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Old 11-12-2015, 11:25 AM   #15
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I watched a movie about a family in a motorhome that something like this happened to...never thought it would actually happen!..
Ah, yes, the classic "RV" starring Robin Williams. Buy a copy, carry it in your Airstream, and watch it at least once a month as a reminder of what NOT to do.
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Old 11-12-2015, 11:50 AM   #16
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How would you explain this strange occurrence?

A couple of weeks ago, we were doing our usual weekly black tank 'empty and rinse' maintenance routine. After first emptying the black tank, we began filling the black tank (which usually takes about 15 minutes) with water to get a good rinse. This time, about ten minutes into refilling the black water tank with water, we noticed brownish water streaming down from the roof on both sides of the trailer


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I would fill for 9 1/2 minutes from now on. Your toilet seal has been pressure tested as well. I don't even want to think about what could have happened...too late
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:49 AM   #17
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Now we all learned something, Leave the damn drain valve open....
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Old 11-13-2015, 11:12 AM   #18
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Where do you put water into a black water tank other than the toilet. I can not find another place on our 1987 25 footer.
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Where do you put water into a black water tank other than the toilet. I can not find another place on our 1987 25 footer.
1987 models might not have included black tank flush fittings. I don't know the year they were first introduced.
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At the campground I stay, all summer, a few years ago, a seasonal decided that he had to flush out the black tank. There were 4 adult persons using the bathroom and the main drain was always left open. You probably know what happened and why they had to flush out the tank. Anyway, the father hooked up the hose and closed the main flush valve and started to flood the tank. After awhile, the son went into the bathroom and wanted to see how the tower of stuff was doing (;-) When he stepped on the flush valve, the full pressure of everything in the tank came exploding straight up into his bent over face. Stuff was everywhere.! He came staggering outside wrenching, and in total dismay. The considerable crowd all starting laughing and he got told that wasn't the way to get sh1t-faced. His mother spent several hours cleaning everything up and they learned that the main Black Tank drain needs to be closed most of the time, only opening to empty the tank. I wish we had it on video.
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Am I missing something

Why didn't the water come up the shower drain?
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Old 11-13-2015, 02:10 PM   #22
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Why didn't the water come up the shower drain?
Shower drains into gray tank...
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Thanks everybody

Thanks everybody. I learned alot. In this instance, I believe what happened is that we had an external water supply that filled the tank much faster than the usual 12 to 15 minutes. Going forward, we'll keep the black tank rinse time to less than 10 minutes.

Someone said their manual said to keep the black tank valve open while rinsing the black tank. I'm not an expert but wouldn't that defeat the purpose of rinsing the whole tank if you can't fill it?
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Someone said their manual said to keep the black tank valve open while rinsing the black tank. I'm not an expert but wouldn't that defeat the purpose of rinsing the whole tank if you can't fill it?
Not really. The rinser is actually a sprayer that spins like the sprayer in your dishwasher at home (but shaped differently), and it will be more effective if the spray nozzle doesn't go underwater.
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I agree with Pro. The idea behind the nozzles is to wash the tank out not to fill it up. I look at it this way. If I have a 5 gallon bucket that is dirty (mud stuck to the sides) it is much easier to dislodge the mud with a garden hose and spray nozzle when the bucket is empty. Filling the bucket with water defeats the purpose of using a spray nozzle.
If you feel there are solids in the tank (pyramid) built up it is better to fill the tank about half full then tow the trailer around where the sloshing water dislodges the solid waste. If the tank is completely full there will be little if any sloshing.


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well i am sort of glad i am not the only idiot who has done this. i am glad to learn why the water was pouring off the roof. my toilet did overflow and that water somehow ended up in the storage compartment, 25FB. dried it all out and have the bed opened up to promote additional air flow. i think everything is dried out at this point.

the explaination for why you leave the drain valve open when you flush is appreciated, i didn't know how all of that worked. from now on, i will take that advice and proceed with lots more caution.
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