The secret RV dump station in Merrimack, New Hampshire
Nov 10, 2016
|Hazel and I have been coming to Nashua, New Hampshire for several years, home to our son Glenn and his family. While here, we've been almost unable to use our motorhome's plumbing, because we simply could not find a dump station in the area. A few miles north is a big RV dealership and they have one, reserved for their own use. When I asked, they said that they had to close it down to the public, "You'd be amazed what some people dumped there" was the answer, and they directed me to the "RV dump station just down the road". Directions were vague, and I was never able to find it.
This visit, I decided I was going to find that elusive dump, and with a little detective work, it was located, about 10 miles from my son's home, in the neighboring community of Merrimack. Other than a small sign near the road, "Town of Merrimack Dept. of Public Works Waste Water Facility", there are no other signs whatsoever. Even when you drive into the treatment plant area, not a single sign anywhere, it was almost like they didn't want you to find it.
After driving around for several minutes, I spotted what appeared to be an administration building, given away by a few parked cars and an American Flag flying on a pole. I went in, nobody was around, offices were empty. But walking down the hallway, one fellow was sitting at a desk in a far corner office. I told him I'd heard there was an RV dump station here, and could he tell me where it was. "Sure," he said, "Come over here and look out the window, you see that building over there? You see that truck? Just back in over there by that building by the truck and you'll see the hole in the ground."
I drove over there, and sure enough, there was a "hole in the ground", actually a concrete and steel hole about 3 feet square, with a grate at the bottom and continually running water down below. I'd found the dump station, open every day of the year during business hours.
With empty tanks, I returned to my son's driveway to complete a long overdue project, replacing my old and leaking black and grey water valves.
To find the dump station, set your GPS for:
36 Mast Road - Merrimack, New Hampshire
This GPS setting will take you right to the "hole in the ground":
Latitude: 42° 48' 42" N
Longitude: -71° 28' 29" W