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Old 05-17-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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My embarrassing moment...

This weekend trip was far from uneventfull... climbing out the back window due to a stuck door... loosing the truck keys... bothered to death by love bugs... Then he hitter --- or should I say, The Shitter.

My waste hose came apart at the trailer connection during black tank dump! Ahhhhhh It was horrible and I couldn't react quick enough. It happened twice. WTF - two years of dumping without any problem till this weekend. The guy in the diesel pusher waiting behind me shook his head, gathered his stuff and headed out with a few belittling words to me. Thankfully, my new friends from this forum were nearby and had some liquid Clorox bleach. I tried to spray eveything down with the hose and sprinkled the bleach around. I was so overwhelmed that I can't say that I did the best job ever at cleaning.

So, what is the appropriate ettiquite for cleaning a spill? I can't find anything on the web or this site after a few searches...

Laura - who's having nightmares.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:12 PM   #2
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This weekend trip was far from uneventfull... climbing out the back window due to a stuck door... loosing the truck keys... bothered to death by love bugs... Then he hitter --- or should I say, The Shitter.

My waste hose came apart at the trailer connection during black tank dump! Ahhhhhh It was horrible and I couldn't react quick enough. It happened twice. WTF - two years of dumping without any problem till this weekend. The guy in the diesel pusher waiting behind me shook his head, gathered his stuff and headed out with a few belittling words to me. Thankfully, my new friends from this forum were nearby and had some liquid Clorox bleach. I tried to spray eveything down with the hose and sprinkled the bleach around. I was so overwhelmed that I can't say that I did the best job ever at cleaning.

So, what is the appropriate ettiquite for cleaning a spill? I can't find anything on the web or this site after a few searches...

Laura - who's having nightmares.

HA! I don't know.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like you and your friends did it: Do the best you can.

Happy trails (from here on out).

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Old 05-17-2011, 12:49 PM   #4
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:43 PM   #5
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I forgot how funny that video is! God forbid it would happen to us.
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for the video. It doesn't give me much info on how to clean up but it will (hopefully) replace the nightmares with something a little more humorous!

**** Happens - Laura

Oh lookie there --- I spelled s-h-i-t (w/o the hypens) and it was replaced with asterisks.
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:25 PM   #7
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Ah, to heck with him. With any luck it will be him next week. Clean it up as best you can and enjoy your trip.

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Old 05-17-2011, 02:27 PM   #8
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Etiquitte ??? How could there be good manners involved in cleaning up poop? Cleanning up the best you can is all you can do.

Tighten up the hose clamp.

It could happen to anyone. Like Forrest Gump said, s**t happens! Sorry it happend to you!
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Old 05-17-2011, 02:41 PM   #9
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Etiquitte ??? How could there be good manners involved in cleaning up poop? Cleanning up the best you can is all you can do.

Tighten up the hose clamp.

It could happen to anyone. Like Forrest Gump said, s**t happens! Sorry it happend to you!
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Did you say "Sorry" to the schmuck in the moho?
Did you make certain to leave no piles or paper blobs?
Sounds like the clorox sanitized everything.....

You did what I would have asked someone to do if that happened while I was waiting to come behind them...

I would add that you should put a bottle of hand sanitizer in the compartment so you can take care to be clean and safe even if there are no spills!
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:17 PM   #11
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Did you say "Sorry" to the schmuck in the moho?
Did you make certain to leave no piles or paper blobs?
Sounds like the clorox sanitized everything.....

You did what I would have asked someone to do if that happened while I was waiting to come behind them...

I would add that you should put a bottle of hand sanitizer in the compartment so you can take care to be clean and safe even if there are no spills!

Sorry was the first word out of my mouth - and followed by inquiry to how he would handle it. He had no response - that he had no idea how to *fix* the situation.

I do have had sanitizer in that back compartment and thought about squirting it around at first I think I used about 3/4 of the bottle on my hands and feet (flip flops of course).

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Old 05-17-2011, 04:55 PM   #12
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Aw, well...stuff, I mean real STUFF, happens. To heck with the big diesel....who cares what he thinks - not us!
Sounds like you did the best you could. I wish I could refer you to the thread someone posted about killing a smurf on a golf course, but I can't find it.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:13 PM   #13
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I believe proper etiquette is to have the diesel behind you clean it up.....
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:41 PM   #14
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Laura,

You should have told him that he must always beware of Airstreams, as many suffer "rearend separation" which causes uncontrolled "movements."

At least you gave him something to talk about with his buds (assuming he has friends). A fellow Airstreamer would have been out there helping you get things cleaned up.

Maybe you will recieve a sewer hose, as a raffle item, at the next forum rally.......but, I suppose that could be viewed as a "crappy" prize!

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Old 05-17-2011, 05:54 PM   #15
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no pictures?

i guess a few bags of lime and topsoil followed by a sign saying: "do not step on the fertilized areas".

you did the best you can do in that situation.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #16
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A squeegee on a stick, a bag of kitty litter with tide with bleach detergent mixed in it, a grey water hose, and you'll be set! Won't take as long to clean up so you shouldn't be too pooped when you're done.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:59 PM   #17
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Slinky failures!

The SLINKY may be a faster dump, but those things work perfectly one moment, then develop 17 pinhole leaks in the next second, and finally rupture with no warning some indefinite time later.

The Sewer Solution is great - even for "bare handed" dumping. The trick? Start off with 2 gallons of water in the black tank, then everything else dissolves. The nice thing about newer Airstreams? The bathroom sink empties into the BLACK tank. Two gallons of black starter water? Two sinkfuls.

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Old 05-17-2011, 08:05 PM   #18
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What a horrid thing to happen! You have our sympathy, especially with a **** for brains non-Airstreamer right behind you. Still, worse things happen at sea, eh? Mind you, I'm ditching those flip flops at dump time, that's for sure!
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The Sewer Solution is great
Good sale on these @ Camping World. Just ordered one.

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Not sure I will go "bare handed" though .

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Old 05-17-2011, 08:08 PM   #20
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I didn't know the bathroom sink emptied into the black tank. But then again, I am still a newbee! Is this true for all 'newer' Airstreams, I presume our '09 27' FB International would qualify as 'newer'. Never heard of "bare handed" dumping, doesn't sound like much fun...
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