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Old 06-27-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Ins and outs of dumping

Hi there,
I'm a new Scamp owner. It's a great thing.
Brand new to this lifestyle though.
I don't really get the whole grey but especially black water disposal thing. Are there stations randomly located out there where you can just drive in and dump? Do campgrounds always have dumping stations? Can you use them if you aren't camping there at the moment?
I'm sure this is old stuff for most of you veterans, but I'm confused.
I suspect that its improper to just dump in a field out there, yes?
If anyone knows a link to a discussion on this, I'd be grateful!
Kyle Halverson
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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Hi Kyle, I'm someone who is very experience re. dumping the grey and black water, will be along shortly to give you good advice. Meanwhile welcome to FGRV.

I can tell you, most campgrounds have dumping stations and there are many other places that are available for free dumping. I believe it might be against the law to dump just 'anywhere' like a field. Don't worry, there will be lots of places where you can take care of this part of your camping experience.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:53 PM   #3
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normally you can't just use dump stations at commercial camp grounds, without having camped there. I have driven up to a site and paid a small fee $6-or more and then headed down the road. some RV sales and parts centers have free access. Some state rec parks have free dump sites. Bring your hose thru the bath room/shower window for ease of adding water to the toilet while dumping, rather than having to come thru the entrance door on the other side.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:59 PM   #4
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Quite a few rest areas have dump stations, and I have found quite a few gas stations near freeways that provide them as a way to attract business
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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Sanidumps lists dump stations by states. Scroll down to the list of states and select the state you want.

Some rest areas we have been in have free dump stations, like the one we stopped at in Alabama a couple of weeks ago.

Mainly, we dump at campgrounds. Even if you aren't camping there, as Kenny said, you can usually pay a small fee to dump.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:11 PM   #6
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rvdumps.com is a site I've used while traveling outside our home state. In Michigan, we pay $10 annual for a state park pass and that gets us into any of the state parks. Camping fees are separate, but we've used state forest and national forest campgrounds and then gone to a state park and dumped for free. You may want to check your state park system to see if that's an option.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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Hi Kyle a lot of campgrounds allow you to dump if you are not staying there. You just go in to the office and pay a small fee first.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:37 PM   #8
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Dump black 1st then rinse black tank.
Dump grey 2nd then rinse grey tank.
Add 1 cup calgon,1 cup liquid soap and 1 gal water to black tank,wash your hands good, then your done.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:31 PM   #9
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You have to dump it out (of your tank) before you can dump it in (the dump station).
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:46 PM   #10
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Kyle, I really recommend taking a camping trip for a weekend to a private campground that has fullhook ups! Stay in a full hook up site. Then, get to know your camping neighbors . Rv'ers are a good group of people. Tell them your a newbie admit you don't have a clue offer them a beer or glass of wine and you will have a new teacher. And, before the weekend is over they will have walked you through all the things you got to do to run your trailer. Us old timer's like to teach you newbies!
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #11
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Dump black 1st then rinse black tank.
Dump grey 2nd then rinse grey tank.
Add 1 cup calgon,1 cup liquid soap and 1 gal water to black tank,wash your hands good, then your done.
Great advise. I also tend to fill the black tank right up with water just before dumping. If dry camping its a good way to get rid of any extra water in the fresh water tank rather than driving with it.

Only other hint I have is to try to find a way to remember to always close the valve before putting the caps back on the pipes after dumping ........ you dont want to know what happens the next time you go to dump when you have forgotten to do that.

rgrugg I am not clear on what you meant when you said "You have to dump it out (of your tank) before you can dump it in (the dump station)." Could you please explain.... I am wondering if an Egg is perhaps set up differently than a Scamp.
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carol---it's just an assumption, but my guess is that bob is meaning that one has to "dump"....before they "dump". in other words.....one needs something to be in the tank...
but you know what they say about ass-u-ming!
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dang totally missed that!
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:31 AM   #14
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check state campgrounds a lot are free dumps, and never dump straight on the ground,, that called polution and comes with a hefty fine
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