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Old 08-24-2011, 05:18 PM   #15
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Thanks all. After a full 1 1/2 months in the trailer we are very aware at this point in regard to how much water use it takes to fill the tank, and we definitely were nowhere near that. We were three days into a nine-night stay, and were aiming to get it through that time: no showers, doing most dishwashing at the washroom station, etc. To my best experience, the monitor is accurate enough that when it's at the flashing red stage, it means the tank is "pretty full" (which it should not have been unless it wasn't fully drained at the last dump). We are level. I know this because we leveled. With a level. We may not have been level at the dump station the first time around, though. And maybe after this five-gallon dump, the monitor sensors are still wet. I don't know. At any rate, I still think it's valuable that we know and understand where the vents are located, and I will be checking them for good measure! Experimenting with filling the tank isn't an option right now, as we're not hooked up to dump, and we're pretty new to hitching/unhitching/backing-in—not worth it until we're hooked up to sewer! But—this campground has a powered "honey wagon" (hate that word), so we hired it to come by tomorrow and suck us dry—so we should be able to start clean from there and see if we run into this issue again. (And it'll also help, hopefully, clean out the last vestiges of our, "We're hooked up to sewer! That means we can keep the black water tank open!" n00b mistake from a couple of weeks ago!)
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Old 08-24-2011, 05:59 PM   #16
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Honey Bucket sounds nicer that Sh@# Sucker, which is what Marines call it.

I'm guessing you didn't drain your gray water tank completely at the dump station.
Few dump stations offer a perfectly level parking ramp.
Most are sloped, and you must approach from the direction that will slope your Airstream toward the dump valve, not away from it.
Don't fret. This happens to all of us.
And there are few things after parking at a spot with no sewer than to find your holding tanks are still almost full.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:11 PM   #17
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I'm on my way somewhere, so I didn't read this whole thread, but I'll try to help the original poster.
You can't see the grey water in the shower, you CAN see the black water by looking into it from the toilet.
The tank monitors are basically useless. I worked on a 2008 that had a grey tank sensor that showed empty, then full after I put 5 gallons of water in it, then back to empty as I continued filling it.
The vents are on the roof, under white covers, usually 2 of them. Unless they are broken, or you can see cracks in the sealant around them, leave them alone. There's nothing to see there, move along.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:42 PM   #18
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The two roof vents on our Classic are for the black tank and fridge, the white plastic is the BT, you can just see the aluminum fridge vent behind it in this pic.

BTW...if it looks like this re-seal it, as you can see they are prone to leak.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:22 PM   #19
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... There is something with a conical black plastic cover, that is maybe 8" in diameter, and not very tall. Is that the vent pipe? I just have no idea what I'm supposed to be looking for.
The previous post shows the white PVC covers commonly used these days. The 8" black cover you describe is most likely the bath vent van cover.
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The vents are on the roof, under white covers, usually 2 of them. Unless they are broken, or you can see cracks in the sealant around them, leave them alone. There's nothing to see there, move along.
Terry,

I know there must be a grey tank vent and this thread got me curious.

On our Classic there is no separate fixture on the roof. The manual shows the vent pipe but not where it terminates. Could it be that the black & grey are joined at some point and both vent thru the one vent I have on the roof?
Or is the grey vent hidden behind an interior wall?

The manual also shows an anti-syphon vacuum vent, but no location. Be handy to know where it's located in case of failure.

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I believe code requires the vents, but I don't believe there is a requirement that they exit the roof separately. In my previous SOB, they were joined in a cavity behind the shower and there was only one vent topside. In my present AS, each vents separately to the roof. For some layouts it may be easier to simply run 2 stacks to the top. Both trailers used the vacuum breakers in the bath and kitchen sinks under the counters.
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