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Old 01-03-2020, 10:33 AM   #1
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Clean out doesn't flow

So today I connected my hose to the black tank clean out, turned on the water and nothing flowed. I've used it before. Not often but I have used it. What are the possible causes that would prevent it from allowing water in?
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ChuckZ,

Is that the no-fuss flush system?

IF so my .02$ is limited to that system only.

Happened to me a few years ago. 2007 Classic I accidentally used a hose that had debris in it and clogged the jets. Oh poo. It just recently cleared up.

Not sure where it is in your rig but mine under the bath counter is two pipes pointing UP with a clear plastic or white vacuum breaker. If clear have someone turn flush water on and watch for flow or no flow.

If you're running a washer screen on the inlet can't hurt to check it, if not can't hurt to use one in the future.

Yeah I had fun with mine but for a different reason too.

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Old 01-03-2020, 12:06 PM   #3
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If you don't use the black tank flush system regularly, the tiny orifices in the jets inside the black tank can clog up and get permanently closed with . . . . ready? . . . dried fecal material.

TMI?



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Anti siphon valve (on inside of trailer in the line coming from the black flush connection) is likely jammed up in closed position. Cheap to replace. Very doubtful that the wand in the tank is clogged.
https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-A10-.../dp/B00KNBGSD4
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Maybe a dumb question... I see you are from Wisconsin... FREEZING?????
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Old 01-05-2020, 12:12 AM   #6
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Airstream Service cleared mine with high pressure water. They say theirs is close to the city system with high pressure available to blow out the dried fecal matter. Unpleasant, but it worked.
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Old 01-05-2020, 07:46 AM   #7
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Thanks for that guskmg.

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. . . Cheap to replace.
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Not so easy to replace in some models, like our FC20.

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As someone suggested, high pressure water will do the trick.

Another option that worked for a friends trailer is to get a thin piece of flexible tubing, connect a short section of garden hose to the clean out, then shove the tubing in the clean out as far as it will go in and pump some drain cleaner in it till the cleaner comes out the garden hose (preferably into a bucket and not down the side of your trailer). Then force the drain cleaner to the plugged nozzles with water and let it soak for maybe 15 min. Then repeat. When it is flowing well, rinse all the drain cleaner out of the system very well with lots of water. Then consider adding a soak of enzyme based tank cleaner to the clean out and let it soak a day or two.

In the future use the clean out as often as is practical so it wont plug up.
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I try to use our sewer flush every time I dump the tank, however several years ago it just stopped working (we were full timing at the time). I planned to have it checked at some point and lived with it for a few months occasionally trying it (in the meantime using buckets of water to flush the black tank). Then one day, voila, it began working again and has been fine for the past several years.
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Maybe a dumb question... I see you are from Wisconsin... FREEZING?????
From Wisconsin. In Alabama. My mama didn't raise no fools.
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Anti siphon valve (on inside of trailer in the line coming from the black flush connection) is likely jammed up in closed position. Cheap to replace. Very doubtful that the wand in the tank is clogged.
https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-A10-.../dp/B00KNBGSD4
A better product for a few $ less>
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Cash-Acme-B...cITg&gclsrc=ds

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A threaded nipple is needed in the bottom to make the connection work properly>
https://www.lowes.com/pd/LASCO-1-2-i...ipples/3624374
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ChuckZ,

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Old 01-08-2020, 08:43 AM   #13
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Not yet. I guess today I start disassembling stuff. Grrr.
But I really do appreciate everyones comments. I bet something will work.
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Old 01-12-2020, 07:27 PM   #14
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flushing the mess

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So today I connected my hose to the black tank clean out, turned on the water and nothing flowed. I've used it before. Not often but I have used it. What are the possible causes that would prevent it from allowing water in?



I paid the Airstream factory some pretty good money to get my leaking black tank flush system back to working properly a few years ago...mostly what it did was lower my wallet $$$ balance. Now (as a 7-8 months a year near-full-timer who spends 4 months in the PHX area, whenever I am dumping the black tank, first, I close the nearly-always-open gray tank valve a couple days before the black dump action is planned (for storage of flush water to aid the black dump). After I actually open the black dump valve, I pour 3 nearly-full Homer buckets of clean water down the toilet, successively with the valve open. This sort of replicates at least the INTENTION of the flush system, carrying away much (most, of the offending offal). After closing the black valve, I open the gray valve, flushing the remains of the offal out of the always-connected sewer hose. Essentially, just as effective as an actual working flush system, which seems designed to fail. At least in my estimation.......Now if only I could figure out a way to better flush the gray tank, since it can reek nearly as much as the black with its never-ending supply of food detritus.......
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Water won't go in if the system is closed for one reason or another. Occasionally a hose is blocked.(take the hose off the trailer and run it to ensure there is flow out the nozzle) Occasionally a hose washer will get rumpled up and block the inlet (trying to imagine simple things). Occasionally one forgets to pull the tank drain handle next to the hose. Okay, I'm out of simple things.
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Not yet. I guess today I start disassembling stuff. Grrr.
But I really do appreciate everyones comments. I bet something will work.
Wondering if you got this sorted out?

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Wondering if you got this sorted out?

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Nope. Just learning to live with it.
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