Pulling the T-handle on that 3” valve on the roadside of the RV is probably the least attractive part of RVing. I have never met another RVer that enjoys the ritual of dumping the RV tanks. Speaking of rituals, some RVers make more of a ritual out of it than need be, but that subject is best saved for another time and place. While dumping the RV tanks are unattractive, nothing says the surroundings need be. On a recent adventure through Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada I snapped a picture of the dump station shown below.
While the tanks drained, I just enjoyed the view. Dumping the tanks still isn’t high on my list of RVing activities, but with scenery like this it beats checking the engine oil on a hot day! Do you know of a more scenic dump station than the one pictured? Please share, via the comment link below.
I hope to see you on the highway in the New Year enjoying some RV adventures of your own.
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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