Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-08-2009, 12:22 AM   #43
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,883
Quote:
Originally Posted by moosetags View Post
I would not put my black tank down my washer drain. If you experienced any clog in that line, it could be a major problem.

You should have a plumbing clean-out somewhere out in your yard along the line to the sewer in the street. It should be a capped 4" pvc line at ground level.

Brian

Brian gave you good advice.

Three plumbers in my family. Basic rules for professional plumbers: "Hot's on the left, cold is on the right, the boss is an SOB, payday is on Friday and SH** doesn't run uphill" Just add it doesn't run uphill - except when there's a clog downstream!

The outside sewer cleanout is THE best place to drain it. You won't need to put in any additional plumbing or backflow protection. It will be a white PVC piece if your house has been built later than the 1970's. Older houses usually have a PVC cleanout. If you have one built prior to 1920 the cast Iron stops just outside of the foundation and you may have the dreaded terra cotta drains - which all collapse due to root invasion splitting them or else collapse because when you moved in you drove the moving van up over them to get the furniture to the front porch (ask me how I know That!). Most old houses have had the old terra cotta replaced... I know I replace mine - to the tune of $1400 in 1983 dollars.

Paula
__________________

__________________
Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2009, 12:46 AM   #44
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,883
N. E. Ohio

I grew up not far from Cleveland. Lived in a house that was built in the 1930's. It did have cast iron drain stacks in the basement and had the only cleanout there. I remember seeing it getting snaked out when I was a little girl - tree roots got into the drain which was probably also cast iron. When newer "slab" houses were built without basements, there were outside cleanouts. - The plumbers extended the "Y" for the cleanout plug by several feet by using a piece of PVC pipe and some threaded end pieces. The process of snaking drains remained the same. The cleanout pipe itself was full of air (or gas!). The main pipe was laid down at least 4 feet into the ground.

Interestingly my old house in Norfolk had a cleanout in the english basement (half underground half above) that was AT GRADE. There was also one just outside of the foundation line about 8 inches below grade, AND there was one at the edge of the street where the city became responsible for repairs... Naturally, my terra cotta line collapsed between the front of the house and the sidewalk.

Paula
__________________

__________________
Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2009, 05:23 AM   #45
Rivet Master
 
1976 25' Caravanner
Vintage Kin Owner
Campton , New Hampshire
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,113
Quote:
Originally Posted by ardeleon View Post
Hello all,
Let me add my two sheets in to he topic. For those who think dumping in the septic would oevr fill your system faster think of this. For a family of 4 who use the bathroom twice a day will have 8 flushes. that 1.6 to 3.0 gallons of water going into the septic. A seven day vaction would be 12.8 to 24 gallons you wont be using. Before you go on a vacation use rid-x in your system. Then when you come back your septic should be ready for your waste cleaning. I am on a septic and envy those with city sewer lines. But I dont envy the extra bill with the sewer line.
The potential problem with a septic system is not overfilling the tank , the tank is always full . A septic tank usually has 3 chambers which are 3 stages of the solids breaking down to liquid form before it enters the absorbtion field .If solids are pushed out the outlet it will plug up the field and the system will start to fail . Probablly 20 or 30 gals will not be a problem ,depending on the health of your system , however , if you happen to have a few trailers in a row dump it could be a problem . This does not apply to a public sewer system.
__________________
ticki2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2009, 07:39 AM   #46
Rivet Master
 
richinny's Avatar
 
2011 34' Classic
Westchester Cty.NY , / Miami FL
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 3,122
i think most holding tanks hold less than a full bath tub
__________________
Ricky
2012 F150 Super Crew 5-1/2' bed Ecoboost 4x4 3.73 elec. lock diff. Propride hitch
give life. kidney & pancreas transplant 9/9/06
Ingrid-my unofficial '"World's Oldest Streamer" 1909-2008 R.I.P.
richinny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2009, 08:16 AM   #47
Rivet Master
 
