Potty Talk

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 102016

RVers are adventurous people, there’s no question about that. After all, they’re willing to jump into a box made of metal or fiberglass and take off down the highway spending days, weeks, months, or even years in strange places, surrounded by people they’ve never seen before. They don’t let little things like bad weather, rough roads, endless construction zones, and occasional breakdowns bother them.

So why are so many of them bothered by dumping their waste tanks?

I get it, it’s not the most pleasant chore, but it’s not like you’re actually touching anything nasty. At least, not if you’re doing it right. Anyone who’s ever raised kids has changed diapers, right? Compared to that, dumping your holding tanks is a piece of cake.

Yes, I saw the Robin Williams movie RV. Don’t worry, you’re not going to be standing in a shower of sewage unless you do something really, really dumb.

It’s true, sooner or later you’re probably going to have a dumping accident. Either you forget to lock the sewer hose securely onto the outlet, or it jumps out of the dump station inlet, or your hose comes apart on you. It’s not fun, but it’s all part of the RV life. And once you make one of those mistakes, you’re probably not going to get that careless again.

So what is the secret to avoiding problems when it’s time to dump your tanks? The first thing is to invest in a good quality sewer hose. I’ve tried several over the years, and I don’t believe there’s anything on the market better than the RhinoFlex. The darned things seem to be indestructible. I’ve been using the same one for several years now, it’s been stepped on, tripped over, hit by a campground employee getting too close with a weed eater, and it’s still working as good as new. I also have a ten foot RhinoFlex sewer hose extension for those times when I’m parked just a little too far from the campsite sewer connection.

Sewer hose

I use a RhinoFlex Clear 45 degree swivel fitting to connect my sewer hose to the RV outlet.


You don’t have to waste a lot of money buying expensive RV toilet paper. We use regular Scott Extra Soft and have not had a problem caused by it. The secret to not having a blockage in your black water holding tank is to never dump until it’s at least 3/4 full and use enough water to get the job done.

And forget about spending a lot of money on all kinds of chemicals that are supposed to keep the sensors inside your holding tank working right, because none of them work. I’ve heard all the different home remedies like using baking soda, throwing in the sack of ice and driving down the road, dish washing detergent, yada yada yada. Just ignore the damn sensors and follow Uncle Nicky’s rule – when you flush the toilet and your butt gets wet, it’s time to dump.

Seriously, we’ve been doing this long enough that we can just tell by the sound when we’re starting to get close to the dumping point. Then I close the gray tank valve, we take our showers, and the next morning I dump the black tank, followed by the gray tank to wash the hose out.

If you do have a blockage for some reason, you’ll be very glad you have a Valterra Hydroflush on board. And if you don’t have one, go buy one now. They work very well.


Something else that can cause you a problem when you’re dumping is having the sewer hose jump out of the campground connection, if it’s not the screw-on type. It can even happen when you’re using a sewer donut. I’ve seen people use everything from sweat socks stuffed with sand or rocks to cinderblocks to hold their sewer hose in place. They all do the job, but how can you beat a Sewipig sewer hose holder? You fill it with water or sand, set it on your hose connection, and that sewer hose won’t go anywhere. Functional, and a great conversation piece.


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Thought For the Day – They have now invented a pregnancy test with a curved handle so you don’t get pee on your hand. If you aren’t ready to get pee on your hand, you’re definitely not ready for motherhood.

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