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KMLsquared

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Posted: 12/03/20 08:30am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I work at a waste water treatment plant and my office window looks out towards the dump station. I must admit its pretty entertaining. Most people that come in here seemingly have never dumped there tanks before.


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bucky wrote:

The frequency at which tanks fall out of TTs and 5ers negates me willing to tow another 1000 lbs home more than 50 miles.
You will find when reading septic recommendations most say do not dump large amounts all at once into a home system.


1000lbs is a lot of black waste.
You sure your camper holds that much or are you full of some of that?? Lol
And I’m talking black tank. A “leaky” valve on the gray tank, rig parked in the back 40 while eating a leisurely lunch can take care of some of the grey water weight if you’re that concerned

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philh wrote:

phil-t wrote:

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

I used to waterski at least 3x per week during the summer. One the weekends I sat at a friends house across from the state park ramp. Didn't dare turn it into a drinking game, we'd be toast in an hour.

The neighborhood private launch was steep, narrow, and literally a canyon down to the water. Not sure who I disliked more, the guy that used the literally canyon walls to let the trailer tires skid back on to the ramp, making it muddy, or the guy who didn't stop and let the water drain off a bit before soaking the ramp, which was shaded by trees... slippery algae growth.

Ex wife and I had a routine anywhere but home, she couldn't see over the top of the tailgate to back the trailer up. Any other ramp she could handle. She'd put the trailer in the water, and I'd drive on the trailer and off we'd be. 15 seconds at most.

One holiday weekend at her parent's cottage, we did our usual routine that we had done dozens of times before, she backed the trailer up, I drove the mostly flat bottom boat onto the carpeted trailer bunks, and honked the horn for her to pull out. Except this time, her speed across the cement bars that made up the ramp hit the natural frequency of the trailer suspension, and the boat slid off the trailer... right in the middle of the ramp, on a holiday weekend. How the mighty can fall [emoticon]


I worked for a boat yard years ago. Ive had my own boats forever too. not a boat trailer novice. I go to pick up a customers boat and the lady running the private boat ramp "you forgot your saftey chain". I sort of rolled my eyes as i hooked it on just to not hear her complain. sure enough i pulled the trailer out and the 30yr old winch cable snapped and the boat rolled back about 2 feet. her nagging saved my a** lol. we had to shove the boat forward once we pulled it out. luckily it was a roller trailer. or maybe thats why it moved? lol

it can happen to the best of us lol.

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Posted: 12/03/20 11:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bucky wrote:

The frequency at which tanks fall out of TTs and 5ers negates me willing to tow another 1000 lbs home more than 50 miles.
You will find when reading septic recommendations most say do not dump large amounts all at once into a home system.


Does that happen frequently? I've never seen it happen myself, does it tend to happen on the road or in RV parks?

I regularly drive my RV (Class C) 1+ hours with full tanks after staying somewhere with no place to dump and never considered a risk of the tank dropping. But then, my waste tanks are ~30 gallons so are still under 250 lbs even if completely full.

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rlw999 wrote:

bucky wrote:

The frequency at which tanks fall out of TTs and 5ers negates me willing to tow another 1000 lbs home more than 50 miles.
You will find when reading septic recommendations most say do not dump large amounts all at once into a home system.


Does that happen frequently? I've never seen it happen myself, does it tend to happen on the road or in RV parks?

I regularly drive my RV (Class C) 1+ hours with full tanks after staying somewhere with no place to dump and never considered a risk of the tank dropping. But then, my waste tanks are ~30 gallons so are still under 250 lbs even if completely full.


While I have never dropped any tank, over the years of using 4 different RVs, I did add extra bracing to one of them. I have heard of full fresh tanks falling while being towed, on these forums, but never witnessed it personally. Many, including me, travel with a full fresh tank, so dropping fresh, would happen more often, than black/gray.

My black is 40 gal, and 2 gray tanks are both 40, so when all full could be 1,000 lbs. I checked my 65 gal fresh tank, to be solid/secure, which can be viewed from factory cut window in coroplast.

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mowermech wrote:

don't put your trash bags in the first trash receptacle you find in the nearest town.
As for trash, I seem to always be able to find something. The standard trash cans at gas stations will hold a 13 gallon trash bag, provided they're not already full and you can pull the top off. Also, I've never been arrested for using the McDonald's trash bins in Quartzsite.

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We usually don't have that problem as we come in on a Sunday and leave on Thursday avoiding the weekend crowd. When there is no one behind me, I take my time. But if there is even one person waiting,I try to get it done as fast as possible.Then pull forward and finish up washing my hands etc.But some people don't care about others.I have observed the same behavior at the fuel pumps.I remember pulling into a Flying J in Wyoming. There were 2 units at the RV lanes but no one was around. I waited 20 minutes and still no one came out so I then pulled over to one of the regular pumps and was able to fill up there. We do have a sewer clean out next to our trailer at home and use that if we camp local. But when you're on the road you don't have that option.

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phil-t wrote:

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


Or people trying to anchor their boats. Every pastime has its entertaining moments.

YouTube has hours of boat ramp follies & docking smash ups starring clueless boaters. You don't need to be a boater to appreciate it all, but it helps.

Somehow I don't think activities around the dump would get the same entertainment value to so many. The dumping side of RVing is not mentioned much outside of the RV community.


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2oldman wrote:

mowermech wrote:

don't put your trash bags in the first trash receptacle you find in the nearest town.
As for trash, I seem to always be able to find something. The standard trash cans at gas stations will hold a 13 gallon trash bag, provided they're not already full and you can pull the top off. Also, I've never been arrested for using the McDonald's trash bins in Quartzsite.

There's a free public refuse transfer station just north of Q that's open most days.
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Well, thanks to this thread "Boat Ramp Fails" is my new favorite YouTube timesuck.


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