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Old 09-06-2016, 05:04 AM   #11
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Guy in front of me Monday dumped his in record time. Just pull the handle let it go on the ground. No need to worry about hoses they only slow you down. I walked over with a gallon of bleach while he was still dumping his grey water and started pouring it on his black residue. Let him know i did not want to play in his Sh*t.
Nasty.
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:47 AM   #12
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I bought a macerator so now I can dump at home. I never dump at camp unless I have a full hook up site.
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:06 AM   #13
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I take an extra vacation day at work. That puts us a day behind the big push to get out of CampingLand.


Pull up to a quiet office/general store, pay the fee. Drive to dump site and dump. Clean up. 1/2 an hour start-to-finish. In 7 years, we've delayed another camper only once. I was still on the black tank when they pulled up.


No dawdling, delaying or dilly-dallying. Do your business and move on....
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:28 AM   #14
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I bought a macerator so now I can dump at home. I never dump at camp unless I have a full hook up site.
This is similar to what I do - a couple of weeks ago it was A) raining and 2) there was someone behind me in line. I just emptied the tanks and left. When I got home I pulled up to a cleanout in the front of the house and flushed out the black tank to my hearts' desire. We are lucky to have it and also store the camper at the house.

The rub is, as mentioned, at this point in the year people are getting a little more thorough in anticipation of the last camping event of the season.
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:30 AM   #15
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So you were #6?

A couple weeks ago I was holding up the line (4 rv's) filling my fresh water tanks. A guy came up to me and wondered what the problem was. I told him that the water from the spigot only can run so fast. 90 gallon tanks take a while to fill.

Patience is the key at the dump station line.
No... I was #7.

I did eventually bail out, though. I hauled back heavy, and hit the city dumpstation on the way home,.

I guess ya'll are missing my point: it appears common sense and the "neighborly RV community" all goes down the drain (literally) when it comes to the dump station line.

If there is a huge line, pull the sewer hose out of the bumper before its your turn at the dump.

If there is a huge line, dump, rinse, and move ahead.

If its the busiest camping weekend of the year, maybe think of others, and if you intend on doing your year-end tank maintenance, maybe you wait until the line clears.

I think way way way too much "stink" has been made about black tanks lately. its just a holding tank, and the cheap sensors never work correctly. Folks are getting crazed about a "clean" black tank.

Before the interwebs, how do you suppose the RVers of yesteryear operated? Did they all just fall into the fetal position? NO. We figured it out and used common sense.
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:47 AM   #16
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Guy in front of me Monday dumped his in record time. Just pull the handle let it go on the ground. No need to worry about hoses they only slow you down. I walked over with a gallon of bleach while he was still dumping his grey water and started pouring it on his black residue. Let him know i did not want to play in his Sh*t.
That's just nasty, and illegal in most areas. You probably handled it better than I would have.


Back to the topic, we plan on camping several more times yet this year, but nothing is etched in stone so I view every trip to the dumpstation as maybe my last one for the season. I made the mistake last time of not dumping my tanks at the CG because of the line. I found a dump station online while driving home that was tucked away in one of our smaller mountain towns. What we didn't know is the entire town is torn up for road work, narrow 1 lane roads with the asphalt recently removed, traffic jams, street closures and a google maps route that had me dead ended on a one lane road, miles off course. We just said screw it and took it home without emptying. Had to pull it out of storage a couple weeks later to finally get the tanks clean. In hindsight we should have just waited as long as it took before leaving the camp ground. The effort to deal with it later was 10 times worse, not to mention driving around with all that extra weight. Sometimes traveling with the camper is like going by rail. If you're in a hurry, you are going to end up angry at some point.

If we are doing a multi-stop trip, we try to make our final camping spot one with full hookups, not that this always works out, but usually there's a KOA we overnight at before making the final leg home.
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I hate the "drain train" and make it a point to have the last stay of the season at a FHU site, so I can do my thing to store the unit.

I have been #6 or more and agree that 10 minutes is about average per unit. My unit has 2 connections and 5 valves, so if your behind me it's a minimum 15 minutes. Holiday weekend state and county park stays just have this factor to deal with.

Usually I just wait to go on the end of the line 11AM or later, so no one is waiting on me and I can do my thing. More camping time for the family this way. Traffic is still going to be there waiting for me .
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I hate the "drain train" and make it a point to have the last stay of the season at a FHU site, so I can do my thing to store the unit.

I have been #6 or more and agree that 10 minutes is about average per unit. My unit has 2 connections and 5 valves, so if your behind me it's a minimum 15 minutes. Holiday weekend state and county park stays just have this factor to deal with.

Usually I just wait to go on the end of the line 11AM or later, so no one is waiting on me and I can do my thing. More camping time for the family this way. Traffic is still going to be there waiting for me .

Another option is if your passing a place to dump along the route home that hour could be 15 minutes and $5.00.
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In a tacky, cheapskate kind of way....
A local private RV "resort" allows to pull in and dump at an empty spot on the honor system. $5 per visit at the cashbox near the entrance.

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What about the guy who decides to fix his TT tail lights after dumping...with us and my daughter and son-in-law behind him. I watched him for a few minutes plugging/un-plugging and then when he came around back with tools I had enough. I walked up and asked him to pull up so we could dump. It was then he realized we were there waiting! He was so intent on fixing it, he never looked 20' back!
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