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Old 09-12-2011, 05:13 PM   #1
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Stinky question for the seasoned RV pro's

I have a question regarding the black tank on my 26BH and storage for the upcoming winter season. As luck would have it my black tank is approximately 1/3 full on the trailer and I will likely not be able to get it emptied before winterizing the unit for the winter. We had thought that we might have been out at least one last time before the end of the year and would then empty it after that time but it doesn't look like that will be the case. And I can tow it across town to a visitor information centre and empty it there and bring it back again but that presents its own challenges of taking it out of the backyard, driving across town and then back again before backing it into the yard again...all to empty that tank. Can I get some suggestions from veteran campers about this? If need be I will take it across town and empty it out. Or is it possible that it could be left until the following season? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:17 PM   #2
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Uhhh....I think I'd make the trip across town for a dump.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:22 PM   #3
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Another option, but not the cheapest one, would be to get a macerator and pump it into your s&b sewer access. You would then have the macerator to use if needed down the road.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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My question to you:

If you don't want to empty the black tank, what's you plan to keep its contents from freezing? The normal procedure is to empty it and pour some RV antifreeze down the toilet to help keep any minute amounts of residual water from freezing.

I wouldn't want to even THINK of the consequences (and potential mess) should the contents freeze and crack the tank.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:29 PM   #5
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Another option would be to purchase a blue tank and then lift it into the back of your truck and go dump it somewhere. Not fun, but it is what it is. They are pretty handy to have around - and if it is that difficult to get it in/out, you might find it quite useful.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:49 PM   #6
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My thinking is that it would be best to just go and dump everything, despite having to hook up and head across town to do it. As FPM said, I don't want to even think about how ugly it could be if there was freezing and cracking involved! That would be just plain nasty, no doubt about it.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:34 PM   #7
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If you have an outside sewer clean-out use it. The blue tanks are handy but keep in mind that water and sewer weighs about 8 # per gallon ( a little heavy to lift into a truck). I would take it to a dump station. Look around and you may find one closer to where your house is. We never leave camp without dumping the poop.
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If not moving the trailer is the prize so to speak, this is what I would do. Empty the remaining quarter tank into 3 five gallon laundry soap pails from Costco . Snap the lids on and take them home and dump them down your toilet or wherever you get rid of it. I would raise the side of the trailer a little bit that is on the opposite side of the dump valve , prior to starting. Use a wand to rinse out the holding tank. This will require two 5 gallon pails.Make sure it is clean. Remember to put some anti freeze in the p traps. Don't take a chance that everything will be ok if you leave it.
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My thinking is that it would be best to just go and dump everything, despite having to hook up and head across town to do it. As FPM said, I don't want to even think about how ugly it could be if there was freezing and cracking involved! That would be just plain nasty, no doubt about it.
Sounds like a plan to me!
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #10
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Not emptying is not an option, 100% of the years, as far south as Alabama! If its not an option in Alabama, then it does not even make the discussion board in Canada. The only option you have is where. The options are all covered above.

I use my outside sewer clean-out, back it down the driveway, had to buy a 20' long sewer hose to reach, but I use it 3-4 times a year. Sometimes it saves waiting in line to dump. Think long term and convenience in coming to your decision.
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