Originally Posted by Iowa Dave
We often camp in campgrounds that have a dump station with no additional fees. In the west, it’s possible to find gas stations with free dump stations and we might leave our no services campground and drive 50 to
100 miles and then gas and access one of these sites. In Iowa, many of the Interstate rest areas have free dump stations. Some parks have a minimal fee for non campers too. We “catalog” those sites or check on the internet and access free or cheap sites as necessary. A few places allow grey water to be dumped in the woods but not too many from my experience. I stopped at a USForest service campground in Montana where you could dump for $2. The host acted like I was about to beat them out of the money pointing out the deposit post for the money three times which was accessible as we were leaving. He looked at our Escape
which had the Made in British Columbia decal on the back and an Iowa license
plate. He said “You Canadians have all the money so it shouldn’t bother you to pay two bucks”’ He was staring at the rear of the 19 but did not read the license
plate. I figured one catty remark deserved another so I told him “we’re not Canadian but I’ve got plenty of money” that finally shut him up.
He had probably been beaten out of the $2 more than once. Human nature being what it is, I think being beaten out of $2 is more insulting than being beaten out of $10 or $20. Still, he shouldn't take his unhappiness out on you.
I ran a service station in the 80s and we charged $5 to dump, or free with gas purchase. One guy in what appeared to be a brand new class A motor home asked if he could dump before getting gas. I said okay, he dumped and then drove off to get gas at the discount station across the highway. Maybe that's how he came to have enough money for that motor home. I don't think he was Canadian.
Outrageous is in the eye of the beholder. I had emergency surgery a few years ago, and the hospital bill, not including doctors, was $100,000. Since I don't own my own hospital I think it was a bargain.
That's Capitalism. $20 dump fees are Capitalism too.
California passed a law years ago forcing gas stations to provide air and water. Maybe we should pass a law forcing them to provide free dump stations too. Of course, that's Socialism.
America today has
the worst of Capitalism, brought to us by the Oligarchs
the worst of Socialism, brought to us by our elected officials
the worst of Democracy, who vote for self-serving officials who bribe us with our own money.
When I'm on my deathbed I sincerely doubt I'll worry about any dump fees I paid. In fact, I refuse to be concerned about them now.