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Cummins12V98

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Posted: 01/13/18 04:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ScottG wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

WHY would the black tank STUFF come out in the sink???????


Hey, I didn't even catch that one!
Maybe it shares it? I dunno.

OP, in the end, it doesn't really matter. Even if it were good clean water the rig is saturated and rusting, rotting and coming apart.

Sorry but it's done for.


I had to read it a few times before I posted.

I had visions of STUFF shooting thru the roof vent NOT into the sink.


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My bath sink is plumbed to the black tank. I don't know why they would plumb a kitchen sink tot he black tank unless it was a shorted piping run.


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jplante4 wrote:

My bath sink is plumbed to the black tank. I don't know why they would plumb a kitchen sink tot he black tank unless it was a shorted piping run.


I have heard of bathroom sinks being plumbed into black but NEVER heard of kitchen sink being plumbed into black tank.

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donjeanne wrote:

snip...I accidentally left the black tank clean out hose on and went away for a number of days. My plan right now is to have carpets cleaned. Not sure that will be enough. Any thoughts?


I'll be blunt but respectful: Flooding you rig for, "a couple of days," ... from black or gray tanks, whatever?
Cleaning the carpets is just not going to do it. You are realistically looking at a major tare-down and rebuild.


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Wow, that stinks! Literally and figuratively.
Don't be so quick to assume your rig is totaled? Seriously. Do they tear down a house if the water leaks.
floor shouldn't be particle board so it's not going to disintegrate. And presume you dried it out and it didn't sit wet for weeks or months.
Rip out the flooring/carpet, check for any rotting (not likely, but if cabinets are particle board they may have gotten soft on the bottom, whatever, not the end of the world and pretty easy to remedy. Paint the floor with Killz after cleaning it with TSP trisodium phospate. Put some new carpet and turn the TV on!

Or it's a good excuse to ditch the rig to the insurance company if that's more beneficial to you than fixing it.....if they even would total it.


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If it makes the nay Sayers feel better, I have enclosed trailer that gets flooded (literally) every time I pull 5 snow machines into it packed full of snow and they melt off and water runs out the back like a faucet!
If the trailer was dried out well after the leak it's not trashed, presuming it didn't fill up like a bath tub and ruin walls, electrical, etc. OP makes it sound like its perfectly serviceable still.

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it's the smell that's the problem, if there was any sewage in it you'll never get rid of it.
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I am going to disagree with you Grit. I'll add that I have had several enclosed snowmobile trailers, still have a 7x23 all aluminum enclosed, finished walls/ceiling. Just not a fair comparison, as our sled trailers have high grade marine plywood floors, and not much to keep water from draining out quickly. I also use a high quality oil base stain on my sled trailer floor. Many RV trailers do have particle board flooring, and carpet with foam pad, insulation in walls. This trailer was soaked for a long period with waste water, not something most will want for future use.

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Sorry to hear that. Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news, but you are almost 100% likely to have a total loss. See this youtube video RV toilet overflows.. Hopefully you have insurance. Doesn't matter if it was the black or gray tank that overflowed, that volume of water for that long, clean or contaminated will do serious damage.

* This post was edited 01/13/18 11:26am by myredracer *


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Grit dog wrote:

Do they tear down a house if the water leaks.


Actually, for the most part, they do. They remove the plywood in the floor, all wall material and insulation. Everything but the studs goes and those are treated with a fungicide.
Of course you could do all that to an RV but it isn't cost effective.


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