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Old 01-17-2004, 11:46 AM   #15
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Try it.

You won't like the results, I promise.

But then, perhaps you could join the list of those that say "never again."

We do many things in our service department, but cleaning out gray water lines that have had black sewage in them, is not one of them.

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Old 01-17-2004, 01:07 PM   #16
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Andy, did you know several of the present Airstream models have combination black and gray tanks?
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Old 01-17-2004, 01:21 PM   #17
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We have been chatting about the older trailers that did not have a gray tank.

What has been suggested, is to cap the drain, open the dump valve, and then let the gray water go into the black water tank.

Problem is that the sewage will go into the gray water drain lines, and if it becomes full, it will back up into the tub.

Not a pleasant sight, smell, or mess to clean up. Then the real problem is to get the sewage bacteria out of the gray water drain lines and "P" traps. Not an easy task.

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Old 01-17-2004, 01:40 PM   #18
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You are correct that is not a good idea.
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Old 01-17-2004, 01:40 PM   #19
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Hep-Virus is the real Worry/KILLER

The Hep-A virus is a real problem with raw-sewerage, granted many others. People in any health-compromised condition, including 60 yrs & up are at risk of death if exposed to Hep-A. There is an article in a recent issue of Trailer-Life covering this potentially fatal maladay by regular contact with our sewer hose at camp sites. I use disposable latex gloves every time. I don't have a link but suggest duing a search in Trailer-Life for Hep-A.
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Old 01-18-2004, 12:53 AM   #20
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If some new Airstreams have a black & grey combo tank it's a shame & in Andy's words , a health hazard because it will overflow in the shower .
I am shocked to hear they still do that!
The chemicals never get a chance to treat the black stuff if you add soapy water, & if you are not hooked up it becomes a PITA.

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Old 01-18-2004, 03:03 AM   #21
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As we are a group of "travelers" who move about frequently in this vast country of ours, I think it would be to your best interest to seek a vaccine for Hepatitis-A. This is a preventable illness. The vaccine is recommended for people over the age of two who live in communities in the US with high rates of the disease or regular outbreaks.
I would still recommend a practice of good hygine habits even with the vaccine.
The cost of treatment for liver infections can be quite expensive~! Both in terms of the duration period of recovery as well as the long term health disabilities~
Just makes sense to get the vaccine before the "bug" strikes..
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