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:
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!
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
MORE QUICK TIPS
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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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
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!
This tool is seven tools in one!
This multifunctional tool is seven in one! The heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
“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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