Quarantine on Wheels

Safely Navigating the Quarantine in your RV, 5th Wheel, or Camper

In an effort to curtail the virus and slow the movement of the epidemic in the US, almost every state has enacted travel bans and issued orders to shelter in place.  For most people, this is an inconvenience, but for people who have sold their homes and embraced the nomadic lifestyle it can be a real challenge.

At Drain Master, we have an intimate understanding of the challenges you are facing as an RV owner.  From finding a safe place to park, to getting your groceries, life is presenting some unique obstacles.  We’re here to help remove those obstacles and be a lifeline for those on the not so open roads.

You can view this resource from Campendium for closures of campgrounds across the US due to the state mandated travel restrictions.

With Every Challenge is a New Opportunity

Staying with Family

While living on the go is a bit uncertain, many people are finding that having an RV, 5th wheel, or camper in times like these is beneficial.  Having the ability to pick up and go, and then stay for an extended period of time can be vital for those in hard hit areas, for those with older relatives who need a bit of extra help, etc.

Avoiding Hotspots

If your area is looking at a serious increase in the number of cases reported with the virus, having an RV, 5th wheel, or Camper is a great way to ride out the curve in a less affected area.  If you are leaving a region with a significant outbreak, please take care to follow CDC and WHO guidelines so as not to contribute to the spread of the virus.

Vacations:

Vacation spots are being hit hard by this epidemic.  Airline travel is restricted, hotels are closing, these “mobile” homes are just about the only way to travel right now.  And they’re definitely the only method of doing so affordably in an uncertain economy. Check the resource above for a list of campgrounds and locations that are open and available before leaving for any trips.

Self-Quarantine

If you or a loved one is being tested, or is working as an essential employee, quarantining away from the rest of the family significantly lowers the risk of spreading the virus.  Many people who own RVs, 5th wheels, or campers are either using them for self-quarantine or loaning them to those in need.  In fact, there’s a whole Facebook community dedicated to loaning these mobile homes to healthcare workers so that they can protect their families.

Plan Ahead:

Food:

Be prepared to have a stockpile of food before making any travel plans.  Local grocery stores in certain areas may be closed, changing hours, or limiting the number of shoppers allowed in the store at a given time.  You don’t want to travel somewhere and risk running out of food.

Water:

Make sure you have water on hand for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.  In addition, make sure that you can refill your water supply with treated water wherever you might travel.  Water is vital in cleaning and avoiding the spread of the virus.

Supplies:

Much like food and water, you’ll want to make sure that you have the right cleaning supplies and products before making any travel plans.  Running out of disinfectant, toilet paper, or anti-bacterial soap could cause a big problem.

Sewage:

The dirty side of the RV life, even if you can shelter in place for a number of weeks, you’ll still need access to safe place to empty your sewage.  Campsites often offer easily accessible sewage dumping sites. Here are some of our guidelines for staying safe while emptying your tanks:

  • Wear gloves!
  • Spray the water faucet with a mix of 2 parts water, 1 part bleach (because the guy before you could have turned the spigot off with his dirty gloves)
  • Use our Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage system as it provides the safest most sanitary way to transfer holding tank sewage from an RV to the ground sewer inlet. You don’t have to connect the hose or any fittings, all the sewage is contained inside the hose, and no waste touches the ground or your gloves!

The Cleanest Way to Dump

Using the Waste Master Sewer Hose and Drain Master Waste Valve System

Imagine this, you’ve just been on an amazing vacation.  You’ve logged lots of miles, hit some epic hot spots, and now you’re on your way back home.  What are you dreading more, the return home, or emptying your holding tank?  We can’t help you with number one, but we can most certainly help you with number two.

When you drain your RV sewage holding tanks are you fumbling with flimsy sewer hoses that leak, crack, or split?  Does your hose move around you, and require a second set of hands to set up and operate the drainage system?

The sad truth of most RV drainage systems is that they’re made up of parts that aren’t designed to do the job.  They’re made of substandard materials that don’t stand up to the demands of your RV lifestyle. can save you countless hours emptying your holding tank and cleaning up after the job is done over the life of your RV.  The Drain Master Pro-Series Electronic Waste Valves combined with the Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage System combine to offer RV’s, 5th wheels, and travel trailers the fastest and cleanest waste removal system.

We’ve made it our mission at Drain Master to design and stand behind superior drainage solutions for RVs, 5th wheels, and Travel Trailers.  Sewage shouldn’t stand between you and the next adventure.  Our solutions are backed by expertise and knowledge to offer a sanitary drainage solution so you can spend less time dumping and more time exploring, relaxing, or sightseeing.  With Drain Master, emptying your tanks is simple, safe, and sanitary.  Learn more by reading the post below.

Get the Job Done Right

Now imagine a better way of emptying your holding tanks.  It’s as simple as parking your RV.  No wait, it’s way easier than that!  Simply open your Waste Master System storage compartment, grab the industrial strength hose and walk it over to the drain.  Your hose is already connected using Cam Loc fittings so there’s no leaking, no set up hassle.  This new hose collapses for easy storage affording you 20 feet crush proof, UV resistant hose.

