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Old 05-28-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Do I need to have a sewer hose?

So I'm completely new to any type of travel trailer camping, so excuse my ignorance. I'm curious if I need a sewer hose or can I dump directly into a dump station when I park over it?

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Old 05-28-2014, 03:55 PM   #2
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Unless you're a really good shot, I'd say use a slinky.

Seriously, the AS should already have a hose (stinky slinky) in a compartment under the trailer. Wear gloves, open the slinky door and remove it, connect it to the trailer dump valve, put the other end into the dump station receptacle/hole, close the lid on the hose (or put the rock on top of the hose) then pull the black valve, close, use the hose connection to add water to the black tank (or put a couple of buckets of water into the toilet), pull black valve again. When's that's empty, close the black valve, open the gray valve (cleans out the slinky). Remove and clean the slinky with hose, put the cap back on the dump valve, store the slinky and close the cover at the dump station. Add a bucket of clean water in the toilet, secure everything and head out to your next stop
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So I'm completely new to any type of travel trailer camping, so excuse my ignorance. I'm curious if I need a sewer hose or can I dump directly into a dump station when I park over it?

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In most cases a hose is necessary.

Rarely, I have encountered dump stations that have a sort of concrete basin that is large enough that it is possible, if odoriferous, to dump without a hose.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:03 PM   #4
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You need to have a sewer hose. The dump station pipe is pretty much a 4" hole in the ground and usually looks like this:

http://sanistardump.com/images/step3.png

By not using a dump hose, you'd be treating all the onlookers to the sight of you trying to swish various objects and substances down that hole with a garden hose. They do not - trust me on this - want to see that.

You also need to verify whether you have a Thetford or Valterra connection on the trailer, and set yourself up with the right fittings. You don't want to be the person trying to duct tape leaking connections together.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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uh... hose...without question. As they say, there are no stupid questions, but you will realize that this one has only one answer after your first dumping!
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:31 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input! I do know that I have a 4in hole, but I do not know the connection type. Here is the best picture I have of it below. Also, there is no compartment under the trailer for a hose, and I don't think I have a grey water tank. Did they make grey water tanks on early 60's airstreams? I only have one lever to pull on to open the waste valve.

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If a stone or heavy block is not available to hold down hose in opening you will be surprised at the force the black water shoots out. Most dump stations don't even try to make a basin and if they do the plumber makes it non draining by elevating the pipe coming out a few inches. A good sewer hose to use is one that has a 90 degee elbow at the dump end.

In the sixties they didn't have a grey water tank, just let dump to the ground, which is not allowed in most places now.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:37 PM   #8
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I see the "thetford" style teeth on there. Just slide on and twist to tighten. THEN open the valve and let her flow! Follow with grey water or buckets of clean water in toilet if storing unit. You could probably just use a hose if handy...and remember, "everybody poops!"
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I carry 2 hose assemblies, one is a short 4 foot hose designed for dump station use, it has the bigger Thetford end. It is the perfect length. Then my regular 15 foot Viper. This hose needs a Thetford to valterra adapter for use on my Classic.

Just yanking the plug is a crap shoot at best (get it) as you might not hit your target with accuracy.

Try it once, you'll be a believer after a whiff of your effluent!
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Old 05-28-2014, 05:00 PM   #10
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So if i have the thetford style can I just buy the Camco Revolution or RhinoFLEX and that will have the connector that I need, or do I need to buy a Thetford branded sewer hose?
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You can use any modern hose, but you'll need a thetford to valtera adapter. It's about $8
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I might suggest the Valtera viper hose system. I've personally had the best luck with these. They truly stay flexible under any scenario, and will not crush or deform. Rhino flex is awful!
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OP, this is what you may need to use modern hoses and accessories.

Amazon.com: Valterra T05-2285VP Thetford to Valterra Universal Adapter: Automotive

I buy 3 at a time. They are flimsy and break easily.

I use the Sewer Solution. Shop around you can find it at better prices else where.

Amazon.com: Sewer Solution: Sports & Outdoors
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You can put an extension of about 6 inches permanently on the toilet outlet and that might make it easier to hook up. Check ground clearance before doing that. A right angle one works well for access. Jim
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