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Old 11-15-2015, 11:38 PM   #15
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Just had to share...

I was staying at the Americamps outside of Richmond this summer when a family in a fifth wheeler with two tank outflow pipes came into the next site. When they were nearly finished setting up, the father approached and hooked up their grey water sewage line and then to move to the blackwater whilst the wife and kids ran away for a few minutes. He took out of storage a "portable gate valve" is what I call it -- walked over to the blackwater cap, uncorked it to a FLOOD of sewage all over himself and within four seconds had his temp gate valve in place. Unphased, he wiped his nose and went inside.
I don't get it... Probably a good thing!!! Of you elevate the hose ABOVE the tank you won't get "flow" until lowers below the tank...???
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:37 AM   #16
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Stories like this are one of the reasons, amongst others, that we've decided to move to a composting toilet.

This summer, one of my kids flooded the toilet because he didn't manage to flush his business down and kept using more and more water. The black tank was so full that the resulting pressure ruptured the hose when I emptied it. Thankfully I was at a dump station with concrete pads and a water hose so the cleanup was minimal, but it was still fairly disgusting.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:23 AM   #17
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I don't get it... Probably a good thing!!! Of you elevate the hose ABOVE the tank you won't get "flow" until lowers below the tank...???
The issue was his original gate valve was stuck open and the travel cap was the only thing holding back raw sewage. So he stuck a temporary valve on whilst at the campgrounds. He removed the temporary the next day and replaced the travel cap before they left.

Paula -- to answer your question, I was sitting twelve feet away under my awning, reading a good book when it occurred. Today I still return to that image when I consider Charles Dickens' works.
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Old 11-16-2015, 06:26 AM   #18
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Probably the only time I would recommend a portopotty at least temporarily.
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I think one of Uncle Ralph's favorite sayings may apply here.....

"You just have to be smarter than the average....(insert applicable noun)."

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Old 11-16-2015, 07:15 AM   #20
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There is nothing wrong with the sewer system in an AS. It's just different than a house system. I find most problems people have could be eliminated by reading the owners manual and using common sense. Never force anything on an AS, the valves,etc. Instruct the family on use. Anyone who plugs an rv toilet would do the same in your home. Be proactive on the systems on your AS, don't sit back and react when something goes wrong. Yes things break, sometimes due to misuse.
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Check your local RV/SOB store. They may have a local service guy who can "water jet" the system using a pressurized water stream.

I saw one at work here in Texas.. He serviced a friends SOB which had "buildup" because the tanks were "mislabeled" from the SOB factory!!!!!!! The last 5 years of "buildup" was dealt with professionally and safely....

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Old 11-16-2015, 09:00 AM   #22
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I DID have a similar super yuck experience along with about 20 other campers - I camped where there was only water and electric available. A teenaged boy with the requisite gross and disgusting sense of humor went down a whole row of campers and opened the black valve (with the cap on), let the mess flow into the pipe, then closed the valve again. I was about the third one at the dump station - so I was suspicious and expected the worst. Having small hands I find a strap wrench very handy to remove the cap... and to keep ones hands a few inches away from the "big brown splash".

I didn't have any heavy duty garbage bags, but the camper ahead of me gave me one, so the mess was minimal but still - gasp shudder OMG everyone in line is watching!

Another camper noticed smart-boy hiding and watching with glee - confronted him and dragged him home to his mom and dad. Then a miracle happened - the KID got in trouble instead of the CAMPER who dragged him home! Junior spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up other people's stuff AND scrubbing the entire dump station with a bleach soaked tooth brush. I wonder if dad was a Marine DI in a former life? The youth also had to personally apologize to every camper in the row who remained after the weekend. I'd pulled out by then but had a friend who stayed. I suppose I'll should get sealing wax or some other kind of red flag mechanism to let me know if this happens again.

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Maybe it is the sensor and it isn't really full. But, I do know if they camp and don't use it, they are full.
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There is nothing wrong with the sewer system in an AS.
I disagree. What is wrong with the sewer system in an AS is the stinky slinky -- as well as the bayonet mount itself -- both are primitive technology. When I was adding a commode, blackwater tank, and dump system to my vintage 15' airframe trailer, I used a "closed" system. After the gate valve is a macerator pump to which a 1" discharge hose is fixed with a hose clamp. On the outflow end of the discharge hose is a dripless valve. To dump, I pull the hose out the jockey box, stick it in the dump station, and open the dripless valve. The I open the gate valve on the 3" ABS allowing waste to enter the back of the macerator pump. Then I run the 12VDC pump. I keep the blackwater tank scrupulously clean by adding water through the commode. While there's nothing pretty about dumping our waste, compared to the nasty "open" system of a detached sewage hose, my "closed" system is doggone elegant.

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I stand by my statement. Just because some are afraid of a little poo, they need to make things complicated. Nothing wrong with that, just not necessary. To each his own.
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Just be happy you don't have the commode found on numerous sailboats. Operating on a vacuum pump, the waste is drawn through an internal hose about the diameter of a McDonald's straw. One rule I had was "if you put something down that clogged it, I overlook, teach, and watch you pull it apart and clean it."
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