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Some of the best travel tales I’ve ever dined out on featured toilets. Let’s be honest, many of us have a morbid fascination with the things, particularly when the story involves someone else’s misery or discomfort. There was the time when I tried unsuccessfully to balance on a squat toilet on a Vietnamese train as the carriage lurched from side to side and a visit to a long drop in rural Georgia when I glanced down through the hole in the floor to see the head of a cow right beneath me. I can laugh about such episodes now, but at the time it was nowhere near as funny, I can assure you.
Fortunately, although there’s no getting around the fact that you’ll have to negotiate the thorny issue of a septic tank, the process of emptying the toilet of your recreational vehicle (or RV for short) isn’t going to provide much in the way of mouth-opening material when it comes to regaling your friends and family back home. But it’s not going to be the most glamorous aspect of your RV rental in Iceland either. Here’s what you need to know – our beginner’s guide to RV dump stations in Iceland.
Motorhome lavatory disposal in Iceland: The mechanics
The first thing you need to know is that you’ll have three tanks: fresh, grey and black water. There’s nothing remotely gross about the first. Your freshwater tank holds the stuff that will come out of your taps. The grey water tank is where the water goes that you use in your shower and sink. You might find that some older, basic campers don’t have this. If they don’t, any greywater will end up in the black water tank. And now we’re on the subject of that black water tank, this is where what goes down the toilet ends up. Most campervans and motorhomes have this tank attached to the vehicle, but you do occasionally get portable ones on wheels that can be moved around.
How often will my tank get full?
During the course of your trip, the black water holding tank will gradually fill up and therefore will need emptying at regular intervals. The exact rate will vary. If you’re traveling solo and stopping regularly in towns and at attractions with toilet facilities, you may find you don’t fill the tank at all. On the other hand, if you’re a large group or family and you’re relying on the onboard facilities a lot, then you’re likely to have to deal with emptying the tank on and off throughout your trip. Some have a sensor attached but these can become unreliable over time. The best advice is to be aware of how much you’ve used it and think about emptying the tank before you’re so full you have no c