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Old 05-28-2015, 06:16 AM   #15
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Yes. If your water pump is off, you can step on the toilet flush pedal and see right down into the black water holding tank through the open toilet valve. Do this once when you know your black tank is empty to see where the bottom of the tank is. If the tank fills to anywhere near the top, it's time to empty it.
DON'T have the bathroom fan on when you do this... or else.... the smell will be sucked right into your face.
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Why would one not leave the grey open? If we are full hooked, and staying for a while, we leave our grey open.

If in the event we need to flush our black, we close the grey, and turn on all the faucets to fill the grey up enough to wash out the hose after the emptying the black OR we fill the black with water, empty, fill, empty, fill, empty, happy campers powder
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:40 AM   #17
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Why would one not leave the grey open? If we are full hooked, and staying for a while, we leave our grey open.

If in the event we need to flush our black, we close the grey, and turn on all the faucets to fill the grey up enough to wash out the hose after the emptying the black OR we fill the black with water, empty, fill, empty, fill, empty, happy campers powder
If you have full hookups with city water, that's an ok strategy but you could end up with some crud residue on the bottom of your gray tank. It also ends up using more water. Most of our camping is dry, without hookups. So, our routine is to let the holding tanks fill before emptying them. And, as others have said, always empty the black tank first.

And, believe it or not our tanks don't develop an odor using this method (chemical additives definitely help). And, of course, our s#!+ doesn't stink.
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While fishing at June Lake, CA in 2015, my wife was at the full-hookup RV park in our '99 30' limited. I had left with both pull levers closed. Sooooo! She did the morning dishes, then took a shower. All of a sudden, she noticed the shower was starting to overflow. She turned off the shower, got dressed; then grabbed a pan in the kitchen and scurried to the shower and started dipping. She then emptied the pan into the sink in the bathroom. An hour later, she was still dipping and pouring! Fortunately, the overflow was actually minimal; and our Shark vacuumed the spot well. With 105 degrees outside (Bakersfield, CA) when we got home and a call to Stanley Steemer, there was zero damage to the carpet and floor. Now, nobody pays closer attention to our tank levels than her. BTW, the tank capacity guages are worthless.
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Buy seelevel 2 gauges. They are mounted on the outside of the tanks, BIG.
And unlike the MicroPlus monitor that came with your new rig, THESE WORK.
Expense, yes but worth it.
That is good to here about seelevel and that is what I am hearing all over the forum. I just ordered a set for fresh and grey (no black, composting toilet) for a rebuild of a '65 Overlander we are doing.

Makes it simple by eliminating holes for new tanks and removes another source of leaks.
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