RV How To Dump Black and Gray Tanks
Are you the chosen one to connect the RV sewer hose, empty the holding tanks, flush the tanks and disconnect and store the sewer hose when it’s time to leave?
Understanding how RV toilets are different from household toilets is the key to a successful outing in your travel trailer or motorhome. Understanding how to use RV safe tank treatments, and following proper dumping procedures when it’s time to empty the black tank is also important knowledge to be on your way to mastering your RV like a pro.
Can I dump my black water tank if I don’t have a sewer hookup?
Note: Never let the gray or black water drain on the ground.
If your campsite does not have a sewer hookup to drain your black water tank, ask at the campground office where their sewer dump station is located. You will need to take your rv to that area so you can empty your black and gray tanks when needed. When you are in route and you need to dump your gray and black tanks, look for a dump station along the way. Some campgrounds offer this service where you can just pull in and use their dump station for a fee (make sure you contact the office before going to the designated dump station). Some truck stops and fuel stations offer a dump station also.
How do you dispose of a black water tank?
To connect the sewer hose, make sure both valves are closed and remove the sewer outlet cap. Make the connection by putting the drain hose adapter over the drain outlet and turn it clockwise until it locks securely in place. Take the opposite end of the drain hose over to the campground sewer connection. Use the necessary adapters to make the connection and get a good seal. When the tanks are full, or nearly full always empty the black tank first, the large valve, followed by the gray tank, the small valve. The gray water tank should also be at least two-thirds full. Dumping the gray water tank last will help flush and rinse the sewer hose.
Can you leave your black water tank open or dump grey water on the ground?
When you are at the campground for an extended period of time you can leave the gray tank valve partially open so it drains as you use it but remember to never do this with the black tank. If it’s time to leave the campground and your holding tanks aren’t full you can finish filling them with water and then empty them. Just add water through the toilet to finish filling the black tank or add water to the sinks or shower to finish filling the gray tank. Never dump your holding tanks anywhere except in authorized dump stations and campground sewer systems.
What kind of toilet paper should I use in my RV?
You should always use toilet paper designed for use in RVs. RV toilet paper breaks down and dissolves in the holding tank preventing potential problems with the holding tank, the RV sewer system and the dump station septic system. False holding tank readings on your monitor panel are caused by the holding tank probes, inside the tank, being covered by toilet tissue or other debris.
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