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Old 11-17-2003, 07:49 PM   #1
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3 weekends ago I saw "bad manners" in action at the US Army Corps of Engineers Old Highway 25 Park just North of the dam on Greers Ferry Lake in central Arkansas.

I was "on deck" at the sewer dump station and watching as the camper in front of me eased onto the dump pad. He got out of his truck and without hooking up a hose, he hit the dump! I couldn't believe it! I yelled to him that Walmart carried hoses for dumping and he just shrugged.

After I finished dumping my tanks (had to hose the pad down first) I pulled forward to let the guy behind me have access while I double checked my trailer for the road. Just as I was rounding the corner, I hear the same "kersplatt" as before. You guessed it, the guy behind me was doing the same thing!

Moral to the story... Watch where you step when at the dump station. Especially here in Arkansas.

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Old 11-17-2003, 07:49 PM   #2
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3 weekends ago I saw "bad manners" in action at the US Army Corps of Engineers Old Highway 25 Park just North of the dam on Greers Ferry Lake in central Arkansas.

I was "on deck" at the sewer dump station and watching as the camper in front of me eased onto the dump pad. He got out of his truck and without hooking up a hose, he hit the dump! I couldn't believe it! I yelled to him that Walmart carried hoses for dumping and he just shrugged.

After I finished dumping my tanks (had to hose the pad down first) I pulled forward to let the guy behind me have access while I double checked my trailer for the road. Just as I was rounding the corner, I hear the same "kersplatt" as before. You guessed it, the guy behind me was doing the same thing!

Moral to the story... Watch where you step when at the dump station. Especially here in Arkansas.

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Old 11-18-2003, 02:29 AM   #3
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Old 11-18-2003, 06:27 AM   #4
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That is just one of the reasons that private parks are limiting or charging high rates for campers that come in just to dump their tanks. Somebody has to clean up the splatter and in my experience the guy doing the splattering doesn't do a very good job of cleaning up after himself.

Also as a reminder, formaldehyde holding tank products kill the natural bacteria that is needed to break down waste in a treatment system. One of the other big reasons dump stations have been closed or access limited.

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Old 11-18-2003, 07:03 AM   #5
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I wonder - are these individuals part of the new generation of RVers who may have gone out and purchased their RVs with no camping or previous RVing experience? If so, who has taught them the proper procedure for dumping their tanks? Probably nobody. I'll lay odds the dealer darned sure didn't!

Just thinking about how/why this might happen....

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Old 11-18-2003, 07:50 AM   #6
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I don't think it is the just the new RVers that are doing this.

It's call LAZY and the mind set of "It isn't mine -- oh well!"

I don't understand how anyone could be that nasty! It is just to gross to even think about -- didn't they think that it just might get all over their trailer - then who will wash that off? (Maybe they don't)

Maybe if they had to deal with the clean up of the mess a few times it would change their minds about the method of their dumping.

Sorry, this just makes me MAD!
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Old 11-18-2003, 08:42 AM   #7
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Yeah, could be. I guess I was trying to come up with some reason they might be doing it other than being inconsiderate slobs.

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Rusty,

I hope you did not take my post as if I was MAD at you for your post -- I guess I didn't write what I was thinking -- I am MAD about the way people treat campgrounds/dumpstations.
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A few weeks ago on our way back from Chicago, we stopped at a Indiana Rest Stop on the Turnpike to dump the tanks after a few days stay at my relatives. We pulled in and it really didn't look pretty, both stations where filled to the top of the concrete splash containment area with a disgusting mess. The crazy thing is it looked like not to long before we got there both stations had had people dumping into that flooded mess. On top of that they had turned the rinse water off (due to winter) so who ever used that really had to be a contaminated hazard. Needless to say we bypassed that and I waited a few hours where we found a clean operational dump facility.

One of the items I always hated about dumping was having to handle and store sewer hoses. After a short period of working out the bugs, the RV-Sanicon system I use is awesome, never come in contact with that mess again.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TmnsnMD:
I hope you did not take my post as if I was MAD at you for your post -- I guess I didn't write what I was thinking -- I am MAD about the way people treat campgrounds/dumpstations.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Nope, no problem at all. I understood what you meant.

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We are soooo fortunate to have the local Giant Gas Station providing a "free" dump station behind the station. Really a well kept and state of the art dump station.
Recently I pulled in to dump and there was a rather new DP ahead of me. From where I parked, I couldn't see the person dumping. After about 10 minutes I got out to see why it was taking so long to get dumped. It turns out the gent had broken the whole dump valve off his "black tank" and needless to say, there was a huge mess in the compartment, on the ground below and the gent was also quite a mess. He appologized to me for taking so long, natch I could only give him sympathy. I told him I'd come back later. I returned about an hour later and the place was as spic and span as ever.
Course this is the opposite of the thread and we can all hope that it never happens to us.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>After a short period of working out the bugs, the RV-Sanicon system I use is awesome, never come in contact with that mess again.

Warpath, what is that system you refer too and where can I learn more about it?

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Floyd -

Here is a link to the product review I did on it. http://irv2.infopop.cc/eve/forums?q=...9136096333&p=1

Since I did the initial install, I changed the way I had it setup, basically lowered the pump down on the floor of the storage bin. I also had to drill into the family that only toilet paper gets put down the toilet. The pump got clogged once with a baby wipe which had plastic in it, and the other time a rubber band. After those fun cleanout episodes, it has been perfect and I would never do it any other way. Really slick!

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