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Old 06-19-2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Black tank, grey handle?

I'm on motorhome number three, so I don't consider myself a novice. On this trip , we used the washer(for the first time) and took five showers. The last shower began to overflow into the tub so I went below to drain the grey water tank. Two handles, black on the left, grey on the right. I pull the grey handle and the water in the shower doesn't budge. I pull the black handle and the shower drains. I then went to the books and found no reference as to which handle was which. It seems my black water handle is grey. How bizarre.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:22 PM   #2
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I'm on motorhome number three, so I don't consider myself a novice. On this trip , we used the washer(for the first time) and took five showers. The last shower began to overflow into the tub so I went below to drain the grey water tank. Two handles, black on the left, grey on the right. I pull the grey handle and the water in the shower doesn't budge. I pull the black handle and the shower drains. I then went to the books and found no reference as to which handle was which. It seems my black water handle is grey. How bizarre.
If you can see the size of each pipe the black tank drain pipe will be noticeably bigger than grey tank pipe.
Hope that helps.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:23 PM   #3
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On my 2011 RB the black tank is also the black handle and is on the left. I can't imagine how they would have this mixed up. You might get a clear section for your drain hose to verify this. The black would be easy to tell.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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I'm on motorhome number three, so I don't consider myself a novice. On this trip , we used the washer(for the first time) and took five showers. The last shower began to overflow into the tub so I went below to drain the grey water tank. Two handles, black on the left, grey on the right. I pull the grey handle and the water in the shower doesn't budge. I pull the black handle and the shower drains. I then went to the books and found no reference as to which handle was which. It seems my black water handle is grey. How bizarre.
Just switch 'em !! Turn the handle counter-clockwise and it should simply un-screw from the shaft. (might have to immobilize the shaft with pliers while turning. If so, use a soft cloth or similar, to avoid scoring the metal shaft)

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Old 06-20-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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The coloration between the black and grey handles on my coach is very slight so to make sure that they are easily distinguished, I just made up labels on a Dymo label maker (one for the Black and one for the Gray) and put them on the panel over the appropriate handle. Very easy fix.
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Thanks,
For most motorhomes the large/small applies. On mine, they are both the same. Phil, your handles agree with the colors on mine. I would imagine that the plumbing is the same. Tmmar, is your black tank on the left?
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Yes- on my coach, the black tank handle is on the left.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:43 PM   #8
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King wood I checked my tanks and the gray handle is for the gray tank. I picked up some new toys thanks to all the advice on this forum and it does make the dumping and the full hook up much easer plus you can see what you are dumping.
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2012 390BH. Grey left, Black right. There is also a clear right angle piece to be placed at the sewer pipe connection if you don't have the vertical clearance to add that clear downward extension.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:04 PM   #10
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Well I emptied the tanks today and power flushed the black tank on my 2010 390bh. When I refilled the black tank with the garden hose, the water drained through the right(grey/gray) handle. This is based on the assumption that the power flush nozzle is associated with the black tank. So, it seems that depending on the year or model of your coach, black and grey tank placement varies.
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