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Old 09-01-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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Need help: first time Interstate user

It is my first time to drive and use my 2014 1/2 interstate unfortunately i did not have anytime to read manual or any orientation from dealer so having hard time now it is all my fault anyway
Indicator shows my grey tank is almost full how can i drain it? Just turn on macerator switch and hose on open position?
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Old 09-01-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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To empty the gray tank, open both compartments on the driver's side around the middle of the vehicle. The higher compartment contains the valve and pump controls. The lower one contains the macerator pump's discharge hose.

Unreel the hose. All of it, even if the dump station or sewer hookup is closer.

Open the valve on the end of the hose.

Since you have to dump the gray tank anyway, dump the black tank as well, and do it before the gray tank. To do this, open the black tank valve by pressing on the switch in the other compartment. Hold the switch until you hear the whining noise stop; that tells you the valve is fully open. You should hear a bit of gurgling as well, as fluids run down to the macerator pump.

Turn on the macerator pump, and watch the fluids travel through the hose. The hose is partially clear for a reason, so you can see when the pump has run dry. As soon as the pump runs dry, shut off the pump. Close the black valve.

Now repeat for the gray tank.

When retracting the hose once you're done, be very careful. One hand on the hose to guide it back onto the reel, one hand on the reel switch. Only retract the hose a bit at a time, and if it seems like it's going to jam, don't force it. Unreel a bit of hose and try again.
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Old 09-01-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum and to the small contingent of Interstate owners in Alaska.

This would be a good time to start reading your manual. You should find step by step instructions for draining the tanks in section G of the Airstream manual. Notice the part that says to drain the black tank first then the gray tank.

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Old 09-01-2014, 01:44 PM   #4
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Thank you so much i am in homer AK now i hope somebody in AK can teach me all things I need to learn hahaha
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Old 09-01-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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Thank you so much i am in homer AK now i hope somebody in AK can teach me all things I need to learn hahaha
There is certainly a lot to learn! I have 4+ years and 28K miles with mine and I learn something new every time I take it on a trip.

If you see yourself heading to Anchorage, PM me on here ahead of time and maybe we can connect.

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Old 09-01-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
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Thank you so much i am in homer AK now i hope somebody in AK can teach me all things I need to learn hahaha

Seriously, start with you manual and the packet of material that Airstream included. It will at least get you pointed in the right direction.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:20 PM   #7
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On the way back to anchorage now
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Old 09-04-2014, 03:14 PM   #8
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Bty, got around to actually reading the supplied manual and other material supplied with your Airstream?
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:39 PM   #9
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Old 09-05-2014, 05:20 AM   #10
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You want to do that, Bty.

You learn a lot by doing, sometimes with the manual, step-by-step.

There won't always be someone available here to walk you thru something.


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I must say I am a bit baffled why someone would not take advantage of the resource supplied by Airstream. If I was the suspicious type I would suspect something was a little fishy here.
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I had that thought, too, Michael.

Hard to imagine a dealer letting a new owner leave without the orientation, or a new owner picking up and leaving with such an expensive item with no idea how to use it.

However......stranger things have happened.


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Old 09-10-2014, 06:08 PM   #13
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Welcome. One tip about the macerator hose. On warranty the AS dealer suggested cutting about a foot off the end of the hose so it fit better when retracted. Because of the the extra length from the factory the hose kinked and cracked where the metal clamp held the drain nozzle. Not all of the hose fit on the spool so I originally was forced to tightly bend it upon retraction so it fit in the compartment. Fits snug now without the extra pressure on the clamp attachment.
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Funny. Had mine a year and just cut 6" off because it cracked from folding it to fit. Maybe I'll take 5-6" more off so it fits better.


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