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Old 09-13-2012, 06:33 PM   #101
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the things I have seen in my days but this weekend I saw and RV (the movie) moment. There was a guy that was camped on our weekend sites leaving the cg and trying to dump his tank. I was walking my dog at the time so I didn't stop to offer help. But this guy had his sewer hose on his lap and was sitting in front of his drain pipe looking down it. I was waiting for him to open the valve sitting there. I am kinda hobbled right now so I didn't walk back after dropping the dog off but I wasn't sure if he didn't have fitting on his hose or the pipe was clogged but either situation wouldn't be good.

I also have seen many other hilarious and gross things through the years the worse being guys who pull up to the dump station and just pull the valve open without a hose. I saw this numerous times at state parks. I've also seen guys adjust their hose and have a prong break on the knife connector and take a poo shower.

Before I seasonal camped I had a tote with dump equipment and dump equipment alone. I had a heavy pair of rubber gloves like I wore when I was on the fire dept. and kept them in a ziplock bag after rinsing well after each use. I always kept a spare hose end and a couple elbow and a spare hose in it. I also never went cheap on the fittings and hoses it's not worth it. Get the most heavy duty ones you can find. Putting the fitting on these hoses can be a chore but it's well worth it.

Now we seasonal camp and my trailer is hooked to the sewer with a pvc pipe. My new trailer has a power flush installed in the tank(I will never be without this again). I kept saying I was going to install one in my old trailer and procrastinated never doing so. I love the fact all I have to do is open the valve and let her fly!!!!

I do not use the geo method for everyday use in my tank I prefer the commercial ones for that. But I do use it several times a year as a flush to clean my tank. The commercial cleaners form a film on top of the liquid to help contain the odors. I put a cup or so of each soap,calgon,and bleach the fill the tank let it sit a few then dump the tank. I then fill and rinse it a few times. This cleans the tank and keeps the odors down it works well for us and I also do this at the end of the season.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:14 PM   #102
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I must say that after reading all these posts, I was a worried that I would become the subject of someone else's humorous tale from the dumping station because this past weekend I took my first "real" camping trip. However, my first experience with the dumping station was free from incident. Many of the stories and "tips" posted here helped guide me to this uneventful event, thanks.

But the real reason I had to share here was that after I pulled the trailer forward so I could finalize my preparations for travel (allowing the next RV to begin the dumping process), I witnessed a young couple on foot step up to the rinsing hose at the dumping station and begin washing their dishes. I assumed they were inexperienced tent campers and I was going to go explain to them where they were when the next RV driver began talking to them. Not one to usually eaves drop, I did hear him tell them that "This is where we empty the (four letter expletive that starts with s) from our campers..." I hope they went back to their campsite and got clean water and rewashed their dishes.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:14 PM   #103
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I witnessed a young couple on foot step up to the rinsing hose at the dumping station and begin washing their dishes. I assumed they were inexperienced tent campers and I was going to go explain to them where they were when the next RV driver began talking to them. Not one to usually eaves drop, I did hear him tell them that "This is where we empty the (four letter expletive that starts with s) from our campers..." I hope they went back to their campsite and got clean water and rewashed their dishes.
I can just imagine the next one to cook supper for the other one... and the conversation goes - wow this meal tastes like crap. and the reply would be... well I blame you because you washed the dishes.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:57 PM   #104
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... I witnessed a young couple on foot step up to the rinsing hose at the dumping station and begin washing their dishes.
I'll bet they were two unhappy campers. They either did not read the sign or read it and did not understand what "NON POTABLE" means.
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or read it and did not understand what "NON POTABLE" means.
One probably said to the other "Oh, I guess we better wash our dishes here. We can't bring the water back to our campsite, the sign says it isn't portable."
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I think you may have solved it

Potable/Portable. Eh, what's the difference anyway
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:33 PM   #107
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Stupid question I'm sure, but we are completely new at this. If you hook straight up to a camp water line, when you are dumping at the dump station where do you get the couple gallons of water to flush down the toilet. I'm guessing you fill a bucket?
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:56 PM   #108
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Stupid question I'm sure, but we are completely new at this. If you hook straight up to a camp water line, when you are dumping at the dump station where do you get the couple gallons of water to flush down the toilet. I'm guessing you fill a bucket?
We make sure there is water in the fresh water tank. You can un hook the "city water", and put a few gallons in the "fresh water" valve with the hose. No big deal.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:29 PM   #109
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I promised DH I wouldn't post this, but he didn't see that I had my fingers crossed behind my back First, I need to explain a little about our process. We started about a year ago. We have 2 grey tanks and one black. He does the outside work, and I do the inside. Each time we dumped, we were figuring out new things. Nothing surprising here, but I thought we were learning together. As it turns out, I was learning and he was relying on me to remember what worked and what didn't. Now, I should explain that my DH works in the nuclear field and is used to having strict, written procedures to follow. After a few more frustrating trips (he lets himself get in a hurry and was missing steps) I finally decided that my DH would benefit from a written procedure. So...I typed up what "we" had learned was the best process for us:
1. Dump the front grey tank.
2. Run water down the sink to ensure no residual remains in the line.
3. Disconnect fresh water hose from trailer.
4. Disconnect fresh water drain hose.
5. Dump black tank.
6. Back flush black tank.
7. Hook hose to tank wand and pass through bathroom window.
8. Turn on water to hose.
9. Rinse black tank using tank wand until water is clear.
10. Remove tank wand from hose.
11. Use hose to add water to tank.
12. Add chemicals to tank.
13. Use hose to put a few inches of water in toilet.
14. Remove hose from bathroom window.
15. Drain rear grey water tank.
16. Rinse all hoses and store.
I printed this out and even laminated the paper to keep it from getting ruined. Now, you might notice that I left out a few obvious steps like closing valves and installing caps. (I did this because I thought they were obvious!)

On our last trip, we had to use a dump station. All went well with dumping the front grey tank. I pulled the trailer forward until he told me to stop when the back drain line was lined up where we needed it to be. I got out of the truck and was talking to my dad, who was preparing to dump his tanks at the other dump station beside us. All of the sudden, I hear a "woosh" sound. I look back and there is DH standing there, in shock while our waste is pouring out onto the ground by the dump station drain. I start yelling "shut the valve". He said, "It's stuck open. Why is it open?" "I don't know dear, but try again", I say soothingly. He reaches down and shuts the valve. He's still asking how the valve could have been open. He's still in shock and I start to see anger setting in. I'm not going to lay blame here, even if he is the only one that touches the valves, so I say, "I don't know what happened, but we learned something today. We learned that we should always check the valve before we remove the cap." He says, "It's not in the procedure." You see what he did here....in typical nuclear worker fashion, the fault lies with the procedure writer. "Okay, sweetie. I will re-write the procedure when we get home, now let's get this mess cleaned up. Hand me the hose."

As for gloves, I have found that they stuff a Christmas stocking very nicely! He will now get a new bunch every year!

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:40 PM   #110
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LOL Sherri!!!
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