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

Thoroughly clean black water tanks with flusher system

Many RVs now come with black tank flushing systems built in at the factory, but some don’t — and some folks actually want to add them to their grey tanks, as well. What are tank flushers? They are special nozzles that are attached to a holding tank and piped to a convenient connection point on the coach where a garden... Read More

See what’s coming out your sewer hose to be sure you’re done

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Dumping your holding tanks is as much about art as science. If you want to know if your tanks are absolutely clean, the only way to know is to be able to visualize what’s coming out. Okay, I know this sounds gross — and it is! But please believe me, if you have a... Read More

We know what the Lone Ranger did with his trash – How about yours?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris It’s a problem that doesn’t get much play —but what do you do with the trash? Many “boondocking” locations just don’t have a handy dumpster or trash can for you to toss your junk, so what can you do with the refuse of living? Limiting the amount of “stuff” is a big start. Where... Read More