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Old 05-14-2004, 07:42 AM   #15
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Thanks Dennis. I don't believe it's much of a stretch to provide better wiring from the service entry to the pump. I just need to do my research.


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Old 05-14-2004, 07:51 AM   #16
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I did not use a slunky made my own "sewerhose handler". I bought a ten foot long 4" pvc drain tube, with bell mouth at one end, at "big box" home depot, cut tube into thirds and slit two of the lengths (without the bell mouth) from end to end and coiled them into smaller diameters and telescoped them into the solid portion. Grind off the keel fin of the thetford connector and slide the sewer hose through the telescoped tubing set, install the first part of the right angle sewer connector (I finally threw away one of the slit lengths as not needed). I always manouver to less than 7 feet from the sewer drain so a ten foot sewer hose is plenty. Hook up the sewer hose to the RV pull the sewer hose and inside tube to meet the sewer connection. To unhook, close the drain valves and disconnect from the RV first, elevate this end slightly and collapse the telecoping sections together (still connected to the sewer) this squeeses the according pleats and drains most of the gray water out of the sewer hose. Disconnect the right angle connector and roll the tubing assembly so that first part of the RA connector is up and carry to the storage tube or compartment---nary a drop spilled, really do not need rubber or plastic gloves but they would not hurt. BTW on my '84 310 MH you can look down the toilet with the flush valve open and see the drain valve, Have your mate fill the bowl with water and then open the flush valve, this surge forces the remaing sewage through the valve, never needs more than 3 surge flushes to clear the tank. Visual inspection insures a clear valve with nothing to prevent the valve from sealing leak free. If you have ever gotten paper stuck in the flush slide valve it is tough to get the paper removed. I did not like the idea of the little tool founr at CW, I use a bent (straightened coat hanger hook) simply pull the clothes hanger into a diamond shape so the hook can reach to slide valve and extract the offending paper. If you drop this device it will not drop through the opening and be lost for all practical purposes. It is cheap and easily disposed in the garbage. Here's to a cleaner dump station with no drips, no runs and no errors.

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Old 05-14-2004, 10:22 AM   #17
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It sounds like there is a definate "art" to learn about dumping the tanks. I thought It ran all the time if the pipe was connected to the drain. Now, I ,too, look forward to watching Paris Hilton do this for the first time. Keep me apprised ,everyone, when this show is coming up!!!! silver suz
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Old 05-14-2004, 11:08 AM   #18
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I thought It ran all the time if the pipe was connected to the drain.
well, it does...if you leave the dump valves open. Which some people do. but it isn't recommended to leave the black tank open while hooked up to sewer; the toilets use such a low-flow of water, there isn't enough to push things along down the pipe. So you should let the tank fill...then let it all go all at once with a big wooosh!! for good measure, most people then fill up the black tank w/ just plain water, and let that go "wooosh" for a good rinse.

Its fine to leave the gray tank valve (if you have one ) open when hooked up to sewer, though. Most people like to let the gray tank fill up on the last day of their stay, so that they can dump that after they've emptied the black the slinky a good rinsing w/ soapy water.

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