Journalist's Avatar
 
1969 25' Tradewind
Irmo , South Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 744
I bougt a cleanout plug adapeter for the stinky slinky in the RV section at Wal-Mart a couple of years ago. Screw it all together, open the valve, rinse out the tank with some fresh water, and reverse the procedure. No mess, no hassle.
BTW, I've always used channel-lock pliers for the cap. I was also told years ago by a plumber to NEVER tighten an outdoor cleanout plug more than just sitting the cap on it and letting a couple of threads grab. I found out that he was right a couple of years back. The sewer system in our neighborhood was damaged by a heavy truck running over a line that wasn't buried deep enough. Line backed up quickly and while my neigbors got an UGLY surprise in their drains, my cleanout plug just blew off and the city had to clean up the mess in my yard. Everyone else had to deal with sewage filled sinks and bathtubs.
__________________
AIR #8891
Unrestored 1969 25' Tradewind
Overkill Tow Vehicle of the Year Award:
2001 GMC 3500 4x4 Dually 6.6L Duramax
Journalist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2009, 08:46 AM   #48
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aage View Post
Yeah, see up here, like Minno said, that won't fly. Water (and sanitary sewage) has to be four feet below grade, minimum, or the pipes will freeze as solid as a rock for certain sure.

Sewage cleanouts are all indoors here.

Somehow, I just can't see this whole idea. In my book, a transfer point for sewage needs to be able to sop up any mistakes, and I'm trying to imagine my driveway in that light, but it just doesn't fly for me, like I say.
But whatever floats your boat, I suppose.

By the way, it's definitely NOT something I would hide from anyone, much less the city. You don't want to get into their bad books through something like this, and being sneaky only compounds the issue if they happen to stumble across it. Those folks can make life miserable, if they think you are trying to pull something over on them.

Just my opinion, maybe things are different down where you all live...
Yup...frost line is about 3" As far as making a mess, if you use something like a Sewer Solution system the odds of making a mess are fairly low. I have seen some pretty ugly messes when they dump a restaurant dumpster and the compactor truck is running down the road

Aaron
__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2009, 11:06 AM   #49
4 Rivet Member
 
altamont's Avatar
 
2007 27' Safari FB SE
Tracy , California
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 321
My septic tank is 2000 gallons so I can't see why another 30 gallons would make a difference. My daughter used to take marathon baths that would drain one of our 50 gallon hot water tanks and then some.

As was stated before, if you dump into a home septic system make sure your don't use any tank chemicals that contain formaldahyde as it will kill the bacteria that break down the crud.
__________________
2007 Safari FB SE LS
2008 F-250 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab
WBCCI 1538

To err is human. To arrrrrrr is pirate.
altamont is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2009, 03:24 PM   #50
1 Rivet Member
 
1986 Argosy
bolinas , California
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 5
Greetings: We have created a small ancillary septic tank system for our longer term parking spot for our trailer. We are hoping to gain experience from our new Forum friends about creating a workaround perhaps bypassing the black tank for direct drop to our new system? Or what experience have others had in making longer term connections and what do people find are the most desirable longer term plumbing ways when the trailer goes off-site only 1-2X per year and is used on-site mostly. With thanks in advance
__________________
bol-gordon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2009, 04:02 PM   #51
Rivet Master
 
Melody Ranch's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
1953 32' Liner
1955 22' Safari
Valley View , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,960
Images: 78
Send a message via Skype™ to Melody Ranch
here is one of mine

I have this one available at the barn/shop. Do not use formaldahyde in the chemicals added to the tanks...it kills the septic tank.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Home dump.jpg
Views:	192
Size:	75.4 KB
ID:	80069  
__________________
Melody Ranch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-2009, 11:57 PM   #52
1 Rivet Member
 
