Dump station etiquette

tfischer

A bad day camping beats a good day at the office
20 feet??? ha, that won't be enough room for me to pull up and start to dump. my tow vehicle is 15 feet (and it is a midSUV, so trucks are longer) - and then my camper is 25 feet with the tank outlets at the back... so i need 40 feet. a truck pulling my camper would need more space and those bigger campers would need even more.

Haha you're just like my wife... correcting me over minute details that really don't affect my argument lol.

You get my point. If you can pull forward to finish up, do it. If you can have some things prepped and ready to go while you're next in line, do it. There's no reason to dally around at the dump station.

And yes, I know my post isn't going to change anything. But neither are posts about cutting through campsites, and we have those discusions regularly lol. Venting is therapeutic.
 

Snow

Super Active Member
Jul 19, 2007
12,138
Ontario
I have actually seen campground people monitoring the dump stations at some of our more popular and busy Provincial Parks.. one in particular the 4 bay dump station serves 6 separate campgrounds in Algonquin Park.. when things get busy the line up extends out onto the highway, which is just a bunch of accidents waiting to happen.. At Parks where staff monitors the dumping, you get 1 flush of the black tank, whether it's clean or not, your told to leave or go get back in line if you want to flush more..
 

GalsofEscape

Super Active Member
Nov 26, 2013
1,112
Maryland
Haha you're just like my wife... correcting me over minute details that really don't affect my argument lol.

You get my point. If you can pull forward to finish up, do it. If you can have some things prepped and ready to go while you're next in line, do it. There's no reason to dally around at the dump station.

And yes, I know my post isn't going to change anything. But neither are posts about cutting through campsites, and we have those discusions regularly lol. Venting is therapeutic.
i do get the point but you did ask if 20 feet was really that hard. I agree that 20 feet is not necessarily hard but i was pointing out the fact that it would do me no good. I still can't get in if you are so inclined to scootch forward 20 feet, so i am still waiting on you to stow your gear before i pull up.
i agree, venting is therapeutic and you are kinda preaching to the choir with this as are the other discussions you mention. I have simply accepted what I can not change about the dump stations and turn on the radio and listen to some music.- though honestly, i rarely find a line at the dump station at the parks i frequent.
 

1380ken

Super Active Member
Nov 7, 2013
2,912
Mass
i do get the point but you did ask if 20 feet was really that hard. I agree that 20 feet is not necessarily hard but i was pointing out the fact that it would do me no good. I still can't get in if you are so inclined to scootch forward 20 feet, so i am still waiting on you to stow your gear before i pull up.
i agree, venting is therapeutic and you are kinda preaching to the choir with this as are the other discussions you mention. I have simply accepted what I can not change about the dump stations and turn on the radio and listen to some music.- though honestly, i rarely find a line at the dump station at the parks i frequent.
He could edit his post and change 20' to 40'+
 

Adam H

Active Member
Aug 22, 2015
555
California
Fill black and grey tanks at site before closing up
Connect stinky slinky
Pull black tank valve - drain - close
Pull grey tank valve - drain - close
Remove stinky slinky, rinse and stow
Done, 5-10 minutes - 10-15 when I had my TT with large tanks

If you constantly need to flush tanks, you have a problem
 

tfischer

A bad day camping beats a good day at the office
i do get the point but you did ask if 20 feet was really that hard. I agree that 20 feet is not necessarily hard but i was pointing out the fact that it would do me no good. I still can't get in if you are so inclined to scootch forward 20 feet, so i am still waiting on you to stow your gear before i pull up.

It's called exaggeration to make a point. My wife doesn't get it either.
 

djmello99

Member
Feb 19, 2013
95
Anthem, AZ
I don’t have a black water tank…is it proper etiquette to squat over the dump station? If so, what’s the expected time limit and do I need to pull forward 20’ while I “clean up”? So many questions…🤷‍♂️
 

gladecreekwy

Super Active Member
Sep 25, 2016
1,745
Jackson Wyoming
Doesn't it seem like it should be just common courtesy, when there are people behind you waiting to dump, to do the absolute minimum business at the station, and THEN pull up, stow your hoses, rinse off your gloves, yadda yadda? It sure seems like it to me. But this never happens. Its as if people are like "this is mine, for as long as I want, and imma just gonna take my time. I swear the guy in front of me today took 4 minutes just storing his stinky slinky.

It's bad enough to have to wait for one of these big rigs to dump, when my total time at the station is like 3 minutes.

This has bugged me so much over the years that I tend to dump our small bit of gray water and porta potti in the toilets instead of the dump station. But today I got in line at the dump station, because this particular park has a nice setup which makes it very easy to dump without making a mess.
When the only dump station here closed last year I was forced to buy a macerater pump. Best thing ever. I can take my time, drink a beer and no waiting. Rinse my tank as much as I want. And overall much cleaner job IMO. Of course you need your sewer clean out accessible. Spent about $150 on the whole set up
 

generok

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Gold Supporting Member
Feb 7, 2013
3,412
Anchorage, AK
I know the suggestion was floated to pull forward to stow hoses, but I don't see how that's even viable. You have to disconnect the slinky from the RV to tip it up and empty the water from it down the drain. Is the suggestion just to drag all that a full RV length, then walk back, get the RV moved up, then get back out and put the hose away? All that walking around isn't going to be faster than putting the hose in the holder which on my rig is 12" from the dump valves.

In general, I agree. I will refuse to even back rinse at a dump station if there is ANYONE waiting behind me. Luckily, I can also dump at home, and I can back rinse until I'm happy there, so it's not a big issue for me personally. But, if a dump station was my ONLY option EVER, I would want to back rinse at least some of the time to get the residue out of the tank. Some of the dump stations here have been automated, so you only get lilke 10 minutes total before the water turns off and the dump locks (I guess it really can't lock when you're connected though).

Anyway, waiting to dump sucks! That's why I made my rig to dump at home. It's one less annoyance on Sunday on the way home from a trip.
 

Coreym95

Member
Jun 6, 2020
97
So I think the take aways from this thread are:

Pulling forward really isn't a great option and we should never expect the people in front of us to do so.

If a line is forming behind you, do the bare minimum to get everything dumped and cleaned up.

Never waste time at the dump station. Do what you have to do and get out of there, even if there isn't anybody waiting.

If there isn't a line behind you (or maybe just one person behind you that pulled up several minutes into your process) , feel free to flush your black tank a couple times, spend an extra minute cleaning your hose, etc.
 

J Starsky

Super Active Member
Aug 3, 2017
1,245
East Central MN
I stayed at https://www.badgerlandcampground.com/ in Madison, WI a few weeks back. While it was pricey, I needed to for a local family wedding.

Dump line reached three large trailers, so the owners comes by to move the guy in front of me along. Yep, we got a tank flusher, folks... The guy had undone the end of the non-potable hose for this tank, and the owner didn't seem to like it.

Turns out, the campground has a supplied stinky slinky right there. The owner pulled me up so I could hit both front and rear dumps on the TT, and I used his hose and was off within mere moments. Classy place, let me tell you folks.
 




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