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Old 10-28-2012, 01:31 PM   #29
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Sounds like maybe at some point the black tank valve was left open while the unit was hooked up to the sewer and there is a build-up near the final exit where the slinky attaches.

Is there by any chance another valve near the final exit that someone may have installed for some reason?

The blockage has to be after the gray water "T", or near the final exit for the black water to back up into the shower.

This sounds like the same way our '65 Caravel is plumbed.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #30
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I would suggest that you call a septic pump out company, like the ones that rent the blue rooms, to flush and pump out your tank. They will be able to empty your tank through your toilet inlet. Once you get your tank emptied a valve replace or rebuild would be possible.
I would not recommend that.

The equipment they have is not designed for the job, may cause more damage and certainly cause more of a mess. Picture somone dragging 25 feet of sewer hose through your trailer and turning on a high volume suction.

Most likely there is nothing wrong with the valve at all, and if there is, the valve has just come unattached from the handle inside the belly pan. It will be easy to tell once the blockage has been cleared.

Any kids been in the trailer? It's amazing what they throw down the toilet.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:33 PM   #31
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That would be my luck! But, it looks like the valve is made like you said before. grey water enters downstream of the valve. Or does the shower itself drain into the waste tank like the toilet?
Think gravity. In your setup, the shower drain is below the BW tank. If they were plumbed together, the BW would be backing up in the shower all the time. The sinks and shower tie into the outlet pipe downstream from the dump valve. Your blockage has to be downstream from where the sinks/shower drains tie into the discharge pipe.

If you said you heard gurgling in the tank when you attempted to plunge the shower, that tells me the dump valve is at least partially open.
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:36 PM   #32
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Is this the first time you have used this trailer?
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:46 PM   #33
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One of the previous owners of our Caravel made a hole in the floor to be able to run wires, cable, electrical etc., outside without leaving the access door to that compartment open. The opening contains the same exact fitting used to connect the slinky to the dump on the trailer. It has the same type cap to close it off when not in use. At the International Rally in Salem OR a few years ago when they came around to dump us all, one guy tried was about to hook up their dump wagon to that fitting. I showed him the correct fitting and got dumped.

I know it's a long shot, but does you trailer have the same thing? Are you sure that you hooked the slinky to the dump valve on your trailer?
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:46 PM   #34
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Im not understanding, i guess. I dont see another drain anywhere to cap. All there is, is one drain. And it comes straight down, directly out of the dump valve. T'd off to the left and right just below the dump valve are 2 1-1/2" lines. I dont understand where else the fluids could go. And if toilet paper is coming up in the shower, when i put water in the toilet? It seems to me, it should drain out of there. There is only about 2" of fluid in the tank under the toilet. This is the first time I have ever had this problem with an rv, and it just makes no sense how it is plumbed to me.
If there are no modifications there is only one discharge. You seem to be on the right track.
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Took a stiff piece of wire, inserted it into the slinky hose straight up through the vavle into the tank. still not draining. Valve has to be open, or the wire would not go up into the tank, i would think. Going to go buy a snake and a gallon of gas. I'll try the snake first! LOL
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:20 PM   #36
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How do you know the wire went into the tank? Could you see it down through the head when you open the toilet flapper?
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:49 PM   #37
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Took a stiff piece of wire, inserted it into the slinky hose straight up through the vavle into the tank. still not draining. Valve has to be open, or the wire would not go up into the tank, i would think. Going to go buy a snake and a gallon of gas. I'll try the snake first! LOL
Why though the slinky? Did you try directly through the valve with the slinky disconnected? Do you encounter resistance pushing the wire through the valve into the tank, like pushing through softening ca ca. If you have no resistance and can freely wiggle the wire there is no reason the tank would not drain.

If you feel resistance is it downstream of the valve slider gate? That would explain the poo ending up in the shower.

There is a gizmo that works pretty good from RV stores. It is a wand you attach a garden hose to that sprays out water in several direction to rinse out the tank.

I suspect previous users have done their business in a dry tank which dried into the "Black Hills" referred to earlier. When you use the tank it should be with the valve closed until it is fuil enough to dump. Don't leave the dump valve open until you are ready to dump the tank.
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Ok, I got it fixed! Went and got some rubber gloves, and did the nasty! It was blocked right at the danged fitting! Just like someone said. I tell you one thing, those tanks hold a quit a bit of pooo. When i pulled that sucker loose, the valve was open! I know i was told! I forgot! I paid! Had to flood all around my trailer with fresh water.. Going to get some bleach now, to douse the ground with, to kill the smell. There was a gob of paper and nuggets hung up right at the connection. How do i avoid that in the future? Do I need to keep the waste gate closed, until the tank is full, then dump it once in a while? I think someone mentioned that? Yes this is the first time I have had this rv out. No, I have never had one set up in a park. They are always at the deer lease, with an out house in operation. Please give me all the info you can, so i can avoid this terrible, terrible situation again. Thanks
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:01 PM   #39
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Ooooh, that's really grossss! Yes, you should leave your gate closed until your tank is pretty fully. Then the swooooch will take everything out instead of little bits at a time. It also helps you avoid "Black Hills", which is pretty descriptive in & of itself! You should always put a couple gallons of water in the tank to start with. If I were you, I'd take a bunch of ice & dump it in the black tank & take her for a ride. It'll clean the tank up & make things have a fresh start. I'm a believer in using the campground facilities for the "pooo" as you call it! I am too grossed out by it! I can sympathize though. I lost a toothbrush in my trailer the first day or two that I had it! I did a lot of digging in that black tank! Glad you got your turds out! Ha! Ha! (oh, and welcome to the forums!)
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... How do i avoid that in the future? Do I need to keep the waste gate closed, until the tank is full, then dump it once in a while? I think someone mentioned that? ...
Exactly! After dumping, put several gallons of water into the tank. The more liquid, the more completely and freely it will dump. Keep the dump valve closed until you're ready to dump. A tank 3/4 full where everything is floating is the key. You may still have a lot of solids in there after today's experience. I might start with 10 gal of water and a cup of laundry detergent. Then use as normal. The added water and detergent will help loosen things up in the week or so before you need to dump again.
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. I lost a toothbrush in my trailer the first day or two that I had it! I did a lot of digging in that black tank!
I would hate to loose a perfectly good toothbrush
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