1986 Argosy
bolinas , California
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 5
puzzled

Thanks for the picture..Regretably I don't understand what it signifies..It looks like a long length of water hose and a high galvy hose bib and how that might be related to anything of septic/sewer connection is outside of my frame of reference

thanks
__________________
bol-gordon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 12:16 AM   #53
Rivet Master
 
TBRich's Avatar

 
2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,483
Images: 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by bol-gordon View Post
Greetings: We have created a small ancillary septic tank system for our longer term parking spot for our trailer. We are hoping to gain experience from our new Forum friends about creating a workaround perhaps bypassing the black tank for direct drop to our new system? Or what experience have others had in making longer term connections and what do people find are the most desirable longer term plumbing ways when the trailer goes off-site only 1-2X per year and is used on-site mostly. With thanks in advance
Welcome to the forums! You're in the very best place for all things Airstream...and lots of friendly and helpful folks...

As to by by-passing your black tank... Here's my take: I wouldn't bother unless the unit is to remain off the road permanently). The easiest and best way to deal with long term stays is to go ahead and use the black water holding tank as you normally would with any other hookup situation... Do not leave the black tank drain valve open all the time while connected, however. Let the black tank get to 3/4 full or so before dumping so that there is enough liquid built to flush out the solids. Then dump the built up grey water so that it somewhat "rinses" the sewer hose. (You can also refill the black tank with fresh water and do a second or third dump to make sure alll the solids are gotten rid of.) The reason for not leaving the dump valve open all the time is that if you do, the liquids will drain out immediately and the solids will be left behind building up a nasty mess that is difficult to clean out (sometimes called "black hills"). Not a pretty picture. The only way to provide enough water to hook up directly to the septic tank (and by-pass the black tank) is to install a standard flushing household toilet...as they provide the required water for flushing through... You probably don't want to install a household toilet if you travel with the unit at all, as you would have to undo that when traveling if you planned to use the toilet.
__________________
TB & Greg and Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair, 4C
Unit #3954
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 07:31 AM   #54
1 Rivet Member
 
2007 25' International CCD
Waukesha , Wisconsin
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 14
I have used the FloJet RV sewage pump at home for 3 years. I installed a 1-1/2" drain line on the outside of the house. The drain inlet is about 18" above the sewer connection on the trailer, no problem with the lift. I have a short article "Dump at Home" about my installation posted at:
WBCCI Wisconsin Unit Reference Articles
__________________
Bob M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 03:38 PM   #55
2 Rivet Member
 
2016 27' Flying Cloud
Pittsford , New York
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 81
Had the plumber out to my house who confirmed the PVG waste vent that sits right next to my airstream (about 3 ft off the ground and terminates in an easy to unscrew screen) will work just fine as a waste slot and the FloJet sewage pump worked like a charm. Ran some extra clean h20 down the vent after emptying (as advised by the plumber) and no problems at all. Thanks to all for your hints, photos, ideas, etc.
__________________
TG2500 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2009, 06:55 PM   #56
2 Rivet Member
 
2016 27' Flying Cloud
Pittsford , New York
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 81
Here are a few photos of my final set-up

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/BROSENTHAL/Desktop/Airstream/FloJet.JPG[/IMG][IMG]file:///C:/Users/BROSENTHAL/Desktop/Airstream/FloJet.JPG[/IMG]The flojet hooked to the airstream and the hose running into the sewer vent outlet in my house. All in all, it was easy to set-up!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	FloJet.JPG
Views:	126
Size:	571.3 KB
ID:	80158   Click image for larger version

Name:	Home Dump.JPG
Views:	124
Size:	407.2 KB
ID:	80159  

__________________

__________________
TG2500 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Speaking of AC ??"Is my motor home haunted ?" myfirstrv Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 3 03-03-2008 07:07 AM
WBCCI's current plans to rebadge an SOB Class "A" motor home Melody Ranch WBCCI Forum 1 06-04-2007 09:02 PM
Most scenic "dump stations" jordandvm Off Topic Forum 9 06-20-2005 02:29 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.