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Old 02-02-2017, 11:57 AM   #1
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The dump station episode from "RV" - in real life!

We’ve had an episode from the movie “RV” here today in the campsite next to us. It’s a fairly large motor home and the couple in it are mid-70’s or so. Sort of a loud and obnoxious pair.

We’re setting here at the table and they come around the back of the motor home, each one has a sewer hose over their shoulder. Our immediate thought is “this can’t be good!”. They open the compartment where the water, drain, & power connect & stand back & look a bit.

Makes you wonder who hooked that thing up. I suspect this may well be a rental.

At any at rate, he proceeds to instruct her to hook the dump line up to the sewer and the camper. I might add that neither one had gloves on, not that it makes any difference if you carry in around over you shoulder.

At this point, I'm wondering if I should go offer some guidance but I'd had to have been really quick.

Somewhere along the process, the dump valve gets pulled and the hose comes off, spraying them both. There was at least 2-3 gallons shooting out the pipe but probably more. Lots of activity, lots of shrieking and cursing, and the valve does get closed.

She has her hand over her nose & mouth, takes the water hose & sprays water to try to wash down as much as possible but we all know how that works.

We’ve not seen them since. The hoses are on the ground, the door still open (they’ll get one of the residents squirrels if they’re lucky), & the water lines are on the ground.

You have to take your entertainment where you can get it. I should feel remorse for laughing but....

An update 30 minutes later.... they show back up with clean clothes on. He says to her "I know what I'm doing" and closes the hatch. The tank never did get dumped.
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:15 PM   #2
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I'm sure all of us have had their own "RV" adventure but you never want to have the dumping adventure. Ever.
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:39 PM   #3
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Oh so true. Our first camper came with a full tank so I had to learn on our first trip. No, I didn't do the "RV" thing.

You have to feel sorry for them. I suspect they just got this and didn't get a proper PDI or anything.

Speaking of PDI's, we were at CW out west of St Louis a while back. There was a couple getting a new 5th wheel. We were there a couple of hours and I was close enough I could hear the sales guy and mechanic talking to the new owners. It was impressed, particularly when the CW guys showed the owner & then had the owner do it a couple of times to make sure he understood. Most unusual for sure since when we got our Seville, the guys that delivered it made sure I knew how to hook and unhook, but the dealer just wanted to make sure it got off the lot (typical CW tactics).
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Old 02-02-2017, 07:19 PM   #4
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I have to add a bit. Later this afternoon, a guy from the park came and cleaned the sand, took away some of the stuff on top, then used a sanatizer on the whole area. I'm impressed for sure.
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I think at some point everyone has some type of poor experience. Mine was back in our rookie days. My daughter just turned two and we had a birthday party back home in MA for family. We did a sea food boil and when I was done decided to poor the left over water right down the sewer drain. Well I forgot to reattach the sewer pipe afterwards, and the next day flushed the black tank. Well even though I noticed rather quickly, the damage was already done. I honestly felt horrible, it was late August and the smell was horrific. I sat out there for hours spraying water on the ground trying to dilute the area. Lucky I had great neighbors who tried to make me feel better by telling me their horrible experience. Live and learn, and from now on I always check to make sure my hoses are connected before reacting for that valve.

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