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Old 07-15-2017, 04:06 AM   #1
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Poll for fun: Do you wear gloves when dumping holding tanks?

Do you wear gloves when dumping holding tanks?
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Old 07-15-2017, 05:11 AM   #2
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Yes I do - got a big box of nitrile fairly loose fitting gloves from Harbor Freight for a few bucks - will last me for the rest of my life it looks like since we only dump tanks every 2 weeks or so when camping or when we are returning home. Then we have those baby wipes or kitchen wipes we keep in the truck for afterwards or when there are small messes to clean up along the way for other reasons. All I can say is dumping is part of the process if you are going to have a self-contained camper and use it - don't fear the stinky slinky -- MMMM....mmmmm... Finger lickin' good... =)
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Yep. Imagine someone who doesn't use gloves then touches surfaces their family have contact with. Eeee Oooo....

The disposable gloves are cheap as you say. Love the wipes for a variety of uses. Just bag them up in a plastic grocery bag and put them in the larger bag people use as their last garbage to throw in the dumpster.

We just bought 2 sections of Gorilla stinky slinkies 15ft a piece. Big improvement. No more poop pockets as they become semi-rigid and much easier to get the last bit of drain liquid out. Also have a clear window. Once you get used to the Happy Camper brown liquid gives you a real sense of satisfaction.

One use of wipes are good for wiping our fannies. Bag them up and dispose of them in garbage bags. Saves room in the black water tank. Generally we use the camp toilets for the non-emergency dumps I know too much information for some people.
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:22 AM   #4
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I don't use gloves. I do rinse my hands at the dump station and sometimes wash with soap. Growing up, my mother had a butcher block that we now know harbored germs like mad. Then again, how many do you see with gloves on, but are wearing sandals, splashing on their feet?

Obviously, I don't go with the sterilize everything mentality we have today. TETO!

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You probably grew up with a strong immune system then being exposed to everything. Innoculated HA!

Perry, you have a point for sure on wearing sandals and gloves funny. Be careful we don't step in doo doo water for sure. Dump neatly and let the puppy drain properly before putting away.

Something I forbid my DH dumper is to take my Glass Plus (with ammonia) away and my paper towels. Always the last thing loaded. Dirty paper towels the last thing stuff in the plastic garbage sack the last step before walking it up to the dumpster.
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I'm always amazed by people who don't wear gloves. I'm no germaphobe. We're working with sewage and things that convey sewage which are never cleaned, only rinsed off. Butcher blocks get cleaned with soap. Raw food doesn't compare to raw sewage, I hope...

My feet typically don't touch my face and mouth, or the door handle in a store that hundreds of other people touch after me. It's not a matter of putting on a rubber suit so no sewage contacts my body. It's a matter of my hands, which touch my eyes, mouth, and things that other people touch with their hands.
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I only wear the gloves when connecting, disconnecting or rinsing the sewer hose. Sometimes not even then, as I like to wash my hands once I've broken camp.
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DH doesn't appreciate me fussing wanting him to wear gloves. Too bad so sad wear them anyway. He seems to want to be the manager of dumping. Doesn't want a supervisor. Is that a man thing? But then I don't want his advice decorating the inside of the Oliver either.
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I don't touch the effluent from the black water tank, but I do wash the hose and my hands when done, also have hand sanitizer.
Does anyone here wear gloves when going to the toilet, especially in a public restroom?
Imagine... every campsite was once occupied by someone who picked up after their pets and left the urine and the fecal residue, not to mention all those midnight trips to admire the stars.

Do you wear gloves when cleaning the bird crap off the picnic table, or just cover it with a disposable cloth? What about the benches?
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Old 07-15-2017, 08:57 AM   #10
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... Then again, how many do you see with gloves on, but are wearing sandals, splashing on their feet?..y
Yup.. that is why I don't only use gloves, but also disposable shoe covers. I bought a 100 of them on Amazon so if you see me at the dump station and want a pair, just ask

But the shoe covers don't work so well. They don't stay on half the time. And even the gloves tend to tear at some point in the process sometimes.
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Good point on the public restroom. After I wash my hands I do a one finger pull on the bathroom door. And momma taught us to stand up and pee and even poop. Also carry the santi-liquid stuff. Getting ole no sense tempting fate catching something.
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That's a point on the shoe covering. Should we suit up in an operating gown too? Best bet is we take our time and make sure everything is drained well and doesn't drip out of the slinky once detached. Only the slinky and the rinse hose goes in the bumper not to contaminate anything else.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:18 AM   #13
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I glanced to the right and saw this:
Dump Station Etiquette Every RVer Should Know
How To Empty RV Waste Tanks At A Dump Station

We haven't had the "pleasure" of using a dump station.
Not looking forward to it either. Absolute last resort.
I still picture the RV movie w/ Robin Williams.

Our Oliver can't use a ole fashioned wand style to feed through a bathroom window. The screen doesn't open and gee whiz dragging a poop hose inside not exactly a pleasant thought. We will stick to a full hookup even tho that limits us some where we can camp.

Anyone followed someone who was a nasty dumper at a station? Eee ooo. Caw caw.
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I've only ever used dump stations, since I never go to actual campgrounds.

It's a good topic to really think about. Is hooking a hose which transports raw sewage to a sewage outlet less sanitary than a restroom? I guess it depends on the restroom.

I think if I were cleaning toilets in a public restroom I'd wear gloves. But that is truly a personal preference.

I think my take is "do what you want", so long as you don't touch anything public before washing your hands. And as long as you don't mind seeing a bewildered look on the face the of guy waiting in line behind you when he sees you grab that stuff with your bare hands (assuming that guy is me ).

Or worse yet, if you use leather gloves. Now that's gross, because not only are you reusing the same gloves over and over, they absorb the liquid, and people then think that because they wore gloves, they don't need to wash their hands...so it ends up being less sanitary than using bare hands then washing them.
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