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Old 10-21-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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Cool Dump Station Blues

If I was a trailer park troubadour I'd write a ditty called Dump Station Blues. Luckily for all I am not.

Was reading the following thread >>> http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...tte-34602.html


And got to wondering how many of you all have pulled up to the Dump Station to find it full (not of other trailers, but of other's trailings) or so near full that you are afraid to dump.
I wonder if most dump station tanks are just that, holding-only tanks or if many are some type of septic system that bleeds off all or part of the sludge and most of the liquid?
I always hope that the tank is well reinforced above as I can't imagine the horror of a cave in while my trailer (and me) were working above. I have known of a few folk that have dropped a wheel into a septic tank cave-in, but never heard of such with a dump station.
Do most all dump stations have a water hose to wash down and clean up after yourselves?
And last question is how much of the slinky do you let enter the dump opening? Is it common for the damm thing to dance out of the hole when the valve is opened?
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Old 10-21-2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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Hi Drummer,,, yep,, once on the Fourth of July came upon the only dump station for miles in Idaho,, was full,, had no choice,, dumped,,, and hoped it would flow down into the holding tank,,, you have to hang on to the hose,, pressure of moving sewage and water,, and lastly think all dump stations could vary from a tank to a septic system or sewage system,,, that ol stinky slinky can come alive,,, good luck and happy trails,,, donna
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:54 AM   #3
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When I find a dump station like that, I just keep going. It's an unpleaseant job at best, and I won't take the chance of it becoming a disaster.

I have an RV park just a couple of miles from my house, and if I don't find a suitable public dump on the way home, I can go to that RV park and dump for five bucks. Well worth it to me to have a good, clean dump station.
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We are just getting started, this is our first year Camping. We visited 6 SP's here in Ohio and 2 in Michigan. We never found one to be really nasty. We did find one Ohio SP where someone ahead of us had taken the wash/rinse hose,luckily we carry a collapsible 25 ft hose that rolls up to almost nothing. We usually wet the area around the opening first so if we have a spill it will wash away easily. Call us stupid I guess. if we find a mess we usually clean up if necessary before and after we use the facility.
Drummer We use a very short peice 4FT of Stinky Slinky that I made up for dumping the 42 gal tote and the trailer. I found the the normal length of Stinky Slinky is to hard to handle. We double team the operation,we get gloved up and She stands on the hose while I operate the valves. This may gross out some people, but I grew up on a dairy farm and my wife before she retired was a house keeper at a Rest home, SO MESSES really dont bother us. Of course We really dont like cleanin other peoples messes . Ya do what ya have too.
Im just not sure if Dumpstations are pumped out or if the are tank and leach-bed setups. If anyone knows I would be interested also.
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:09 AM   #5
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I have a septic tank at home and my clean out can be reached with a twenty foot hose... SO if need be I can dump at home...

My best story, I was dumping in ZION and these rent an RV folks pulled through the wrong way in front of me.. So I sat there and let them do there thing... Well they stopped at the dump part and pull the hanging spray hose out and started to fill the fresh water tank with it... Well I jump out and started yelling "THATS NOT DRINKING WATER>>." They stopped and ask what I was saying... "I told them the blue spigot at the other end was the fresh water....

They back up and got out there hose and filled up... Mean while after dump I used the spray hose to clean out my hoses... There was even a big sign that said "Not for Drinking" Man I hope they didn't get sick.....

THey stopped and
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We have a septic system at home and it looks like there's a couple clean-outs. Does that mean we can just dump right into one of those?
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Last weekend we had an idiot in front of us at the dump station. He took his time hooking up the pressure water hose to one of those attachments where the water pressure back washes the tanks. He was there for over 30 minutes while 15 trailers were waiting in line.
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We have a septic system at home and it looks like there's a couple clean-outs. Does that mean we can just dump right into one of those?

Yep, just put your hose in the top and let it go.... just make sure the one you put it in angles back toward the septic tank not the house... ( you don't want that mess) They angle each way for cleaning up the line or down....
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Old 10-22-2008, 01:20 PM   #10
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Like a backed up terlit, what goes around goes around. Or another year, another verse -- http://www.airforums.com/forums/f47/...lies-4709.html

Wow first time I have been called a terlit.

