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Old 02-03-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Dumping help

I have a 95 30' motorhome and am not able to knee to connect dump hook-up and pull the valve handles down. Would appreciate ideas for modification to bring hookup closer to edge so I can hook up by just bending over. Worried that any permanent attachment would be too close to the ground. Thanks for any help.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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The best recommendation I can make would be to have a macerator pump system permanently installed with a retractable hose reel at waist height. These systems are fairly common in larger high-end motorhomes. They are costly to install and take up a good deal of space but they do work. Take a look at sani-con systems. I would guess you'd be looking at around $1000 of parts and labor if you have a dealer do the work.

Sportsmobile's vans use a similar system without the retractable hose reel, which might be something to consider too. It would use less space and cost maybe a little less.
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If you can still connect the dump hose then you might want to just convert the dump handles to electric. We had one of these on our trailer.

Barker makes a electric add on. Barker_Home

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Old 02-03-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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No way I can connect hoses without deep knee bends and bending, would kneel but out of question at most places, I would opt for the maserator with electric valves. I wouldn't want an open system depending on the maserator to hold back black water. If both valves were open it would mix black with the grey. A maserator at lowest level with self coiling hose or an automatic rewinding reel.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:07 AM   #5
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I want to thank you all for suggestions. Taking RV in tomorrow and will discuss them with my RV guy. As I travel solo, I do have to solve this problem. My standard poodle is no help on this one.
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I too am finding that the older I get the further away the ground gets. 6 years ago both my hips were replaced. Probably to my surgeons chagrin I discovered that by doing a reverse push up from a chair/stool and the reverse I could get down and up from the floor/ ground. I had to replace a black tank plus other maintainaince needs under the trailer and vehicles. After 6 years now my hips are pretty secure in place but now my knees are the challenge. I solved my problem of installing and removing my scissor wheel chocks by converting a jack handle to reach down to perform this manuever. Sounds like some of the suggestions here for you may work for you. My point is that you are NOT letting a handicap from detering you from enjoying your life. Ya think maybe a trained dog could help?

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Neil, what's a jack handle?
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Having a problem of my own with fused bones in my ankles following foot surgery, coupled with arthritic knees, I understand your concerns; I can kneel, painfully, but can't squat or stand on tiptoes. Here's a possible non-modification solution: Carry a folding camp stool, and sit on it to do your hookups and drain your holding tanks. That's what I do. Cabela's makes a nice one: item number IK-550276, cost $12.99. If standing up from the stool is a problem, attach a grab bar to the side of your rig near your hookups, so you can grip it to help yourself up. If you just need the grab bar as a balance point and won't put your full weight on it, a suction-cup mount would work fine, but if you support your weight on it, then permanently attach a folding grab bar.

Come to think of it, if you alter things so you only bend over to do the hookups and operate the valves, the grab bar is still a good idea.
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Neil, what's a jack handle?
Mine is a 3/4" dia. pipe, about 2' in length used to fit into an hydrualic jack. I drilled a hole in one end of it and bolted a stove bolt in the hole leaving an inch protrunding. I drilled a hole in the handles of my chocks for the stove bolt to hook into. If a photo will help I'll post one for you. I doubt this 'tool' will help you with your hose hook up frustration. I only posted this solution for me to illustrate that there is a solution for you.
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