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Old 05-01-2019, 01:10 PM   #21
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you can dump and flush at a site with sewer connect instead of getting around the muddy and stinky dump station.
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Old 05-01-2019, 01:14 PM   #22
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The answer is simple... many people abuse the purpose of the dump station by taking an exorbitant amount of time flushing their tanks and washing other things. The owners cut off the hose end to try to scale back the abuse.

It is a dump station. Dump only if there are folks waiting and leave the cleaning/refilling/flushing until the next time. You don't NEED to have a squeaky clean tank every time you dump. If no one is in line, don't abuse your dump time but get the heck out of there if someone else is waiting.

If you want to add water/chemicals to your black tank for the trip home, pull ahead and get out of the way and use your pump and fresh tank to add water to the black tank via the toilet or a hose connected to the low point drain/outside shower via the black tank flush. You should have some water in your fresh tank anyway for potty breaks or emergencies.

It is all about being courteous.
Your input here is exactly right. The problem happens when the me, myself and I camper hits the dump station. They have no peripheral vision of others in line, and/or dont care.
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That is one of the main reasons that I never check out of a campground on a Sunday. Too busy at the dump station. Preferably, if there is a dump station and a limited number of full hookups, usually by Monday or Tuesday, everyone is gone and you can dump and flush at a site with sewer connect instead of getting around the muddy and stinky dump station.
On behalf of everyone who paid for a FHU site, please do not do that unless the campground owner told you to use a FHU site because the lineup is getting too long. Those of us who had to pay extra to avoid having to use the dump station (busy or not) don't appreciate you taking that privilege at no extra cost unless of course the campground owner gave you their consent. It's not a matter of it all going to the same place. The convenience (and cleanliness) of a FHU site always costs extra so please pay the extra fee if you want that convenience and cleanliness.
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Old 05-01-2019, 02:07 PM   #24
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But this is the best part, the kids love stomping around in the puddles with their flip-flops, or making mud pies!
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On behalf of everyone who paid for a FHU site, please do not do that unless the campground owner told you to use a FHU site because the lineup is getting too long. Those of us who had to pay extra to avoid having to use the dump station (busy or not) don't appreciate you taking that privilege at no extra cost unless of course the campground owner gave you their consent. It's not a matter of it all going to the same place. The convenience (and cleanliness) of a FHU site always costs extra so please pay the extra fee if you want that convenience and cleanliness.
Think of it this way...paying for a full hookup allows you privilege to use the sewage system anytime during your stay without having to move. Quite a bit different from someone using a fhu site once to dump as they leave.

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On behalf of everyone who paid for a FHU site, please do not do that unless the campground owner told you to use a FHU site because the lineup is getting too long. Those of us who had to pay extra to avoid having to use the dump station (busy or not) don't appreciate you taking that privilege at no extra cost unless of course the campground owner gave you their consent. It's not a matter of it all going to the same place. The convenience (and cleanliness) of a FHU site always costs extra so please pay the extra fee if you want that convenience and cleanliness.
I should have clarified that by first of the week when all the weekend people leave, you can then usually move to a full hookup site for your remaining night and then have plenty of time to flush. I can stay at a electric only site for a week or ten days easy, and then rent a FHU site for my last night. Campground almost always has sites available on Monday or Tuesday.
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Old 05-01-2019, 02:40 PM   #27
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Think of it this way...paying for a full hookup allows you privilege to use the sewage system anytime during your stay without having to move. Quite a bit different from someone using a fhu site once to dump as they leave.

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That's the thing isn't it. A lot of campgrounds have maybe 8 or 10 FHU sites and 200 electric only sites. (As an example) The locals quickly book up those FHU sites for weekends only and often 6 months or more in advance. It leaves someone just travelling around with little option of getting on a FHU site for an extended stay. I have noticed that if you'll conserve your resources and stay until first of, or mid week, you can have your pick in a nearly empty campground (maybe not in peak season). I saw a campground once that charged an extra $8 a day for the sewer connect. Why pay for that for 10 days when you're only going to use it once?
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I should have clarified that by first of the week when all the weekend people leave, you can then usually move to a full hookup site for your remaining night and then have plenty of time to flush. I can stay at a electric only site for a week or ten days easy, and then rent a FHU site for my last night. Campground almost always has sites available on Monday or Tuesday.
Perfect. I have no problem with that. Thanks for clarifying. My DW would never agree to moving the trailer for one night though!
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Think of it this way...paying for a full hookup allows you privilege to use the sewage system anytime during your stay without having to move. Quite a bit different from someone using a fhu site once to dump as they leave.

