can also flush out any residue from the black water afterwards. When all waste water has been disposed of, close the valve and remove the RV Sewer Hose.
It is possible to also flush out the black tank with several specific attachments to the black/grey tank receptacle. One example of this is the ’Rhino Blaster’, which can be purchased at (some) hardware stores.
5. At this point, before removing the RV Sewer Hose from the sewer inlet, you will use your RV Black Tank Flush Hose to spray out the RV Sewer Hose.
Always be mindful of the people waiting behind you, but if there is nobody waiting, you can do a thorough job of rinsing out your sewer hose, and lastly, remove it from the sewer inlet. Place the end caps back on both sides of your RV Sewer Hose before you store it away. Don’t forget to disconnect and store your flush hose as well. And if you store your RV Sewer Hose inside the back bumper of your RV, don’t forget to secure the end cap(s) there as well.
6. Remove gloves – if disposable, discard with any other trash, and ensure to leave the dump station as tidy as you (hopefully) found it – then sanitize hands and leave the sanitation station for the next person to approach.
As an extra precaution, we would advise to always (first) use sanitizer wipes on fresh water spouts as well, before you attach your fresh water hose in order to fill up your fresh water tank.
Did you know that there are special water filters, called ‘pressure regulators’ for sale, that attach directly to your fresh water hose?
7. This ‘last’ step is actually the ‘first’ step: add ‘bio-enzymes’ by flushing (one) bag through your toilet after having emptied out your black water tank, but make sure to have some water left on the bottom of your black water holding tank. There are several different brands of this product on the market at different RV stores or dealerships, and this will help break down solid waste, thus prevent plugged up pipes and valves.
Which brings us to yet another ‘must have’ for your RV toilet: Septic Tank Safe Toilet Paper, available at same RV stores and dealerships, so don’t leave home without it.
How often do I need to empty my RV waste water tank(s)?
No matter the size of your black or grey water holding tank(s), it would always be a good idea to find a dump station when the level on the monitor panel shows 2/3 full. Most RV-ers are emptying their holding tanks right away after camping – and – if possible, preferably before they are getting back on the road. It is not recommended to pull extra (unnecessary) weight that also is slushing and moving around while driving, as this will reduce your fuel economy and could possibly cause undue stress on the entire waste water system. As for spraying/flushing out your black water holding tank: again, be mindful of any RV’s waiting in the line up behind you. If no one’s there, go for it and take your time to give it a good flush. But if it is busy at the dump station, leave it for the next best time!
So, what could possibly go wrong?
Many things of course, but we will focus on the most recurring issues that require SWIFT RV Repairs: (no pun intended, lol)
– Cable(s) broke when pulling knife of tank valve(s)
– Knife of Knives broke when attempting to pull open tank valve(s)
– Black/Grey tank outlet cracked or broken due to hitting an object on the ground, or was hit by a flying rock while driving on the highway
– Leak(s) due to crack(s) or hole(s) in black or grey tank(s)
– Obstructions inside pipes
– Wear and tear due to longevity
– False readings on Monitor Level Panel, showing ‘full’ when you’ve just emptied the tanks, due to wet debris on the sensors
– Clogged or slow drain toilet from using wrong or too much toilet paper, or flushed feminine products
We are here to help you with repairs of any (or all) of the above mentioned problems!
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