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Old 11-26-2018, 11:36 AM   #1
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Grey water drain upgrade

Has anyone done an upgrade with the 3inch abs plumbing underneath their airstream to eliminate having to fill the pipes prior to the sewer pump ? Thinking about a 3inch Y fitting with a clean out on it

I recall someone has done it however my search abilities are challenged on this forum. Thanks in advance
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Old 11-26-2018, 02:33 PM   #2
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Has anyone done an upgrade with the 3inch abs plumbing underneath their airstream to eliminate having to fill the pipes prior to the sewer pump ? Thinking about a 3inch Y fitting with a clean out on it

I recall someone has done it however my search abilities are challenged on this forum. Thanks in advance
Try this link.
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Old 11-26-2018, 03:00 PM   #3
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Has anyone done an upgrade with the 3inch abs plumbing underneath their airstream to eliminate having to fill the pipes prior to the sewer pump ? Thinking about a 3inch Y fitting with a clean out on it

I recall someone has done it however my search abilities are challenged on this forum. Thanks in advance
I do not understand what you mean by "eliminate having to fill the pipes prior to the sewer pump".

However several members here have added the 3" Y or T fitting the the sewer dump lines to add a gravity dump backup. Here is link to my photos from October 2017.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ml#post2025641

The other member "gmillerok1" has posted the best information on this topic. Here is his post from June 2015.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ml#post1640693

Both of us are guilty of burying our photos and info in general topic threads that make it harder to find by search.

Hope this helps,
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I just did it. After reading both other posts. Very simple and easy. I cut one side of the connector of and it fits direct on to the macerater.
Had to add also a straight 3” 3” long plastic pipe. Added a shut of valve and a drip so now I am able to leave valves open (gray only) and trip the gray water on the read during travel.
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I just did it. After reading both other posts. Very simple and easy. I cut one side of the connector of and it fits direct on to the macerater.
Had to add also a straight 3” 3” long plastic pipe. Added a shut of valve and a drip so now I am able to leave valves open (gray only) and trip the gray water on the read during travel.
PSCHW - Nice work.
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Thanks for great ideas

I removed the airstream manufactured fitting that reduces from 3inch to the macerator pump hose. I epoxied an aluminum bar bent to fit the inside curvature of the fitting then drilled and tapped a hole for a brass bolt. Reinstalled the fitting and now I can drain the lines completely by removing the brass bolt. Solves the issue of a very cold climate and reduces the amount of anti freeze required to winterize the drain pipes. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions and ideas.
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I removed the airstream manufactured fitting that reduces from 3inch to the macerator pump hose. I epoxied an aluminum bar bent to fit the inside curvature of the fitting then drilled and tapped a hole for a brass bolt. Reinstalled the fitting and now I can drain the lines completely by removing the brass bolt. Solves the issue of a very cold climate and reduces the amount of anti freeze required to winterize the drain pipes. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions and ideas.

Recommend you check that fitting often. Epoxied aluminum to a plastic pipe might not hold up to changing temps over time.
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I just did it. After reading both other posts. Very simple and easy. I cut one side of the connector of and it fits direct on to the macerater.
Had to add also a straight 3” 3” long plastic pipe. Added a shut of valve and a drip so now I am able to leave valves open (gray only) and trip the gray water on the read during travel.
PSCHW - Do you have pics from other side? Would like to see from the other vantage points if you have additional pics. Thanks.
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Macerator service kit

I couldn't avoid some road debris and it punctured a small hole in the flexible 3" rubber sewer line that runs between the tank valves and the macerator. When I drained the line prior to its removal, I found these two broken brass bolts in the bottom of the bucket.

Since these bolts holds the unit together, I've decided to go with the Jabsco service kit to fix my pump instead of just replacing the 4 bolts. However, I would appreciate some advice beforehand.

Questions for those of you who have installed the macerator service kit ie., Boxter1971 & gmillerok1.

1. Did you remove the macerator pump from your AI or did you leave it attached to do the rebuild?

2. If you took the macerator off, is the motor unit hard wired or are there wire connectors already in place to disconnect it from the AI?

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I did not rebuild the pump. For the money and trouble I replaced it. Twice.

Either way it must be removed. It is hard wired but it is not difficult to cut and splice the two wires.

Likely the road debris caused these two bolts to snap off the end of the pump.
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Very common, happened to mine also, these 2 are shorter ones holding the cutter/pump chambers to the motor front, made of soft brass, the other 2 bolts are longer to reach to the back end of the motor, also made of brass. I suggest replacing whole unit, newer macerator pumps have stainless steel bolts.
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I couldn't avoid some road debris and it punctured a small hole in the flexible 3" rubber sewer line that runs between the tank valves and the macerator. When I drained the line prior to its removal, I found these two broken brass bolts in the bottom of the bucket.

Since these bolts holds the unit together, I've decided to go with the Jabsco service kit to fix my pump instead of just replacing the 4 bolts. However, I would appreciate some advice beforehand.

Questions for those of you who have installed the macerator service kit ie., Boxter1971 & gmillerok1.

1. Did you remove the macerator pump from your AI or did you leave it attached to do the rebuild?

2. If you took the macerator off, is the motor unit hard wired or are there wire connectors already in place to disconnect it from the AI?

Thanks!

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I rebuilt mine with new SS bolts. It has to be removed for a rebuild. Also get or make new gaskets - it will leak if you don't renew the gaskets that are just treated paper. The original gaskets were destroyed when I disassembled my pump. I did have new gaskets and didn't want to wait to get them so I made my own from heavy paper/light cardboard. Holding fine for several years now.

The motor unit is hard wired so you will have to cut the wires to get it on a bench. I just rebuilt mine in place in my driveway as the wires were long enough to just have the pump sit on a large wood block under the van. Then didn't have to cut wires.
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Hi mike. You’re right the two different materials will expand at very different rates. I’ll put a second retaining bolt threaded thru it and use locktite on it. Good call and thanks for suggestion. Aluminum isn’t something a Macerator pump would chew up well
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Thanks for all of your input on my macerator questions!

I've decided to install a new one instead of rebuilding the current macerator.

I do not have an inside storage spot, so I'll hopefully wait for the weather in central Ohio to moderate a bit before crawling underneath to change things out!

Since the new unit is dry, I shouldn't need to put any antifreeze in it.

I will also have to wait until we head west after the Holidays into warmer weather to try it out and check for leaks!
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