A Draining Experience

We are still getting ready for the big trip and are almost ready. One modification Butch made is to relocate the sewer hose storage. Dumping our waste water and potty water is the least pleasant task when we camp in a self-contained recreational vehicle. We’ll do whatever we can to improve the experience.

If you’re unfamiliar with draining holding tanks or with connecting to sewer outlets, it’s a procedure that requires careful removal of the RV’s sewer hose from its storage to connect to both the RV outlets and the dump station receptacle. For health and environmental reasons, connections must be correct to prevent leakage and contamination. It’s important to follow strict disposal procedures. Also, be sure to use tank deodorizer recommended for your rig following the tank dump.

Our Casita came with a rear bumper in which the sewer hose was stored. Yet the connections are located at the trailer’s front. Butch added a PVC storage tube (purchased at Camping World) to the front.

Now the hose is within easy reach of the sewer outlets. He cleaned the rear bumper thoroughly and now uses it to store the awning poles and tools.

Disposable gloves help with the tank draining process AKA dumping. If you’re new to RVing, dumping tanks gets easier with experience. Take your time and keep your sense of humor. Don’t feel down in the dumps. 😉

All right, campers. Dixie Pixie is packed and ready to head west. Stay tuned!


The Dixie Pixie, her Crew, and the Dust from her Travels

About us:

Hi. We’re Butch and Cheri.

After 28 years of motor home travel, we decided to take a minimalistic approach to RV travel. We bought a 2018 Casita Liberty Deluxe 17’ travel trailer to pull with Butch’s F150 4X4. In August, we drove from our home in Florida to pick up our little camper at the factory in Rice, Texas. And the adventure began!

It’s been a bit of a challenge adjusting to smaller space and very limited storage, but we have the basics: bathroom with shower, kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, and 3-burner range, and enough cabinets to accommodate my cookware and a few small appliances. The diminutive trailer soon earned a nickname: Dixie Pixie. It’s fun and little, like a pixie, and we’re from the South, AKA Dixie.

Ten days before our trip to Rice, we were blessed and cursed with a brand new puppy, a Shihtzu Butch named Nova. Apparently, we started her off right because she loves to go bye-bye. She is a great little traveler and camper.