Category: Tips & Tricks

For new RVers, the anticipation of taking your first trip to the dump station can be like first day of school jitters meets colonoscopy. You may be anxious because you’ve never emptied your tanks before. You may be nervous that everyone else is watching, or worried that you’ll miss a step in the process and create a black-water disaster.

There’s no reason to ruin a perfectly good vacation with a dump station epic fail…or simply the anticipation of a disaster. We’ll cover what you need to know to survive your trips to the RV dump station so you can end every camping trip on a good note and with empty tanks. Then, the only tales of harrowing adventure will be those that happen while hiking, fishing, swimming, and the like during your camping trips.

According to one of the most famous folk songs in the United States, written by Woody Guthrie:

 

“This land is your land, this land is my land,

From California, to the New York Island,

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me.”

 

What better way to enjoy this land of ours than to see it up close? And, what better way to see it up close than to camp on it? The Yellowstone Act of 1872 established by Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant, was the first act to set a tract of land apart for public use. Today, there are over 100 million acres of public land in state and national parks. Camping on public land is a wonderful way to appreciate and enjoy nature from coast to coast.

If you are new to the camping scene there are a few things you’ll need to know in order to be a good neighbor and have an enjoyable time. Camping etiquette isn’t complicated. In fact, many of the things to keep in mind while camping are the same simple things you learned as a kid. Except for the advice on driving, everything you need to know about camping etiquette you learned in Kindergarten. Well, almost everything!