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Old 12-17-2015, 10:21 PM   #61
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This is not just for leaving connected but for any dumping. They are trying to cut down on any possible mess at a campsite (for you or the next person.)
Good catch. You can leave the hose hooked up, because it's your individual site, and making a good seal is especially important when it stays connected, but even a brief connection should be made properly.

The fitting at the campsite is normally a threaded port, closed off with a threaded cap when not in use (which is why the adapter has threads), but they vary in size (which is why the adapters usually have three thread sizes on them).

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You may think you can use any type of hose but most private campgrounds we have been to require that adaptor. They may even mention it and will often have it in their rules.
At the individual campsite, yes. Where I've been - but in the RV world practices vary by area - the same campgrounds that have the small threaded port at the individual campsite normally do not use that type of connection at the common dump station - just as well, because who wants to wait while people screw in and unscrew it, and who would bother to screw the cap back on when they left?

Anyway... get an adapter You may still need a different one for some oddball campground, such as the one I saw with a horizontal pipe end that required a foam gasket to seal, but that's one of those things one deals with when one encounters them.
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Old 12-18-2015, 12:47 AM   #62
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We cannot remember anyone ever being at a dump station without gloves. Also for newbies, you need an adaptor for your sewer hose for private campgrounds. They sometimes sell them because they require their use.

Dump stations usually have a non-potable faucet and hose specifically for use with your sewer hose. It will be marked for sewer only in almost all cases.

We don't see how contamination would not occur using one for the other. Pat, good idea about the bleach/water bottle. People may not remember to remove gloves or did not use any before water fill.
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Old 12-18-2015, 09:17 AM   #63
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Now that we've fully explored the less glamorous side of camping, I'd like to tell you about the guy who sold us our first trailer -- the Airstream. He had it only a short time because his wife took one trip and decided her idea of camping was the Ramada Inn. Our gain.

So, my advice to someone starting out is to check out ahead of time the campgrounds in the area you want to go -- read the online reviews -- and if necessary go out of your way to the one that sounds like it has what you want in the way of amenities and your kind of fun. A KOA might be great in Montana, but another KOA in Utah might not be so good. Reviews really tell you a lot. At first you might want sewer hookups every place you go and after awhile, you might decide that waking up in a national park even without all the conveniences trumps all. Or maybe not. Make a priority list of what is most important to you and see what people say about the campgrounds you're interested in. At first you might need full hookups, for the convenience of dumping at your own site, even if you're only staying a night or two. We all have our own ideas about what it means to be comfortable at the end of a day of touring or hiking, but what I think we all have in common is that we want to sleep in our own beds at night when we're on the road.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:55 AM   #64
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Ruthe is spot on. If I had one piece of advice is would be to remind people that nothing is constant. Whether a campground is good or bad can also depend on the time of year and/or the day of the week.

I learned my lesson. One of my favorite campgrounds, one I go to 3-4 times a year... I'll NEVER, EVER go to again from Memorial Day to Labor Day. I was there last month and I'll be there again next month. But in July
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:03 AM   #65
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I learned my lesson. One of my favorite campgrounds, one I go to 3-4 times a year... I'll NEVER, EVER go to again from Memorial Day to Labor Day. I was there last month and I'll be there again next month. But in July
I have heard similar about lots of other campgrounds. Even at Nk'Mip, I have heard to stay away in summer months. Not that I don't like kids, but do much prefer the quieter times of the fringe months.
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:24 AM   #66
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Jim, in my case it wasn't the kids! It was the ADULTS. Shame on them. Letting dogs bark their fool heads off and competing loud music. Yes there are adults all times of the year. But because school was out the campground was packed. Dogs were competing for attention and every adult thought their music was the best.


That's when I found out at the Oregon State Park system, quiet time is truly 10pm to 7am. The other times, WHATEVER. As long as fireworks weren't being setoff, nothing illegal was going on, etc. it was a free-for-all. Four of the most miserable days of my life...
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Thank you to DisneyDoc for starting this thread and all the great input. Kevin and I are newbies to all of this too (picking up our trailer sometime in the spring). That first trip is important to setting the stage for some good experience.

So I agree with you Ruthe - we will be doing lots of research, at least for the first trip. Our go to rule is to always have a Plan A (and in some cases a Plan B), but be flexible and open to other options that may come up.
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I thought this thread had gone to........well, a treatise on sewer hoses. But the last few posts brought it back on topic. :-)

I don't think anyone's mentioned the difference due to travelling purpose. If we're in a hurry we'll tend to CGs near our route, many times RV parks. The later usually have showers and other facilities, easy in easy out. If we'll be there a few days or more we'll look more closely, including drive throughs, and tend to pick public CGs away from any route. I suppose obvious, but there it is.

We'll stop at an RV park every so often, every week or two (usually on weekends). With a sewer connection I can use a wand to do a good job cleaning the black tank and flush it a couple of times. This isn't possible as a dump station. Also do laundry, take a long shower, buy groceries, etc.

In our experience, quiet hours don't dampen a "good" party. About once a month, on the road, we end up "in the wrong site". The last memorable one was in Boulder Beach. Picked a nice site on the edge, away from the teenagers. About 11:00 a large group pulled in right next to us, several families with kids. The cursing, yelling, drinking, etc. went on all night despite our, and the hosts, requests for some quiet. It was so bad we got up early, couldn't sleep, and left. The camper across the street pulled his pickup to their site, also early, and continually pressed the "panic button" for a half hour or so. No one came out, either ashamed, scared or passed out. I pity the kids. I'm sure a site on the other side of the CG would have been very peasant. (If I remember it was a weekend.)

So even diligent research, or even previous stays, isn't a fool proof recipe for a pleasant stay. It depends a lot on who's next door. Even staying at one CG for some time, the atmosphere changes with who's there, even if they are all considerate. Vibes ya know. At least with a trailer you can change who's next door which is harder to do with a house, been there.

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We also had a bad experience @ Boulder Beach. I think what can happen (especially on long weekends) is that there are "campers" and "people out to party with tents." Campers tend to be considerate of their neighbors. With cheap tents available, there are many who will sleep in a tent at a campground with the intention of partying and having a good time with no consideration of their neighbor. So, if you want to decrease the odds of this happening, stay in more expensive & controlled commercial campgrounds as they "own" the property and can more easily eliminate the wrong crowd.
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I think what can happen (especially on long weekends) is that there are "campers" and "people out to party with tents."
If I remember, all our "difficult" experiences have been on weekends. The odds on long weekends are even worse. And the odds increase if there is a lake involved, particularly with water sports. On long trips we tend to escape to an RV park on weekends.

And we'll avoid Boulder Beach. :-)

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