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Posted: 06/13/20 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will have no problem with waiting two weeks. After all it is a holding tank.

We boondock all winter and we dump our black tank every three weeks.


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Did you think to ask if they had a dump station??? I'll bet they did. A couple of weeks wont heart but longer may let it dry out. You do not want to deal with a dry black tank. EVER


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Don’t sweat it. Worst case it might stink a bit when you flush. Dont leave the fart fan on when flushing!
The best thing for keeping tanks clean is traveling. The motion keeps stuff from sticking.
Few weeks, no big deal. I’ve spent time by myself in the camper, for work. 3-4 weeks without dumping, because it wasn’t full.


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For two weeks, I wouldn't worry about it as long as you have the proper chemicals in it.
But I wouldn't want to leave it for much longer

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I'm amazed at all the scared-y-cats...

Lots and lots of folks don't dump every time they camp - after all we're supposed to let the tank get to at least 2/3 full before we dump. At least that's what I've read on here many times...

Just have enough water in there to keep it from drying out. No worries.


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Two weeks, no problems.
For future planning, do you have an accessible sewer clean out in your yard? Last fall, I drove my truck and TT into my front yard to do my pre winter black tank cleaning. Thought I was going to camp one more time and didn't;(
Unscrewed the clean out cap and worked thing just like in a full hook up campsite.
I've since finally wired up my FloJet macerator pump I've had for a year to do the same from a distance without having to drive into my front yard. With a FloJet and a garden hose, you can dump your tanks into a home toilet.


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I have one of these Portable RV Pump (Macerator) for when I want to dump my tanks at home. It's slower but gets the job done.


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discard all the urban legend and "let her rip tader chip". [emoticon]

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pianotuna wrote:

brianosaur wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

Why tempt fate? Drain the tanks.

Tempt fate? What in the world does that mean?

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They are poly/plastic tanks. It's not like poop is going to eat through it or cause some kind of explosion.

Fill it with water to 3/4+ mark to dilute and wait till you get to the next campground to dump them. You just dont want the tank low and dried crud sticking to the walls.

As previously mentioned, add tank deodorizer/cleaner with the fresh water.


Because if it dries to the bottom of the tank it won't be pretty. He wants to store it for months.


Huh??

Original Post: "We have another trip coming up in two weeks"

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Ok, what's the difference in him waiting 2 weeks ( assuming there is plenty of liquid in tank ) and a single camper in the same TT that takes 3 weeks or more to fill a tank while sitting on a lot. Would you recommend the low volume user go to a dump every 2 weeks even if not full?

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