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Old 12-18-2012, 05:41 AM   #57
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Hey Gene. It is certainly possible that I was not using the SS system properly. When we head out again, I'll try it. Thanks for the tip. Jack
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:19 AM   #58
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Is this correct?......

The higher the working water pressure the more effective,(quicker), the SS werks.

If so...a well water supplied DS would be less effective than one on city pressure?

Does anyone use the FW tank/pump for SS dumping?

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Old 12-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #59
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Gene, i checked the instructions for the SS and could not read anything that I might be doing wrong. Any suggestions that have worked for you? Jack
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:52 AM   #60
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Congrats on your new Airstream. Your sales dealer should provide a 'start up kit' with a cheap sewer hose. Mine lasted a year until I personally stepped on it. I replaced it with the tougher Rhinoflex and have never had a problem dumping my tanks. The hose does not have bad odor - the grey water dump is adequate to clean it. I squirt a bit of dishwashing liquid down the toilet instead of the RV chemicals, and put a couple of gallons of clean water in the black tank to slosh around as I tow. Your new Airstream will have the tank flusher as does mine - just use that regularly. I like technology as much as anyone, but I've seen no need for anything more complicated in the sewer system. The Airstream doesn't have much external storage space for extra 'toiletries'.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:12 AM   #61
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Jack, I don't have the SS. I think it has a pump and a garden hose system, but I may be confusing that with something else. Certainly a garden hose will move less than a slinky sized hose, though a pump may move more. The small inner diameter of the hose (usually 1/2" or 5/8") has a limit much, much lower than 3 or 4" slinkies, so the pump would have to be pretty powerful to make up for the diameter difference. My thought was that if the tank empties slowly, there is less pressure to move the solids and thus the tank doesn't get very clean. Over time, that may build up.

If the SS allows you to backflush, then that would move some more solids out. The fuller the tank is, the more hydrostatic pressure to clean the tank.

We have an attachment called Flush King which allows us to backflush the tank and get it cleaner. It is clear plastic, so we can see when the water changes to clear. This year we started using a solution of water softener and dish detergent in the black tank after we drain it. This is supposed to keep it cleaner by dissolving oils and cleaning the walls better. it should make it harder for solids to stick to the walls. Our experience is we have to backflush about 40-50% less than we had to before.

Nobody likes dealing with the black tank. It seems the SS is marketed to make the experience less gross. I don't see how that can be, but I've never used one. I do know that men seem to get the ugly things to do and this is the prime one. We should organize and refuse to drain the black tank until our wives take the garbage out.

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Old 12-19-2012, 11:41 AM   #62
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I use a Rhino flex it has all the couplers and its a 15 ft extendable hose.Approx $29.00
I would also suggest a clear 6inch coupler(it goes on first) as it makes it easier to see when the tank is empty and when you flush it your able to tell when its clean.Approx $10.0

The cheap short hoses are worthless and a pain in the A**
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:25 PM   #63
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I have a brand new SS that I have never hooked up. I would have had to extend the connector to clear the bumper and just didn't feel it was worth the trouble. Never have had any problem with the slinky probably had some $$ burning a hole in my pocket. Sal
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #64
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Never have had any problem with the slinky probably had some $$ burning a hole in my pocket. Sal
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:42 PM   #65
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Have about 20 months total use with Sewer Solution without complaints. Very glad to have this product and no problems with it. Keeps me and the site clean of sewage. I use the Airstream tank flush system to flush the tank, and use an RV water softener for all water into the trailer, which makes everything easier to clean.

I'm not particularly squeamish, but find the slinky disgusting compared to the SS which is clean to connect/disconnect and use. Also more compact hose. I have stored it in the rear bumper box or pickup bed. Still have the slinky tube on the trailer, maybe I'll find a use for it.

If it ever fails will not hesitate to shell out a $112 for a new one.

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Thanks for the tip, Doug. I'll look into the SS thing.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:03 AM   #67
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I remember reading somewhere on the Forum that the Rhinoflex does not fit completely into the storage tube due to the width of the tabs on the female connector? But I assume they could be cutoff or ground down?
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Jack, the various models (another one is Revolution) with permanently attached ends will not fit in the storage compartment under the trailer. We put ours in a large plastic box with other sewer things (connections to campground sewer, Flush King, gloves, dedicated hose for backflushing) in the back of the pickup. We also have extra slinky there since on rare occasions we need an extra 10'.

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I have the Rhinoflex, and I cut off the ears and store it in the tube. I also carry an extra 10' section in the back sliding drawer with an extra female fitting so I can use it either as an extension or connection to the blue boy.
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I have both SS and a Rhinoflex and have found that when going to alot of dump sites there are other people waiting to dump and the SS takes longer as it is a smaller diameter hose and it requires hooking up to a water line to flush the black water tank.So I use the Rinoflex the majority of the time.As to the Rhinoflex being messy or disgusting I have not found this to be true.I always dump black water first then dump the grey water (which is mostly soapy water)doing it in that order cleans the Rinoflex.After that I rinse the Rinoflex with a shot of water and store in the bumper area.Never any smell or mess.And the time it takes is much less than the SS and wastes far less water.I is also more considerate to fellow campers who are waiting for you to finish dumping. My 2 cents
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