Dumping 101

One thing that really worried me about the whole, living in an RV things, was dumping the black tank.

I’ve heard horror stories and I knew this would be a make it or break it task.

I watched youtube videos and read a few tips.

Then I bought the clear elbow connector.

Off to the dump site I went.



The site had their own hoses.  I hooked them all up with my new clear elbow and pulled out the black water valve.

Nothing happened.  For a second, I worried about a clog.  Between my friend and I we figured out there was a second black water valve.


 With that one pulled out, it was just a matter of time before everything was clean and ready to go.

As soon as the tank was empty, I closed the clear elbow valve, flushed the tank with water for a little bit, then emptied it all over again.

It took awhile to get everything flushed. Maybe 4 or 5 times.

Then I closed both black tank valves, starting with the one on the opposite side.

Next is the gray water tank.  There is only one valve for that and it was on the far side of the clear elbow.


Then I hosed everything down and filled a gallon jug with water. I added that water and some chemical to the toilet and away I went.

It was oddly satisfying.

About Elisha

Elisha Dasenbrock is an award winning, international watercolor artist. She paints with a limited palette on claybord. Dasenbrock graduated from the American Academy of Art in 2009 and has been painting professionally ever since.