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Old 01-27-2016, 03:56 PM   #337
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Mjgman, in our Florida summer do you store your black van in the garage or outside?
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:25 PM   #338
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Yes I store it in an air conditioned garage, its attached to my office so its convenient when I need a nap..😀
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:41 PM   #339
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Nice )))
Mine doesn't fit in my garage, so I don't know how to protect it from heavy sun in summer... No carport allowed in the subdivision so I guess just leave it as is (((
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:58 PM   #340
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Today I played with maseration pump, draining of grey and black tanks, and filling fresh water tank. All looks fine, except I wasn't able to "rinse" the black tank how they specified in the instructions, and I think I did something wrong.

In order to fill the black tank with fresh water for its subsequent drain, I put a fresh water hose to the inlet on the left of the pumpout reel (as on the attached picture). The black tank valve was opened, and fresh water under my garden hose pressure started to leak from under the van. When I closed black tank valve and opened the grey tank valve, water started to leak from behind of the vent (which is in the very middle of second picture).

I detached the garden hose then, and did not play with it anymore :-(

What's wrong I did ?

Thank you guys for your advices!
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:59 PM   #341
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:34 PM   #342
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Today I played with maseration pump, draining of grey and black tanks, and filling fresh water tank. All looks fine, except I wasn't able to "rinse" the black tank how they specified in the instructions, and I think I did something wrong.

In order to fill the black tank with fresh water for its subsequent drain, I put a fresh water hose to the inlet on the left of the pumpout reel (as on the attached picture). Then I opened the black tank valve, but fresh water under the pressure started to leak from under the van. When I closed black tank valve and opened the grey tank valve, and water started to leak from behind of the vent (which is in the very middle of second picture).
To flush the black tank, first drain the black tank, then with the valve open hook up the hose as you did. Turn on the hose AND turn on the macerator pump. You want water running out of the tank at the same time water is running in, in order for the flush to do the best job. And you should let the water run into the tank for only a minute or less, then shut off the water and let the macerator pump finish draining the tank.

If the flush fitting is leaking at the point where you attach the hose, there are a couple of possibilities…
1 - The hose is not screwed in tightly; or
2 - There is a hose washer missing from the flush fitting.

If the black tank vent is leaking, then you have overfilled the black tank. There are only three places for the water to go if you overfill the black tank through the flush fitting; the macerator pump if the dump valve is open and the pump is running at the time; the toilet if the toilet valve seal fails; and the vent.

Since the vent is higher than the toilet flush valve, the only way to get water to leak out the black tank vent is to overfill the tank using the black tank flush fitting.

The flow rate through a garden hose is dependent on hose diameter, hose length, and water pressure. For a 25-foot-long half-inch-diameter hose at 40 psi (for example), the flow rate into your black tank would be 24 gallons per minute. The black tank only holds 17 gallons, and your macerator pump will only pump about 12 gallons per minute at most. So you can see that it's easy to overfill the black tank if you don't watch what you're doing and leave the water on for too long.
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Old 01-27-2016, 06:57 PM   #343
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Another possibility: I had this problem and found the PVC connection (accessible from beneath) was cross-threaded. Quick and easy fix.
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:16 PM   #344
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Amen to that! The hinged plastic cover on mine is in dire need of replacement because of exactly that— or at least the half that hasn't broken off needs to be replaced. I count myself fortunate in the extreme that only the cover was damaged, and not the fill port or bleeder valve.
I ripped off the cover and the quick disconnect fitting a few years ago while driving over a big hole at a rest stop in Arizona. The cover is about $60 from Airstream.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:41 PM   #345
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Today I played with maseration pump, draining of grey and black tanks, and filling fresh water tank. All looks fine, except I wasn't able to "rinse" the black tank how they specified in the instructions, and I think I did something wrong.

In order to fill the black tank with fresh water for its subsequent drain, I put a fresh water hose to the inlet on the left of the pumpout reel (as on the attached picture). The black tank valve was opened, and fresh water under my garden hose pressure started to leak from under the van. When I closed black tank valve and opened the grey tank valve, water started to leak from behind of the vent (which is in the very middle of second picture).

I detached the garden hose then, and did not play with it anymore :-(

What's wrong I did ?

Thank you guys for your advices!
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With the hose connected to the black tank flush connection and the water turned on, you should be able to hear it by going inside and opening the toilet flush valve. If you can't hear the water coming in the tank, the check valve may be reversed. That was what was wrong w/ mine. It's accessible on the curbside by removing the panel by the black water tank.

Not sure what vent you are referring to unless you're talking about the furnace exhaust.
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:55 PM   #346
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Thank you gentlemen for your fast responds!
I will check all you said and reply!
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:07 AM   #347
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Shark! I have to look where is that "check valve of the black tank", what role it plays, and how it looks? Because I did not overfill the tank as Protagonist assumed. I did not have it fill even a little - the water immediately started to go underneath of the drivers side. And yes, when I opened the grey valve - the water immediately started to leak from the vent that located between the outside shower and pot water inlet, I beleive you're right and it is furnace exhaust vent.

My both tanks are clean like a sink at my wife kitchen )), but I extra-cleaned them today by opening both facets, and by pressing the toilet pedal until the fresh water tank emptied. Then I made a regular drain via the reel hose with maseration.

Actually everything looks and work just great, except that inlet for extra cleaning, which is located in the reel hose compartment: somehow water from the connected garden hose does not go to the tanks, but leaking from other places...

I can leave it as is because it's not a vital stuff, and I have another way for extra-cleaning the tanks by filling and draining as I wrote above, but I'm anyway curious when something wrong.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:50 AM   #348
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The furnace only works off propane, however most people use a small space heater when camping with a hook up..
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Those things were discussed in some detail about a year ago but I can't find where. I have two follow-up comments:

1. The model I got has no thermostat. When I was initially shopping, I don't think I saw any of the portable models with built-in thermostats. This is OK during the day because I can manually adjust as needed, but it has proven to be a problem for me with leaving it on overnight - the two choices become "off" and "incinerator". I am going to try to find some kind of in-line switch that has a thermostat. If anyone has done this, please post.

2. On REALLY cold nights, I've had trouble trying to run the thing as it sits on the counter. There's a reason why the OEM furnace is installed at floor level - it's necessary for proper air circulation. With the portable running on the counter, the air at the ceiling becomes super-heated while the air around the floor feels like there's no heat on at all - the air refuses to turn over (and the bed level tends to most closely mimic the floor temperature). In the future I'm going to try placing the heater on the floor with an extension cord, but this is a safety concern and on those trips when I have either another person or my dog with me, it's just not practical and I will have to burn propane even if shore power is available. I wish there were a second small all-electric heater installed and a means of toggling between the two. If we ever build ourselves a custom Class B, I will consider this.
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I leave my little space heater on the floor in the galley area, closer to the cabinet than dead center, and facing toward the front at night rather than toward the bed.

Facing toward the front to concentrate heat there, rather than where I am sleeping. It still diffuses nicely.

There is not only noise to alert a person or animal that it is on, and to avoid it, but a small red light at the top.

I don't trip over it if I have to get up at night, nor does Lily knock it over if she goes for water or her dog food.

This seems to work.


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The cube heater I use has a tip over switch, temp control, and I use a small fan on low to circulate the air.
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