Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-18-2021, 08:45 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 82
Draining water at the campsite - why?

As I was leaving the campground this weekend, I saw a guy draining his low-point drains directly onto his campsite pad. He was otherwise packed up and appeared to be ready to leave. We were already rolling so I didn't stop to ask, but I'm still wondering two days later - why would he do this? It seems inconsiderate to the next person to use that site, but despite that, is this a step I should be doing after a weekend trip?
__________________
2017 F-150 2.7L 4X4 Supercab
2021 Rockwood Roo 183
EAZ-Lift ReCurve R3 WDH

I've slept in 45 states and four provinces, but I have to start a new map for my camper!
EcoBuckeye is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 08:59 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
jeff64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: N. Illinois
Posts: 1,781
Dude, if it's a low point drain!! Its fresh water
__________________
2016 Flagstaff 27VRL Emerald
14K Equalizer
2020 Silverado 2500HD CC 4X4 6.6L gas 3.73
jeff64 is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 09:02 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2021
Posts: 82
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeff64 View Post
Dude, if it's a low point drain!! Its fresh water
Sure, I didn't say otherwise. It's my second time out in a camper and I'm wondering what benefit this adds besides leaving water and mud for the next guy.
__________________
2017 F-150 2.7L 4X4 Supercab
2021 Rockwood Roo 183
EAZ-Lift ReCurve R3 WDH

I've slept in 45 states and four provinces, but I have to start a new map for my camper!
EcoBuckeye is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 09:06 AM   #4
RV There Yet?
 
IsleDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Winona, MN
Posts: 894
you are going to get responses all over the place and thats ok! we all have different ways of doing things.

for people like me, we drain our water heater to save on tongue weight as we are close to our max. we also drain the fresh tank as it is behind our rear axle and causes us to have some pretty serious sway issues, even when loaded properly. some will drain the fresh tank to prevent it from falling out while traveling or to save weight. some wont drain their tank at all.

if its a gravel pad it will be dry before the next people arrive. some people will drain at their site, some as they are leaving, and some at the dump station.

some would consider a wet site inconsiderate. but others will say that splashing water all over as you are leaving is, and others still get upset waiting for someone to drain at the dump station.
__________________
2018 17RP
2009 Crew Cab King Ranch F150 "Goose"
IsleDog is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 09:12 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: CA desert
Posts: 177
I’ve drained water at my campsite, but I dump it the night before I leave and things are reasonably dry before I leave the next day.
joshuajim is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 09:15 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,025
I don't see it as a big deal unless the ground is already saturated or muddy.
__________________
--2005 F350 Superduty Crewcab, 6.0, 4wd, short bed, 3.73 gears;
--2016 Montana 3711FL, 40'
--2014 Wildcat 327CK, 38' SOLD
phillyg is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:04 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 231
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeff64 View Post
Dude, if it's a low point drain!! Its fresh water
It’s still wrong to dump it on a site, open them up as you go down the road. You wouldn’t like a wet site when you get to your site
JP Camper is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:16 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Dayton Ohio
Posts: 2,081
I tried driving down the interstate with the fresh water drain open.

Every car that passed me let me know I was leaking.

Bad plan..

I try to dump at the campground somewhere. Trust me. 50 gallons will make a mess of a gravel site sometimes.
tomkatb is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:24 PM   #9
Fully COVID-19 vaccinated
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: About 30 miles west of Beantown.
Posts: 3,575
Quote:
Originally Posted by JP Camper View Post
It’s still wrong to dump it on a site, open them up as you go down the road. You wouldn’t like a wet site when you get to your site

I would like some mystery liquid splashing on my car that's behind your camper a whole lot less.
__________________

2021 Transcend Xplor 247BH
Husky WDH with Sway Control
2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6L V8 Duramax
Forever in my memory. Forever in my heart.
Laurie J. Wood 3/22/67 - 8/23/19
timfromma is online now  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:36 PM   #10
llr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 1,222
My only concern with people dumping onsite or somewhere else is not knowing which tank was dumped.
__________________
TT 2021 Grand Design 2800BH
Prior TT 2017 Flagstaff 831CLBSS Classic Ultra lite - SOLD 5/21
TV 2017 F150 6.5' bed 3.5 Eco-boost
prior TV 2014 Silverado 2500 HD
llr is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:44 PM   #11
D W
Senior Member
 
D W's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: ALASKA (World's Biggest Campground)
Posts: 3,472
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeff64 View Post
Dude, if it's a low point drain!! Its fresh water
Doesn't matter. The guy dumps and checks out. Then the next person checks in and is confronted with standing water. Inconsiderate.
__________________
'07 K3500 Silverado LT Crew Duramax (LBZ)
2016 Salem 27RKSS
1984 CHEV SCOTTSDALE K20 2GCGK24J0E1XXXXXX (Chevrolet Legends-Class of 2019)
"...exhaust fluid? We don't need no stinkin' exhaust fluid"
D W is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:46 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 12,071
This is another example of "me-think". If it doesn't bother them, why should anyone else care.
__________________
"A wise man can change his mind. A fool never will."

