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Old 05-05-2015, 06:10 AM   #1
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Something I've noticed at non-sewer cgs

Our travel trailer and holding tanks are quite small. Therefore, when we go to a state park that only has a dump station, our options are...1)only use the bathroom in the camper at night and let the shower water drip onto the ground, or 2)use the bladder that we bought and tow it up to the dump station. We only stay for the weekend at the local state park, so we've never used the bladder, but I've NEVER seen ANYONE use one. I know there are some giant campers that camp for a week or 2 at a time. The camp hosts are there for much longer than that. I'm not looking for advice on this....just wondering if I'm missing something!
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:17 AM   #2
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Often times the Camp Host spots have a sewer connection when the other spots don't. And many rigs have tanks in excess of 60 gals so you could go several days with prudent use of the shower/sinks. I've also seen lots of folks who use the park's rest rooms for showers so I presume they're saving their tanks capacity for other uses.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:04 AM   #3
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I first thought the same thing but after buying our 'blue tote' and taking it to the dump station during the morning or daytime, I realized that several other RV'ers were doing the same thing.. You may not have noticed if you are only going to the dump station when heading out Sunday afternoon when everyone else is heading home...

As far as your comment on letting your gray water dump on the ground, there is an entire thread here somewhere dedicated just to that (so I don't want to start that up again)
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:38 AM   #4
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I have used my smart tote on trips lasting more than a weekend at campgrounds without full hookups. At places where extended stays are not unusual, I tend to notice totes on standby or in use. It has paid for itself in terms of convenience.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:53 AM   #5
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Most use CG facilities when appropriate. Without much effort you can easily make it thru a long weekend stay. We use to do it when we just had a pop-up. Adding a full bathroom w/ shower does not mandate you use them over CG facilities. Our 2014 White Hawk has a full sized shower but we have only used it once. We recently returned from a 7+ week trip south with stays from 5 days to 4 weeks. We made it thru the 5 day stay without having to use the tote but used it every 5-7 days at our other stays. A little awkward to use the tote at first but you quickly learn the routine and how to avoid issues.

A tote is a necessary and useful accessory for longer stays. You don't need one for weekends at a state park so we leave it at home.
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:07 AM   #6
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We carry two things with us.. Our American Express card and our blue tote... Just like the commercial... "Don't leave home without it"

Some say you don't need it for a weekend stay... I say phooey on that... I bought an RV so that I WOULDN'T have to use the campground bathrooms.... When it's really cold we all like nice long hot showers.... But that's just us... Your mileage may differ...
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Old 05-05-2015, 08:43 AM   #7
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I noticed most people tend to take them early in the day to the Dump Station. Depending on the road surface you can hear those plastic tires, especially on the Gravel. Plan on going to Harbor Freight soon to replace mine with a rubber tire.

They do make the stay more enjoyable w/o having to be in constant concern with tank capacity.
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Our previous hybrid only had a 6 gal black tank, and it was a wet bath, so showering was not fun.

So after the first season, we showered in the public facilities. And the toilet was only for "#1" during the night. It worked out perfectly. For longer trips, like a week, I had a tote that I never hesitated to use.

In our current hybrid we can easily go a 4 night trip without using a tote. For week long trips we take the tote.

I regularly see folks dumping their totes.
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:26 PM   #9
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Some of the folks may not be utilizing their trailers in the same fashion you are.

Over 14 years, 3 trailers, something north of 30,000 miles, and 550ish days camping while growing up I don't recall using the shower in the trailer once. Even the toilet was pretty much just for night-time and emergency use once kids were past the toilet training age.

That's not the approach I'd take personally but it was the norm my parents set for whatever reason back then. Not much need to dump mid-week following that regime, but not many folks (I imagine) would buy a trailer and then not use half the functionality, so... Whatever works for each individual I guess.
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:41 PM   #10
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We routinely camp for five days at Forest Service 'grounds, where there's not even a dump station; sometimes, the rangers don't get by to replenish the toilet paper, either. We use the outhouses during the day and for "heavy business," and only use our PUP's toilet at night (or if it's really cold/raining hard). We do sometimes light a stick or two of incense in the outhouse - and we have been known to take bright nail polish to write PLEASE CLOSE THE LID on the toilet. (Amazing how much difference it makes, and how many people don't bother.)
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