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Old 07-17-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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I have a 1964 land yacht and the waste port sits very low. When I hook up to a blue boy, will it work? I don't want to shell out $250 only to find that the waste won't run into the tank. Does anyone know?
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:13 AM   #2
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When I had my Bambi II I had that problem several times. I had a dump cap that had a water hose fitting. Attached a short piece of hose and ran that to the blue boy. Of course that only worked for gray water drain.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:42 AM   #3
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If the big hose will make the bends to the tank without kinking...it will drain.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:52 AM   #4
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It is all about gravity and "head." Since your dump valve is roughly 18" above the ground, and when you attach to an empty Blueboy tank, you are essentially draining to the ground, water will run down hill that 18". Now, you may need to have a modified (shortened) hose to go from dump valve to Blue boy so that you get a reasonably straight shot from valve to tank, rather than trying to use a 12' long hose to cover 12 inches.

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Old 07-17-2015, 11:04 AM   #5
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When we had to drain the grey into a blue container on our 63 Safari I just used a large flat funnel and let it empty thru the small drain in the 'frying pan" cover directly into the BB.

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Old 07-17-2015, 11:19 AM   #6
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Our BB works fine. You will probably need the Valtera/Thetford converter for the 'connections' to work... unless your AS has been modified already. The BB 'hose' is short enough....and is 'built in'..

The 'key' is to drain enough out of the AS holding tank so that the 'level' in the BB is always 'lower'.... as 'water' seeks a natural 'level'...you can't 'push' the liquid from the holding tank...

- Place a plastic pan under the 'hose/valve' connection to catch 'drips'...
- Open the 'vent' cap...on the BB
- Make connection.. (ensure secure)...
- I 'dump' about 1/2 of the tank, since my holding tank is 'larger' than the BB...
- Shut off the 'dump valve', raise the hose to complete 'transfer' of hose contents.
- With 'GLOVED HANDS".... CAREFULLY remove the BB hose from the AS... KEEP the end ELEVATED... as you place the 'cap' securely on the BB hose.
- SECURE the vent on the BB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Move the BB to the target 'dump' station... connect hose, open vent... empty...BB
- Repeat above as needed
- Clean and sanitize... (I put some disinfectant in the BB for storage... just some of the liquid stuff you put in the Holding Tank...
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Don't forget to open the vent on the blue boy when you hook up, else your grey water will back up into your shower. I've ruined so many shower mats that way...
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:00 PM   #8
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It can also depend on the terrain in your campsite. If you can position your trailer so that the ground slopes downhill from the rear bumper, the blue boy hookup gets easier. You may have to lift the hose to drain residual water into the blue tank before you disconnect, but that's easy to do.
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And one more idea is to use a macerator pump on the outlet when you are dumping the black tank.... pump it to the blue boy.

The gray water will generally work even if the hose dips and rises as long as the tank is lower than the outlet. It can be slower but it will drain.
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You can always "coax" the fluid along by lifting the hose to provide a downward path.
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I have a 1964 land yacht and the waste port sits very low. When I hook up to a blue boy, will it work? I don't want to shell out $250 only to find that the waste won't run into the tank. Does anyone know?

When you say 'low' is it this kind of low?


This was the style outlet we had on our 63 and was the reason we drained directly into the BB with no hose, ours was so low we had to lower the tongue at times.

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I ran into a fellow camper and he uses one of those pumps that has hose fittings on both ends. It attaches to a drill and will pump the water uphill and quite a distance. He got his at Home Depot for about $9.
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You can raise the trailer a couple of inches by using your Lego blocks.
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I have a 1964 land yacht and the waste port sits very low. When I hook up to a blue boy, will it work? I don't want to shell out $250 only to find that the waste won't run into the tank. Does anyone know?
Camping world currently has a 25 gallon tote and store blue tank on sale for $144. It should meet your needs just fine. Clearance under your rig should be about 16" ground to belly pan, assuming a flat level surface. The blue tank is only 10" deep. There is a 90 degree elbow that snaps onto your drain fitting. It was included once upon a time in your trailer's "kit". Alternately a cover cap with a garden hose fitting would also work. Add a 90 degree garden hose fitting, available at RV suppliers. Get 3 of these while you're at it. Use the second one at the blue tank connection. This allows for a straight line run from trailer to tank. Use the 3rd one when hooking up to shore water at a campground. It saves the hose from getting a nasty kink in it.
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