Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Glove up for RV dumping

By Jim Twamley

I used to empty my sewer tanks bare handed. I didn’t like wearing the traditional type dish gloves because they are too bulky and I wasn’t crazy about latex gloves because they would easily tear. A few years ago I was strolling down the aisles at Harbor Freight (a tool store) when I noticed nitrile disposable gloves. Since I was building kitchen cabinets for my sister-in-law I decided to pick up a box for working with stain and varnish.

These gloves are thin enough that your sense of touch is not hindered and tough enough to stand up to mild chemical exposure. I liked them so much I decided to keep a box near my sewer clean-out compartment. Now I glove up before dumping and peel off the gloves and toss them into the trash when I’m done. They are coated with powder so they are easy to slip on and off. I like the extra-large size even though I normally wear size large because putting them on is easier.

You can also use these gloves for changing oil, painting, washing, waxing and many other applications. These gloves are available at big box stores and pharmacies. Amazon carries the gloves at a good price.

Working with RVers hand-in-glove. —Jim Twamley, Professor of RVing


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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Robbie (@guest_4627)
6 years ago

Amazing how many RVers still use leather gloves. They don’t realize that everything they touch with those gloves becomes toxic….I’ve been using the Harbor Freight XL Nitrile gloves for years, they’re a great inexpensive solution.

Karen Gordon (@guest_4573)
6 years ago

Hello, I work for the Postal Service and have an envelope of old photos that have your name, and also other Twamleys from the 1950s , etc. If they are yours, please let me know where to send them to. Thanks. Karen, Review Clerk, 2015 Sage Road, Medford, OR 97501 or call (541) 776-1344. Thank you.

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