Whether your destination takes you north to Canada or to our Woodland Creek RV Park with full hookups in Tyler, Texas, one of the best ways to create an uproar is to make mistakes handling the water systems in your RV. There’s nothing like fumbling with your sewer hose while stuffing it into a trash bag to get your neighbors attention. Did you have any idea how nasty it would be when you’d finished using it?
So let’s review some water basics:
You’re going to drink this. Learn how to keep this tank clean to flow freely through the four seasons.
Greywater is wastewater from your kitchen or bathroom sink or your shower. It goes into the greywater tank and will contain soap, detergent, and anything else you put down those drains.
Putting it delicately, this is the nasty stuff. It contains urine, feces, toilet paper, and anything else you put down the drain. Anything solid will jam your valves and leave you with an awful clean-up job.
Note: This is probably a good place for the toilet paper discussion. Opinions range from “just do what you do at home” to “don’t put any paper at all down the chute.”
RV stores want to sell you special paper at higher prices, which may not be necessary. (It’s a matter of experience and personal opinion.) It’s probably best to develop some new habits:
Now that you understand that there are three kinds of water in most RVs, let’s think about what you need to know to avoid disasters and what tools will help you manage your systems.
You’ll be stunned at how much water you put into this tank, especially if you have people in your group who are addicted to long showers or you haven’t yet learned how to wash dishes in a water-saving way.
Surprisingly, some people are unaware that they have a freshwater tank because they always go to RV parks with water connections. In these cases, it is common to find some scary stuff growing in it. Check your freshwater tank and keep it clean, even if you think you don’t need the water in it.
Just imagine: You’re driving on the Interstate and pull over for a rest. Want some coffee? What’s the water source? Even if you’re one of those people who spend your hard-earned money on bottled tap water, what will you use to wash your face and hands?
You’ll also want to buy a set of sewer hose supports because many parks have sewer pipes that stick up to a foot out of the ground. And last, you may want an extra length of hose – there’s always those occasions where your campsite is a long way away from your blackwater tank outlet. If your RV has the Sanicon system, learn how that system works before you head out on the road.
Traveling and camping in your RV can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be confusing.
Your fellow campers, along with our Woodland Creek RV Park, are your best resources for proper preparation to ensure your vacation is not all wet. We fully furnish our park for your enjoyment. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.