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Arvie1

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Posted: 09/23/21 10:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello all,

Just returned from short trip in our 07/08 RT190P and experienced macerator problems.

The volume or force of the flow seemed less, and the macerator motor seemed less noisy as well. Clearly it took longer to empty but was still working.

Tried to empty the holding tanks after getting home but this time the macerator was not pumping at all, despite hearing its motor trying to work.

I have tried churning the contents of the tank with my black tank water spray cleaning wand, as well as back washing through the discharge hose. Unfortunately neither has helped.

Now I have a full black tank (mostly water, no solids) and no way to empty it! Winterizing will be a problem.

Does anyone have any ideas on the problem and/or solutions?

Many thanks,

Arvie1

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You'll need someplace out in the boonies and a large piece of plastic sheeting, buckets, sponges, and hell of a lot of water...cause this is fix'n to get real messy. You may have start taking you waste lines apart right where the pump is located.....

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Sounds like it's time for a replacement. They don't last forever.


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yeah, I'd just buy a new one and move on with life.. [emoticon]

Good luck! Mitch


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When mine went it was the impeller which has rubber blades to pump the sewage. I ordered a new impeller and rebuilt mine. Kind of an icky job but a lot cheaper than a new unit.


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Thank you jdc1, Jim&Carolyn, MitchF150 and bdpreece,

I appreciate your comments and have booked the earliest appointment for replacement on Oct 12th. We only turned 50,000 miles on this last trip and try to keep our RT in the best condition we can...even no tissue in the black tank! This will be my second replacement macerator! A little disappointing for so little use, but maybe that is part of the problem.


Hopefully I can figure out some way to empty the tank before taking it to the RV Centre so they don't have to endure that unpleasantry!

Thanks again for your input.

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Wow, Second one? I hate using the macerator pump this is my second roadtrek and it’s The only thing I really dislike on their units. I wish they would go to a regular dumping system.

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I have been watching for a Roadtrek for sale and not real fond of the macerator only setup.

Trying to learn what I can I looked on the net and found this article and wonder does the RT have the slide valves for the black and grey tanks? If not could they be added?

https://help.leisurevans.com/en/articles........dumping-the-tanks-if-the-macerator-fails

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Hello jjrbus,

Thank you for your reply and link. Definitely interesting.

Our RT does have the grey and black slide valve handles, but they too do not function as they should anymore. I will have that fixed as well.

Here's an UPDATE on how I got the tanks emptied this weekend.

I put the van on three layers of Link Levellers on the passenger side only of the van. This allowed me to gain access to the macerator and plumbing.

There is a 3 inch ABS clean out/drain with a plug. I placed a 3 1/2 gallon pail under the plug and then loosened the plug until fluid from both tanks started to drain into the pail being careful not to unscrew the plug entirely! I did this several times and emptied the pails down the toilet.

I then used my black tank spray wand and gave the tank another cleaning and then emptied it again. For the first time in a long time, the tank actually registered green on the instrument panel!! SUCCESS ! And no adverse impact to the environment [emoticon]

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Arvie1 wrote:

Hello jjrbus,

Thank you for your reply and link. Definitely interesting.

Our RT does have the grey and black slide valve handles, but they too do not function as they should anymore. I will have that fixed as well.

Here's an UPDATE on how I got the tanks emptied this weekend.

I put the van on three layers of Link Levellers on the passenger side only of the van. This allowed me to gain access to the macerator and plumbing.

There is a 3 inch ABS clean out/drain with a plug. I placed a 3 1/2 gallon pail under the plug and then loosened the plug until fluid from both tanks started to drain into the pail being careful not to unscrew the plug entirely! I did this several times and emptied the pails down the toilet.

I then used my black tank spray wand and gave the tank another cleaning and then emptied it again. For the first time in a long time, the tank actually registered green on the instrument panel!! SUCCESS ! And no adverse impact to the environment [emoticon]


Long time ago in a land far away the wizened ancient ones shared their secret of keeping slide valves functioning. The simple addition of a Zerk fitting and a bit of grease every now and then. Real pain to post a picture here, Google Zerk fitting in RV dump valve if you are interested.https://www.rvforum.net/threads/added-gr........-on-42-tour-very-smooth-operation.48156/

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