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Old 01-06-2010, 05:37 AM   #1
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Rest area dump station

I was coming south from Atlanta to Orlando and much to my surprise (this happens frequently because it was my first rv trip over 100 miles) I stopped at a rest area (still in GA I believe) and they had a dump station! Is there an atlas or guide that shows which rest areas have dumps or was this very unusual?

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The Trailer Life (Good Sam) campground directory lists all rest area RV dump stations (by mile post) on page 141. For example, GA has 14 dump stations on its interstates. Flying J's have dump stations by their RV islands.
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:17 AM   #3
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I was coming south from Atlanta to Orlando and much to my surprise (this happens frequently because it was my first rv trip over 100 miles) I stopped at a rest area (still in GA I believe) and they had a dump station! Is there an atlas or guide that shows which rest areas have dumps or was this very unusual?

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Hi David,

We use to have quite a few dump ststions at our rest stops here in Southeren CA but because some people desided that they could get rid of there chemical waste for free (business's) CA has shut just about all of them down.
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Nick Russel is a full-timer, living in their RV full-time while writing and maintaining The Gipsy Journal: RV Travel RV Dump Stations
His list of free or low-cost facilities seems to be the best available compilation.
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There are several web sites that have that information. Here are a few:

United States of America RV Dump Stations
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You can Google 'free dump stations' and find several more sources.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:53 PM   #6
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There is a dump station and RV parking (for overnight) in the rest area just below Forsyth and just north of where the Macon by-pass begins.
At least two of the rest areas south of Macon have dumps as well, not to mention huge parking area.
That said, it is still a little strange feeling when you are the only RV on the lot and some one comes in and parks in the next space near you. You have to wonder what they are up to and why that space, of the several hundred there was so appealing to them. Please use caution. There are some unsavory characters around - especially when it gets cold and they start migrating south.
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I agree that parking right next to me under those circumstances seems a little strange but there is security in numbers and I wouldn't mind people parking within a few stalls of me just to discourage anyothers from intending to do harm.
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There is still one in California that I know of. It is on highway 99 just south of Tulare.
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While not a rest stop the truck stop on Ga I-75 exit 60 has a free dump station and the pavement leans toward the dump! Drop the tanks bone dry in just a few minutes! Plenty of room to turn around too.

For the life of me I can't remember the name of the station. It's on the Southbound side of I-75.
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The January issue of FMCA magazine lists most of the RV dump stations thru the US.
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Unfortunately some abuse them I stopped at one in Ct that was temporarily closed caause someone had stuffed his leaky hose down the pipe.They were fishing the pieces out.I also saw a couple that were closed on my way south on 95 this fall.
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A lot of rest area dumps have been closed due to abuse. It's really too bad that of 1% of the RVers abuse the dumps. They manage to screw it up for the rest of us. Of course, IMHO, some of the locals come and dump their trash since they don't want to pay for a trash man to come to their place.
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Thanks Roamer. I have thanked you twice in two days. Very helpful postings.
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... it is still a little strange feeling when you are the only RV on the lot and some one comes in and parks in the next space near you...
Some folks are afraid to be by themselves. They do the same in parking lots and in dispersed camping areas. I park my car out a ways from everyone when I go shopping but always come out to find someone parked right next to me!

We have used the dump stations in the various rest stops. I have also gotten potable water as well (I still filter it and use my own hose AFTER disinfecting the hose bibb).

No matter where you park overnight at, please be aware of your surroundings.
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