What to do with impurities?
Probably everyone who starts their adventure with caravanning wonders how to stock up on water and what to do with sewage, which fills the waste container at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, it is not very easy, especially in Poland.
Litter, and especially faeces, should not be poured "anywhere". They should be discharged in a suitable, designated place. They are neither drainage ditches nor ordinary sewage manholes, although, unfortunately, due to the lack of other possibilities, this is where motorhome users often get rid of sewage.
At the campsite
If the campsite has three or four stars, there should be at least one place for collecting waste and emptying chemical toilets. Of course, it may also be available on campsites of lower categories, but it is not obligatory for their owners. Faeces, sewage and waste disposal sites should be appropriately marked.
It is worth noting that in motorhomes and caravans, dirty water and faeces usually go to two different containers. This construction is purposeful because it allows you to get rid of dirty water also in situations where we cannot throw off the remaining waste.
Wastewater collection points outside campsites
In various places in Europe, and more and more often also in Poland, sewage collection points from camping vehicles also exist outside campsites. In some you can only throw away dirty water, in others you can also get rid of faeces. There may be a fee for dumping waste.
When such a solution is not possible, and the motorhome has a tank that can be removed from the vehicle, it can also be emptied in an emergency in a public toilet, e.g. at a petrol station. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the staff of some stations may refuse to accept camping waste.
Maintaining the toilet
It is worth adding that to make the maintenance of the toilets easier, it is best to use special chemicals and even toilet paper for tourist toilets. Appropriate preparations reduce unpleasant odors, and also eliminate the accumulation of harmful bacteria and promote biodegradation.
Check where you can empty the tank
The updated list of places where you can go with a motorhome in Poland and abroad can be found on our website under the POIs tab. In the description of individual locations, there are also symbols indicating the possibility of getting rid of waste and scooping water in a given place.
Unfortunately, this last activity, although it would seem - easier than draining sewage, is not easy either. Not every gas station will agree to fill a container of several dozen liters, sometimes it cannot be done even for an extra charge. Water should, however, be available on campsites.
A beginner caravanner must, unfortunately, take into account that what is standard in Western Europe is still problematic in Poland. However, it may be a consolation to think that after crossing the western border, both discharging sewage in legal and adapted places, as well as supplying water will be easier.
Sometimes it is better to get lost than to ask for directions too much. Aldous Huxley