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Within the village of Eagle Nest, N. M., RV dumping areas are few and far between.

To increase the availability of these cleanup areas, Eagle Nest Village Council member Bill Lowery introduced the possibility of constructing pay-for, automated dumping sites within the village, the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle reported.

“I thought I’d entertain the idea and see what council thought of it,” Lowery said. “It could be a revenue source, and it could be put just about anywhere. It’s operated by solar power.”

The dump stations would go straight into sewer systems, so they must be strategically placed.

“The travelers have been asking about it, and they want to dump their sewer storage tanks,” Lowery said, adding there are no dumping stations within Cimarron Canyon State Park. “Most of the RV parks don’t have a place to do that.”

Lowery said he came across a sales and marketing representative with Sani-Star, the maker of the RV dump stations, and became interested by the product.

“He said he could work with us whatever way we want to use facilities,” Lowery said. “They have a one-time charge $1,250 to set it up and offer a system, plus they freight the system.”

The implementation of these systems is in its infancy, but Lowery said he intends to speak to many people about the possibility of bringing them to Eagle Nest, as the village would be able to reap some of the benefits.

“We’re probably going to talk to the (New Mexico State) Parks people,” Lowery said. “If this thing could take place, and the access for travelers and campers would be a convenience for them, it could supplement Eagle Nest itself.”

Lowery said the service charge is about $5 to $10, and that money could go straight into the general fund. Eagle Nest RV parks see hundreds of visitors during the Fourth of July weekend alone and a stream of visitors throughout the year.

“These tanks are about 50 gallons. And you take 100 of these a day, that’s only 5,000 gallons. And you take 30 days, 150,000 gallons a month that’s put into the sewer system,” Lowery said. “It’s up to be entertained, but we want to make sure we’re using the right stuff and all that stuff has to be researched.”

Lowery said he has seen the stations in Tucumcari and Albuquerque.

“I’ve been as an RV user myself, and I’ve seen some of these stations but not with the credit card,” Lowery said.

Lowery said he intends to look into more costs and fees and more financial inquiries, but he said there are still a lot of questions that need to be asked.

“Everyone seemed to like the idea, but we’ve got plenty of time before now and next spring,” Lowery said.

4 Responses to “Eagle Nest Village, New Mexico Considers Pay-for Automated RV Dump Stations”

  • Al Baker:

    Our family has been an RV traveler since the mid-60s when we bought our first camp trailer. Our original travels were short trips in the Middle West but have expanded our travel areas into the Eastern and northern states where we enjoy long trips of several weeks at a time.

    We usually spend 2 or 3 nights on the road then check into a camp area where we have showers, washers and dump stations. At times we have had only electrical hook ups without dumps. We have found a pretty good network of places where we can either stay with full hook-ups and dumps or places where no camping is available but dumps are made available at no charge. We were surprised a couple years ago to find one of our favorite stops (Fallon Nevada) have installed one of these pay-for dump stations. We found them to be unsatisfactory first due to the need to pay for them (another way for some politician to make another dollar) and second that if you make any mistake the system shuts down and you have to pay again.

    We have changed that route and no longer spend the night in Fallon. We have told others about this and we have listened to others complain about the same thing. We spend money wherever we stop buying groceries and gas and often spend time at local activities. Communities that want to grab another dollar may feel free to do so but I will not be back – I encourage others to avoid the same locations! I don’t feel welcome when every time I turn around there is another hand out wanting paid.

  • David Johnson:

    It costs $ to dispose of what we RV’s dump I for one do not mind paying to dump my tanks.

  • Larry Bevard:

    I work for a city waste treatment plant. We charge only a few $ to dispose of 5000 gal of clear water so cost of disposal isn’t much. Charging $10 to dump your tanks is way to much. But, out west with high cost of water I can understand the need to charge for washing out the tanks. That is one thing that we all need to checkout as we travel.

  • admin:

    I’m sure it costs little or nothing for the actual waste disposal. The fee is charged to cover costs associated with providing the dump station. Paying someone to do regular clean up… some RVers are slobs and even those who try to be clean can have accidents. There are repair costs too… broken water faucets, missing or damage water hoses etc. maybe a drain line clog when some dumb ass puts something down the sewer that he shouldn’t, and for some parks an occasional septic tank pump. It all cost money.

    After all that, anyone who provides a service is entitled to a profit.

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