Dump station “engineering” comes up short

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old joke about, “Did you get your driver’s license at Walmart?” has a new variation as far as we’re concerned: “Did you buy your engineering license through Craigslist?” As RVers, you’ve probably had an experience like ours that leads to such a question. Here’s the scenario: The days of free dump stations are... Read More

Clean your dump hose the easy way

By Bob Difley Did you ever ask yourself why you store away your sewer hose after dumping your tanks without cleaning it – thoroughly, not just a feeble rinse. Well, you don’t have to any more. The Camco RV Sewer Hose Rinser with Shut-Off Valve thoroughly rinses your sewer hose before storing. This unique sewer hose rinser features jet cleaning... Read More

Not wearing gloves while dumping? Big mistake!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In this day of fastidiousness and the injection of antibacterial chemicals in nearly every product, there’s a strange movement out there: Dumping holding tanks with your bare hands. We’ve sometimes wondered why anyone would take on this bacteriological nightmare without protection. From those that don’t, we sometimes hear the excuse, “It’s just too much... Read More

Beware trying to save a buck when dumping tanks

By Russ and Tiña De Maris I’ve long been an advocate for saving a buck. I use every discount I can find when shopping for stuff. My Internet connection sizzles when I’m shopping for RV parts. I scrutinize new “apps” to help me find public campgrounds and other spots for boondocking on the cheap. Some of my favorite websites are... Read More

Bagging sewer waste to prevent tank fill-up?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Being an occasional “follower” of various RV discussion groups – forums, if you will – we run across some, shall we say, interesting subjects. No doubt there’s plenty of chatter about the best tow service, clever hints for how to prepare quick meals, and the perennial favorite of what’s the best holding tank treatment.... Read More

What would you do if your dump valve suddenly malfunctioned?

If you’ve never had your RV waste valve leak, break, or freeze in the open position, you’ve likely never thought about the need for a quick fix. But consider these situations: (1) You park in your campsite and start setting up, which includes attaching your dump hose. But you discover that your valve is leaking onto the ground. (2) You... Read More

Avoid this dangerous situation when hooking up to sewer

By Chuck Woodbury Editor, RVtravel.com Readers Don and Carol Callahan sent me this alarming photo and the message: “Many RV parks have sewer and water connects in dangerous proximity to each other and do not meet any standards of sanitation. It seems that no city, state, or federal health departments regulate this issue.” They didn’t say where they snapped this... Read More