You said this is your first trailer, so please don't feel offended by any advice I offer. You may know every bit of this, but I am just going to approach it as if your were a very first time camper.
I like the luxury of campgrounds with sewer hookups. $6 bucks is really a small price to pay, especially when you are ready to leave, and not having to wait in line.
Whether or not you NEED a site with sewer hookups is something else. Do you plan to take showers in your RV or use the campground bathhouse (if available)? How may people are you taking with you? Are you washing pots/pans/dishes in the sink? These are things that have to be learned and how to conserve water usage.............that also drains into your tanks.
Learning how to take what is referred to as "Navy Showers" is important. You will find there is an on/off lever on your showerhead. After you get the water temp adjusted, you basically wet yourself then turn the water off at the showerhead.....so it's not running and filling up your grey water tank. Now soap down, shampoo your hair. Turn the water back on at the showerhead and rinse off quick as possible. If you are done, then turn the water off at the faucet.....and your thru.
You will most likely fill up the grey water tank, before you would the black. It's no fun at all to have break camp and go dump the tanks down the road (if you don't have a portable water tote).
Being a first time camper, gladly pay the extra money, as you learn to judge your water usage. If you fill up the tanks, you can dump on-site easily.
Not knowing the campground you are staying at, or how far away the sewer inlet is, you may need to make sure you have a long enough sewer hose. I just stayed at a campground in Arkansas with sewer hookups, but had to make a trip in to Wal-mart to get an extra 20 feet hose to attach to my basic sewer hose, to be able to reach the sewer. You definitely want to make sure you have enough sewer hoses with you, and these hoses are fairly cheap to purchase. Also certain campgrounds are finicky (and your neighbors will not cuss you) about making sure you have
a proper end on your sewer hose that helps seal the edges when you dump so the odor doesn't escape. Nothing spoils a good outdoor cookout, like smelling sewer.
Originally Posted by Prothos
I need Sewer hook ups myself. With the wife and daughter and thier long showers i had to dump the tank 2 times in 4 days. the 30gal black and grey tank just seem doesn"t very big when you have 2 females with you.
I hear you. I took two teenage girls on the last trip, and had to do the same.