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Old 12-15-2012, 05:58 AM   #1
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Question About the black water tanks!

Being a newby and not yet having had my first rv experience.....can anyone tell me approximately for how many days use can I get out of the black water tank with one person using it? Also, how easy is it to find dump stations while on the road?
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:25 AM   #2
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Depends on use. Black will last several days with a family of 4, trust me. Gray, prudent water use is a must. Turn shower of to wash, after rinse, etc.
Some Pilot/Flying J have an RV lane with a dump station. If you check the web sight, I believe they have some amenities posted.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:18 AM   #3
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Welcome and I'll add that some Interstate highway rest stops have dump, and water along with other facilities.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:19 AM   #4
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My wife and I can stay at Skideaway State Park in Savannah, Ga., which has no sewage, for a week without dumping the black tank. Many state rest stops have a dump station. Most campgrounds will let you dump for a fee. (If you are not staying there.)
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The wife and can go 2 weeks+ without dumping. We use our "throne" only, no campgrounds or rest stops.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:54 AM   #6
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I'd guess about 5 to 6 days. Lots of dump stations available, some at rest stops but others at RV parks.

You can use an RV park even if you don't stay there, they will probably charge about $5.00.
What kind of Class A do you have and what part of the country will you be traveling in?
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You can download a poi for your GPS unit for that here. You will have to register at the site.
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Thanks for all the replies folks!
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:18 PM   #9
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It will depend on the size of your tanks and your use rate. I add about 1.5 gallons per day to the blank tank and about 5 gallons per day to the gray tank.

I take a shower every day. I am cautious about water use but not obsessively so.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new rig.

As mentioned, it really depends on the size of your black tank more than anything else. We have a 57 gallon tank and two of us can go two weeks with no trouble at all and without even changing any habits as they pertain to black water.

You might want to go into your "user cp" here on the forum and add the year, make and model of your rig to your signature line so others can offer more specific answers to your questions.

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Rick suggests "You might want to go into your "user cp" here on the forum and add the year, make and model of your rig to your signature line so others can offer more specific answers to your questions.

Please do as Rick recommended with your RV/location information. It sure helps when you talk about your RV unit and seek help.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:15 PM   #12
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Tanks come in lots of assorted sizes... Mine is 36 gallons, 2 of us have gone 8 days. But we spent a lot of time in gas stations (Flying J) or Moose Lodge or some other public or semi-public facility. We normally dump every 2-5 days. (We have one toilet that is a water hog, 2 toiltes total)

By the way.. There are a lot of companies that insist you got to buy their "Stuff" to put in the tank or ti's gonna stink.. And most all their customers claime "No stink with this stuff".

Which is true, Usually

no stink without it either. The "Stuff" is worthless.

How to make your motor home "Stinky"

hook up to sewer, Use some kind of hose support to insure you have a nice smooth slope to the hole in the dirt with no low spots to act as a trap.. LEAVE THE DUMP VALVES OPEN, and you will have a stinky rig.

Close the valves. The stink goes away.

NOTE the lack of chemicals in those directions, they make no difference.


If you are planing on a long term.. A biological (Waste digester) Might make you feel better. I Do not think it will make a difference, but it might make you feel better.
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From years of boating, and now in a motorhome, my experience is that
1.5 to 2 gallons max per person per day, assuming minimal amount
of water used while flushing.
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We go a week with a family of 4 on the black tank but the gray tank is the challenge with kids and showers.
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