How to Choose Water and Waste Tanks for your New RV

RV water and waste tanks are installed in every RV that’s available on the market. Understanding your RV’s waste and water system will go a long way to ensuring your RV performs at its best. The average RV has three types of water tanks in their construction. The first tank is a freshwater storage tank. The second tank is your bathing water. The third is your sewage and waste tank. If you don’t keep these systems properly maintained, you could face some major mechanical problems.

When you bought your RV, the dealer probably showed you all the bells and whistles and how to monitor your water system, how to properly drain your system and where the waste tank is located. Having an intimate understand of your RV is of paramount importance.

How to Choose Your RV Water Tank

Buying a water tank for your RV can be a confusing process. The water tank holds your RV’s fresh water for drinking and bathing. Most RV water tanks come in sizes ranging from 50 gallons to 200-gallon tanks. The water tank is your lifeline while traveling or when you’re out in the wild with no utility hook-ups. Consider adding an accumulator tank between your plumbing and fresh water tank to increase your water systems flow and reduce wear on your RV’s water and waste systems. Make sure you choose a water tank that will fit into the tight spaces of your RV and an accumulator tank that will keep your water tank running smoothly.

How to Choose Your RV Waste Tank

RV waste tanks are called black water and gray water waste systems. The RV’s toilet is connected directly to the black water system, which is raw sewage. The other drains in the RV, like your sinks and tub drains, connect to the gray water system. Having the proper waste system in place will keep things running smoothly for your family and yourself on your adventures. If you plan on camping for extended periods of time, consider utilizing a portable RV waste tank. These waste containers allow you to empty the waste in your black and gray water tanks into an external tank, which you can then take to a dump station. RV portable waste tanks usually have wheels and a handle, so they can easily be pulled across the campground for dumping. It is important to realize that if you use a portable RV waste tank, you should take the same care to clean and flush it, as you do with the onboard RV black water tank.

If you want to use your RVs built-in waste system, choose the proper size tank for the size of your RV. Waste tanks come in various shapes and sizes, but their uses are all the same. Check the technical specifications of your RV and see which size tank best suits your needs. Waste containers come in ABS plastic, Polyethylene, and just conventional plastic. With all these options available, you can choose the perfect waste tank to keep your RV waste and water system running flawlessly.

This article was written by Nina Wells from Clearwells. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.