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Old 09-02-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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Draining and Flushing Tanks

Hello ... we just returned home from a 5 day er ... actually a 6 nighter ... it was fantastic.

I need to drain / flush the tanks, i opened up the hose holder on the bottom of my trailer and there is no hose in there ?????

could someone give me some tips to drain / flush the grey /black water tank. we have a 25FB so they are seperate.

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Old 09-02-2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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Go buy a drain hose. Drain the Black first and then
the Gray. If at home, I like to pull a water hose inside
the trailer and fill the Black tank down through the toilet.
I want my Black tank emptied and rinsed a couple of times
before I park it for a while. Take your water hose to the
big drain hose and rinse it out also. Maybe a clean freak...
but that Black tank and it's assoc. big drain hose should be
kept as clean as possible. Diligence!
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Does your FB have the optional built-in black tank rinse system? It makes a difference of how to proceed with the dumping ritual.

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Old 09-02-2009, 10:07 AM   #4
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Since you have a newer model, there is probably a hose attachment on the street-side of your TT that shoots a stream(s) of water inside the black tank making the hose-down-the-terlet technique unnecessary for rinsing that bad-boy out.

I recommend a CLEAR hose coupling from the dump valve to the sewer hose so you can see what is coming out of the tanks. I rinse and dump using the above mentioned hose connection until the water from the tank is clear and paper-free! Just be careful NOT to overfill the black tank with this method or you'll have a bathroom full of water!

And DO drain the grey dank after the black one - the dish soap / shower soap will help clean the inside of the sewer hose. Oh, and the grey tank water can smell many times worse than the black tank.

Best of luck! A box of surgical gloves is useful for this process because no matter HOW careful you are, spills/leaks will happen.
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:09 PM   #5
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yep it has the flushing mechanism ... well the book says it does ... how do i tell..

so what i did was open up main, drain that then open up aux to flush out the black water....after than i use straight water to run down the toilet and the flush the main again ....

good to go?
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Even if you use gloves, make sure to wash your hands WELL with soap and water after you are done. E.Coli is no fun as an infection!

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Get a Sewer Solutions and let it do the work for you. Moosetags (Brian) has a thread on his set up. Really neat and clean way to deal with the tanks.
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Get a Sewer Solutions and let it do the work for you. Moosetags (Brian) has a thread on his set up. Really neat and clean way to deal with the tanks.
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I do highly recommend the Sewer Solution and have used one exclusively for the past two years. You almost have to start with the ole slinkeroo to appreciate the Sewer Solution.

I must add that some folks really love their slinkies and wouldn't think of parting with them.

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yep it has the flushing mechanism ... well the book says it does ... how do i tell..

so what i did was open up main, drain that then open up aux to flush out the black water....after than i use straight water to run down the toilet and the flush the main again ....

good to go?
Here's how I do it:

1) Attach a clear fitting between the drain pipe and the stinky slinky. This way you can see when the flow is just clear water. Here is what the clear fitting looks like:
Clear Sewer Adapters - Product - Camping World

2) Attach a garden-type hose that you will use only for dirty water to the black flush input fitting on the side of the trailer. Mine is just above the fresh water input fitting. (the reason for letting this water drip on the fresh fitting escapes me)

3) Turn on the hose water which will activate the black tank flush system and will begin filling the black tank with water.

4) Immediately open the black tank valve and wait for it to run clear. The black tank flush water should be on the whole time.

5) Once the black tank water runs clear you can turn off the water going to the black flush fitting.

6) Open the gray tank valve and let it drain completely.

7) Close both valves by pushing them in and latching them. Remove the clear fitting and replace the drain cover fitting.

8) Disconnect the black flush hose and use it to rinse the stinky slinky.

9) Put everything away and you are done.
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