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Posted: 09/30/20 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Best approach?

Sometimes it is actually way easier to do something you are not inclined to do. Just run with the tank part full already. Couple times and you will get over it and not miss the daily dump one bit.

That or use the community bathhouse for your needs.


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Raife wrote:

more the travel weight and if the tank can handle the weight bumping along the road.
What type of RV? For peace of mind you can crawl underneath and visually inspect the tank supports. Look for bending, loose nuts. I hold 200 gallons of fresh and fill that sucker to the brim before camping trips. No joke i was just under the trailer 30 mins ago inspecting my tank braces. Im sanitizing the tanks is why im under there. Pulling the drain to get the bleach water out.

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I’m of a whole different mindset regarding water use if I’m staying one night in a camp with a dump and fresh water than I am when I find a beautiful dry sight and want to stay awhile, and whenever possible I fill the black tank before dumping. That’s “clean enough” for me.


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Posted: 09/30/20 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It shouldent get that full on one night , let it ride, dump on the second. Dont over think it.


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One holds the black tank contents in their intestines longer than a couple days before dumping in the black tank. Sometimes it causes an odor while there.

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Raife wrote:

I'm not concerned about the black nasty stuff, more the travel weight and if the tank can handle the weight bumping along the road...I have read some stories of dropping the black tank...


Dump every 2nd or 3rd night. If a few gallons causes the tank to fall off, you needed to replace it anyway.


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And....you do not need any additives. Those tanks are just buckets with lids....not a septic system. If you smell odors, you have other problems.

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Raife wrote:



Thoughts on what the best approach is?

Thank you.


Dump when it needs dumped and don't worry about hauling some water around.
Whatever concerns you have about packing a few hundred lbs of water with are likely unfounded. Enjoy the trip, not the dump stations.

If you cannot stand traveling with water in, just dump them regardless of how full they are. It's nice to have enough gray to dump to wash the Baby Ruths out of the hose from the black dump though.


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What sort of RV do you have?


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if you are concerned about weight, it would be nice to know if you are traveling with a nearly empty 40 foot motorhome or a nearly maxed out on weight travel trailer? or somewhere in between. more information would give you better answers. otherwise everyone assumes you have an rv like they have.


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