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Yes, you read that correctly. While we always make sure to look for the silver lining in everything, sometimes even the loveliest of experiences can have a not-so-pleasant side. And when the only bathroom that’s available to you is on wheels, you know you gotta empty that tank at some point. Obviously, I let Daniel be the one to do it for the first time ever.

Washing Away the Stress (and Stink)

I’m gonna be real here. The first three days living in an RV involved so many things to learn and things to do, we barely had time to stop for a minute and smell the roses. Add to that the endless hours we spent driving, and we didn’t even have time to shower. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s true. We didn’t shower for three days. 

As you can imagine, when I finally got the chance to do so, I wanted it to be a really nice and long experience. Naturally, it took a while. And Daniel — ever being the practical husband — interrupted my relaxing hot water experience to let me know that I’d filled up about 75% of the water tank. And of course, that meant having to empty it. 

A Man Who’s Not Afraid To Get Dirty

Daniel put on some rubber gloves and walked outside to figure out how to do it. He knew from the get-go that he had to connect a hose — that he lovingly called the shit hose — into the tank. He stood in front of the tank’s opening for a while, hoping that when he removed the cap, a steady stream of … sewage wouldn’t suddenly jump out at him. As much as you’d like to know if it did, I’m not gonna tell you, so that you have to watch the video

Anyway, the whole process was pretty confusing, with all the different hoses and spigots. Seriously, these things should be labeled. We’re talking about waste matter here. Also, it turns out that we got to learn an entirely new language revolving around tanks: gray tank, black tank, and a fresh water tank. I’m telling you, we really have been learning something new every single day. And we’re just getting started. 

You Can’t Argue With Numbers

After emptying the poop tank, Daniel was looking forward to his own shower for the first time in three days. And I’m pretty sure that for the rest of our trip — possibly for the rest of our lives — he’s going to be telling everyone we know about the percentage of water he used during his shower versus the percentage of water I used during mine. Does technology have to measure and keep track of everything? 

Watch for yourself as Daniel learned how to empty a poop tank, and subscribe to our YouTube channel, Wanderlocal, so you don’t miss a single episode of this adventure!   

Author Bio

Lauren Davenport is the CEO of healthcare communications firm, The Symphony Agency, providing technology and marketing solutions to help healthcare practices grow fast and efficiently. She’s been featured in Forbes and local magazines, showcasing her experiences as a small business owner. Daniel Fernandez is the Chief Experience Officer at the Symphony Agency and host of The Healthcare CEO podcast.

Editor’s Note: dRTB readers first met globe-trotting nomads Lauren and Daniel in our story about their adventure in Morocco. Now we’re following along as the Airstream first-timers travel the U.S., sharing their video stories at

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