Where To Dump RV Waste While Traveling


Where to dump RV waste was a big question I had when I first purchased my camper. Sure, if you’re in the staying at a commercially run campground like KOA, you’re campsite usually has a full hookup with power, water and sewer connections.

But if you’re staying in a state or national park, then chances are you won’t have a sewer hookup at your site.

7 Places to Dump RV Waste

Keep in mind while finding places to dump your black and grey water, there are sometimes fees associated with using a facility that you’re not overnighting at.

1. Campgrounds

KOA Kingsland St. Marys

Every campground will have a dump station for you to discharge your black and grey water. Even if you’re not staying there, most campsites will let you use their dump station for a nominal fee.

The dump station at the campground is usually located on the way out because that is where and when guests that are dumping will opt to discharge.

2. Camping and Outdoor Store Retail Locations

cabellas store
(Photo via Flickr Creative Commons/gemalone)

Select retail locations like Camping World and Cabella’s have dump stations located in the vicinity of the store.

With Camping World, unless you are a member of their Good Sam travel club, expect to pay a nominal fee to dump RV waste. The Cabella locations that offer dump stations typically charge $5 per dump.

3. Camper/RV Dealerships

Dump RV Waste camper

Dealerships wasn’t an option that was top of mind for me, although it should have been. Since, most RV dealerships offer repair and maintenance on-site.

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With that in mind, there is a chance someone is going to bring a unit in with a clogged line or a holding tank issue, so it’s safe to assume that a dealership would have a dump station. You will want to prearrange this ahead of time to make sure the RV dealership will let you dump.

4. Marinas or Harbors

marina boat harbor yacht

There’s a good chance you’ll find a dump station at a marina, because the boats that come in need to offload their waste. However, since marinas are designed for boaters, they will typically charge a little higher than the standard $5 to $10 fee. The average marina dump station fee is in the $20 range.

5. National and State Parks

capitol reef state park

There’s a good chance you won’t have a sewer line hookup at your site while staying in a State or National park, but almost all of them have a dump station on the way out of the park. Just make sure to do some research ahead of time.

6. State Rest Areas to Dump RV Waste (varies)

Dump RV Waste

It will vary state by state, but select rest areas have an RV dump station where you can discharge black and grey water waste.

7. Truck Stops

semi truck parking stopped

Truck stops such as Flying Js and Love are known for having dump stations. Depending on the location, it could be in the $5 to $10 range. If you’re a member of Good Sam, there is a discount when using a Flyin J, which is a Good Sam partner.

Tip: Always ask the attendant at the truck stop if there is a discount to dump RV waste at the dump station with a fuel fill-up.

8. At Home (BONUS)

home house yard

This method will depend on your local rules and city codes, but it doesn’t hurt to call your local plumber and ask what is involved installing a dump line in your yard. The RVers who have had the most luck with this are the ones that have a septic tank on their property, but it never hurts to ask to see if they can tap into your septic line.

Keep in mind you may have to build a concrete splash area around the dump pipe in order to stop the waste from seeping into the ground.

A DIY way is to invest in a macerator pump. This pump connects to the drainage valve on your unit and has a rotation head inside of it, chopping any particles up into very fine granular material. This allows you to essentially stick a garden house at the output of the macerator pump and run the line into your toilet.

You can watch a macerator pump YouTube review here.

Personally, it seems like a lot of work but the pumps are popular and always work well if you’re in a bind.

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