Losing water from fresh tank vent on steep grades?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hello Bob, You gave me some great advice a few months ago when I asked about boondocking during our trip from FL to CA. We had a GREAT time! Now, here is a question for a situation that came up during that trip. We have a 30-gallon fresh water holding... Read More

What’s the deal with composting toilets?

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, What are your thoughts about using a composting toilet and then combining both the gray and black tanks as a gray tank? I have read that you can dump gray tanks when boondocking onto the local vegetation. Is that true? So, with an ample solar power system, a... Read More

How to fix a sticky black tank valve

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, Pulling the black water handle on my 2012 Entegra is getting more difficult compared to the gray water side. Is there any way to ease this or prevent it from getting... Read More

Custom install now available on automated RV dumping system

Drain Master, of Hollister, California, is now offering custom installations of its state-of-the-art RV waste products – valves, hoses and storage. The new Drain Master Pro-Series waste valves are operated by a control module, either inside the RV or out (or from both locations), vastly improving reliability and performance. With two simple open/close switches (gray and black), dumping RV tanks... Read More

How to minimize and manage waste when boondocking

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking, and Part 2 of the answer.  Hi Bob, In the past you have probably reflected on various boondocking techniques. If so, some reruns would be appreciated. For a neophyte boondocker interested in staying in the woods like maybe for 2–3 weeks: How to maximize energy usage? Routine for use of... Read More

Sewer hose 101: the good, the bad, the ugly

Okay, it’s sewer hose education 101 time. Here are three RV sewer hoses spotted at RV parks. Our panel of sewer hose experts commented on each setup. Their conclusions: This is a good hose setup. It’s sloped nicely for good flow. The hose is off the ground, which is a requirement in some states. So the owner of this hose... Read More

Update on keeping black tank smells out of your RV

In last week’s Quick Tips, we included a tip from a reader about keeping black water smells from getting back into the RV by using Soft Scrub and petroleum jelly. We removed the tip when we heard from Brian and Sue Robertson, who passed along information from Thetford. Thetford advises: “Your toilet, sinks and showers should all be cleaned in... Read More