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How Do You Use an RV Dump Station?
Once you’ve found a holding tank dump station, it’s time to empty your holding tanks! These 5 simple steps will leave your tanks empty and clean and have you back on the road in no time.
Note: The below steps are a high-level overview of emptying your tanks at a dump station. Please refer to our guide on how to use an RV dump station for a complete step-by-step tutorial.
Warning: Emptying your blackwater and greywater tanks can be a potential health hazard if not performed properly or with the necessary safety equipment. We recommend wearing disposable gloves and safety glasses and taking your time to perform each step carefully.
Step 1: Connect the RV Sewer Hose
First, connect one end of the sewer hose (typically the end with a bayonet-style fitting) to the waste valve on the RV.
Then fit the other end of the sewer hose (typically an elbow fitting) into the dump station inlet.
Tip: Ensure your elbow fitting has a gasket to create a tight seal between the hose and the dump station inlet. This will help prevent any leaks.
If needed, use an RV sewer hose support to help stabilize the hose and to help create a downward slope from the RVs waste valve to the dump station inlet.
Step 2: Empty the Holding Tanks
Starting with the black tank, slowly open the valve allowing the waste to flow out. Keep an eye on both connections to ensure there’s no leakage. When all of the waste has emptied, be sure to close the valve.
Next, slowly open the gray tank valve. Emptying this tank second will help clean out the sewer hose from the toilet waste we previously emptied. And again, keep an eye on both connections to ensure there’s no leakage.
Step 3: Freshwater Flush the Tanks
Once the tanks are empty, we will want to perform a freshwater flush.
With your sewer hose still connected and the valve closed, turn on the kitchen and bathroom sinks, and flush the toilet several times to partially fill the tanks. This will help break up and rinse out any waste still in the tanks after the initial flush.
Then open the sewer hose valve again to allow the water to flush out completely.
Step 4: Disconnect the Sewer Hose
Twist the end of the hose connected to the RV to disconnect it and place the cover back on the RVs waste valve. Be sure to leave the hose connected to the dump station inlet.
Step 5: Cleanup
The last step is to clean out the sewer hose and place it back in storage.
With the sewer hose still connected to the dump station inlet, use a garden hose to spray out the inside, allowing the water to go through the hose and down into the dump station inlet.
Tip: Use a sewer hose rinser with a bayonet cap to easily clean out your sewer hose. It will save you time and hassle.
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Once the inside of the hose is clean, remove the hose from the inlet and thoroughly spray off the elbow connector.
Finally, store the hose in its designated spot in your RV.
Tip: Be sure to follow all RV dump station etiquette rules.
How Often Should You Dump an RV?
How often you dump your holding tanks will vary depending on how often you use the toilet, shower, etc., in your RV and the tank size. With that said, many recreational vehicles have a sensor indicating how full your grey and black water tanks are.
Unfortunately, many RVs do not have this feature, so you must manually check the tanks.
While there are different points of view on this matter, a good rule of thumb is to dump your RV’s black water tank when it’s at least 2/3rds full. This will ensure that solid waste has had enough time to break down, plus the weight of the waste in the tank will help it flow out easier.
RV Dump FAQs
How Do I Find an RV Dump Site?
You can often find dump stations to empty your holding tanks at RV parks and campgrounds, truck stops, rest areas along highways, recreational vehicle dealerships, and even some boat marinas offer tank dumping. However, your best bet is to use our free RV dump station directory to find a location near you!
Is There an App to Find RV Dump Stations?
Several mobile apps help you find RV dump stations while out on the road, including AllStays RV Dumps and RV Dump Stations available in the Apple App store and RV Dump Sites available in the Google Play Store.
Do Pilots Have RV Dump Stations?
Many Pilots and Flying J’s have RV dump stations, but not all of them. Pilot/Flying J is the largest travel center operator with more than 750 locations across America and Canada. Over 200 of those locations feature dump stations and are listed in our RV dump station directory.
Does Maverik Have RV Dump Stations?
Maverik does have RV dump stations at many of its locations. There are about 380 Maverik locations across 12 states in the U.S., and at least 25 of those have RV dump stations. Search our RV dump station directory for a Maverik with a dump station near you.
Do Florida Rest Areas Have Dump Stations?
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the rest areas in the state of Florida do not have RV dump stations.
Do California Rest Stops Have Dump Stations?
There are several California rest stops that have RV dump stations. Browse our RV dump station directory to find a rest stop in California with a dump station near you.
Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? Feel free to contact us with your dump station-related questions, and we’ll respond at our earliest convenience (typically within 24 hours).