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Old 05-14-2018, 06:47 AM   #1
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Long line at dump station due to people flushing tanks

Just took the maiden voyage of the season to our usual local state park. Admittedly it was a busy weekend there, however the line at the dump station was more aggravatingly slow than normal due to people going though elaborate holding tank rinsing rituals.

I've noticed that holding tank rinse/flush connections, formerly only on higher end RVs, are now showing up on mid-priced models, which may be the cause of the long dump station line.

Has anyone seen signage or some other method discouraging people from rinsing holding tanks when a lot of other people are waiting?

BTW, I am a dump station ninja. I am in and out quick with a record time of around 2 minutes. Therefore, you know it rubs me the long way when I think someone is finished and they start to dump that second gray water tank, or bust out the old garden hose to connect to the holding tank rinse.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:28 AM   #2
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I'm with you Chris. I save the long, slow flush for the full hook-up site where I can take my time. Sometimes, at at dump station, when traffic is unusually lite I might take the time for a little extra flush. We're on the road a lot and will often by-pass a real busy station if I know what the next site will have. The only advice I could offer here is to have something to read handy and sit back. Not much you can do about it.
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We have noticed the same phenomena at the common dump station. I don't know if other campers mean to be inconsiderate or just suffer from cranial rectumitis. We have actually watched other campers complete their dump and go inside their RV to do some straightening up while there are several other campers in line. There are some real jerks in this world.

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Old 05-14-2018, 08:30 AM   #4
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Hi

Keep in mind that a lot of these people got a lecture that went something like:

This is the rinse setup for the tank. You *must* run it for at least 5 minutes for it to be effective. It *must* be run on every flush. If you do not do this the world will end, and your warranty will not cover that event

Even if you put up a sign, you are fighting a very scary thing that "they know is true". The dealer told them it was true .... Just like he told them they needed that 10 year extended warranty package and the "special wax" on the RV ....

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Old 05-14-2018, 08:40 AM   #5
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These are the same people who pull their boats up to a busy fuel dock and then go in the marina to order a pizza while five other normal boaters wait for fuel.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:53 AM   #6
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:25 AM   #7
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If you think the state park is crowded, imagine an RV rally with hundreds of folks all leaving Sunday afternoon!
I probably waited an hour, and the site had four dump openings so RV's could be facing both ways.
It was the site of one of my most embarrassing moments. I thought, "These people don't know how it's done, wait until I get there, they'll be dazzled with efficiency."
As luck would have it there was a rain puddle right by my door, so I pulled forward another three feet. That meant my hose was too short, but no problem, I have an extension! When I was dumping the gray tank, the two sections came apart. I had a fire hose of gray water all over the dump station, and four RV's watching.
Without missing a beat, the guy across from me said, "At least it was the gray tank."
I slunk away in shame.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:32 AM   #8
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Sorry Guys...

Yeah... I'm one to do the good flush... There are so many complaints about the tank monitors being inaccurate and valves not working properly... though not the only reason, one reason is a dirty tank and sensor/inadequate cleaning... After camping, I am likely to be returning to my styks&bryks, so the trailer will go to the storage space until next use. If I don't clean the tank, I'll be set up for bad readings, valve trouble and a STINKY bathroom. Not gonna happen.

Besides, I paid for a complete flush with my camping fee. I am entitled to it and I'm going to have it. Mind, though, I'm not one to take 15 or 20 minutes for the task... maybe 10 -12 minutes - or until the water is clear. That's really not a lot of time.

Just be patient with me.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:33 AM   #9
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Now that is funny. Great to be able to throw yourself under the bus.

We are a full hook up kinda family. In three years have used zero dump stations. This summer we are heading to an Army Corp of Engineers park on Lake Lanier in GA. It will be our first foray into limited use of black and grey tanks.


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If you think the state park is crowded, imagine an RV rally with hundreds of folks all leaving Sunday afternoon!
I probably waited an hour, and the site had four dump openings so RV's could be facing both ways.
It was the site of one of my most embarrassing moments. I thought, "These people don't know how it's done, wait until I get there, they'll be dazzled with efficiency."
As luck would have it there was a rain puddle right by my door, so I pulled forward another three feet. That meant my hose was too short, but no problem, I have an extension! When I was dumping the gray tank, the two sections came apart. I had a fire hose of gray water all over the dump station, and four RV's watching.
Without missing a beat, the guy across from me said, "At least it was the gray tank."
I slunk away in shame.
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Last winter we were at the local dump station in Quartsite when the guy next to us had his snake come loose or blow up at the trailer connection. He was literally up to his ankles in s**t with spray from head to foot. Both him and the dump station wrangler were in there bare handed trying to shut off the flow. It was disgustingly comical. So maybe it’s better to consider that slow and steady wins the race. I wouldn’t want to be the next guy to use the dump after an accident.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:43 AM   #11
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I couldn't care less about people flushing their black tanks. I flush mine, because i found out first hand that if i don't, there's a lot of stuff left over, and I'd rather not let it build up and/or sit there for weeks. It's part of what the dump station is for.

People that straighten up inside for 10 minutes, those are the jerks.
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Old 05-14-2018, 09:45 AM   #12
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If you RV long enough, you will eventually have your own “dump station fail” story to tell.

When I am planning to leave a busy campground, I try to dump late in the day prior, so as to avoid lineups at the dump station.

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Old 05-14-2018, 09:57 AM   #14
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Flush!!!!

We travel for weeks or months at a time and every dump is critical. Flush flush flush for us. We never have an oder and sensors work. Although we have it down to 10-12 min. Longer if there is not a hose connections for the sprayer. The joy of using our AS has its bitter sweet moments. Only if we didn’t have to competed with the crowds.
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