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Old 10-29-2003, 03:28 PM   #15
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Question thetford adaptor

Brian, where do you get this adaptor? I have just discovered that the new hoses I bought don't fit my A/S. I still have the old nasty one from the PO, but would sure like to get new. PJ thanks
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:08 PM   #16
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PJ-I bought the adapter at Loveland RV in CO. They aren't an AS dealer or anything, just an RV Shop. I imagine you could find one at just about any local camper store. Someone here at the site might now where you could find one online.

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Old 10-30-2003, 08:05 AM   #17
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Hose stretcher

I have not had too much trouble getting Thetford connectors on a standard hose. It is tight but it will go on.

If you have too much trouble getting the hose on, you can buy this little alligator mouth looking thing that stretches the hose to go over any fitting. They are cheap and you can buy them at most RV supply stores.
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Old 10-30-2003, 11:51 AM   #18
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Hose Stretcher

A method I have used, with success, in getting the hose onto the adaptor, or end fitting: With the engine running on my tow vehicle (oh, alright, ANY motor vehicle) place the end of the new sewer hose over the tip of the vehicle's exhaust pipe and hold it there for a very brief time. You can feel the plastic of the hose heating and becoming more flexible - it doesn't take long. Then remove the hose and immediately work the fitting onto the end of the hose (it should go in much easier than on a cool hose). Tighten up the clamp and you're ready to let the hose cool a few minutes and use it. Well, anyway, it worked for me.
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Old 10-30-2003, 12:12 PM   #19
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The Water Thief is invaluable when you find a spigot without threads. I carry two, one for general use, including hookup to the black tank wash, and one reserved for drinking water, after I've thoroughly sanitized the spigot.

I've also bought a coupla worm drive clamps to go with them.
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Old 10-30-2003, 12:36 PM   #20
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Sewer hose expander by Valterra

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Old 10-30-2003, 05:03 PM   #21
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Talking Thetford adaptor

Well after three RV stores, I found the 4 1/4 inch elbow I needed. I streched the new hose to fit (their just not color coordinated). Thanks all for the assistance in this mess matter. P J
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Old 10-30-2003, 05:39 PM   #22
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How do you keep the sewer hose from contaminating the rest of the contents of your bumper? Even after rinsing mine I don't trust it. The solution is a dedicated storage tube installed under the trailer back near the dump outlet. Available at Camping World. And a box of blue gloves.

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Old 10-30-2003, 07:06 PM   #23
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I have a storage tube under my 04 Safari 28 W, but it only fits one 10' sewer hose. I have two 10'ers however and have to store the other hose in the bumper storage. Do you guys who store them in the PVC tubes use a 10' hose only or are you able to store a 20' tube? Maybe, I'll install a second storage tube under the trailer. Other thought was fabricating some type of divider in the rear bumper to separate the hose from the electric cord.

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Old 11-10-2003, 07:32 PM   #24
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Camping World seems to keep some of these in stock, if you ever need to get another one.
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Old 11-10-2003, 10:38 PM   #25
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Hose carriers

I removed the PVC hose carrier from my previous trailer before trading it. My new Classic came with an identical carrier that holds only one 10' heavy duty hose.

There is just enough room to install a second carrier right in front of the supplied carrier. I'll have to rivet an aluminum reinforcement plate to the belly pan to support the additional carrier by spreading the stress.
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Old 11-11-2003, 09:51 AM   #26
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Hose Storage

I wonder if a good sheet metal shop couldn't fabricate a flat box with a lid that would allow you to store the hose on one side of the rear bumper storage drawer? I know that my 20' hose will fit on one side. The more awkward item for storage is the hose support stand. I bought the plastic one that hinges out and, when folded up, it doesn't fit anywhere convenient. This Sewer Solution device is looking better all the time! I've already decided that my pickup truck bed is about to become a dedicated storage and transport container. I'm eyeing the Leer tonneau top and the slide-out drawer from Gem. The pickup has far more capacity, weight and volume-wize, than the trailer.
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I have a storage tube under my 04 Safari 28 W, but it only fits one 10' sewer hose. I have two 10'ers however and have to store the other hose in the bumper storage. Do you guys who store them in the PVC tubes use a 10' hose only or are you able to store a 20' tube? Maybe, I'll install a second storage tube under the trailer. Other thought was fabricating some type of divider in the rear bumper to separate the hose from the electric cord.

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I have not taken delivery of my 25FB yet, but I did note that the stock tube will only fit a 10' hose. I was thinking of swapping out the stock one for a long one because I have had problems in the past with my fifth wheel. The one advantage I see with the small trailer is that I have more freedom of movement which may reduce the need for the extra long hose. I thought about a second tube but that would mean I would need to assemble the hose if required. I do like the idea of rolling it up in the awning!
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This is what we've done, and it seems like a clean and easy way to go.
We attach a "Flush King" to the sewer outlet. Then we hook up the sewer hose to that (we have two lengths of Thetford hoses and usually can use the shorter 10' hose) and set it into to camp outlet in the ground using a graduated adapter. We use a weight to keep it in place.
We empty the gray water tank when it seems to be getting a bit full, but the night before we break camp we close the valve to save some gray water for the washing-out process. When we get ready to leave, we empty the black tank, flush it with a "gray" hose (don't use your white drinking water hose) attached to the Flush King until it's clear (can take 3 or 4 fills) and then fill it with a few gallons of water via the Flush King. Then with the black valve closed, we empty the gray water tank, flush it a few times, and also fill it with a gallon or two of water. Then we close of both those valves and flush the hose. It's still not sanitized, so we do all operations with gloves (and being a nurse, I replace my gloves constantly and probably more than neccessary to avoid cross-contamination...) and also use the gel santitizer. I then wipe the connection with clorox wipes, and seal it in a clean zip lock bag. If I'm using our shorter hose, I put the it, with the cover on the sewer end, and a rag stuffed into the trailer end, into a garbage bag and put it it an outside storage compartment. Our longer hose fits into a tube under the trailer carriage. Then we add a good dose of the friendly enzymes to both the gray and black water tanks.
We had no idea that this process was so involved, but it's well worth it to do it right, and it goes faster and gets easier every time.
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