I’m always being asked a common RV problem about the proper way to dump RV waste (also known as emptying holding tanks).
First, the Ugly Common Way.
To effectively answer this question we must look at what our collective goal is.
Transferring the holding tank waste from the RV in a sanitary way while not making a mess on the ground seems to be a worthy goal. We might also add that we want to do this in an uneventful way.
Generally, the most common method folks use today is to remove their sewer hose system from their coach, connect the coach end to the RV and then walk to the ground sewer inlet, place the fitting in the sewer and dump the black water first, then the gray water. They then perform the SAME procedure (starting at the coach) and as they put the sewer system back into its storage location they bleed the water out of the hose so as to not smell up the storage area.
Unfortunately, that method is both unsanitary and obviously contaminates the ground around the RV site.
Now the Proper and Safe Way.
Here’s your NEW step-by-step method to ensure a simple, safe and sanitary results:
- Begin by putting the ground sewer inlet fitting in the sewer first. There should be an on/off valve in the fitting (if not, it should have a cap).
- When the fitting is secure in the sewer inlet, open the valve (or remove the cap before securing the fitting)
- Then walk the other end back to the RV. This coach connection should have a cap as well so remove it and connect the fitting to the RV.
- Dump the black water first, then secondly the gray water. When flushing the holding tanks be sure to use tank sprayers only.
- When done, remove the RV connection and replace the cap.
- Now, holding the cap, walk the hose back to the sewer inlet which bleeds the hose. Close the valve, or, lift the fitting (carefully as to not spill), and put the cap on it. Remove the valve fitting from the sewer inlet. Replace the ground sewer cap if it has one. Store the sealed hose.
You now have not made any kind of a mess on the ground or yourself and may firmly congratulate yourself for being environmentally responsible and friendly–and completely sanitary.
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