RV owners periodically find themselves needing to locate an RV dump station.
This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, spending the night at Wal-Mart or a truck stop or the weekend at a public recreation area without dumping facilities, or trying to get on the road quickly without taking the time to use the campground dump station.
Also affected are RVers that work on the road, tailgate at college and pro football games, NASCA races, agricultural fairs and exhibitions, dog shows, and other local and national events.
Finding an RV dump station along your route, near your destination, or in your home town can be a major challenge.
Thousands of RV dump stations are located around the world, but how do you and other RVers know where they are located? In fact, do you know the location of recreational vehicle dump stations in your own local area?
Dump stations are often found at highway rest areas, gas/service stations, truck stops, state/provincial/national parks and other recreation areas, visitor centers, fairgrounds, and wastewater treatment facilities.
However, not all these locations maintain a dump station.
Numerous dump stations across the continent have closed or are closing due to abuse and vandalism, maintenance and service issues, or budget cuts, while others are not big rig friendly. Many now charge a dumping fee, sometimes exceeding $30.
For the RVers who stay at RV parks and campgrounds with full hook ups this is rarely an issue. Others travel the same route and over time have found dump stations that they regularly frequent, thus searching for one is not normally an issue—until one closes down and then it’s time to panic.
How then, do you go about finding a dump station along your journey when your “RV has to go?”
The internet has been a great place to find listings of dump stations and there are several sites, but like much information on the net, many such lists become outdated, are incomplete, or lack relevant information. I’ve checked out numerous sites and have found most to be lacking.
The most comprehensive directory available to assist RVers to locate RV dump station locations appears to be Sanidumps.com.
I’ve found Sanidumps.com to be a comprehensive directory that helps RVers find RV dump station locations to empty or dump their gray water and black holding tanks, When RVs have to go…™
The type of recreational vehicle dump stations you find on Sanidumps.com includes private, public, RV park, non-park, municipal, state, provincial, truck stop, rest stop, campground, camping resort, commercial, pay, donation, and free.
The site does more than a thousand updates each month thanks to over 250,000 users that help to keep the content accurate and current.
Searching is as simple as clicking on the Country, State, or Province and the city or nearest city or town. The system provides you with comprehensive information that lists all the nearby dump stations, direction, GPS coordinates, seasonality (open and close), potable water availability, fees (if applicable), and if it’s big rig friendly.
For those that need to locate dump stations while on the road and do not have internet connection, an eBook is available to download to your computer.
An android app has recently completed beta testing and is also available.
Recreational Vehicle Dumping Etiquette
- Don’t put anything other than the contents of your holding tanks into the dump station
- Do not dump directly onto the disposal station’s apron!
- If you make a mess or spill, be courteous and clean up after yourself!
- Don’t leave other garbage in the area
- Don’t put your used rubber gloves down the sewer; they are NOT biodegradable
- Don’t leave it for the next person!
The above Dumping Etiquette is courtesy Sanidumps.com.
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