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Old 09-29-2012, 09:29 PM   #151
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Here's what I do to "help" prevent surprises. I keep a supply of plastic grocery bags (Walmart's are fine, but Target's are thicker) in with my dump supplies. Before I take off my drain cap, I put the bag over the pipe as far as possible and open the cap while using the bag as a large "glove". This way, if anything has slipped by (or been "accidentally" let by) the grey/black water valves, most or all of it end up in the bag instead of on your shoes and on the ground. If it does, dump the bag into the dump site and throw the bag in a trash can.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #152
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I'm sorry if some of you might disagree with this statement: I don't feel like it is the end of the world if I drip a little waste water from my tank onto the ground. I will wash off the dump station site whether I made a mess or not. And try to leave it cleaner than when I found it. I wear rubber gloves(the kind that goes half way up my forearm) and will wash off around the dump pad before I pull my valves. Pre-washing off aides the post washing off.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:58 PM   #153
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I'm sorry if some of you might disagree with this statement: I don't feel like it is the end of the world if I drip a little waste water from my tank onto the ground. I will wash off the dump station site whether I made a mess or not. And try to leave it cleaner than when I found it. I wear rubber gloves(the kind that goes half way up my forearm) and will wash off around the dump pad before I pull my valves. Pre-washing off aides the post washing off.
Barry,

Just so I know what you are saying.

You do not use a sewer hose when you dump your tank at the dump station?
"A little waste water" is gray water I am hoping. As bad as that is (IMO), it must be a different world in Mississippi if dumping black water on the pad at a dump station is considered normal... Sounds stinky to me...
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:24 PM   #154
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Of course I don't dump on the ground! But if a few drops hit the ground I don't look over my shoulder for the EPA. I WILL wash it off as best I can(hopefully) into the dump hole. After dumping my grey water tank(WITH HOSE) there is some dripping from the hose as I store it in my bumper. If that is against the law....I guess washing my truck in the driveway is too!

Not everyone in Mississippi is a hayseed.

And no, I was not the guy dumping at the dump station without a hose!
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Old 09-30-2012, 06:47 PM   #155
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Of course I don't dump on the ground! But if a few drops hit the ground I don't look over my shoulder for the EPA. I WILL wash it off as best I can(hopefully) into the dump hole. After dumping my grey water tank(WITH HOSE) there is some dripping from the hose as I store it in my bumper. If that is against the law....I guess washing my truck in the driveway is too!

Not everyone in Mississippi is a hayseed.

And no, I was not the guy dumping at the dump station without a hose!
Thank heaven! Glad that got cleared up!

And NO I did not think those from Mississippi are anything other than great folks! I went to Pilot Training at Columbus MS for a year and spent MANY wonderful temporary duty assignments in Biloxi with the Hurricane Hunters and the Airlift squadron there.

Obviously the reason the non-potable hose is there is to clean up minor spills that are inevitable when using a "Blue Boy" or "drips and dribbles" when closing down the valves.

Somehow I read your post to mean something completely different.
I apologize.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:50 PM   #156
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It finally happened to me.... I pulled up to the dump station this weekend to leave and there was a fella backed up close, dumping with no hose. His wife was standing close by with the water hose "helping" things down the concrete to the hole in the ground.
DW and I both just shook our heads. I got out and asked him if he needed a hose to borrow, that I would gladly let him use mine and he informed me no hoses were needed with this type of dump station. I politely pointed to the sign next to the dump site and showed him the step 1 and 2 on the instructions on how to use the station.
1. connect sewer hose to RV securely
2. place end of hose in waste receptacle before opening valves.

We decided not to empty the trailer there, didn't want to walk around in his freshly dumped stuff. Ours will just have to sit in our tanks another couple weeks until we get out again.
After reading this I thought it was just some Dude who doesn't know better. Until last week when we were camping.

I needed to dump my gray after three days so I dumped my gray into the blue boy and take it to the dump station. As I pulled up there was a guy with a horse trailer/camper just dumping on the ground with the cover to the dump propped open with a rock. I offered to let him use my hose if he didn't have one. He said he was just dumping "a little gray water".

He pulled up to to let me get to the dump and stopped to empty trash out of his truck. As I pulled up there was bits of TP all over the place and some eye glasses laying by the drain. I asked him if he lost his glasses and he came over and using a paper towel picked them up and tossed them into the trash. As he walked away I said "a little gray huh...?". He just keep going, got in his truck and left the park.

There is a sign there explaining how to dump your waste water. I still can't believe how lazy and or careless some people can be.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:45 PM   #157
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I have long drain lines with the valves close to the tanks. I was always getting a little stinky water at the cap when I removed it. I always needed to hold the sewer hose under the cap when I removed it. It saved spilling but was pretty gross. What I did was cut the drain line back from the cap and installed another drain valve right at the cap. Now the liquid can run all it wants. It is stopped at the outlet valve, is always dry when I remove the cap. It is also a nice safety.
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I have long drain lines with the valves close to the tanks. I was always getting a little stinky water at the cap when I removed it. I always needed to hold the sewer hose under the cap when I removed it. It saved spilling but was pretty gross. What I did was cut the drain line back from the cap and installed another drain valve right at the cap. Now the liquid can run all it wants. It is stopped at the outlet valve, is always dry when I remove the cap. It is also a nice safety.
I've had the same problem with one of my grey tank valves. I got one of the twist on valves that attaches like the sewer hose does and put it on. Much easier to install for me and results were perfect
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:24 AM   #160
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Me too, with a clear elbow as a further check for possible leakage.
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