Tank cleaning on a single RV

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Tank cleaning on a single RV

Postby MrsB » Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:56 am

Hello lovely burners!

Birgin this year and wondering if you can book people to come and empty the dirty tanks in the RV if your not in a camp and flying solo with a couple of friends in an RV???

I've read about mixing it up with using porta loos and the one in the RV but figured it will need emptying at some point

Any advice is welcome

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Re: Tank cleaning on a single RV

Postby AntiM » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:06 am

It's a crapshoot, honestly.

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The official advice is to flag down the RV pumper truck.

https://burningman.org/event/preparatio ... iving/rvs/

Pretty much, use your water sparingly, so as not to fill up your tanks, as you might not get a pump out.

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Re: Tank cleaning on a single RV

Postby Admiral Fukkit » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:21 am

What AntiM said is correct.
It's possible to get it done, but not to reliably book it.
Cash helps, lots of it. Tip very generously and they will find time to take care of you.
This is one of the unspoken "default-world" exceptions to BM's no-commerce policy.

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Re: Tank cleaning on a single RV

Postby Zubeneschamali » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:30 am

Personal experience is that it takes commitment to get it done. The pumpers are pretty much contracted to the portas and big camps and they are working a schedule. Time is money.

I always get on demand tank service. Its required waking up early and committing to stay in camp until its done. Clear the area for a truck to pull in. Put out a sign that says "RV SERVICE PLEASE $$$$$$$$$" Start flagging down trucks as they drive by. Show them cash in hand. It never happens the first time but they all talk and word will get out.

I hang around camp, do some chores, have a de-mooping party, crack open a beer. Work the street, wave down the trucks some more and let them know you're committed to getting it done and not a flake.

It has taken a couple/three hours but someone always stops. Money is money.

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