RVing and good times are a given. Unfortunately, so is the dirty job of dumping your RV holding tanks.
By default, all but the most high-end RVs come equipped to remove waste with a standard 3″ Stinky Slinky hose like the one Cousin Eddie made famous in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
But if you want a better way of dumping your waste tanks, RV macerators are the way to go.
Do you think of this guy when you dump your RV tanks?
What do RV macerators do?
RV macerators are similar to a standard kitchen sink garbage disposal unit. In fact, this industrious DIYer made his own RV macerator from a rebuilt sink disposal.
RV macerators grind up waste like kitchen sink disposers.
RV macerators are motorized grinders that turn your black tank solids and liquids into a slurry that can drain longer distances through a much smaller sewer hose—even through a common 1” garden hose.
And because an electric pump does the hard work instead of gravity, you can even move waste to uphill drain locations.
Why install an RV macerator?
For starters, an RV macerator hose is less unsightly than the standard Stinky Slinky.
You hardly notice them at all when you’re parked in one spot. And because macerated sewage is smaller in mass as it travels out of your RV, there’s less smell permeating the air around you.
Finally on a practical note, motorized RV macerators come in handy because you have more options for dumping your holding tanks. For instance, you can dump at an ordinary sticks-and-bricks home.
So if your RV is usually parked in your driveway and you never seem to have a convenient place to stop and empty your tanks after camping trips, the RV macerator hose can tie into your home’s sewer system.
Be aware though that some municipalities may not allow this, so be sure you won’t get a ticket if you dump at home through a residential sewer.
Small hoses on RV macerators let you dump anywhere (…anywhere that’s legal, of course).
What do RV macerators cost?
A good RV macerator pump will serve you well but don’t expect to pay less than $200 for the pump. You can buy a whole system for about $300 and install it yourself.
Add a couple hundred dollars if you have a RV service center do the job for you.
Where can you get RV macerators?
RV service centers are happy to install RV macerator units. Because RV plumbing is inconsistent across all brands and models, matching up an RV macerator pump to your RV plumbing system can be tricky.
But if you’re a DIYer and confident tackling minor plumbing and electrical jobs, you can purchase RV macerator systems on Amazon and make the upgrade yourself!
Ready to install an RV macerator system yourself?
If you’ve installed your own RV macerator system, let us know, we’d love to hear how it went!