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Old 08-15-2007, 09:46 PM   #1
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Where to Dump?

Just curious as to where yall dump if you boondock or need to dump when not in a standard park with a dump station? Do rest stops have dump stations or do you just hold it? New axles due from inland rv at the end of the month and will be on our first trip since purchase last August 06.
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Old 08-15-2007, 09:53 PM   #2
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Truck stops, some rest stops, gas stations sometimes have them. We stop at a State Park near our house and dump before we get home if we need to. There's lots of places. You'll learn to watch for 'dump station' signs!

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Old 08-15-2007, 10:03 PM   #3
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Another great place to find dump stations is at boat launches and public docks. Boats gotta dump too
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:16 PM   #4
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If you are on a city sewer system check next to your driveway to see if the sewer "clean out" for your house is accessible to your trailer. Most are 4" lines and go directly into the sewer system. And it is effluent I would have added to the system if I had been home. I just make sure I don't use additives that "kill" septic systems--they are hard on any system. I wouldn't do this to a septic tank/drainfield system because the "instantaneous" volume going into the septic tank can, in some circumstances, "short circuit" in your tank and permit solids to enter the drainfield.
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:17 PM   #5
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In addition to those listed above, most campgtounds have a dump station. Most charge if you're not camped there.
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Old 08-15-2007, 10:47 PM   #7
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Hi James, check my Cheap or Free postings in the Boondocking section for places to dump. Besides listing Cheap or Free Camping spots, I also listed Dump locations. For Texas, check post number 5 here:
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:01 PM   #8
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Some rest stops & welcome centers have them too.

Although we added one at home...just in case we have to "hold it". It's great for when we use the trailer as a second guest room. Wish our yard was big enough for courtesy parking...we have all the amenities, just no room for more than 1-1/2 trailers...once we add on to our slab back there, we will be able to fit our two...but definately no more.

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Old 08-15-2007, 11:54 PM   #9
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This thread has a list of "cheap or free" dump stations in Texas:
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:20 AM   #10
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I'ved noticed that while dump stations are pretty available in the midwest, west and south, they get pretty scarce up in new england. I used on our last trip to find a "dump station". It turned out to be the Lowell MA Water Treatment plant. Without getting into too much detail (trust me you don't want the details), this was nothing more than metal grate on the ground where the local septic companies empty their trucks.

No a pleasant experience at all. I would strive to find one at a campground or Flying J where they have a "proper" RV dump station for RVers.
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I haven't had any issues being full while out, but I do have a PVC poke through next to the house for rodding out the lines and such. I have on many occasions simply poped the cap and used that, attaching the garden hose to the black tank flush. Seems to work well. I know that if you have a septic system you might want to be careful what black tank chemicals you use, but with city sewer (as I have), it all gets treated and weeded out.
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:48 AM   #12
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expensive dump

I was in Galveston and I went to one of the few campsites and they charge35$ to dump it was cheaper to camp at the State Park 15$ saving and a pleasent site by the sea and the dump was free
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Old 08-16-2007, 07:52 AM   #13
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If you get The Next Exit guide (gives information about what businesses/services are at exits on Interstate highways), they list dumps as well (like at rest stops). We LOVE that book, since we do a lot of Interstate travelling, and I can plan our stops by what restaurants and shopping are at what exits.

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Old 08-16-2007, 01:47 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the great info and links
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