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Old 04-27-2018, 07:57 AM   #1
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Just got a 2006 Roadtrek 170. QQ on where to dump the black water.

There are 2 storm drain holes on the sides of my driveway. Is it OK to dump the black water there?

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Old 04-27-2018, 08:02 AM   #2
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If this is not OK, how much does it cost to build a black water dump station at home? Thanks!

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Old 04-27-2018, 12:07 PM   #3
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If they are literally "storm drains", then NO, you can't dump into them. Storm sewers are completely different from sanitary sewers, and the former are not processed for sewage.

HOWEVER, most homes have cleanouts as part of their sanitary sewer systems. These are large pipes flush with the ground and with a cap on them. These may be used as dump stations.

They look something like this:



Also, there are often exposed sewer pipes inside the garage. These can easily be tapped into.
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+1 What Avanti said. Our cleanout is about 30 ft from where we park the RV (but downhill) so DH put together a large diameter pipe to fit into the cleanout and run partway up the hill so the sewer slinky will reach.
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And there is always a toilet, if close enough which can be quite aways and uphill.

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If you determine that you will be wanting to dump your tanks at home fairly frequently you might consider an add on macerator pump which could be connected and disconnected. Something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Flojet-18555-...or+pump+system

As I recall the RT 170 and 190s were gravity flow in those years around 2006. My 2007 RT 210 has a macerator built in and it easily pumps black and gray over 100 feet to my sewer cleanout through a 3/4 inch garden hose.

Given the relatively small tank(s) on a 170 this might be a worthy investment.

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HOWEVER, most homes have cleanouts as part of their sanitary sewer systems. These are large pipes flush with the ground and with a cap on them. These may be used as dump stations.....
Addendum to this: newer subdivisions in my area have one such cleanout per each PAIR of homes, not one per lot. Both homes on either side drain to a common line, sharing a single capped port.

Unfortunately for us, our shared port happens to be on the side of our neighbor's driveway, right next to his basketball hoop. Maybe two times in the past 3 years we've had to ask him for permission to enter his driveway for the purposes of dumping. The rest of the time, we've used an off-site station. Just our luck that our houses were constructed this way.
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We have a sewage cleaning port but it is easy to make a mistake. The easiest way to check is to have one person flushing a toilet and another one observing the opened port.

A mistake can be traceable and very expensive.
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Old 04-27-2018, 06:07 PM   #9
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One thing that helps, once you are -sure- it is a "clean-out", is a macerator pump.

Here in Texas, getting caught dumping down a storm drain is a $3000+ fine, perhaps some time in the county graybar. Best best is to find a dump station, or if it is worst case, hire a "stool bus" to pump the tanks out until you can confirm things.
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