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    I will be dry camping at a state park in Nevada for 8 days in July and am curious to who has called a RV pumping service to come out and pump the black tank on your rig. Is this even a common thing you see in your outings?
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    I've seen the RV pumping services at NASCAR races and in Quartzsite - and they can be somewhat expensive, after pumping out the black / gray tanks, then filling the fresh with potable water.

    Don't know what state park your camping in, but have you searched for nearby dumpsites? Many small towns with parks nearby, often have gas stations, markets, private RV parks, rest areas, visitors centers with a RV dump area, some free or a minimal fee.

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    • #3
      I have found dump stations but with several visitors to my site this year, I think I will need to be pumped out prior to the end of my stay and packing up to go to the dump station is real pain and then have to come back and reset everything. I thought this could be a common service out there. I will call the sewer septic cleaners up in that area.
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      • #4
        We can go 2 weeks on our black tank. Could probably push it to 3 weeks if we were careful.
        There are only 2 of us, so your mileage may vary.

        Gray tank is another matter. We have a macerator pump and 50 gal rubber bladder that fits
        in the back of the truck. Usually takes me about 30-45 minutes to empty the gray tank depending
        on how far away the dump station is.

        Before we got the macerator and bladder we went 7 days at a state park by emptying the gray
        water into a 5 gal bucket and dumping it down the toilet. 6 buckets full = about 25 gallons. Yeah
        it was kind of a pain but I didn't have to break camp to go to the dump station.
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        • #5
          If you go with a pump service, watch them carefully that they don't crack / damage your discharge piping when they are hooking / unhooking their equipment to yours.

          A leaking sewer pipe could be a whole different animal.....
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          • #6
            maybe the macerator and 5 gal bucket is all I need to get by. Have you transferred the black tank in 5 gal bucket to the toilet? That can't be pleasant but maybe I could have the stomach
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Wood Chip View Post
              maybe the macerator and 5 gal bucket is all I need to get by. Have you transferred the black tank in 5 gal bucket to the toilet? That can't be pleasant but maybe I could have the stomach
              Making 10-20 trips to a campground restroom with buckets of raw sewage?...... I see that being the next YouTube video .

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RocklinDave View Post

                Making 10-20 trips to a campground restroom with buckets of raw sewage...... I see this being the next YouTube video?

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                Yep agree. It certainly would be something that would not be advised can you imagine throwing up and dropping the bucket? oh lord
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Wood Chip View Post
                  maybe the macerator and 5 gal bucket is all I need to get by. Have you transferred the black tank in 5 gal bucket to the toilet? That can't be pleasant but maybe I could have the stomach
                  Ok, just to be clear, I was transferring my gray water, via bucket, to MY toilet/black tank.
                  My gray tank can fill in 3-4 days, normal use, without trying to conserve. My black tank
                  can easily go 14+ days. I know the black tank is getting full when the toilet starts gurgling
                  during a flush. I can usually go another 5-7 days after that. I suppose, technically, you could
                  go until the toilet starts to back up.

                  I would have to be very desperate to tote raw sewage, via bucket, to a camp ground toilet.
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                  • #10
                    Why not just use the campground bathroom.... and leave the trailer toilet for emergencies?
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                    • #11
                      Use plenty of water as you usually do until you get about 1/2 full. Then you can cut back on the amount of water you flush into the black tank. Maybe I am just numb and don'tnotice the smell, but we can pittle several times before flushing in a pinch. Just keep the lid down.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RocklinDave View Post
                        Why not just use the campground bathroom.... and leave the trailer toilet for emergencies?
                        Well, that would be the norm but....I have VIP visitors coming in for a couple days and walking 100 yds to the public restrooms could be beyond their capabilities. Thanks guys. I will keep the black tank from being used and just leave it for my visitors. seems easiest
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                        • #13
                          Not sure if this is an option for you, but I purchased a cheap version of the "portable RV sewer tank" when I bought my camper. It's come in handy several times over the years and works great. The way I use it is to store it in the back of my truck and use a macerator (mentioned above by nwtraveler) to pump from the camper into the portable tank, then drive to a dump station or campsite toilet and pump out my portable tank. Some of the tanks are designed to be hooked up to your vehicle for slow speed driving but I have never done that.






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                          • #14
                            To answer your original question, yes we have had our tanks pumped while staying in our trailer. We do the Spokane Interstate Fair every year (well not this year as it has been cancelled) which is a 14 day adventure for us. Taking showers every day, and using the black tank, there is no way we could go the distance on one load, so we have a local pumping service do our tanks at least once during our stay. The fairgrounds actually provide one free pump as part of the camping fee, but if you need more than that it is about 20 bucks per pump. The only thing I can tell you is after the tanks are pumped, run your faucets a little to make sure the "P" traps are full as the vacuum tends to pull the water out of them. Other than that, it is quick and easy peasy, and we have had no problems in the 12 years we have done it.
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