It Ain’t Pretty, But…


We gotta do it… 

Sewer in Disguise

In the picture above, our friends, Joe & Jodi LeBlanc, make the most of the usual ugly sewer setup.  I was so impressed!  By utilizing beautiful flowers, artistic pots and colored hoses, they are able to divert the attention of everyone walking by from the fact of what is really going on! What a lovely disguise!

As uncomfortable as it is to talk about, when you are RVing, you have to do it!

Dump that sewer!

When you live in a “Sticks n Bricks” home, it isn’t usually a problem.  Yeah, every once in awhile the toilet may get clogged. But in general, all things seem to flow nice and easy.  Well, that all changes when you live in an RV!

All that cra*%*….   well, you know…  has to go somewhere. And your RV tanks are only equipped to hold so much. Which means we have to manually fix the situation. As icky as it sounds, though, it’s really not such a bad chore!

Let’s start with what you’ll need:

*Disposable gloves – 100 pack, latex free gloves

*Sewer hose, adapter, coupler, curved bayonet – 20ft Camco Sewer Kit

*Sewer hose support rack – Camco Sidewinder Support

*Hose for rinsing/flushing – 25ft Clean Out Water Hose

*Holding Tank Treatment – Drop In RV Toilet Treatment

TIP: In the RV community, the holding tank for the toilet is called the “black” tank while the holding tank for both the sinks and shower is called the “gray” tank.

TIP: You can purchase shorter dump hoses for less money, but we’ve found that you can’t always be sure how close your sewer dump will be from the drain of your holding tank.  At one campground we had to run our hose under the 5th wheel in order to reach the connection. We were barely able to reach!

TIP: You will want to have one hose for potable (drinking) water and a separate hose for cleaning out the sewage (non-potable). Using different colored hoses helps to easily identify which is which!

TIP: Holding tank chemicals come in liquid or drop in packets. Try to use a treatment without formaldehyde .


1. Start by putting on some sort of disposable gloves before removing the hose and attachments from their RV compartment. (To prevent contamination, it’s a good idea to have a specific compartment, away from other items, for your sewage components.)

2. Ensure the sewer adapter and the coupler are attached firmly to each end of the hose.

3. Insert the coupler end of the hose into the dump station ground hole first, being sure the end fits securely in the hole. If necessary, use something fairly heavy, like a large rock, to secure the hose in the hole.

4. Next, unscrew the cap from the holding tank drain outlet and fasten the adapter end of the hose to the outlet. Ensure the tabs on the adapter are lined up properly with the tank drain stubs and fastened tightly.

5. Set up the support rack on the ground under the hose with the larger end of the rack starting at the RV. Spread the rack out with the hose lying over it, angling down to the dump station ground hole.

6. Once hose is secured, open the BLACK water valve first by pulling out the “T” handle.  You will hear a rush of the water with it slowing down and eventually trickling. (At this time, if your vehicle is equipped with a black tank rinse/flush system, you can attach your non-potable water hose to the dump station water supply and let run 2-5 minutes. If you do not have the flush system, ask your partner to flush the toilet a few times to help rinse the black tank further.) Close the black tank by pushing the handle back in, confirming that the valve is completely shut.  

7. Open the GRAY water valve.  Again you will hear a rush of the water.  By opening the gray valve secondly, it will help wash out your sewer hose from anything that may have been trapped from your black tank.  Once it comes to a halt, close by pushing the handle back in, confirming that the valve is completely shut.

8. If you are at a road side dump station or departing from your site, disconnect your sewer hose from your RV drainage outlet. Lift the hose up to allow any remaining water to run into the dump station hole. Once empty, you can use the non-potable water hose to rinse the inside and outside of the hose before disconnecting from ground hole. Then rinse any drips from the ground.

9. Once disconnected, connect both ends of the hose to one another to contain anything left inside the hose.

10 Replace the drainage cap of the RV holding tank and the cover to the dump station ground hole. Gather your support rack and put away.

11.  Add about four gallons of water down the toilet into your black tank and then add your desired holding tank treatment, following manufacturer’s directions.


Free Dump Station

You are DUMPED! 

And that’s it!

Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?

(Do you really need to dump that often?  Read our story… Got Wasted!)