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Old 08-02-2006, 06:43 PM   #1
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Question emptying toilet

I just bought my first Airstream, a 1977 which I'll be restoring. I feel stupid asking this, but how do I drain the toilet? I stuck a hose in it to clean it out, but don't know what to "push or pull" to empty it.

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Old 08-02-2006, 07:12 PM   #2
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Oooh Beth...

Sounds like so much to learn..

1. Learn to use "Search" tab on blue bar above.. One major benefit of registering...
2. Read the entire owner's manual, or if you don't have one, try to get one.. Someone was offering pdf versions on a Disk for free recently..
3. Your toilet drains into "Black Water Holding Tank" under floor, which needs to be drained from side of trailer using sewer hose (3" flexible hose" with special fittings at each end) One end hooks to trailer, other end goes into sewer dump hole in ground.. (You did get a hose with the trailer??)
4. The valve to drain the tank (and the Black one will say SEWER or TOILET on side) has a black plastic knob on end of steel shaft. Pull to open (After all is connected..) and push to close..

Beyond that, you might want to try to find Robin Williams movie RV in theater or DVD rental (a little too soon, I think..) to see what can go wrong...

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Old 08-02-2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums. Do not feel stupid for asking any question we will try to help. If you are trying to flush the toilet there is a pedal in front on the bottom of the toilet which will open the drain valve in the toilet and then run water into the bowl. You will need to have water in your tank and your electric pump turned on or be hooked up to a shore line hose for the water to work. The valve will open regardless.
Good luck with your project.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:01 PM   #4
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Are you trying to flush the toilet or drain the (used - black water) holding tank?
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