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Old 09-11-2009, 01:02 PM   #29
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Here's some pic's of how we use our SS in camps with full hook-ups...

1. I made a box to hold the FW filter, and a diverter valve for the incoming water supply.

2. There is a check valve downstream of the diverter valve on the supply line going to the SS's jet fitting - this will prevent ANY, repeat, ANY chance of contamination of the FW supply in the event of supply pressure failure - there has been much discussion about this prospect on other threads!!!

3. I can easily select FW to trailer - or - divert water to the SS during flushing, and back again, etc...

4. flushing techniques have been discussed above at length...drain BW tank, rotate SS jet, flush drain pipes, rotate SS jet back to flush through drain hose, etc...
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:14 PM   #30
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Brian...check out my 'compact' system hookup...I only need one FW supply hose - everything else is in the 'box'...

I don't have the 'Patent Pending' tags printed up yet, so you're free to copy it...

You can see that I made the hole large enough to screw in a replacement Fw filter when needed

I also use brass quick disconnect fittings on all the garden hose fittings - I get them from Harbor Freight when they're on sale...

I got the plastic box from WalMart - I can coil up my short hoses, connect their QD ends to 'seal' them in a 'circle', and store them in the 'box', along with my extra QD's, water thief, etc...

I carry extra QD fittings so I can screw one on the camps FW supply faucet - makes it easier to hook up the garden FW supply hose...IMHO.

I guess I'm always looking for ideas to make setting up and breaking down camp as easy as possible...
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OK I'm sold. Great ingenuity MexRay on the box.
Thanks for the pics to all.

My only concern would be the clear fixture is maybe not as durable as the PVC or whatever common fitting material is made from.
If one of those clear material tabs breaks off the twist on fitting I guess that means a whole new pump..Right? Also the poop bounces all over the brass nozzle and interior of the clear assembly, right? So how does that get cleaned up thouroghly? or is that important? After a while is the clear still clear (enough to view as designed)?

Lastly are the sections of 3/4 inch discharge line rigid enough to stash (stick) into the under trailer PVC tube that runs across wise the belly pan? Anyone know whether 3 of them will nest into the tube? I am guessing those holders are 4" but maybe a bit smaller??? Mine's not here to measure. The 3/4 " sections may have to be shortened to about 7.5 ft each??
I suspect two would fit, but not sure of three. I know they will coil and store that way, but how big (diameter) will the coil of a 10 ft section be. I dont think they would go into any of my hatches coiled . Of course one of them will have the termination fitting and elbow on it. And the pump on the other end. That surely wont go into the under belly tube.
Might have to remove the ends each use. Is that feasable?
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OK I'm sold. Great ingenuity MexRay on the box.
Thanks for the pics to all.

My only concern would be the clear fixture is maybe not as durable as the PVC or whatever the common fitting material is made from.
If one of those clear material tabs breaks off the twist on fitting I guess that means a whole new pump..Right? Also the poop bounces all over the brass nozzle and interior of the clear assembly, right? So how does that get cleaned up thouroghly? or is that important?

Lastly are the sections of 3/4 inch discharge line rigid enough to stash (stick) into the under trailer PVC tube that runs across wise the belly pan? Anyone know whether 3 of them will nest into the tube? They may have to be shortened to about 7.5 ft each??
I suspect two would fit, but not sure of three. I know they will coil and store that way, but how big (diameter) will the coil of a 10 ft section be. I dont think they would go into any of my hatches.
Right now I coil the SS hoses (I have 20' all together) in a 3 1/2 gal. (approx.) bucket that has a lid. The bucket was a laundry soap container. I am looking to mount 4" or 5" PVC under the coach for the slinky as a backup then use the rear bumper storage for the SS. I made up my additional SS 1" reinforced hose bought at Home Depot. However I had/have difficulty finding connectors to connect the hoses. I 'spose I should just spend the extra bucks on the extra SS hose that is sold separately. I've seen Mexray's set up. 'Sweet.'
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:06 PM   #33
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I also use sections of 1" PVC to supplement the flex hose to make 50' and 70' dumps runs respectively.

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We also used a 100' section of 1" PVC and 20' of the SS hose. We were then able to get downhill and into the septic tank intake that is on some property we have @Ft.Davis. When I was at the hardware store buying fittings to interface the hoses and PVC Sewer fittings, I kept being asked what I was using it for. I just really didn't feel like having to explain the details of it.

