How to Easily Find RV Dump Stations

 How to Easily Find RV Dump Stations

This is an answer to one of the questions we are asked often: How can I find RV Dump Stations Near Me?

There are few things more freeing in life than loading up the RV, and hitting the open road. The RV lifestyle is one that draws in people of all different walks of like–we all love it for our own personal reasons!

Despite the RV life being one filled with freedom and excitement, it still comes with a few little changes of lifestyle that many newcomers have a hard time adjusting to. We know this, because we’ve gone through it ourselves when we first got into the RV life!

One major issue that newcomers to the RV community find, is the issue of waste. Yup, you got it, we’re talking about that waste. As in, of the human kind.

Unfortunately, though it might be a great fertilizer, you can’t exactly dump your RV waste wherever you may want. It’s not as simple as pulling over along the side of the road and unloading. No, you are going to have to find a dump station in order to make the unloading of your waste as safe, clean, and environmentally friendly as possible.

RV Dump stations are facilities that are designated for dumping off RV waste, both black tank, and grey tank waste. This means that RV owners can get a fresh start on their waste and dirty water storage throughout their trips and vacation getaways. However, dump stations aren’t exactly available on every block. Sometimes you need to go a bit out of your way to find one when your tanks get a bit full.

Luckily, even though RV Dum Stations aren’t packing every street corner, they are still located all over the country. With a little bit of proper planning, you won’t have to concern yourself too much. In the same way that we plan our stops for sleep, sights, and events, dump stations are just another thing that we have to schedule.

Tips to Finding RV Dump Stations

Finding RV dump stations is easier now than it ever has been. You can imagine what it was like back before the age of the Internet! Today, we can find dump stations rather easily through various online sources, and even through simple Google searches.

Google searches will make finding dump stations rather easy. However, in our experience, there can be some issues with the information being 100% accurate. Sometimes open/closing times, and prices will be a bit different on Google than they are in reality. Use Google with a bit of caution!

Use Apps and Websites to find Dump Stations 

RV Dump Stations Map
A map of RV Dump Stations on RVDumps.com

A few great websites to check out when looking for RV dump stations are:

  • SaniDumps.com – This site has been around a long time and claims to provide the most comprehensive listings of RV dump stations online. They list private, public, RV park, non-park, municipal, truck stop, rest stop, campground, camping, resort, commercial, pay, donation, and free.RV dump stations all over the world. You search by Zip or Postal code.
  • RVDumps.com This site is only for US RV dump stations. I think this site is easier to use because you can search by state, city or map. The map feature is my favorite as it lets me easily find my location and then to visually see what's closest. The map feature also shows Interstate rest areas with dump stations are only shown on the dump stations map.
  • AllStays.com – AllStays is an app, only for iPhone and iOS tablets. The company makes a suite of products with RV camping information. There is a standalone RV Dumps Stations App but I recommend getting the “Camp and RV” app as there is a search filter for RV Dump Stations.
  • Campendium – This is a popular website listing campgrounds. Under search, you can select RV Dump Stations as a category and have them show up on a map that lets you find dump stations near your location.
  • RVShare.com – This RV Rental site also has a section that allows you to search for RV Dump Stations near me. Find the state you are in and then scroll the cites for dump stations nearby. 

Naturally, most campgrounds do have RV dump stations. But the online resources above will help you between stops.

Boondockers have more of a challenge in finding RV dump stations and if off the grid camping is your choice,  you'll need to work your trips around them to some extent. The more experience you get with your RV trip planning, the smoother the experience will be. It just takes a bit of practice to get the hang of incorporating dump stations into your trip planning as smoothly as possible.

sign for rv dump stations
As you travel, take note of signs along the side of the road like this advising of RV dump stations

One thing to remember is that RV dump stations are a shared space where all of RVers go to empty out their waste and tanks. That means that we should all treat them with respect and care. We are all guests there, and leaving the dump station cleaner than you found it is always the most common courtesy.

The sad truth is that many RV dump stations have had to shut down due to excessive waste spillage and improper care by users. With this in mind, always take the time to clean up after yourself and keep your waste where it is supposed to be–in the septic tank underground and not above ground all over the place!

 

Tips for u=Using RV Dump Stations

Some good practices to keep in mind are:

  • Release your black-tank before you release your grey tank. This will minimize odors, and help to wash away some of that more delicate waste when you are finished.
  • Also, remember to use the water hose provided at most dump stations to clean up the area and any potential spillage that may occur during your dumping process.
  • And as many dump stations also offer drinking water, be sure to choose the right connection if you are planning to top off your freshwater tanks. There are usually two hoses available. The one near the actual hole in the ground is usually marked non-potable water. It's just for washing down any spills.
  • The freshwater, or potable, hose, is usually located at the far end of the dump station.
  • Make sure you have an airtight connection with the RV Di=ump Station Hole. Smaller hoses should have a small black ‘Donut” that fits over the end of the hose coming from the RV.

Waste is something that all of us RV owners have to deal with. It may be a bit of a hassle, but the freedom of the open road does come with a few obstacles that need to be overcome along the way. That is why RV dump stations are both a godsend and a hurdle that must be worked around at the same time.

photo of how to connect at rv dump stations
When using RV Dump Stations be sure to have an airtight connection with the pipe in the ground

The best practice when it comes to RV dump stations is to always plan ahead of time.

You never want to be caught off-guard with a full black-tank and nowhere to let it out safely and legally. That is why you should always keep an eye on your online resources for where the best dump stations are for you and your route.

With proper planning, you shouldn’t have to go too far out of your way to get to an RV dump station.

Once you have a good understanding of where the dump stations on your route are, you can hit the road with a clear and calm head. You don’t have to worry that your, uh… Delicate matters will come back to haunt you in the middle of a trip.

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How to Easily Find RV Dump Stations

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

5 Comments

  • Todays dump station info will be very helpful. Thanks much.

  • For those with electronic macerators, a helpful tip is to release a small amount from the gray tank and then test to see that the macerator is working properly. If not, at least you only have to deal manually with a small amount of gray. If the macerator is okay, then do the usual routine of dumping the full black tank first.

  • Generally we don’t have an issue finding dump stations, but we do have trouble finding potable water. Especially now with COVID. Any suggestions?

  • Where was this picture taken ? It looks like the dump station in my home town Kellogg Idaho ?

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