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Old 03-14-2011, 03:39 PM   #29
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What if parked long term at a campground in the winter and the trailer is used on weekends? What should be done in circumstances when the temps are freezing, but the blank tank isn't full?
Maybe flush with the pink stuff. Sal.
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What if parked long term at a campground in the winter and the trailer is used on weekends? What should be done in circumstances when the temps are freezing, but the blank tank isn't full?
Does your trailer have enclosed and heated tanks? If not, you can install heat strips to the tanks to keep them from freezing.
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Maybe we could drop some ice and a blender in and make a blackwater smoothie.
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Flushing with the pink stuff might work, as long as the water is shut off to the toilet. The tanks are heated, but that's only when I am in the trailer on weekends. I was just wondering whether this type of winter weekend use was an exception to the dump the black tank only when full rule?
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Maybe we could drop some ice and a blender in and make a blackwater smoothie.
Not a bad idea. Ice and water, drive around some bumpy roads. It might help. Maybe pour some hot water down there, is it frozen? I also got a "gift" in my black water tank and it was frozen and someone on here told me to do it. It worked great.

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I think if I were parked in an area that might freeze, and I just used the rig on weekends, when it got time to leave I'd run plenty of water into the black tank to ensure a good flush, and then drain the tank.

Then some pink stuff.

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Old 03-15-2011, 11:27 AM   #35
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What if parked long term at a campground in the winter and the trailer is used on weekends? What should be done in circumstances when the temps are freezing, but the blank tank isn't full?
At the end of the weekend, I'd add plenty of water to ensure a good flow and then flush the tank. A little pink stuff after.

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Flushing with the pink stuff might work, as long as the water is shut off to the toilet. The tanks are heated, but that's only when I am in the trailer on weekends. I was just wondering whether this type of winter weekend use was an exception to the dump the black tank only when full rule?
If you aren't running heat during the week I would be concerned about all the water lines that could freeze, not just the black tank. Sounds like you need to perform a full winterization between uses. As for the black tank, as long as you fill it with liquid before emptying you should be ok.
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Not a bad idea. Ice and water, drive around some bumpy roads. It might help. Maybe pour some hot water down there, is it frozen? I also got a "gift" in my black water tank and it was frozen and someone on here told me to do it. It worked great.

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Where's the guy with the 5 gallon bucket half full of kitty litter for winter use? And . . . isn't that really advocating for no solution?
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Thanks for the replies. I do winterize all the lines between uses, so no concern there. It's all set up to gravity drain and works great. I can't see filling the black tank full of water each weekend just to dump it, so flushing with only the pink stuff sounds like the way to go. That's what I've done so far with no problems, but I've been dumping the tank every now and again before full, which sounds like it may eventually lead to problems.
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KY, the important thing is to have enough water in the black tank to be sure everything runs out with a "rush". You don't have to fill it, but you don't want to drain it slowly; that's how clogs occur. A little paper or something that doesn't leave becomes hard and will attract other little bits of matter.

A little pink stuff at the end is not really for flushing (it's too expensive, right?) but for giving a little freeze-forgiveness to whatever water is left in the tank.

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How To Clean A Clogged Black Water Tank Drain

I learned this trick from an old time rv'er. It has worked everytime.
First thing I do is put a ladder up against the airstream and raise it high up. With both grey and black valves closed I disconnect the black hose
at the rv park septic drain dump. I raise the black tank hose as high as I can and attach it securely to the top of the ladder. Then I go back down and turn the water on and fill the black water hose up to the top. Turn hose hose off, pull back the black water tank valve and stand back. Water
will come down with alot of pressure and clear most cloggs. Immediately close the black water tank valve, reconnect the black water hose to the septic system, open black water valve again. Job done. Hasn't let me down yet.
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I learned this trick from an old time rv'er. It has worked everytime.
First thing I do is put a ladder up against the airstream and raise it high up. With both grey and black valves closed I disconnect the black hose
at the rv park septic drain dump. I raise the black tank hose as high as I can and attach it securely to the top of the ladder. Then I go back down and turn the water on and fill the black water hose up to the top. Turn hose hose off, pull back the black water tank valve and stand back. Water
will come down with alot of pressure and clear most cloggs. Immediately close the black water tank valve, reconnect the black water hose to the septic system, open black water valve again. Job done. Hasn't let me down yet.

Any chance ya got a video of that?

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