How To Dump The RV’s Freshwater Tank

How To Dump The RV’s Freshwater Tank
How To Dump The RV’s Freshwater Tank

How To Dump The RV’s Freshwater Tank

Traveling on an RV means we will spend a lot of time inside of it and taking care of it and keeping it clean in a perfect condition is always a major priority. One of the most important maintenance tasks, and the most tedious and gross for most RV users, is the emptying of gray and black water found in the tanks of the vehicle. If this is the first time you’ve faced this task, a few tips won’t hurt and may come in handy for your feature trips.

First things first we need to know what is the difference between greywater and blackwater. Greywaters refers to the water that is originated from the showers and sinks inside the RV. They are stored in the lower part of the RV in special tanks and are emptied with the help of a valve. While blackwater, on the other hand, is wastewater collected from the toilet inside your RV and is also found in tanks under the vehicle.

Now that you know the difference let’s talk about the steps. You may be wondering “When is it the right time to empty the water tanks?” And luckily there is a feature that will be of great help: A red light will tell you when to empty the tanks.

So if you are on a long trip with many people you will need to keep an eye on this red light that will alert you when it’s the right time to do it, depending on how much water you use the light will activate either faster or slower than usual.

  • “Where to empty it?” is another common and important question. In the campsites, you will find suitable and specifically arranged places for RVs to drain grey and black water. Please remember that it is very toxic waste and therefore you must not empty it anywhere else, you will not only get in trouble but it is also disgusting and a health hazard.
  • “How to empty it?” make sure you are wearing proper clothes and gloves before you take on this heavy task. It is always recommended to start with greywater since it is considered easier. All you have to do is open the valve of the tank and let the liquid fall with a drainage grid. Try to position the vehicle correctly beforehand. The water tanks that collect the sewage water have a rotating tube through which they are discharged to the drain, which must be connected to a septic tank or sewage system. Then you will fill the tank with water and rinse it until it is clean. Finally, introduce a disinfectant liquid and, if you want, special products to avoid bad smells.

The emptying process is simple and doesn’t have to be unpleasant. Normally, the tank in which the greywater is found is extracted from the RV and can be transported.

With all this, you’ll have completed the task of emptying grey and black water and you can continue your RV journey with peace of mind. The next time you have to do it will be much easier!


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