Okay, so most of the weekend was fine and this morning I drove to my one RV dump station that is open to me, sorta.
This is the one that is closing, but the tap is still working, or at least it was the last time that I was there.
This RV dump station is attached to a busy gas station, one that is on a main highway and not far from another one.
This RV dump station has always been free. I know this because I called up and asked a couple years ago and have never been bothered.
This RV dump station was being closed permanently, so the connection to the sewer system (the actual dump station) has been padlocked.
Well there I was filling up my fresh water tank, as I have done many times before, and the lot attendant comes up and tells me that it is now $10.00 to dump.
I looked at him and inform him that it was always free. He reiterates that it is now $10.00. I indicate to him that there is no sign telling anyone of this at all.
It was also at that point that I noticed that the padlock was off of the sewer connection. I didn’t dump because I didn’t need to.
Now, I have no problem with a business changing their policy and starting to charge for something they did for free (for years).
The problem I have is that as a consumer, I have the right to be notified of said change BEFORE I partake in said (as I understood it at the time) FREE service that you are now charging for.
You do not walk up to someone half-way through a task and say “you owe me cash,” as at that point the customer can’t walk away.
I let them know my protest in the strongest and most civilized way I could.
So, I am now down one RV dump station and will stretch my water out and possibly switch back to Spring/Fall Mode until I can find another source of water.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!