"You only grow old when you run out of new things to do"

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:57 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 4,065
Quote:
Originally Posted by EcoBuckeye View Post
As I was leaving the campground this weekend, I saw a guy draining his low-point drains directly onto his campsite pad. It seems inconsiderate to the next person to use that site, but despite that, is this a step I should be doing after a weekend trip?
No. This is not a step you should be taking after a weekend trip.
Many campsites tell you NOT to empty water onto the campsite as it can erode the pad of the campsite. A more considerate camper would pump the fresh water into the holding tanks and dump it into the sewer connection or at the dump station. It does take a bit more time to do it that way though.

If you're going to be using the rig in the near future, just leave the water in the tank.
__________________
2015 Dynamax REV 24TB class C
Reverse_snowbird is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 01:59 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Cedar Creek Lake, TX
Posts: 3,053
Quote:
Originally Posted by EcoBuckeye View Post
Sure, I didn't say otherwise. It's my second time out in a camper and I'm wondering what benefit this adds besides leaving water and mud for the next guy.
If you are wondering if you should be doing this the answer is no. There is nothing to be gained by doing it.
__________________
Cedar Creek Lake, Texas
2019 Keystone Loredo 290SRL
2019 Ram 2500 4x4 Cummins crew cab
Andersen hitch
CedarCreekWoody is online now  
Old 05-18-2021, 02:10 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
U.S.ArmyVeteran's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 759
Low point drains simply drain the water out of your pipes that feed your sinks, shower and toilet. Does not drain any tanks. And the hot water heater will drain very slowly unless you pull the relief valve.

I doubt that a gallon of water came out before he left his campsite.

But then your mileage may vary.
U.S.ArmyVeteran is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 02:24 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 1,414
Quote:
Originally Posted by JP Camper View Post
It’s still wrong to dump it on a site, open them up as you go down the road. You wouldn’t like a wet site when you get to your site
And then you upset the motorcycle riders, so it's still wrong to open the drains as you go down the road.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reverse_snowbird View Post
No. This is not a step you should be taking after a weekend trip.
Many campsites tell you NOT to empty water onto the campsite as it can erode the pad of the campsite. A more considerate camper would pump the fresh water into the holding tanks and dump it into the sewer connection or at the dump station. It does take a bit more time to do it that way though.

If you're going to be using the rig in the near future, just leave the water in the tank.
For me that is pretty easy to do. I have a black tank flush connection right next to my outside shower. I have a 1/2" NPT to 3/4" GHT adapter. Unscrew the shower head from the hose, attach the hose to the black tank flush line, pump the freshwater tank into the black tank until black tank just hits full or the fw tank is empty whichever comes first. Gives the added benefit of a much better black tank flush when draining at the dump station.
NavyLCDR is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 02:45 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Alaska
Posts: 810
I'm trying to figure out why anyone would drain their low points at all at this time of the year. I drain them once a year...when I'm winterizing.
__________________
2019 Silverado LTZ 1500 6.2L 10 Speed 3.42 Max Trailering Package
2018 Freedom Express 192RBS
2016 Silverado LTZ 1500 5.3L 6 Speed 3.42
2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 3.6L 4.10
2020 KZ 130RBSE
AlaskaErik is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 03:09 PM   #18
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlaskaErik View Post
I'm trying to figure out why anyone would drain their low points at all at this time of the year. I drain them once a year...when I'm winterizing.
Agreed.
__________________
Me, the wife, & 2 daughters (11 & 6yrs old)
2019 Palomino Puma QBSS
2015 Silverado LTZ / Z71 w/ many upgrades
GXPWeasel1 is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 03:12 PM   #19
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 16,810
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlaskaErik View Post
I'm trying to figure out why anyone would drain their low points at all at this time of the year. I drain them once a year...when I'm winterizing.
Same here -- but I take the trailer somewhere every month March through October/November for 2 weeks at a time.
__________________
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49/'14 = 74/'15 = 74/'16 = 85/'17 = 110/'18 = 111/'19 = 86/'20 =108/'21 = 56; Booked = 50
Mr. Dan is offline  
Old 05-18-2021, 03:16 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 2,558
Quote:
Originally Posted by JP Camper View Post
It’s still wrong to dump it on a site, open them up as you go down the road. You wouldn’t like a wet site when you get to your site
You are entitled to your opinion . opening and draining at the site is more standard then not . now opening up and driving down the road is a big NO and the wrong thing to do in my opinion of course .
MR.M is offline  
Closed Thread

Tags
drain, water

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:38 AM.