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pbeverly

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Posted: 12/01/20 04:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Typically the wife and I do long weekends and leave the campground on Monday or Tuesday. We love doing this as most people leave on Sunday and we get some campground time with very few others. Provides a great opportunity to explore and pick sites for the future.

We camped for Thanksgiving for the first time ever and got to the site Wed. We had planned to leave Monday but the weather that was coming late Sunday into Monday the decision was made to leave Sunday.

This provided us with a rare opportunity to observe people at the dump station. We were actually lucky. We had three units in front of us and when we pulled out there were 6+ units and they were lined up down the HWY.

1. People would leave a ridiculous amount of space between them and the unit in front of them. Pull up to help get people from waiting in line along the side of major HWY.

2. People wandering around aimlessly around their unit while dumping trying to find things. Hvae your act together before you get there. For instance, my elbow piece I toss in the truck bed so I can quickly get to it. My gloves are put on before I get out of the truck.

3. Learn to use gravity. Couple would hold up drain hose HIGHER than the outlet pipe. Gravity is your friend here.

4. The last guy in front of us I predicted would have his act together, he just had the look. I was so wrong. No gloves, OK, guess he is a real man. No elbow piece either. HMM. So he attempts to hold the drain hose, elbowless, in the pipe and reach over to open his drain valves. It was a LONG reach and he lost control, major environmental spillage now taking place and he had to now grab his hose in this nasty water with out gloves to get it back in the pipe.

Even if it is your first time, plan ahead and have your act together. You can probably get from your campsite without locking your storage bins where your stuff is. You can lock them afterwards. In fact, once dumped, pull up so the next guy can get started. You can lock up and do any last minute stuff then.


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Posted: 12/01/20 05:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just as much fun as watching a busy boat launch. [emoticon]


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Post and complain all you want, nothing will change.
People are creatures of habit. But they can be fun to watch.

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I always wondered why we even choose to stand in line - it's not like waiting to use the toilet. Plenty of dump stations between any campground and anyone's home, and a few hundred pounds won't change anyone's gas mileage.


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PartyOf Five wrote:

I always wondered why we even choose to stand in line - it's not like waiting to use the toilet. Plenty of dump stations between any campground and anyone's home, and a few hundred pounds won't change anyone's gas mileage.


I know of none anywhere near my home.





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I know I wouldn't want someone observing me in my daily life as I am sure throughout the day I make mistakes or do things in a way that's different than someone else's. Judge lest ye be judged. Unless you're perfect of course.


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While I agree nothing will change. The takeaway from the original post is" Have you act together and be ready to dump. Have all your hoses, fittings, gloves and whatnot already out and be ready to go. Get this stuff out while your waiting.
Too many get up to the pipe and act like its there first time.
It's OK if it is your first time, but if you have done it before "Act like you know!


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Posted: 12/01/20 06:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

These kinds of things are exactly why I avoid using dump stations unless it's absolutely necessary. I prefer to travel home and use my Macerator and pump my tanks into the sewer at my house.


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Posted: 12/01/20 06:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just put in your own at home even if you have to hire labor to get it dug underground. It may take time getting it done, but in the long run will save you a lot of time and be much more sanitary.

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Posted: 12/01/20 07:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

phil-t wrote:

Just as much fun as watching a busy boat launch. [emoticon]

Hard to find anything better than the goings-on at a busy summer boat ramp. DW & I love sitting on the side, watching the show. Too often it's better at the ramp than being on the lake. Lots of non-friendly-to-younger-kids atmospheric disturbances...

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