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Old 08-18-2014, 09:10 AM   #29
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Thank you so much, y'all! SStar, do I need a larger holding tank for the macerator ? where would it be placed? how to deal with freezing? Thanks again.
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:51 PM   #30
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FLojet macerator

You won't need a holding tank of any kind. The macerator attaches onto your piping on the trailer with a Valterra fitting. You may need an adaptor from Thetford to Valterra. You can pump directly through a water hose to your septic tank. The larger the diameter the better flow rate you will have (less restriction). I actually buried a 2" pvc line to pump through. I just connect a short hose from the flojet to the 2" pvc. The flojet has a connection so that you can connect a hose to flush it out after your tanks are empty. As to freezing, if you expect cold weather just remove and drain it until the next usage. As I mentioned, we are very careful about any paper that goes into our tanks.
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Old 08-20-2014, 07:55 AM   #31
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:39 AM   #32
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I have a related question about pumping into a septic tank.

There is a 4" clean-out on top of the septic tank which seems closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Can the sewage be pumped directly into the tank clean-out hole?
- Does it matter which side of the septic tank baffle the clean-out is located. This clean-out seems to be closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Would it be better to intercept the pipe between the house and tank to put in a clean-out port?
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:51 PM   #33
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is anyone pumping blackwater uphill?

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I have a related question about pumping into a septic tank.

There is a 4" clean-out on top of the septic tank which seems closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Can the sewage be pumped directly into the tank clean-out hole?
- Does it matter which side of the septic tank baffle the clean-out is located. This clean-out seems to be closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Would it be better to intercept the pipe between the house and tank to put in a clean-out port?

A clean out between the dwelling and the septic tank is the preferred entry way. As long as you're pumping into the tank and not the drain field I think you will be fine. It is better if the tank clean out is away from the drain field entrance.

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Old 08-20-2014, 02:30 PM   #34
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A few days ago, we were at a friend's home and hooked up. His septic outlet was 90' from our trailer, and about 2 feet higher than our Airstream. I bought enough thinwall PVC, with the necessary couplers, hooked up my Sewer Solutions, and it worked fine. Took about 10 minutes or less to empty the blackwater tank.
A macerator pump would work fine also, but is a bit more expensive.

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Old 08-21-2014, 08:19 PM   #35
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I have a related question about pumping into a septic tank.

There is a 4" clean-out on top of the septic tank which seems closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Can the sewage be pumped directly into the tank clean-out hole?
- Does it matter which side of the septic tank baffle the clean-out is located. This clean-out seems to be closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Would it be better to intercept the pipe between the house and tank to put in a clean-out port?
Obviously the preferred way would be to pump into a fitting upstream of your septic tank. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to occasionally pump into the clean out fitting on my septic if I needed to. A macerator pump grinds any solids into minute particles as it pumps so that it should not be an issue.
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Old 03-27-2015, 05:25 PM   #36
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:20 PM   #37
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I have a related question about pumping into a septic tank.

There is a 4" clean-out on top of the septic tank which seems closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Can the sewage be pumped directly into the tank clean-out hole?
- Does it matter which side of the septic tank baffle the clean-out is located. This clean-out seems to be closer to the exit side of the septic tank.
- Would it be better to intercept the pipe between the house and tank to put in a clean-out port?
There are a number of variations on septic tanks, and their compartments. They are designed to have the waste put into the tank below the top crusty skum line, which seals the top of the liquid and allows the bacteria to work in the absence of air. Adding liquid/solid mixture to that top is not a good idea.

In addition, you might wind up adding it to a holding tank portion of a two or three chamber tank system. That will put solids into your drain field very fast and would never be recommended or good to do.

In my own three chamber system #2 and #3 are designed for liquid only (and they are away from the intake line). Chamber #3 is for almost pure liquid only and adding raw sewerage to that would be a disaster, as it contains a pump to pump the final liquid uphill to my drain field.

So, unless you know how your system is designed and built, I would not recommend adding RV waste to the top of the septic tank itself. Dig up the intake line, put a swept T fitting on it, bring it up to ground level and cap it, and use it only for your RV waste.

Septic systems can be easily damaged and very expensive to replace.
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Idroba - thanks for your informative post. Poo is a big deal when you've got a big family camping together and... no I won't go there.

I never intended to boondock, and yet over time I've done it quite often. I often drive into one of my regular home grounds and immediately empty the tanks. Even when I've used a dump station where I've been charged for the privilege, the pop-up, my Airstream and The high end moho pay the same amount to use the dump station.

I hunker down at Holiday travel park during January and February. Nice bargain rates for supersites. During the season, it's $4 less per night to get water and electric only than for water, electric and sewer.... BUT THE DUMP STATIONS ARE FREE except to those who pull on just to dump. Then they pay $4.00 even if they have 200 gallon tags. At $28 per week I sometimes dither, because with one person I can easily dump a good amount of gray into the toilet and make it with room to spare. But then, when you're ready to get on the road, who wants to stop, unpack a dump hose, and dump two full tanks? Again convenience makes sense.
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I am remodeling my 1974 argosy to remain on my property. My house is raised with the clean out directly inline with where I want to park my trailer. I am having electrical hookups put in, but not sure what I should do about the sewer line. Protagonist, I'm in your area near the fairgrounds. Thanks!
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My farmhouse has a septic tank, other house has city sewer

I know the drill.

If you are going to dump your campers black water into your septic.

#1 USE AN ENZYME backwater treatment, NOT blue perfume chemicals, which will be detrimental to the biosystem of your septic tank.

#2 Use Scotts tissue ( cheaper than RV paper, easier to find )

That's what I use..and I never have solids or paper coming out of the trailer

My friend used to use a macerator, to pump into his toilet via a garden hose. He quit doing so because the pump often got clogged or jammed. Twice, a sanitary napkin was the problem. ( non RVers and city folk, don't know any better ) Both of us on occasion, in a pinch, used 5 gallon buckets to transport waste to our sewer clean outs
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