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jimh425

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I connect when needed and dump. I like to be able to leave if I want with minimal effort, and we rarely stay at the same place more than a night or two. Also, we don’t usually have full hookups. When we are at a campground, we frequently use the campgrounds bathroom and shower.


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For sewer hookup I prefer use of Sewer Solution.
Much less mess to clean up at the end.
I keep black water tank closed, till I have it full or ready to leave, then hook up water hose to SS and dump black tank.
I also have short hose hooked up to SS injector, with valve on the end, so when time comes, it makes for white gloves job.





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I hook up the sewer only to dump, usually after about 5 days.

I notice that many campers hook up their sewer hoses upon arrival. I can't understand why anyone would do that.

On water: I like to use the unit's own water tank, topping it up as needed. That keeps the tank's water always fresh.

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Some good insight for me. I normally don't go where there are hookups so it is a little foreign to me. Good things to consider like not leaving the tank open. I've learned from this thread. Appreciate it.

And, while I will use the campground bathrooms and showers, unless they are bad, the rest of the family may or may not. Just want to be prepared.


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2oldman wrote:

Hook up sewer when you need it. I rarely even hook up water. I use my tank.


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As others, I rarely go to full hookup places. The few times I have, I will always hook up the power, but nothing else. With doing more sightseeing trips at national parks, etc, I will often break up the first and last day's drive with an overnight stay at a full hookup RV park, then dry camp at the national park. I may do a full hookup night midtrip if I have multiple destinations so I can recharge batteries, etc.

I use the water out of my tank and will only fill if I am midtrip and know I will need more water than the tank can hold AND the water at the park is decent tasting.

I only dump if there is enough to dump by the time I am ready to leave.

Why do all that extra setup and takedown if it's not needed?


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toedtoes wrote:

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Why do all that extra setup and takedown if it's not needed?

Where I like to camp - we need AC 24 hr a day.
When our lovely Honda 3000 can provide the power when we stop at rest areas, all dry campings have night generators restrictions.
Still with my senior pass, I am getting water and power camping in most beautiful places for $7 to 10.
Than when you go to prime areas, like TX shore, or Alaska, you have to pay to stay.

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if on a site with sewer, we hook up and pull the gray tank so it drains all the time, but let black tank collect.

than a day before I leave I will shut the gray valve so I have something to flush the hose after I drain the black before leaving.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

toedtoes wrote:

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Why do all that extra setup and takedown if it's not needed?

Where I like to camp - we need AC 24 hr a day.
When our lovely Honda 3000 can provide the power when we stop at rest areas, all dry campings have night generators restrictions.
Still with my senior pass, I am getting water and power camping in most beautiful places for $7 to 10.
Than when you go to prime areas, like TX shore, or Alaska, you have to pay to stay.


I get hooking up to electricity - why not use it since you are paying for it. But that's a quick plug in and unplug.

I just don't see the point of hooking up the sewer hose if it's not needed. Just seems like extra work and a potential tripping hazard.

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towpro wrote:

if on a site with sewer, we hook up and pull the gray tank so it drains all the time, but let black tank collect.

than a day before I leave I will shut the gray valve so I have something to flush the hose after I drain the black before leaving.


One of the mods Dad had me do to his 5th wheel was add a small drain about 3/4 up on his grey tank. Open 1 valve, could drain thru hose bib out to bushes, where allowed. Open another, and tied back into stinky slinky. This way he had 3/4 tank to run out behind the black.
If the grey got full before he planed to leave he would bucket some to black

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