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Posted: 06/18/21 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are off soon on a trip and the camping site we are using has full hookups. Power and water will be great.

It'll be 4 of us for 4 nights. 2 adults and 2 kids.

A couple questions around the sewer hook up piece. Do you find it more convenient to hook up to sewer when you get there so there are no issues of full tanks later? Both grey and black? Or do you wait and see if you need to.

If you do what do you do with the 90 deg end that goes into the hook up. We have a dump hose that sits in a "case" on the outside of the camper. But, to hook in to the sewer I envision a 90 degree fitting will be advantageous.

This all reminds me that I need to get a fitting for our grey water tank to make it easier to drain cleanly.

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You mean where do you store the 90?
I toss it in the little compartment where the valves were on our old TCs.

Your camper has separate gray drain? That doesn’t make sense. What washes out the black residoo from the stinky slinky?

At camp, presuming you plan on using water like it’s free (because that’s the point of fhu). Leave gray open so you can use sinks and shower at will. (Or just dump it as needed). Leave black closed, you don’t want black tank just free draining.
When you need to dump black make sure there’s some gray water to flush out after black.
(Unless you actually have 2 drains, which I’ve never seen)

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Posted: 06/18/21 10:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My drain location is on the back, under the entry door. I only hook up the slinky and pull the drain valve when the tank is close to full capacity.


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Posted: 06/18/21 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For just a few days, we hook it up when we first dump.

Don't dump with less than 75% full tanks, so that the solids get pulled out.

Then if we will still be there, we will often leave it hooked up but shut the valves. The hose should be empty between dumps.

Yes, we have a 90degree end. The hose lives in a plastic tub.

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Posted: 06/18/21 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hook up sewer when you need it. I rarely even hook up water. I use my tank.


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I hookup sewer hose WHEN I go to dump at the end of stay
No need for sewer hose laying outside....birds like to peck on them, CG maint. crew weed whacking etc

Only needs to be connected when dumping

Have a 90* with different thread sizes to connect to sewer line

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Posted: 06/18/21 11:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I rarely ever paid for a camping spot with any type of utilities. A few times there was E&W but never sewer.

That said, if I ever did have full hook-ups I might have used the water to fill the grey and black tanks on the first day and do a good flushing of any floaters. Then close the valves and use normally throughout the stay and then repeat before leaving the site.

Essentially, full hook-ups are akin to having a dump station at one's site without the hassle of an actual dump station so why not utilize it. It's paid for, why not take advantage of it.




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On long visits with full hookups, I make sure to start with the black tank empty and then close off the valve. I leave the gray open until the last night and then close it. This will be my rinse the next day after I dump my black tank before leaving.

Doing it this way allows for long showers without tank fill issues yet ensures the black fills up enough to flush out solid waste when opened. Although some will not hookup to sewer until ready to dump tanks, this hybrid setup works best for me. I do not suggest leaving the black open the entire time because you will not get enough liquid through the tank and solids will build up.

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Not a truck camper, but your questions are universal. We go ahead and hook up to the sewer connection, and yes you should have a 90 degree connection that offers a tight fit. However we keep the dump valves closed and only open them when the tanks get close to full. Never leave the black tank valve open as it could lead to nasty situations. Some will leave the grey open, but that too can result in food stuff cling to the tank.

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Posted: 06/18/21 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Filling and using your fresh water tank prevents a flood if a connection inside your RV breaks.

How are you monitoring the voltage at the RV park? Hughes sells a plug in voltage meter for about twenty bucks.

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