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fla-gypsy

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Posted: 03/17/12 08:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I keep the valves closed until ready to dump. As explained it is necessary for proper draining of solids from the black tank.


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You can check for the infamous black-pyramid by shutting off the water to the TT and looking down the commode with a strong flashlight. You may be surprised how much is still down there even when you dump with an almost full tank.

We fill the commode almost to the rim 2 to 3 times and swoosh it down to break up the 'pile' trying to form... a lot more stuff comes out then one would expect.

We also have a tank flusher but it doesn't work as well as a full bowl going down all at once.


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HappyKayakers wrote:

abc40kids wrote:

I hook the sewer hose up and keep all the valves closed ( keep out the odors not to mention what might climb up thru the hose )


Things climbing up thru the hose? Really? Been fulltiming for 6 yrs and never worried about that. Please let me know where you're camping so I can avoid at all costs


Sewer flies can come up thru slinky into holding tanks if drain valve(s) are left open.......then they live, breed and lay their eggs inside your tanks and when you flush your toilet or thru a dried up 'p' trap to sinks/shower or that forgotten washer hook up, they can fly out inside your rig. That's the only critter I know of that would be 'crawling' up out of sewer drain pipes.

AS for odors......if slinky hose is properly attached to sewer drain line, 'p' traps are holding water, air admittance valves working, tank vents working and toilet bowl holding water.......No Odors.


Keep valves closed, dump when level is high so rapid flush/weight of liquids flowing out can carry solids out and down sewer drain. Black tank first, then follow with grey to flush/rinse drain line/slinky hose. Put couple gallons back in black tank so bottom doesn't dry out. When flushing toilet fill bowl up so solids are carried down and into tank instead of piling up like a pit toilet.

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Make shure, that you have the apropiate, and correct addapters, to hook your sewer outlet, to the campground's inlets.

My RV, only came with a rudimentary hose, on one end the RV, the other end open, and remember one thing, flowing liquid with a little preshure, will disconect a hose faster, than you can shut a valve.

Make shure that you have god solid connections, one thing, that you may want to do, is before you use the tt, fill the tanks with clean water, and go to a dump, and practice.

Simple rules to remember, black tank valve first, leave black valve open, then open gray valve, gray water will help clean black valve, and or part of black tank if close and the drain hose.

Hope it helps Navegator

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So, if I go on a weekend trip to a campground with full hookups, and only put 2 days worth of liquids in the black water tank, I should leave it in there, because it's not at least 75% full? Keep in mind I have one of those black water flush out deals on my TT. I guess I could hook up a hose to it to fill it the rest of the way up, and then drain it, and repeat the steps a few times in order to give it a decent cleaning?


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atomlinson wrote:

So, if I go on a weekend trip to a campground with full hookups, and only put 2 days worth of liquids in the black water tank, I should leave it in there, because it's not at least 75% full? Keep in mind I have one of those black water flush out deals on my TT. I guess I could hook up a hose to it to fill it the rest of the way up, and then drain it, and repeat the steps a few times in order to give it a decent cleaning?


If it only has 'liquids' in it........dump it on your way out or wait until next time.

If it has 'liquids & SOLIDS'.......add more water and dump or wait until next time if that is going to be within the next couple weeks. Just make sure you have enough liquids in tank that it won't dry out before next camp trip.

Using the flush/rinser is always a good idea when dumping. Get yourself one of those CLEAR 90* or 45* adapters and put it on between end of drain line and sewer hose so you can SEE when things are running clear when you dump/flush/rinse.

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Eycom wrote:

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When we have full hook-ups, I always hook up the sewer hose, then open the gray tank valve, but leave the black tank valve closed.
Just before we leave, I close the gray tank valve to allow some water to accumulate, then add enough water to the black tank to get a good dump, then dump the black tank, flush at least three full toilet bowls of water down the black tank then dump the gray tank, disconnect the hose, rinse it, and put it away.

When we were full-timing, the gray valve was left open all the time when parked at a full hook up site. The black tank was dumped as needed. I didn't worry about having anything in the gray tank to "flush the hose" after dumping the black tank, I figured doing the dishes or taking a shower would do the job just fine. We never had any odors or bugs entering the coach while parked. Never.


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What Skip said


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HappyKayakers wrote:

abc40kids wrote:

I hook the sewer hose up and keep all the valves closed ( keep out the odors not to mention what might climb up thru the hose )


Things climbing up thru the hose? Really? Been fulltiming for 6 yrs and never worried about that. Please let me know where you're camping so I can avoid at all costs
"Things climbing up thru the hose" just something I joke about with the kids and the wife..... Keeping the valve closed to keep the smell out is what I was getting at.
Wow, even my kids didn't fall for that one!


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