Wednesday, December 7, 2022


Wife objects to hubby’s waste disposal tactics


Dear RV Shrink:
My wife finds it embarrassing that I haul our waste across the campground in a plastic container with wheels. She thinks we should break camp, hitch up the trailer and haul the whole rig over to the dump. We spend most of the winter in one spot without a sewer hook-up. The dump station is only 25 yards away.

I don’t mind dealing with the chore – everything is clean and controlled. It doesn’t make a mess. I am sure a million people have these containers.

I have used all the reasoning I can muster to convince her this is a normal campground activity. I told her I was writing you for therapy. Could you give some advice on “to haul or haul not?” —Wasting Away in Margaritaville (with apologies to Jimmy)

Dear Wasting:
I would say you have nothing to hide. Everyone knows what’s in that “honey wagon.” They sell those things in all sizes. I once met a guy in Big Bend National Park that built fresh and waste water tanks in his pickup bed. He is a little less conspicuous, but everyone knows what he’s hauling.

I can’t think of anyone that is not producing the stuff. Someone has to be the delivery person. Your wife should just be glad you haven’t asked her to take turns making runs. You’ve got the runs and she’s embarrassed – that stinks.

If you can’t work this out, my only other solution would be a Valterra Sewer Solution RV macerator. I have one for certain situations and it works like a charm. It is only about a hundred bucks, but needs a water source to operate. When at home I move waste from my tanks a couple hundred feet to my septic. Water breaks down the waste and then moves it along a 3/4 inch hose. If you are only 25 yards from a sewer connection or dump station this would be a perfect solution for you. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

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4 years ago

Tell her if she doesn’t like it SHE can handle the sewage dumping from now on. Bet she changes her tune….
On another note STAY AWAY from the Valterra system it is a huge waster of water. FlowJet makes a really good 12 VDC macerator that will do the same thing (yes a little more expensive but worth it)

Ralph Terry
4 years ago

” You’ve got the runs and she’s embarrassed – that stinks.” Good one. Coming up with a line like that is what embarrasses wives and makes husbands say “good one.”

Thomas Becher
4 years ago

An excellent idea. And if they don’t have a water source,an electric macerator. I have a shurflo pump and 2 50 ft hoses. Work great and a whole less work

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

We were replacing a toilet in our “Stick” house. I’d settled on the one I wanted and was reading buyer’s reviews. I stumbled on one where the writer complained that the toilet made too much noise when you flushed it – so that everyone knew what you were doing. Huh? I always thought EVERYONE did that stuff, and everyone KNOWS it.

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