Dumping RV Holding Tanks: Series

Ah, dumping…the least favorite item on an RVer’s checklist. A necessary one, but definitely not a favorite. For new RVers, this topic can seem overwhelming and maybe even a deal-breaker, but don’t let that be the case because when you understand the steps and some of the convenient dumping tools out there, you’ll see that it’s nothing to be afraid of. In this series of articles, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about dumping RV holding tanks and how to care for the tools you use to dump.
  • 2 min read
Even if you're new to RVing, you've probably heard about the need to dump your RV holding tanks. It’s the job no one wants to do, but still needs to get done. Thankfully, with all the cool tools out there, it doesn’t have to be a dirty job that you’d rather avoid. In this guide, we’ll explore how to dump both your black and gray water tanks and provide resources on where you should dump and how to care for your dumping tools.
  • 6 min read

Do you rinse your mouth after you brush your teeth? Do you rinse your feet after frolicking on the beach? Do you rinse your dog after he rolls in the mud? Of course, and we do this because we don’t want food particles causing bad breath, or sand to dirty our cars, or our dog to spread its muddy fashion statement all over the house. A rinse of your RV holding tanks is even more important.

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Most people would never think of dumping their black tanks out on the open ground, but you may be surprised how many people don’t know that even dumping your gray tanks on the ground is illegal almost everywhere. If caught, the fines can be pretty hefty, but finding a legal dumping location is easy enough online, even from your phone while on the road (what would we do without that phone!).
  • 5 min read
Dumping. Sometimes it’s like a curse word because you so badly don’t want to do it, but you know you have to, and the time comes often much more quickly than you’d like. The time comes so quickly because RV holding tanks are not septic tanks. Septic tanks are huge and do not need to be dumped for months, but we’re talking days with RV holding tank dumps, and there are a few ways to gauge when you need to dump. In this article, we will explain how frequently you should be dumping your RV holding tanks, how to know when you should dump, and some of the reasons why frequent dumping is so important.


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RVers commonly ask the question: can you dump your RV waste at home? Is it possible to do this? Yes, and there are several ways to do it, but before you dive into this option be sure your community allows this. Many RVers have good reasons not to want to empty their tanks at dump stations, and this article will walk you through some of the benefits of and different methods for dumping your RV holding tanks at home. Keep in mind that certain techniques for dumping at home may take some additional time and effort. 
  • 10 min read
Even seasoned RVers claim that you can just dump your tank without rinsing and still avoid odors and clogs. Our experiences with customers have shown us that not regularly rinsing your tanks will eventually lead to problems, so we recommend short rinses (5-10 minutes) after every dump and long rinses (20-30 minutes) every 3-5 dumps. Besides, if rinsing for five minutes after every dump will help guarantee that your sensors will continue functioning properly and your tanks will remain clog and odor-free, why skip this habit? In this article, we’ll discuss the different rinsing tools that you might choose to use, how to use them, and some resources on caring for your rinsing tools.
  • 9 min read
No one relishes the necessary task of dumping their RV wastewater holding tanks, but the feeling is compounded when you realize that it’s also crucial to clean the tools you use to dump. So not only do you have to do the messy work of cleaning out the nasty black and gray tanks, but you also have to clean out the tools you use to clean the tanks. When will the cleaning end?!
  • 14 min read
When you’re new to RVing, you never really want to look like you’re a newbie, and going to a dump station for the first time is one place where your newbieness can certainly show through. But it’s not something to be afraid to do because it’s really very simple as long as you operate by two main guidelines: dump as quickly as possible and clean up after yourself. It all basically boils down to that. But we want you to be a model dumper, so in this article, we’ve explained in detail some of the finer points of dump station etiquette so you can be sure not to annoy the wrong camper.
  • 7 min read