Checking the panel and what do I see? Freshwater tank, 1/3. Gray tank, 2/3. Black tank, 2/3.
Time to top up the freshwater tank and empty the gray and black tanks. The gray tanks contain whatever material was drained down our sinks. The black tanks contain the waste from our toilets.
I guess that stuff has to go somewhere.
This will be our first time dumping our tanks. We will be heading over to our local KOA and we will give it a try.
There are lots of how-tos on the web. I found these two videos to be the most helpful in terms of getting a sense of the process.
Jason, of Gone With The Wynns, provides a clear, step-by-step video. He mentions that the first thing that you should do is put on your gloves although in the video he does handle the sewage hose before donning them on. Probably best to get those gloves on right at the start.
The RV Geeks provide a really thorough walkthrough on emptying the tanks. Their wet bay is very similar to ours so I found this video very relevant.
What are some of the key points to remember for a newbie?
- Wear protective rubber gloves.
- Dump the black tank before the gray tank. The gray tank can clean the residue from the sewage hose when you dump it after the black tank.
- Wait until the black tank until it is at least two-thirds full before emptying the tank. And don’t leave the black-water tank valve open when hooked up at a site. Liquids will drain from the black tank which will leave solid waste behind. That will make life difficult later on as solid waste will accumulate in the black tank.
- Use a high quality sewer hose.
- Carry an extra garden hose for rinsing. Store the sewer hose and rinse hose away from the drinking water hose. In our coach, we have a separate compartment for the sewer hose.
- Never use the fresh water hose for rinsing sewer hoses or the dump station area.