Locate an RV Dump Station & Know When to Dump Your Waste Water

Premium Video Preview: Log in or become a member to get full access.
Duration: 2:00

Membership Options

Premium

Sign up for premium membership and get access to our best RV repair and maintenance videos. Learn new RV repair techniques and tips from friendly RV experts. Anytime. Anywhere.
Monthly $7.00
Annually $54.00

Gold

Upgrade to GOLD membership and get unlimited access to our entire library of premium RV repair and maintenance videos, receive discounts on DVDs, video downloads, and classes in the shop. In addition, you’ll receive nine video downloads, two full-length classes, downloadable guides, access to GOLD member LIVE events, and so much more!
Annually $105.00

One of the most common questions asked among those who are new to RVing is, “when is the best time to dump the waste water tanks and how do I find the nearest RV dump station?” The best time to dump the RV waste water tanks is when they are at least two-thirds full. This will ensure there is enough time for solids to break down before flushing the system out. If you dump the waste water tanks too often and too soon you will run the risk of solids building up and drying out, making it difficult to get them out of the tank. Leaving the fluids in the holding tanks allows toilet paper time to properly break down and allows the bacteria in the tank to do its job of breaking down other solids.

Finding an RV Dump Station

When it comes to finding a RV dump station, Sanidumps.com is a website/app that lists places in both the United State and Canada where you can legally dump your waste water tanks. Dump stations can be found at rest stops, and some fueling stations such as Flying J, Pilot and many state parks.

We are, however, seeing more stations closing down across the country. This is primarily due to the fact that environmental regulations are getting tighter and the cost of maintaining a RV dump station is getting more expensive. Not everyone using the free dump stations are concerned with the proper methods to dump. Stations are finding it cheaper to close down than have to deal with cleaning up after RV owners who do not watch what they are doing and are not cleaning up after themselves.

When going into a RV dump station it is important to take care of the station by properly dumping your tanks, cleaning up after you and not leaving anything behind. If we all take care of the dumping stations we will all be able to enjoy RVing across the country for many years to come.