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Old 12-12-2015, 09:08 AM   #1
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Emptying tanks while traveling

We are going on our first ever RV trip from here in Central Ohio to Dallas, Texas to see 3 of our grandkids for Christmas. We have only had our new 2 us 2000 Bounder for 2 1/2 weeks now although we trailer camped for the last 3 years.

My question is since we will be putting all our system to work, how doe we empty our tanks before we head back? I am assuming we find a nearby campground and pay to empty there? I just wanted to make sure I am not breaking any unwritten rule of the road first trip out. Since we will be parked at the kids house for 3 days we will not have the means to empty as we go.

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We are going on our first ever RV trip from here in Central Ohio to Dallas, Texas to see 3 of our grandkids for Christmas. We have only had our new 2 us 2000 Bounder for 2 1/2 weeks now although we trailer camped for the last 3 years.

My question is since we will be putting all our system to work, how doe we empty our tanks before we head back? I am assuming we find a nearby campground and pay to empty there? I just wanted to make sure I am not breaking any unwritten rule of the road first trip out. Since we will be parked at the kids house for 3 days we will not have the means to empty as we go.

thanks.
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First, Welcome to IRV2 !! Lots of friendly folks, and good help here.
Next, an easy place to dump is a Flying J gas station. There is an on-line guide to RVer, and one that you can down load to a smart phone. The one on the phone will tell you which stations have dump facilities, after you program in your route. Campgrounds are another place to dump, and usually are free if you stay there overnight. We prefer KOAs, as they have a good website to help you find accommodations. Be careful of winter closings.
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After you dump on the way home to Ohio.
Don't forget to winterize it also while in above freezing area.
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If you kids house has a sewer clean out plug( not sure that the correct term) you can dump into that. I have one close to the driveway, and flush my tanks at home.
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Welcome....my wife and I joined Pilot/Flying J RV and we have "dumped" at them, with our card, for $3........we also like their coffee, food, truckers store with lots of 12 volt accessories....JMHO....have a safe trip and enjoy the ride....we should be leaving IA for GA/FLA very soon....we also dry camp at Walmart's...big lots, lots of lighting, very safe, never any issues. If you can find a Home Depot they have free Wifi......2000 40' Allegro Bus DP.....We Go Slow.....
....Triker 56 is totally correct...DO NOT forget to winterize BEFORE you get into freezing weather!
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Thank you

Very good info for a Newbie. Triker56, yes we have already got the stuff need to re-winterize when we return. We just wanted to make sure all systems were working properly before we put her to bed for the winter.
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FWIW - I would plan on a campground stop on the way home. Dump as the last thing before leaving so the tank is empty for the last leg. A bit of whatever in the tanks will not hurt. A lot will. You can also use anti freeze to flush the last leg so you still have facilities. I would probably also open the fresh water drain and keep a couple of gallons of drinking water for the last leg. That gives control and an idea about what was used. Keep everything warm until home and winterized. That may mean packing a couple of gallons of antifreeze on the trip down. ;-)
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Some rest areas in TX have dump stations.
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If you happen to go close to a Cabela's Sporting Goods store, a lot of them have a free RV dump station.
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many state rest stops have dump stations. Easy to find online.
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We carry 6 empty one gallon water jugs the wife y fills up right before we dump. She will use those to the rinse / flush the tanks. On your way home stop near Cincinnati either at a Flying J or state park and do a final dump. depending on the weather.
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Many states in the midwest have closed their rest stop dump stations, as well as the occasional rest stop...

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We are going on our first ever RV trip from here in Central Ohio to Dallas, Texas to see 3 of our grandkids for Christmas. We have only had our new 2 us 2000 Bounder for 2 1/2 weeks now although we trailer camped for the last 3 years.

My question is since we will be putting all our system to work, how doe we empty our tanks before we head back? I am assuming we find a nearby campground and pay to empty there? I just wanted to make sure I am not breaking any unwritten rule of the road first trip out. Since we will be parked at the kids house for 3 days we will not have the means to empty as we go.

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