In my home state of Washington, RV dump stations receive funds through RV licensing taxes to cover costs for construction and maintenance. They are free and open to all RV owners regardless of the state where they have a license. Its a reciprocal agreement between Washington and other states and comes in really handy for RVers who frequently boondock or have long intervals between destinations.
Additionally, many states in the U.S. have reciprocal agreements with each other. For example, I pay licensing fees on my ATV. The license allows me to ride on trails in my home state built using the fees. It also allows me to ride on trails in other states, given the two states have a reciprocal agreement.
As an avid boondocker, knowing locations of dump stations is important. There are many at rest stops or truck stops and there are many online directories. My go-to site includes a map of dump stations featuring color-coded symbols designating free or pay places to dump. It also has an address and coordinates. Needless to say, free places to dump are at the top of my list.
Dump Stations in Idaho
During a recent trip through Idaho, I had located what was listed as a free dump station in Challis. The dump was at the Land of the Yankee Fork Interpretive Center. However upon arriving, dumping was free only to Idaho State residents who paid licensing fees via their “RV Sticker” to support construction of the dump station. Those from other states have to pay $5.
While paying the five bucks was no big deal, what really bugged me was that Idaho isn’t reciprocating with other states like Washington, which welcomes everyone at their dump stations.
Lack of reciprocity, just another adventure in RVing!
I would love to hear your opinion and/or experiences with dump station reciprocity.