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Old 01-13-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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black water drain too low

First time out in my new FC28. I connected the sewer hose to the dump receptacle which was slightly uphill from my trailer. So I went and got one of those accordion type sewer hose supports and I find the support is higher than the drain. Does anyone use one of these support systems with an AS?

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Old 01-13-2016, 04:56 PM   #2
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One came with my trailer. Only used it a couple of times when the ground pipe was too high. Seems to work as advertised.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:33 PM   #3
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I have one but rarely used unless it's an extended stay.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:52 PM   #4
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I don't use mine
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:48 PM   #5
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So I went and got one of those accordion type sewer hose supports and I find the support is higher than the drain. Does anyone use one of these support systems with an AS?
It should be possible to remove the segments that are too tall, and just use the shorter segments.

I don't use one personally since my Airstream Interstate has a macerator pump instead of a slinky. But I have seen them in use, and being a (former) engineer I can't help but try to think of a fix.
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:55 PM   #6
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If I understand your question correctly... In this situation I just bend the taller supports out the way and rest the hose on the first stance that is the correct height..
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Old 01-13-2016, 06:58 PM   #7
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Or really stretch it out so it's very long and low
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Old 01-13-2016, 07:46 PM   #8
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not a real answer to problem...however we just found that our winter campsite in Tucson requires support OFF THE GROUND they claim it is city law..
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Old 01-14-2016, 09:25 AM   #9
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not a real answer to problem...however we just found that our winter campsite in Tucson requires support OFF THE GROUND they claim it is city law..
I have heard of that requirement in some locals, have yet to experience it.
This is similar to what I have,
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I have heard of that requirement in some locals, have yet to experience it.
This is similar to what I have,
Good picture. Makes me think of the Winter Olympics and the bobsled run.

There ARE a lot of campgrounds where the sewer inlet is 3 feet from the trailer and only one inch down, and if you use a slinky you can't compress it enough to make it a straight shot to the drain. I also note that newer campgrounds seem to have raised the sewer outlets... Probably some health regulation? One of the worst I've seen is Jackson Center's Terraport. When I back up my mid-bath 25 FB the outlet on the trailer is actually LOWER than the inlet in the ground - and it's about 22 feet away. I use the Sewer Solution so I can get the tanks pretty well emptied even so, but I've seen more than one other camper doing the "lift the boa constrictor" technique to milk their slinkies.

Dunno what I'll do with my SS if I run into a campground where it has to be off the ground. I suppose I'll just leave it in the bucket until the gray tank needs to be emptied, then use it and put it away. Or maybe I'll just wrap all the excess around the bucket securing it with duct tape, and use the bucket as a central support. "Oh the pooh goes round and round, whoa-whoa and it comes out here..."
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I go cheap old-school, I carry a couple of short lengths of plastic rain gutter in the bumper. Hose fits perfectly and the height can be adjusted with rocks, twigs, firewood, anything handy.
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Sewer Solution will solve the problem as it will force sewage slightly uphill.
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A few years back I purchased a Sani-Con Tank Buddy. Its a portable macerator pump that fits with a bayonet lock on the RV outlet. To operate, it needs 12v power so I attach the alligator clips on the macerator to my portable battery jump box and it easily pumps up hill through the included 20ft one inch hose. The Tank Buddy comes in a small tool box for convience & keep it in the bed of my truck along with the battery jump box. Since I've had my AS I haven't used it but keep it with me for situations like up hill pumping.
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We rarely use ours and when we do, it's just the shorter portion of the set up. The RV park in Sedona requires them. We've been in RV parks in Tucson twice and I honestly don't remember if we used it our not
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