So, the inevitable task of emptying the waste tanks. It’s often avoided by women and over exaggerated by men. I certainly let my family believe I’m saving the day by sending all that funky sludge to the depths of hell, but it’s really not that bad of a job. We usually stay at campgrounds with full hookups, but on the occasion we use dump station I really like to milk it, so don’t tell my family.
What I learned along the way is a quality sewer hose and fittings are a must to make this go smoothly. I started our RV adventures with a flimsy hose that was easily crushed and had sprung leaks from being drug across the ground. The hose we use now, the Camco RhinoFlex (Amazon associate link), is stiffer, accordions in and out for easier storage and holds its shape, and the connectors firmly lock in place. This one addition has made the entire process easier.
Two fittings we use that are also must-haves are the clear elbow and the adapter that screws into multiple size sewer openings and locks onto the hose. Once we have the hose connected between the RV and sewer there’s little chance it’ll come loose.
To avoid cross contamination, keep your fresh water and sewer stuff stored in separate containers. I know this seems like common sense, but it’s easy for these to get lumped together when you’re rushing around.
Last suggestion is to wear disposable gloves, skip the flip-flops, and wash your hands when done. As careful as I am, that’s still some nasty ooze moving through that hose and I don’t want it on me.
To see how we manage this mucky mess checkout the video below.