Now you’re ready to hit the switch.  Our innovative Drain Master Pro-Series waste valve system eliminates cumbersome pull valves with a simple electric switch that’s easy to install, one in your wet bay and one inside your RV.  Once the tank is empty, simply hit the switch again, collapse and store your hose, and be on your way.  The smooth interior of the hose keeps waste from building up and getting stuck.  This eliminates hours of cleaning and keeps your storage compartment clean.  Plus, our StaPut Technology also means that the hose will not move around on you while you empty your sewage tank.  No more pin hole leaks.  No more second set of hands to hold it in place.

Stop Imagining It

Now that you know a better system exists, what’s keeping you from making the call? Our experienced and friendly staff are waiting to answer all of your questions from the specifications to the simple operation of the total Drain Master System.  Call today to learn about how the Drain Master Electronic Waste Valves and the Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage System offer RV owners the very best in waste removal.

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Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage System Before and After

Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage

What’s great about the Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage System, is that the black storage enclosure installed under the RV not only stores the hose, but it stays connected at all times.  For storage and while emptying the holding tanks.  Kind of like putting gas in your car.  You don’t have to attach connectors onto the gas pump so why should you, when you’re dealing with holding tank waste?

Can The Waste Master Hose Be Disconnected?

Yes, and it’s very easy because it is attached with an industrial strength cam loc fitting.  Simply pull on the two cam arms and your hose comes loose.

Waste Master Cam Loc Open

 

What if I Need More Extension?

Just disconnect your sewer hose and in that same outlet you’ll attach your 20 foot extension hose.  Then attach your usual Waste Master sewer hose to the end of the extension hose.  Now you have 40 feet of hose!

Waste Master 20 ft Extension Hose

 

Don’t need that much?  No problem.  Thanks to Waste Master’s Sta-Put feature, the hose stays extended to your desired length and won’t spring back.

Waste-Master-Hose-Sta-Put-Feature

 

Interested in finding out if the Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage System can be installed on your RV?  Here is a checklist that takes you through the necessary measurements.

Quick Check for 5th Wheels, Travel Trailers & Toy Haulers

 

Have a motorhome?  Pre-connection and storage in the wet bay is possible on many motorhomes.  See the checklist below to find out if yours is a good candidate.

Quick Check for Motorhomes

 

 

Many of our customers install it themselves but you can also take it to an RV repair facility or make and appointment to have it installed here by our RV waste specialists.

To schedule an install, call us toll free at:  (877) 787-8833.

Interior RV Waste Valve Switches - Install Location

Where to Install RV Electric Waste Valve Interior Switches

Benefits of Interior Switches

Why would you want to install RV electric waste valve interior switches in the first place? Well, there are a few reasons why doing so can be beneficial:

You can dump your RV holding tanks whenever you need to. Normally, inclement weather such as heavy rain or snow would prevent you from doing so, but an interior switch allows you to empty your tanks when necessary. This is a Great Video from David Bott, Outside Our Bubble, showing how it works!

You can keep your gray water tank closed. This helps you avoid problems such as odors from the sewer system seeping into your RV and Rodents being attracted to your open tank.

Safety

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) allows for just one situation in which interior switches are permitted: when they are tied to the ignition. This is for safety reasons, since it keeps the switch from operating while the engine is running.

Installation & Master Switch

Drain Master offers easy installation of valves and switches, especially when you pair our Pro Series valves with our Master Switch. The Master Switch safeguards against unsafe and accidental dumping by disabling switches on valves. This way, if your children start pressing buttons inside the RV, they won’t trigger any unwanted dumping of waste. The Master Switch is ordered separately from the Pro-Series Valves, which come in kits for one to four tanks.

So, where should you install your interior switches? Here are a few ideas.

 

Interior RV Waste Valve Switches - Install Locations Interior RV Waste Valve Switches - Install Locations

We suggest one in the bathroom for convenience when showering – if the shower pan begins to fill, you can simply reach out and push a button to open the RV dump valve.  But one of our customers had a great idea.  Why open the shower door to reach the switch?

Interior RV Waste Valve Switches - Install Locations

 

And customers with a washer/dryer in their RV will often install a gray water switch right by the washer so they can open it before running a load.  Very convenient.

We may be the RV waste specialists but we have to say, some of the best ideas come from our customers.

To see our full line of Drain Master Pro-Series Electric Valves, Click Here.

20 foot extension sewer hose

Storing a Sewer Hose on a 5th Wheel RV

 

Organize your Sewer Hose &  Maximize Space

 

Sewer Hose Storage

Storing a Sewer Hose on a 5th Wheel has always been an issue because of the lack of a suitable storage space specifically for the hose or hoses. That is over now that Drain Master has the perfect solution that not only stores the hose system, but makes the task of dumping as simple as putting gas in your vehicle!

The Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose System

The storage enclosure in front of the wheels stores the hose system, and the coach end is permanently connected using and industrial grade Cam Loc fitting.

sewer hose storage on a 5th wheel

Sewer Hose Nozzle

The other end, the ground sewer inlet, has a nozzle with a shut off just like you have at the gas pump!

rv sewer hose nozzle

How to Dump Your Tanks

To dump your holding tanks simply open the enclosure door, pull the hose/nozzle out and to the ground sewer inlet. Secure the nozzle in the sewer inlet, and then open the internal valve in the nozzle.  Dump your tanks as normal Black first then Gray, nothing new here. When done close the nozzle valve, remove from the ground sewer inlet and return the hose/ nozzle to the enclosure. Close and lock the door and you are done!

 

rv sewer hose in ground sewer inlet

Sewer Hose Extension

When the need for a longer than 20 foot sewer hose is needed and additional 20 feet of extension hose is stored in another enclosure behind the wheels as shown in the photo.

 

20 foot extension sewer hose

 

NO odors in any storage compartment supplied with the 5th wheel giving the user a far superior Waste Management System while adding lots of additional smell free storage in the existing storage areas.

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Waste Master Sewer Hose System Review

What if dumping holding tanks could be so easy that you kind of feel bad for others still doing it the old, dirty, cumbersome way?

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That’s exactly the experience that Ray Burr of www.loveyourrv.com has been having for the past two years with his Waste Master hose and storage system.  You see, Ray has our strong, sturdy sewer hose permanently connected.  This means all of the sewer mess and smell is completely contained.  Dumping his tanks is now as easy as putting gas in his car.

You aren’t expected to come in contact with the gas at the pump, so why should you touch waste when dumping your holding tanks? Waste Master has the solution!

In Ray’s article, 20 Love Your RV Product Reviews – How They Have Performed Over Time, read about the Waste Master Sewer Hose and Storage System.  Scroll down to #15 in the link.  Then take some time to discover some other great RV products in this review.

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You can also check out and purchase our RV Sewer Hose Storage System here:   Waste Master RV Sewer Hose Storage System.

Our Drain Master and Waste Master products are designed with the customer in mind. Doug Swarts, owner and designer, is one of the most personable people you will ever meet. Stop by and visit us when you are in the Hollister, California area so we can do a custom install for you. We aren’t far from Monterey and Santa Cruz. We love to meet our customers!

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Customized RV Waste Systems Installed on Site


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2017

Sharyl Felice
Drain Master RV & Marine
877 878-8833
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CUSTOMIZED RV WASTE SYSTEMS INSTALLED ON SITE
Environmentally friendly, Easy to Use, & Sanitary

 

HOLLISTER, CA: Drain Master is now offering custom installs on their state of the art RV waste systems and products – valves, hoses, and storage. It’s now possible to outfit your RV with the best waste system and actually look forward to dumping your holding tanks!

Smart Valve Control buttons installed in RV - Gate Valve for Waste SystemThe new Drain Master Pro-Series waste valves are operated by a control module, vastly improving reliability and performance. With two simple open/close switches located on the inside and outside of the RV for your convenience, dumping your tanks has never been easier! The Waste Master sewer hose is the top rated hose on the market; and, the company now offers the Waste Master Sewer Hose Storage System that is convenient, sanitary, and saves time! Your RV may be adaptable to a permanently connected sewer hose system. Our customer’s tell us that this is THE best solution for making this nasty task, pleasurable.

Shaking hands after custom install for RV Waste System

There is no disputing that RVers dislike the task of emptying their holding tanks. Drain Master’s product line was born from this dirty, stinky challenge. But every RV is different and what is right for your RV? We make products for all types of RVs and we provide personalized installation and service at our headquarters. It’s likely that you will meet the inventor and owner, Doug Swarts! Doug was a full-time RVer for 10 years. He invented the Electric Waste Valve, Drain Master, and the Waste Master Hose System and oversees all installs. With Doug at the helm, this company’s line of industrial quality sewer hoses and electric waste valves has made dumping RV holding tanks as easy as putting gas in your car.

The Waste Master sewer hose is the strongest hose on the market. For some, storage of the hose was an issue. Drain Master has solved this issue with their new Waste Master Sewer Hose Storage System; a locking enclosure that installs under the RV and allows for the option of keeping your hose permanently connected. Waste Management Automation is now available, making the dumping process completely uneventful!

RV Sewer Hose Storage Permanent Connection

  • Located near CA coast in an area full of adventures – Monterey, Silicon Valley and more Personalized Service
  • Installs are overseen by the inventor insuring that you receive the best possible waste setup for your RV
  • Nearly 25 years of experience
  • The RV waste specialists. Have a question about dumping your tanks, we’ve got the answer!
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  • Review: “Just had my Sewer Drain System upgraded with a Drain Master (RV Waste Master System) in Hollister, CA. They performed a great custom fit on my 2016 Solitude 300GK. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail is next to none in this category. This will make our hook-ups and stops so much easier, as we travel throughout the country…” J. Gross
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