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I have a 32 gallon Barker sewer tote that I can use (if I need to dump before the end of our trip) and not have to move my trailer when I don't have a FHU site. I've never had a problem using a dump station other than occasionally feeling rushed when there's a lineup behind me. I'm just saying that to be fair to both fellow campers (who paid for the convenience) and the campground owner (who is providing the infrastructure), we should all pay the for the level of convenience we want to use.

I think SlowrideHD's approach of moving to a FHU site on the last night so you can use the dump on the site is a great compromise as long as you're willing to move the trailer for one night.
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Old 05-01-2019, 04:39 PM   #30
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A lot of us dry camp or boondock so having sewer hookups at the campsite is rare.
In California State Parks, less than 1% of campsites have any kind of hookups and very few of those have sewer hookups.
So using the dump station is necessary. And many of their campgrounds have closed their dump stations, due to environmental issues.
So dump lines are quite long, especially in the Summer and weekends.
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I have a 32 gallon Barker sewer tote that I can use (if I need to dump before the end of our trip)

I think SlowrideHD's approach of moving to a FHU site on the last night so you can use the dump on the site is a great compromise as long as you're willing to move the trailer for one night.
It's not what I prefer to do (moving site) but there are times when it is the only choice that will work if you want to stay a while. Luckily, all the state of Alabama welcome centers, and most of their other rest areas that I have stopped at, have RV dump stations. So usually when I'm on my way home I can stop at our rest areas and dump anything that has got in my tanks while travelling or boondocking for a few nights.
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Old 05-02-2019, 01:28 PM   #32
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Your input here is exactly right. The problem happens when the me, myself and I camper hits the dump station. They have no peripheral vision of others in line, and/or dont care.
Or you get the 1% that decides they want to talk/text while at the dump station.
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Or you get the 1% that decides they want to talk/text while at the dump station.
That's a problem everywhere nowdays it seems. These are the ones too self-absorbed to even care about their own survival, like doing this while walking on a busy road with their backs towards traffic, who don't even notice death whizzing by them. Then you read about them in the paper.
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It's a dump station, not a flush station. Get a full hookup site and do your flushing there. You are not entitled to make everyone wait for you. Dump,dunce your hose out and leave, simple!


And what do the boondockers like me that choose to never go to a campgrounds do????
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And what do the boondockers like me that choose to never go to a campgrounds do????
I guess you go to a private or public dump station and get in line? Hence the theme of this thread.
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Or find a neighbor you don't like, lol. Just kidding moderators, NOT suggesting doing anything illegal, it was a joke.
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And what do the boondockers like me that choose to never go to a campgrounds do????
The question is... what do you do?

When we boondock we look for places (dump facilities) along the route home or in my case, I'm lucky to have a campground right next to my 32 acres and I also have a sewer port into my septic where I park our 5th wheel.

There are options out there.
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Flying J stations, a lot of states in their rest stops have them. Have even gone into Camp Grounds on an off day and dumped/flushed in a pull through site. Couple bucks covered it. There are options out there and no need to block up the line behind you. If no one is behind, then have at it.
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And what do the boondockers like me that choose to never go to a campgrounds do????
You can always try a website like Sanidumps...
https://www.sanidumps.com/
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I only flush my tank when I see someone else pull up...

Kidding. Around here dumpstations are not that difficult to get in and out of. Rarely is there a line unless late Sunday morning. If that's the case I drive home and dump at a different campground along the way. By then checkout has passed and there is no line. It costs $10 but no waiting. I could see how there are issues on the coast but I didnt have problems on my Yellowstone trip.

I always make the last campsite of the year full hook ups and take my time cleaning things up.
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