RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1114


June 5, 2019

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Dump your holding tanks in your home septic system?

We often see RVers give advice that dumping holding tanks at home is not a problem – even into septic systems, rather than a city sewer system. Here are a couple of points to keep in mind:

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Home systems are generally tasked to handle a relatively low flow of sewage over a period of hours. Dumping a large amount of RV waste at once could lead to disturbing the layer of sludge in a home septic tank – possibly causing it to break up and move out into the leach field. That can lead to an expensive clogged system. If you have both full black and gray water tanks, it might be best to dump one at a time, spacing the dumping out over a couple of days.

On another note, here’s a comment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “When chemicals, such as formaldehyde, are added to septic systems, they can cause bacteria in the system to die. When this happens, the septic system cannot treat waste adequately. Solids that are allowed to pass from the septic tank, due to inadequate or incomplete treatment, may clog the leach field. Furthermore, clogged systems may send inadequately or incompletely treated sewage to the surface, threatening the health of people or pets who come into contact with it. Or it may percolate to groundwater, where the chemicals and untreated wastewater could contaminate nearby drinking water wells, rivers and streams. Please read labels carefully to identify any hazardous ingredients.”

What constitutes “hazardous ingredients”? Formaldehyde: an active ingredient in some
deodorizers, also called Formalin. Formaldehyde is an EPA-recognized probable carcinogen (i.e., causes cancer). Paradichlorobenzene: Known carcinogen and drinking water contaminant. A common ingredient in mothballs, urinal cakes and bowl fresheners.

One more thing: Should you decide to “build your own” dump station at home, BE SURE your dump port is installed between your home and the septic tank. Don’t be like the RVer in Washington state who put his between the septic tank and drain field. He learned a very expensive lesson!


Holy cow! According to Vox (in 2016), Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming had more cows than humans. In these states combined there were about 32,489,391 cows, which is more than one-third of the entire United States’ cow population.


RV buying advice

When you set out to buy an RV, never buy the first one you like, at least right away. Take your time. Do plenty of research. Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean it’s good – or good for you. Never buy a rig without thinking about a salesman’s offer overnight. And for tall people, never buy an RV without stepping into the shower to make sure you fit while standing straight up. And for everyone, never buy an RV without sitting on the toilet and making sure the bathroom door will close. In rare instances, it may not. Never assume that all RV designers are geniuses.

Unusual spot for your blue-boy

A lot of boondocking RVers use portable waste tanks – blueboys – to haul sewage away without having to move the rig. Where to stash the ‘boy when not in use? We’ve seen plenty hung on a roof access ladder; ours is stashed under the pickup canopy. But one RVer built himself a drop-down tray out of diamond-plate metal and bolted it up under his minuscule rig. More images here.

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Fun facts about America’s most popular National Parks

Which National Park is the salamander capital of the world? Which park has the highest paved highway? Where in the U.S. can you see the first sunrise? Read this article for the answers!

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“Wait a minute! You have been cheating on me all this time! I knew it!” My wife yelled at me. She found all the letters I had been hiding.
I prepared myself to face her fury, as she got red with anger and started walking towards me. She looked straight into my eyes and gave me a killer look I could never forget.
I guess that’s the last time we’ll ever play Scrabble.

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Rory R

Composting Commodes are not the answer to everything. There are many composting toilets that are being misused. It takes a long time for waste to turn into real compost. Many RV’ers with composting and cassette toilets dump their content in inappropriate places and may be unaware of a problem they are causing. Waste has no place in a dumpster or trash can. I have seen folks dump waste this way. If a health official sees this they might just call the cops. And they would be right in doing so.


I’m not sure, in this day and age, why we still rely on a water system that dates back over 1000 years to take our waste away. We could all be using composting toilets and create a world that is greener and healthier. Think of all the topsoil we could be creating without the need for so many water treatment plants. Rvs need to go greener and they can.

Bob p

Most RV sewer treatment chemicals are formaldehyde free and other harmful chemicals, campgrounds have been prohibiting their use for years because of the damage it does to septic systems.

Tony King

I installed a RV Dump at my last house during a big Garage addition and used it for 30 years emptying into my Septic System. I always check that any products are “safe” for Septic Systems. I moved and I’m currently using the 2” Rear clean out at back of my house with the Sewer Solution and 20’ of PVC pipe into my Septic System. It works perfect. I know how Septic Systems work and treat them accordingly as it’s really expensive to add/fix if you don’t take care of them.

Sharon B

I will never understand why we are not taught to respect water. When I see all those fancy smelly things people place in their toilets I can only think of toxins that permeate through the pipes and ground let alone cesspools and septic tanks. Our waters are poisonous enough being invaded with pills, medication, contacs, detergents and cleaning agents that are carcinogenic. The US has the highest cancer rate in the world. Geez….I wonder why.
Don’t get me started on what is sprayed on our farms plants and what is fed to our farm animals. That’s an intentional violation that Bayer and Monsanto executives all need to be hung!
Get rid of those moth balls, those deodorizers, those toilet bowls fresheners and urinal cakes. Just clean our relief basins with a non toxic/nonpoisonous cleaner. Those smelly so called freshners makes us sick causing illnesses that cannot even be diagnosed.
That is my 2 cents worth a million!.


Holy cow! I hate to bust your bubble Kansas, Idaho,…., but 34.5 million cows is less than 1% of the US population of 328+ million people (per US Census Bureau.

Jim collins

If it wasn’t for a Chiropractor I would be wearing a neck brace, since 1970, medical docs told me I would have to for the rest of my life, never have had to , our current one saved my wife from a long hospitalization , in traction after an accident, right now I am seeing ours for the first time in 15 years for a back problem should be released on friday.


I have a sewer clean-out in my driveway that heads towards the city’s lateral in the street. The clean-out has a threaded 4” connection. I glued a small section of 4” ABS pipe to a male threaded adapter and created my own sewer dump. Now I don’t have to worry about dumping before I get home. I simply remove the clean-out cover, spin on my ABS riser, and dump away.

If you have a sewer clean-out in your driveway and want to make your own sewer dump, make sure it heads downhill to the city’s sewer and not back towards your house!


In regards to the Chiropractor question of the day. If you want someone else in your life besides the government and all its thousands of agencies, see your local quackoprator. I know of nobody, not a single person who went to one once.


I guess once the Green New Deal goes through there will be a population explosion in Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming as they will have a lot more real estate to build houses on with no cows taking up that space. LOL