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Posted: 06/14/20 09:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Won't hurt anything but I would add more water. Or buy yourself a Sewer Solution and dump at home anytime you want. That's what I do


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Posted: 06/14/20 12:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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


Unless his black tank valve has a slow leak...no it won't dry out in TWO WEEKS.

To the OP: Absolutely nothing needs to be done. With a 1/4 tank, it will slosh around on the drive to the new campground, maybe dump on the way in but really, it will continue to break down like in your septic tank over the 2 weeks.


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Only problem I can think of is poor installation of the tank. If it can't handle the extra weight you might end up having a problem. More so with more weight but it could happen with just 1/4 tank.


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2 weeks, don't sweat it. Add at least a few gallons of water & an extra dose of treatment if that makes you feel better then dump at your first convenient opportunity on the next trip.


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Thank you everyone for the helpful suggestions. To answer a few questions in the thread...

The campground we were at didn't have a dup station. They drive around a mini backhoe with a waste tank trailered to pump out waste they only pump on weekdays and we left on a Sunday.... hence 2.5 days with of poop accumulated. My son literally lit it up as soon as the dump truck pulled away.

As for a sewer hookup in my yard... unfortunately it's not an option in my town.

I like the idea of dumping in my home toilet. I'm going to look into that option.

Thanks to everyone for the help and suggestions.

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pianotuna wrote:

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

He said two weeks, not months. OP, you'll be fine. If everything works correctly (your tank vents aren't blocked, you have a water seal on your toilet) you won't have any problems.

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Yes, as long as you keep water in there so it doesn't dry out you will be fine.

Are you sure there is no where to dump closer to you then a 2 hour drive ??? I'm not from your area but, most of the small towns near me have a dump station some were. Though It might be behind a building or something and sometimes they charge you 5 or 10 bucks. Maybe call a few municipalities near you and ask.

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Nearest to me is a little over an hour. So two hour round trip. Its not awful just would rather wait until the next trip if I can.

I've been adding a gallon of water a night through the toilet. Should be good and watered down by the time i get to jellystone.

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512Climber wrote:

Thank you everyone for the helpful suggestions. To answer a few questions in the thread...

The campground we were at didn't have a dup station. They drive around a mini backhoe with a waste tank trailered to pump out waste they only pump on weekdays and we left on a Sunday.... hence 2.5 days with of poop accumulated. My son literally lit it up as soon as the dump truck pulled away.

As for a sewer hookup in my yard... unfortunately it's not an option in my town.

I like the idea of dumping in my home toilet. I'm going to look into that option.

Thanks to everyone for the help and suggestions.


Sewer Solution allows you to dump into any sewer clean out using a 3/4" hose. Research it on YouTube for more information. Not a fast way to dump but works great at home when You're in no hurry

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Mine once sat for 3 years with a tank half full. Every once in awhile, I would check the water level to make sure it wasn't drying out.

When I had the trailer repaired and dumped the tanks, it dumped just fine. No smells.

What really surprised me was that the sensors were operating normally.

* This post was edited 06/30/20 11:32am by Wishbone51 *


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