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How to Use an RV Dump Station

While owning an RV can be fun, it comes with a certain level of duties, including proper disposal of black and or gray water at an RV dump station. While there are several dump stations found across Long Beach, including at Don Temple Storage, it’s essential you know how to dispose of your waste correctly.

In this article, we will discuss how to use an RV dump station so that you can ensure safe and effective disposal every time you need it.

Safety Precautions

Before getting with the how-to, you need to be aware of the safety concerns associated with RV dump stations, so you know why it is essential to follow these steps carefully. 

Sewage waste contains bacteria and pathogens that can be incredibly harmful if exposed to the skin’s surface or accidentally ingested. You always want to make sure you thoroughly clean after dumping, including doors, latches, shoes, feet, hands, and clothes.

Preparing For RV Dumping

Make sure you have the following materials readily available when it comes times to visiting an RV dump station, including:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Coupler 90 bayonet fitting, 45 degrees, or straight
  • 30-foot sewer extension hose
  • Clear sewer adapter
  • Bleach wipes
  • Rinse hose
  • Disposable gloves

Steps For RV Dumping

Here are the steps you should always follow to safely dump your black and gray water-holding tanks in your RV.

  • Step 1: Pull up to the RV dump station, lining the black holding tank drain valve to the opening
  • Step 2: Put on your disposable gloves to pull out your sewer hose. 
  • Step 3: Make sure to attach the hose to the dump station hole first permanently.
  • Step 4: Check to make sure the sewer hose is securely clamped to the adapter.
  • Step 5: Open the black water tank valve.
  • Step 6: Connect the permanent-mount black tank rinse system to the RV and the dump station.
  • Step 7: Turn water on the black tank, rinse and run for two to five minutes.
  • Step 8: Open the gray tank valve.
  • Step 9: Flush and rinse both tanks again.
  • Step 10: Check your valves on both the black and gray water tanks and then disconnect the sewer hose.
  • Step 11: Drain the hose back into the dump station.
  • Step 12: Connect both ends of your sewer hose and return it to storage.
  • Step 13: Dispose of your gloves in the trash and clean surfaces you touched.
  • Step 14: Check your holding tank display panel inside your RV.
  • Step 15: Add two to four gallons of water to your black tank.

RV Dumping at Don Temple Storage

At Don Temple Storage, we aim to help you protect your investment as we keep it safe from thieves, vandals, and harsh weather conditions. In addition to offering a secure storage facility, at Don Temple Storage, we offer RV dumping as the best RV and boat storage in Long Beach.

Get that driveway back with RV storage and store boats and trailers in Don Temple’s locked and guarded storage lot. Call (562) 684-2019 for more information on vehicle storage and traditional self-storage units today.