I didn't see that follies thread til I looked at the similars under this thread. I did BTW run a search using dump station and that one either didnt come up or I didnt scroll thru far enough. When wadin' in poop you just can't stay forever.

However my real purpose with this thread was to find out a bit about Dump Station Architecture and find out about how much hose to insert in the hole in the ground. I mean do most place a length of rigid (PVC) on the end of the stink-slink and drop that into the hole? It is just a hole is it not? Or do some have some type of fitting you lock onto? My trailer has been used primarily as a park model, and the few times I have stayed in it in transit, we didn't use the toilet but instead the bath house or park facilities.
Anything that goes down-hole must come up a tad nasty IMO. (DIRSayThat?)
And I would think cleaning the outside of the accordian folded hose would be a real PITArse.
Butt the dumpin' anecdotes are very interesting as well. and real funny too.
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We have a septic system at home and it looks like there's a couple clean-outs. Does that mean we can just dump right into one of those?
Yes I do. But be carefull that you are using SEPTIC FRIENDLY chemicals in your black tank. You could destroy the bacteria in your home septic system. That 'awful' bacteria is your friend down in there.
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Yes I do. But be carefull that you are using SEPTIC FRIENDLY chemicals in your black tank. You could destroy the bacteria in your home septic system. That 'awful' bacteria is your friend down in there.
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I just throw a packet of yeast down the sink once a month.... with hot water...

Ok The dump stations I have dumped at and thats only about 7 or so.... The hole is about the same size as the one in a hook up site... I just use the 45 degree fitting on the end and put it in the top of the hole... When done, I disconnect from the trailer, and use the spray out hose or hook my hose up with a spray head on it and spray out my hose..... while still in the hole so it all goes in..... Then I spay of the ground because some all ways get there.. Always wear rubber gloves Disposable type the doctors use... then put it all away and throw the gloves in the garbage that they have at the dump station... Then head for home....

PS the drinking water is not usually by the dump but a bit away... Never fill up with the hose buy the dump unless posted that it is drinking water.... NEVER>>>>>
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However my real purpose with this thread was to find out a bit about Dump Station Architecture and find out about how much hose to insert in the hole in the ground. I mean do most place a length of rigid (PVC) on the end of the stink-slink and drop that into the hole? It is just a hole is it not? Or do some have some type of fitting you lock onto? ...<snip>...
The structure of dump stations probably depends on where you are and whether a sewer system is available to the location...there are probably some that go into septic tanks, and there are others that are going right into a sewage system. (Both can have their overflow issues if something is wrong.)

Most of the dump stations we've used have a cap or cover of some sort over the dump hole, which is slightly larger than the 3" slinky hose...we usually put just the very end of the slinky into the hole and either hold it in place or weight it with a rock or the dump cap to make sure it doesn't come out (yuck). We have used the sewer hole fitting attached to the end of the hose as we do in a full hookup camp site...if there is time and it seems that it will work better. We have seen no 2 dump stations set up the same....some are great and some show little forethought of what needs to be done. Some are very clean and some are a mess. Some previous users are thoughtful and some are not. Roll with the punches and be prepared for anything, and all will be well. Happy dumping!
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Generally, I think most dump stations are septic systems. I try to put the 90 degree elbow on the end if no one is waiting so the hose doesn't go down into the hole. Sometimes the affluent from the last guy is still near the top and I don't want that on the outside of my hose.

Oh yeah, I always wear disposable nylon gloves; they are stronger than the latex gloves and don't cost any more...or any appreciable amount more. And then I use hand sanitizer after I remove the gloves.

Our unit has the flush system so I keep a separate garden hose to use with it and will flush the black tank for 2-3 minutes twice with a partial fill between each. I leave about 3-4 gallons in the tank to add tank agent to when I get home. Of course I speed things up if anyone is waiting.

Unfortunately I can't get to our clean-out at home or I'd do some of this at home. But the clean-out is on the other side of the house from the driveway. After having a hose come apart and spill on the ground when dumping the black tank at a campground once, I bought the kind of connector that has the spiral wire connector on both the straight connector and 90 degree elbow at the sewer entrance. I don't ever want to experience black tank spill on the ground again...and I don't want to have to face my neighbors with that experience again either!
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