Dump Station Gross Out

Between our two trailers we’ve spent a total of 1,530 days on the road and never had a dump station incident.

Well yesterday we roll up to the Dateland Travel Center to use the free dump. We didn’t see a sign so we entered from the wrong direction. That was ok, because we were able to scope out the two dumps and then turn around.

Brian sets up, business as usual, while I go inside the trailer to use the bathroom. When I come out I hear him say “We have a problem.” I immediately think something is wrong with the trailer, but it was actually the sewer hole. It was full.

Brian immediately shut the valve on our trailer, but we still had a hose full of sludge. We waited a few minutes and the sewer drained down some and Bri was able to empty out the rest of the hose with a little bit of overflow. Gross right?

My dear husband then carried the hose over to the other sewer hole, moved the trailer and had a successful dump.


After I took the picture of the dump station sign, this guy started posing for me to take his photo. We ended up talking and what a pair of sweeties. They’re from Spokane, Washington, he was given 8 months to live with pancreatic cancer and now it’s 2 years later and he’s cancer free. They have a grandson who was paid $900 to program something that would make fish bait move and light up at night. We really could have kept talking but had to get back on the road to Tucson.

Does anyone reading this have a good (gross) dump station story to share?

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  • Reply Wayne January 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

    That’s why I always dump the gray water first. The same thing happened to me one time. The book says to dump black first so you can rinse with the gray. I suppose if the dump station didn’t have fresh water to rinse, that order would make sense.

    Either way, without fresh water to rinse, you still have a very stinky dump hose.

    • Reply Leigh January 26, 2014 at 11:32 am

      The book! Now there’s an idea. Thanks for sharing, I wonder if Bri is going to switch up his dump routine. 😉

    • Reply Aaron Moreau-Cook January 27, 2014 at 7:08 am

      We stopped following the “book” pretty early. We were in Prescott and I incorrectly attached the hose, I start to dump the black water tanks and the “matter” leaked all over the ground.

      I quickly stopped and then spend thirty hosing the pavement off and re-attaching the hose.

      Now, whenever we are at a new dump station (or even sewer connection), I always do a little grey water dump to make sure everything is sound before stopping and then flushing the black water tank.

      • Reply Leigh January 27, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Hi Aaron! I think we’d probably do your grey water test if the same thing if that happened to us!

  • Reply Wheelingit January 26, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Just happened to us a few weeks back coming out of Borrego! Thankfully I was at the valve while Paul was at the other end so we were able to cut-off as soon as it happened. Still pretty darn gross!


  • Reply Andreas January 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The very first time we took our trailer out we camped in a Provincial Campground. The dump station was overgrown, it was raining and it was the very first time I had to dump tanks.

    All went well with the dumping, but then I very nearly filled our fresh water tanks from the rinsing hose. It was at the very last second I saw the big red sign telling me what this bit of hose was supposed to be use for.

    We pulled forward and filled tanks from the blue, safe, hose instead.

  • Reply Lisa Mehallick January 26, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    We had a clog like that in our space once and it overflowed everywhere. We ended up moving to a new space, but boy is that gross when it happens.

  • Reply amanda January 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Ewwww! Thankfully that has not happened to us yet.

  • Reply Roger January 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Our is not a one time gross out, it occurs anytime we use a specific dump station. However it is one that I will use every time if I can. It is at the Tulare (CA) sewage disposal plant.

    You pull your RV up to a grate next to their fence on a concrete pad. You take off your cap and pull your handle. All the ‘glory’ just pours out onto the pad and into the grate! (Here is a link to information: http://rvdumpsites.net/#!&sitedetails=26569 )

    When you are all done you use the supplied hose and wash off the pad. I enjoy that I don’t have to get any hose out and dirty it.

    I have some pictures somewhere…

    • Reply Leigh January 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Wow that’s crazy gross!!

  • Reply Roger January 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Found some photos from 2007. Not too gross, just grey water.


    • Reply Leigh January 27, 2014 at 8:06 am

      Wow – I’ve never seen anything like it! Thanks for posting the link.

      By the way, we’re planning to go to roaming happy hour on Tuesday, we’ll look out for you guys.

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