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Old 05-08-2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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Blackwater dump station question

We just took delivery of a 2011 Interstate 3500 and are brand new to RVing. We've never visited a campground before....if we are boondocking can we visit a campground and pay to use their dumpstation for our blackwater without actually staying at the campground? Thanks. Great forum...very informative.
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Yes, I've done that before. Take a look at rvdumps.com too -- a bit easier to use on the go if you have a smartphone.
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Welcome to the forums. Most RV Parks will let you dump for a fee. I have paid between $5 and $10 for the use of the dump station which also includes potable water in most cases. Other options include travel centers, parks and some gas stations.

Here is a site that lists many locations available for dumping:
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We just took delivery of a 2011 Interstate 3500 and are brand new to RVing. We've never visited a campground before....if we are boondocking can we visit a campground and pay to use their dumpstation for our blackwater without actually staying at the campground? Thanks. Great forum...very informative.
A habit I've gotten into after boondocking for a while is to throw a bag of ice cubes into the black water tank and drive for a while before pumping. Works great!
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:36 AM   #5
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Thanks for the useful info. Loved the heading from one of the websites mentioned....when your RV has to go! Anxious to head out for our first RV experience. Drove the Interstate 3500 down from the Maine dealership. Easy and actually fun to drive. Handles so easily and the field of view makes sightseeing in it just great. Dan in NH
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Take a look at rvdumps.com.
good advice ... you'll find that some states have FREE dump stations at their rest areas.
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I love that site! It saved me $20 to dump at a nearby park in CO, I looked and found a free one 10 miles away!
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The sanidumps.com website is a good one - lots of info, kept pretty up-to-date by fellow RVers.

Also, Flying J has dump sites at some of its stations, though it seems they have started to charge a fee last year or so ... but they have dedicated RV fueling lanes which are easy in and out, and you can dump at the same time and location (in the fueling lane), which is convenient, if not free.
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Thank you ALL for these listings and advice. As newbies, we've often wondered how to boondock and find a dump.
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When we visit my sister in Michigan,we always use the state park that's closeby. 3 miles i think. They charge $10 bucks to dump.
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As mentioned above you may find free "DUMPS" along the interstates at some rest areas. I found them the other year in Iowa. So keep your eyes open when you don't need to dump. Then you may find a spot a bit easier when you do.

Good travels. See ya along the road
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Here's another dump station website. Welcome | rvdumps.com

We also have a book, if you can imagine: "RVer's Guide to Dump Stations" (fifth edition, 2009...who would have thought it?!) which has come in handy a couple of times. It's published by the same folks who do the website above. I'd guess that the website is more current, but it makes for fun reading anyhow!
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