Camping with your RV is all fun, but once you get home, you will have to deal with the not-so-pleasant jobs of emptying the storage tanks. You have to leave the black and gray tanks before preparing the RV for the next trip.
A quick visit to the dumping station is one way to do it, but it isn’t better to dump the RV waste when you get home. It’s easier to say than done, so you need to keep reading.
First thing first: is it forbidden to dump the RV tank in your home?
You don’t just go ahead and dump the wastewater storage tanks at home. You have to drop the contents not into the storm drain, but into the municipal sewer line.
The reason for it is the storm drain getting to water reservoirs. Therefore, dumping toxic wastewater is against the law.
Should you have a septic tank at home, you can also dump the contents of the containers in it. Keep reading for the details.
What are the methods of dumping the RV waste at home?
Luckily for RV owners, there are several ways for dumping out the RV waste at home. Here are the most reliable methods:
1. Using the macerator pump
It’s a bit tricky to use the macerator pump, but it’s a method that works fast. You need to attach a macerator pump that pumps out the contents and breaks down the big pieces of waste.
- Attach the outlet hose of the black tank to the input valve of the pump
- As you’re connecting the long hose to the outlet valve, you need to drag the end of the tube to the closest toilet
- Continue with opening the outlet valve of your black water tank. Turn on the macerator pump
- The pump moves the contents and breaks down the solid waste, easing out the flushing later on.
The method is useful, but you need to drag raw sewage hose into the toilet and home. You must pay attention so that you don’t have any leaks. Otherwise, you may have to deal with the unpleasant and dangerous mess.
We also need to mention that macerator pumps don’t come cheap, so make sure you have a thick wallet.
2. The bucket method
It’s the most straightforward method for emptying the RV’s tanks, but it has its challenges. Here’s how to do it properly:
- Grab a plastic bucket and some heavy-duty rubber gloves
- Fill the bucket with both the gray and black water. try not to go over the brim, so that it’s easier to move
- Get the bucket inside, emptying it into the toilet. Flush it completely. Make sure that you walk slowly so that you don’t spill anything.
Even if the bucket method is cheap and straightforward, it’s not the most pleasant to try. It’s instead a disgusting way to remove the waste from your RV. It’s fundamental that you have a septic tank at home and that the toilet is connected to it.
In the case of large tanks, dumping the contents with this method is going to be tiring and time-consuming. It’s better to do it, so only when the container isn’t full.
3. The septic tank
For households with septic tank systems, it’s not complicated to park the RV really close to it, dumping the contents into it.
Remember that not all kinds of wastewater can be dropped into the septic tank. Should you use harsh detergents and bleach, be aware that you cannot pump the gray water into the septic tank. The chemicals will kill the essential bacteria in the tank. If you don’t know by now, here’s some news for you: it’s the vital bacteria breaking down the solid waste. The vital bacteria can turn the waste into safe fertilizer for the plants and grass in your backyard.
If the dump wastewater contains harsh detergents and bleach, it’s going to kill good bacteria. It’s why you need to switch to eco-friendly soaps and detergents in the RV.
Let’s go over the steps to take when emptying the RV waste into the septic tank:
- Put on thick rubber gloves and a face mask. It’s not going to be easy to take
- Find the access port of your septic tank. It’s similar to a tiny pipe, sticking out of the ground. An end cap should seal the port. A big wrench can help you with the job.
- Park the RV close to the access port, attaching the disposal hose to the black water tank
- Attach the end of the output hose to the access port of your septic tank. The output hose has to point right down into the access port so that there is no risk for spewing the waste
- Once you pump the contents of the black tank out, do the same for the gray water tank
It’s essential to empty the black tank first since it’s going to clean the dumping hose a bit. The soap in the gray water can break down the stuck bits on the tube’s side.
- Grab the garden hose for rinsing off the dumping hose and the storage tanks.
What are the advantages of emptying the RV waste at home?
Even if some benefits are obvious, let’s make a list for a clear explanation
- The best part is that you no longer need to drive in town for emptying the tanks of your RV.
- You don’t have to pay fees for accessing the dumping stations
- It’s not complicated to connect the outlet hose when accessing the port of your septic tank
- You may quickly turn the RV into a fun addition of your home
Remember not to make the connection permanent as you will still need to use the access port any now and then.
Are there are downsides?
It’s mandatory that you make the appropriate connections to the outlet hose when dumping the waste into your septic tank. Should the link be weak, the raw sewage will spray out the sides.
Even if the bucket method is straightforward, you need to be careful as you don’t want to spill any of the waste. When you drop raw sewage in your home, it’s quite a challenge to clean the mess.
At the end of the day, the benefits outweigh the downsides. No matter the method you choose, it’s always cheaper and more comfortable to do it at home.
One last tip for the road
Having an RV is great, but it comes with many challenges. It’s always easy to empty the RV tanks at home, especially since you prepare it for the next trip.
Emptying the storage tanks and taking care of your RV regularly will benefit you and your wallet, expanding the lifespan of your vehicle.