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Old 06-11-2013, 01:36 AM   #15
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Go to Google maps and select the area you will be in.

Type "RV dump station" at the top and hit search.

It will list every place that has a dump station.
Excellent advice. We will have our laptops with us, and Verizon mifi. How are the phone and PC signals out west? Are there large areas with no service? The PA and NYS mountains were very spotty 4 years ago. I was wondering if it was the same out west.
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Verizon is excellent in California along all the major highways and towns.

Fairly good along I10,and 40 in the other western states.

There are a lot of free WiFi spots available at all the fast food places, Lowes, Home depot, etc.

The only large areas with no service are in the Sierra mountain range and along the Pacific Coast.

We use Verizon and it's seldom an issue for coverage.

Also remember in case of an Emergency and your phone shows no coverage, dial 911 anyways. You will probably connect to another carrier even if you show no signal. Been there, done that!
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:44 PM   #17
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Verizon is excellent in California along all the major highways and towns.

Fairly good along I10,and 40 in the other western states.

There are a lot of free WiFi spots available at all the fast food places, Lowes, Home depot, etc.
That's good to know. Some areas free hot spots and some don't. I'm seeing them in more and more places now.

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The only large areas with no service are in the Sierra mountain range and along the Pacific Coast.

We use Verizon and it's seldom an issue for coverage.
We have Verizon also and on the east coast, out of the mountains, get get a good signal.

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Also remember in case of an Emergency and your phone shows no coverage, dial 911 anyways. You will probably connect to another carrier even if you show no signal. Been there, done that!
Oh,... I didn't know this and it's important information. Between our cellphones and the CB radio, we should be OK if something should happen.
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Old 06-29-2022, 12:28 PM   #18
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here are some websites that may help.

Sanidumps.com: United States of America RV Dump Stations

Welcome | rvdumps.com

Every RV Dump in Arizona - RVThereYet

Ohio Turnpike Commission - Serivce Plazas

pilot/flying j's usually have dump stations. they usually charge $5. if you buy fuel they may waive the charge.

cabelas stores usually have dump stations. some have began charging $5.

some municipal sewage treatment plants have dumping facilities.

we use the allstays website often- mostly for walmart locations that welcome overnight rv parking. this website is free and is kept up to date by users of the site.

Walmart Locations Store Details & Parking | Walmart Store Locator

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Wow, this is awesome - thanks!
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Wow, this is awesome - thanks!
Be careful with your thanks. This is a 9 year old thread.
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Be careful with your thanks. This is a 9 year old thread.
Some of those places might not be available 9 years later
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Some of those places might not be available 9 years later
For sure.
McDonalds restaurants had dumping stations years ago. The dumping stations got so overly crowded with non paying customers real customers would leave because they couldn't find a parking space in the parking lot.
Our local city sewage treatment will allow a city resident or business owner to use their facility free of charge but you have to give way to paying customers like commercial sewer cleaning services.
The facility in the city where I had my business isn't overly busy so I do use it when necessary. Although I am retired and no longer own a business within the city I still use it. Several of the employees there including the plant manager were former customers of mine and I'm always welcomed there. I don't leave a mess behind me as I have seen others do. If you give someone an inch they will take miles as the old saying goes.
I don't know of any business who has a dump station in my area. Why would they? They would have to hire employees to keep the station presentable with no return on their investment.
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We're in Arizona. Note: No kitchen sink water. Here is their take: https://legacy.azdeq.gov/environ/wat...ad/graybro.pdf
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We have a free rv dump station in the local city park in the town where I live in western Louisiana, I have also seen signs free RV dump station located around many lakes in the region, though placement of these can be obscure (randomly placed on some highway going by the lake). I have also seen free dump stations at some interstate rest areas, most recently at one or two in Texas last year, as well as a few in Wyoming, and I think Kansas, in addition to this a number of small towns in the Texas pan handle, Kansas, Nebraska, as well as the eastern parts of New Mexico, and perhaps Colorado have free or very low cost RV campgrounds with dump stations. We stayed at one behind a chamber of commerce in a town in Texas last September, paved parking lot with 6 pull through sites, free for the first 2 nights, had water and electric (30/50 amp, but 50 amp had out of order sign), plus a dump station. We also drove past 2 or 3 other towns with them on that same trip, and have stayed at low cost similar public RV parks in Kansas in the past with rates of $5-$10 per night for water and electric hookup.
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Go to Google maps and select the area you will be in.

Type "RV dump station" at the top and hit search.

It will list every place that has a dump station.
Thanks that is one I have not used before.

The one I have used for years: https://rvdumpsites.net/
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Be careful with your thanks. This is a 9 year old thread.
I was aware of that, and had to select "Yes, I know this is an old thread" in order to post it.

But most of the resources listed were websites, which either are, or are not, as up-to-date as the owner makes them.
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I've found dump stations at a few rest areas - follow the signs for campers / RVs and look for other campers or a sign indicating where to dump.

A dumpster is always nice too.
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I tend to stay 2 or 3 nights in parking lots then 1 or 2 nights in a low priced CG (depending on what rig I'm in). This allows me to dump waste tanks (onsite or at a dump station), fill the water tank, do laundry (if needed) and take a really long shower. Freecampsites.net and Passport America go a long way to helping me keep my travel costs down. I prefer to run US highways over Interstates. I find that the lower priced CGs tend to not be close to Interstates. I have only used a rest stop dump station 2 or 3 times. For some reason, they tend to be closed an awful lot of the times. Enough that I consider them unreliable. But in order to use one, you need to be on the interstate, so in recent years, I really haven't been running across them very often.
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