March 03, 2020
Even if you're new to RVing, you've probably heard about the need to dump your tanks. It’s the job no one wants to do, but unfortunately needs to get done. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be a dirty or gross job. In this guide we’ll explore how to dump both your black and gray water tanks.
First things first, it is very important that you not dump your tanks on National Park or National Forest land! All open dumping on National Park and National Forest land is prohibited by law. Open dumping means that you allow the waste in your tanks to be released from your RV without having it connected to a proper waste disposal location (i.e., you just let waste flow out onto the ground or in the forest!). Just by using common sense, it’s easy to see that it’s rarely ever okay to open dump. For more information on safe dumping, click here.
Thankfully, there are a ton of legal locations to dump your tank! Truck stops and travel centers often have dump stations, as well as RV parks/campgrounds and designated National Park dump stations. Most locations will require a small fee, but it is often included in the cost of staying at the park. Other locations may be free.
If you have a home septic system, you can actually dump your black water tank into the septic tank itself. Please see this article on dumping at home for more information about doing this the right way.
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Now that we’ve gotten the “where” to dump your tank out of the way, let’s discuss the “how” of dumping your black water tank. Your black water tank is the “gross” one—the tank everyone avoids dumping (this is the tank that is connected to your toilet and sewage system.) But by following the right steps, and with a little practice, it’s not actually that difficult to dump your black tank. In fact, the entire process can take less than 15 minutes!
After you’ve found a place to dump your tank, follow these easy steps to safely and effectively dump your black tank:
Congratulations; you’ve successfully dumped your black tank!
Unlike the black tank, the gray tank (the tank that collects sink and shower water) is a lot less gross to dump, and the steps are even easier. In fact, the steps for dumping your gray water tank are pretty much the same as those you used when dumping your black tank:
It’s that simple!
While the process of dumping your black and gray water tanks may seem daunting—especially if you’re a new RVer—it is really very easy if you follow the right steps. If you have any questions or concerns about dumping your tanks or tank maintenance in general, please feel free to reach out to us. We would love to help you! Happy Camping!
You bought your RV so you could enjoy life and spend time with family and friends. The last thing you want to do is waste precious time and money on fixing wastewater holding tank problems. Keeping your tanks in peak operating condition doesn’t have to be hard, confusing, or expensive if you follow our proven process: The Unique Method.
The Unique Method is a comprehensive tank care plan that we developed after years of conversations with real customers facing real problems. The Unique Method provides you with simple, preventative steps to stop odors, clogs, and sensor problems before they start so you can spend less time worrying about your holding tanks and more time enjoying the freedom and adventure of RVing. Try it yourself and see why thousands of campers trust their RVs with The Unique Method every day.
If you need more help with anything covered in this guide or simply have a comment, we’re here to help you anytime!
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