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Old 11-30-2003, 12:53 PM   #1
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Sewer Solution

Waiting out the winter in Anchorage; and thinking about what we need for next season's use of our new 16. Past posts thought a lot of this Sewer Solution thing, and looking at the slinky AS provided, I can see why. But, the TT has a separate port for attaching a hose to flush out the tank as you drain it, so I wonder if this thing is an improvement. The owners manual is typically unhelpful here, doesn't even mention the flushing inlet or when/how to use it. IF nothing else, I like not having to store the large diameter slinky and using only the non-corregated small diameter Sewer Solution hose.
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Old 11-30-2003, 05:49 PM   #2
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frozen chosen,

I have had a Sewer Solution for a long time infact I have one of the opague prototypes. You may have to have both the Sewer Solution and the slinky hose with you.

Some dump stations do not have a way to connect a hose. I have come across hoses with the male end cut off and the other end purposely located high in the air on the end of a long pipe to prevent people from temporarily replacing them. I think that some dump stations do not trust people to have antisiphon valves especially in areas that have a common water system.

I also have a built in tank cleaning system, but without a hose connection available, that will not work either.

I am going to make up a couple of pipe adapters that will fit inside the cut off ends of 1/2 and 3/4 inch hoses. Then with a short hose and a screw clamp, I can eliminate carring the sloppy slinky finally.

Be sure to carry a spare Theford adapter for the Sewer Solution. It is easy to break this adapter since the Sewer Solution somewhat conflicts with the dump vlaves on the Airstream. Once it breaks, you are SOL.

As you stated, the Sewer solution takes up very little room.
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Old 11-30-2003, 07:25 PM   #3
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So Frozen,

I hope I have this holding tank flush out attachment on my unit! Where is it and how do I use it? Sounds very handy since we don't have the advantage of using grey water to follow our black. Jamie
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Hi Jamie; on the road side above the wheel there are two inlets, the top (larger) being the hookup for freshwater supply at the campground. Below this there is a smaller inlet which is the tank flush. The dealer said I would normally not have to use this, but in the event the trailer had sat for a while, this would agitate the tank. He also said you could use the same hose that you have going to the upper valve; just unscrew it there and re=attach to the flush valve. Ummmm, I see why some campgrounds might cut the hose screws. I have the entire walk thru on tape, so if you would want it I could try to have it copies and sent to you.

Another question I still have: how do you change the high-intensity bulbs (no jokes)? Do yyou have a TV for yours? If so, what is it and how is it working. When the financial dust settles from having bought the TT, I am looking at a 17in LCD.

Later, Brad.
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I don't have the extra hose attachment for a tank flush, but I do have a tank flush hose that you put down through the toilet that is supposed to help clean it out. I'm not concerned yet.

I think the lights just pop down if you pry them from the most inner chrome ring. I started to pry one out once and it made a move but I stopped for some reason.

NoTV. We have a lap top that we think of using as a DVD player but haven't taken it along yet. We haven't stayed put at a campsite long enough to have time for some viewing. Usually running around sightseeing and wind up in bed as soon as it's dark. I'm looking forward to a lazy trip.

So how do you fit in the bed and bathroom?

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Hi Guys: I asked about changing the bulbs and haven't gotten a straight answer yet. I think they probably pop out. They are loose and you can push them around.
Have either of you gotten a new 16CCD manual?
Brad: Did you get the rear wrap around windows?

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The TT fits me fine (I lied; I'm really 5-10). We were really suprised to see how much leg room there is on the table/conversion bed. It would fit someone 6feet without problems. No new manual, although I hope AS is planning on it. I tore out all sections not pertaining to the 16, but its obvious there is a lot missing. I forgot how to turn on the heater and figured this would be carefully explained in the manual. Hah! The manufacturer-supplied info only showed how to wire the damn thing. Now I am wondering how the freshwater supply inlet for the tanks works with the fw supply thing for the hook up.
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Oh, forgot.... no wrap around r. windows - although now that I see the lay out I wouldn't want them, as they would let a lot of light in, as well as less insulation value above the bed.
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Thanks Brad: I'll be calling Airstream this week to ask about a few items, and the manual will be one of them.
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My mother-in-law said the wrap around rear window made the bed look like a hot tub!!! It made my wife feel better about not getting one. I agree with her and I agree with Frozen about the insulation value and light. It gets pretty chilly sleeping against the aluminum as it is.

I had to call AS to get an update for my trailer handbook. It isn't much better than the old one except the schematics for the wiring and plumbing match up now.
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Re: the light bulbs; I'll bet a cookie they don't pop out. At least it would be unusual for a bulb that large to be a push-in , pull out-er. ITs around 5 below out, or I would try to see if I could unscrew one (not much to grab on to, is there?).
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Hi: Are these the water inlets we're talking about?
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Dang! Our Pod doesn't have one. I want one!!!
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