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Old 09-13-2009, 08:59 AM   #43
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Been pondering the SS for some time now, but we are "dockers" at heart and most of the stations we frequent do not have city water pressure. Seems it wouldn't perform nearly as well under those conditions. May be something to consider for home use though, that way we could avoid the Sunday evening rush at the DS.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:20 AM   #44
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Been pondering the SS for some time now, but we are "dockers" at heart and most of the stations we frequent do not have city water pressure. Seems it wouldn't perform nearly as well under those conditions. May be something to consider for home use though, that way we could avoid the Sunday evening rush at the DS.
We keep a 10' section of slinky with fittings for use at community dump sites. Since we rarely boondock, this has never been an issue. We are rigged up to dump at home using 40' of Sewer solution flex hose and another 30' of 1" PVC to reach our clean out.

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Should I get an extension for the SS.It seems that the valve and dump opening on the camper would be to close to turn the nozzle.
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I use a 6" clear extension between the trailer dump outlet and the Sewer Solution head.

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Can you get a thetford adapter for the SS? We are researching better options for dumping our black tank as there seems to always be a pile of solids right under the toilet that want to stay there even after we dump the tank. the only way we have found to get it to move is to dump a bucket of water down the toilet.
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Can you get a thetford adapter for the SS? We are researching better options for dumping our black tank as there seems to always be a pile of solids right under the toilet that want to stay there even after we dump the tank. the only way we have found to get it to move is to dump a bucket of water down the toilet.
Adaptors ar available at most RV suppliers. You should flush your b-tank after each dumping. If you are having trouble dislodging the solids dump a bag of ice cubes into the tank and drive it. The motion will scour the solids. Then dump it again or after your next travel camp hook-up or dump station.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:27 PM   #49
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I can't comment on the durability as I haven't had mine very long, but there are no moving parts per se. The pump is a water jet pump. The only reason I think you'd ever need a replacement pump is if you dropped it or broke it or something. At the end of the hose they supply you with both a 3" and 4" adapter to fit snugly into the "poop chute" of the dump station, so no worries about it coming out and spraying you. I have no idea what a water thief is?
I just replaced my 4 year old one. I FULLTIME and have my SS connected 100% of the time except when boondocking. The hose is still good, the section that fits into the drain still works 100%, but I've got a hairline crack in the base of the unit - probably a combination of use and sun damage, and the vacuum breaker broke a while back, so I replaced it with one from the local hardware store. I could have bought the replacement parts from the company's web store - but the whole thing cost about the same as the parts I need, so by salvaging the hose from my original one, I'll now have plenty of hose for any situation. I'm sure the current one I have would have lasted for several months more, but having a s*** spill is something I'd rather not inflict on myself or anyone else camping in a spot I've left. A really GOOD slinky might last 2 years for average campers. You'll probably never wear out an SS if you don't fulltime.

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I have now had mine for a week or so now but have not been able to use it yet.I will be able to do this soon though once I am able to start camping here in the next week hopefully.I am intrested in seeing how this thing works it magic.
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:01 PM   #51
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So, I read this entire thread. Off I went and bought a Sewer Solution. Stopped at big orange and bought $11.00 worth of 1" pvc fittings and 10' of pipe.

Put it together today in about 25 minutes running it into the cleanout on the side of the house.

Yowza! Works like a big dog!

I used to pull up in front of the house, open the cleanout at the street side and get out the stinky slinky to dump at home. Since the swale is sloped, I never could get it completely empty and my neighbors were not keen on the process. Now, with it parked in the side yard, I dump at my leisure and it is as clean as it is going to get.

Thanks for convincing me,guys!

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As I was standing there this weekend dumping my black water for the first time in my life, I looked at my wife and said "Theres got to be an easier way!" I made it about half way through these posts and ordered mine. I am so relieved to see that I dont have to use those stupid slinky hoses. My experience this weekend was foul and messy. Thanks for the info again! Cant really say "I cant wait to try it out" but I guess I am looking forward to an easier time of it.
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As I was standing there this weekend dumping my black water for the first time in my life, I looked at my wife and said "Theres got to be an easier way!" I made it about half way through these posts and ordered mine. I am so relieved to see that I dont have to use those stupid slinky hoses. My experience this weekend was foul and messy. Thanks for the info again! Cant really say "I cant wait to try it out" but I guess I am looking forward to an easier time of it.
You will appreciate how well it works (I almost said enjoy)

At one point I had several people "camped" out in my yard and we would hold a "pump out party" about once a week. Get a 12 pack, haul out the Sewer Solution and some 1" PVC and have at it. The tanks would be emptied before the beer was gone...and that is saying something with the crowd that was here.

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Since I began fulltiming, I've used the SS many times. It is still one of the single best things I have purchased for the Airstream. It makes dumping incredibly easy and efficient. Cleanup is a breeze and I don't have to worry about poop juice leaking all over me.
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..or those who have used one on a trailer without a gray tank

Which is my warning to modarch: you probably don't want to use one. If I recall correctly, the caravel has a floor mounted black tank, and a shower pan. yes?

anyway, here's what happens. Black water in the tank is at a higher level than the shower pan. the shower drain is connected to the sewer outlet, with no valve or one-way flow device to keep anything from flowing UP the shower drain and into the pan. this means that if you open the black tank valve, and anything is blocking the outflow to the slinky, the contents of the black tank will go into the shower pan.
since the Sewer Solution doesn't work as fast as gravity, (due to its small diameter hose), there is always just a wee bit of back-pressure on the effluent stream...and that's enough to make some of it back up into the shower pan.
not an issue in a modern trailer, where the black tank is completely isolated from any other drain. but watch out in any pre-1974 trailer, that hasn't been modified.
I just acquired a '66 Caravel. Given the dire warning about using the SS on that model, has anyone actually tried it? I'm new to this, never used a "stinky slinky" and, frankly, don't want to. The SS seems like it would actually improve the pressure situation when dumping, but I'd be a bit afraid to use it to flush the tank.
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I've been reluctant to use the Sewer Solutions for a couple of reasons but we're finally making the switch. Just received the system and extension hose and it sure seems well made. Will give it a performance test soon.

Another stinky slinky convert,

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