Worked great...
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I've only used the SS once, but the poop really didn't stick to the brass jet. I dumped the black first, flushed it reall well with the factory flushing connection, and then dumped the grey tank. Looks pretty clean to me, and when I smelled it this afternoon, it still smelled new.
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Old 09-11-2009, 07:47 PM   #35
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I've fulltimed since 2005. I used the factory supplied slinky once, then threw it out. Bought a new slinky that lasted about 3 months...I had to slightly stretch it to reach a sewer hookup and it started getting pinhole leaks. Fulltiming = more sun damage especially in the south. Found the Sewer Solution.

Wearing out? The original backflow protector broke about a year ago... I replaced it with a hardware store model. The clear part is a bit cloudy after 5 years in the sun... and the gasket is probably nearing the end of it's useful life, but all 20 feet of the hose is still in great condition. Urged on by this thread I ordered a new one. I don't think there are many slinkies that would hold up to the kind of use my SS has seen. I could probably get another season out of it EASILY... but I might end up in deep s**** which is unthinkably gross to even contemplate It's also not "Airstream-worthy" behavior to leave a mess for whoever might be unfortunate enough to camp in the same spot later!

For the most fastidious, it's the cleanup time savings that really makes the BIG difference. It's also the feeling that you're getting it REALLY clean! I've never seen a slinky hose that's clear. The SS has a green stripe circling the hose, but you can see what ISN'T inside it when you coil it up. BTW I store mine in my bumper in a plastic bag, but I like the Cat litter tub idea. Over time, a bit of odor can build up in the SS, but a brief soak in hot water and a quarter of a cup of vinegar in the tub or bucket would render it spotless.

OH, I don't need to wear rubber gloves when I'm cleaning up the hose and storing it - though finding a slug on the bottom side of the SS hose once made me wish I had them on... I did the "girlie shudder and twitch" for a few minutes that time.

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We have not had any major issues with using the slinky and we have a built-in rinse sprayer that does a good job...but you're all making me really consider this product...looks like a winner...
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:22 PM   #37
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This probably the best money I have ever spent when it comes to RV's. We use the one I have at the home "campground", especially when we have multiple units staying over. I have multiple power outlets, we can put splitters on the water, but the sewer clean out is uphill from where the trailers park. We us the SS and about 50' of PVC pipe just slipped together. It takes under an hour to pump out 3-4 holding tanks every week or so. At the time there were 3 fivers and a Silver Streak staying over. (Guys that I work with needed a place to hold over for a few weeks until the next project started). FWIW at our place grey water goes on the ground, usually into the garden.

If we had to us a conventional slinky hose cleanouts wouldn't happen.

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Old 09-11-2009, 09:26 PM   #38
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I just ordered mine tonight.
I think this is good thing to use for me.I have had 2 blow outs with the slinky and the Airstream took a dump on me both times.Not a fun thing to see when your crouched down pulling on the handle and SLOSH!!!!!!!!.
And we are not talking about the the grey tank
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Old 09-12-2009, 12:06 AM   #39
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The 'clear' housing of the SS is cast of polycarbonate - it won't ever break in normal use, and it if did, I'll bet SS would stand behind it!!! I wouldn't leave your SS housing laying around when you're using your 20 ton steam roller, however...

They use this stuff in laminates for bullet-resistant windows - it's tough!

Here's another view of our 'uncluttered' hook ups...
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I agree on the strength and durability of the Sewer Solution clear housing. It appears to be as strong, if not stronger , than any of the slinky fixtures that attach to the tank drain outlet.

With my Sewer Solution, I always use a six inch clear attachment tube so that I always have a good view of what's going on during the tank draining process.

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I have had my Sewer Solution for over two years now. During this period, we have camped in Lucy about 350 nights. My original Sewer Solution is still going strong, under this fairly heavy use.

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Brian,

What is the orange thing at your sewer outlet? What is its purpose and how is it attached?

Thanks, by the way, for the detailed description. I will be another proud owner as soon as I get around to it.

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Brian,

What is the orange thing at your sewer outlet? What is its purpose and how is it attached?

Thanks, by the way, for the detailed description. I will be another proud owner as soon as I get around to it.

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The orange things that you see on the clear tube coming out of Lucy's dump pipe are a couple of those "Cable Cuffs" that I use to tie up the Sewer Solution hose when it is coiled up for storage. I just store them there because I can easily find them when pack up the hose.

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