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Old 12-19-2011, 06:30 AM   #1
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Dry camp question

Once again I'll prove I'm a novice.

We're booked to attend the Tampa RV Rally and Show next month. It will be our first dry camping experience. So we arrive with black and grey tanks empty and water full.

We store our RV in a storage facility with no water or sewage facilities. What or where do you go after the event to empty the tanks?
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:49 AM   #2
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Some fairgrounds have a dump station, but I don't know about the one in Tampa.

Most Flying Js have dump stations, but they charge $10 ($5 w/ loyalty card) to dump. There is one right next to Lazy Days 1 or 2 exits east of the Tampa show off I-4. You could go to their web site to see if they have facilities.

Someone may chime in with another location nearby with a dump station. Another thing to do is schedule 1 night after the show at a nearby campground with full hookups.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:55 AM   #3
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Most all rest areas along the interstates have dump stations. Additionally most rallies will information to help in locating dump stations.
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Most all rest areas along the interstates have dump stations. Additionally most rallies will information to help in locating dump stations.
I am not sure most have dump stations. Some do, but we find more that do not than do when we travel. I think it depends on what state you are traveling. Many (most?) campgrounds will allow you to use their dump for a fee. You can try info from RV Dump Stations - Home. Lazy Days has a dump station. I do not know whether the public can use it, but there is a Flying J at the same exit (10) on I-4.
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Once again I'll prove I'm a novice.

We're booked to attend the Tampa RV Rally and Show next month. It will be our first dry camping experience. So we arrive with black and grey tanks empty and water full.

We store our RV in a storage facility with no water or sewage facilities. What or where do you go after the event to empty the tanks?
Just curious, how will you arrive with empty tanks? Have you never used your RV?

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Old 12-19-2011, 09:41 AM   #6
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If this is your first time dry camping it will be a learning experience. Make the best of it, remember that your MH is designed to do this. How well it performs is up to you. Water conservation is the key to a happy MH. It starts with the faucet! You will be surprised with the water you waste! I know this from first hand memories! We now can, and have camped very confortable as much as eight days, once we figured it out! You will be fine, enjoy!
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:43 AM   #7
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Yes we've used it several times so far. All staying at RV parks so far with full hook ups. I drain and flush the tanks prior to departure. On the final day driving home, we stop at rest areas and use their bathrooms. Hence we arrive home with empty tanks.

This time we'll be leaving from a drycamp trip and driving non-stop home.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:48 AM   #8
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Do you have a smart phone? Then load the app called "Sanidumps"
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You're going to an RV rally, ask around when you get there. I'm sure most of those people can and will direct you to the nearest dump.
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Check with your city sanitation department. Ours will let you dump for free to keep people from dumping down the storm drains.

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I do not want to assume anything but from just your posting I would like to suggest you read up on proper care of your black water tank. Your rig most likely has a relatively large tank and it should only be emptied when at a minimum half full or better unless you use the clean out system at the dump station ( most staions do have water connection ability). It is not difficult but there are some tips and tricks that you should become aware of. My apologies if you already know this.
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Check with your Rally organizers. Most big rallies have trucks that will come around and fill your fresh water and other trucks that will empty your dump tanks, for a fee of course.
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Oops, need to correct my earlier post, - Most dump stations DO NOT have the ability to connect to your tank flush connection. I assume that is to prevent someone from trying to fill their fresh water tanks with the flushing hose. The fresh water is usually located ahead of the dump hole so if you can backup (no toad) and there is not a line waiting, you could use that to fill your black tank if it is full enough to flush.
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