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Old 04-29-2014, 09:43 PM   #1
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Thetford Sani-Con Macerator

Has anyone used one of these macerator pumps?

I just purchased the portable Thetford Sani-Con so that I can dump at home.
My clean out is 50' away to the closest point that I can put the Solara and it is level without much of a drop. I dry fitted the pump into utility closet and it fits perfectly. The unit I purchased has alligator clips intended to connect to a 12v battery. I plan on installing a water resistant 12v marine grade cigaret lighter socket in the closet with a matching adapter on the pump wires. The pump comes with a switch and a fuse already attached.

Where is the easiest location for me to find a positive and negative terminal to tie into? I have a 2014 24S.

I do a lot of dry camping and I hate having to find a dump station to go to before coming home.

I will try to post pictures as I go just in case other are interested.
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:07 AM   #2
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Finished the install of the macerator and it works great. I can now empty both of my tanks at home into a cleanout. It took about 1-1/2 hours to complete after I shopped for all the parts. I visited West Marine for some wire and a trolling motor quick disconnect. A cigaret socket will not handle the 20 amp required by the pump. One added bonus is that I can now empty some of my gray water into my black tank when camping without waste hookups. I simply open the grey valve and then the black valve until they equalize and then close both valves. My cleanout is about 50 feet away so I added a specific 3/4" black garden hose to the Sanit-Con hose.
Works perfect.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:25 AM   #3
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Great looking setup. It looks like you have a lot more room in your utility closet than I have in my 2013 S. I am ever hopeful that I can figure out how to mount a macerator by finding or creating the room for it. Where did you end up making your electrical hook up?
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Old 05-22-2014, 11:57 AM   #4
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I wired directly to the house batteries with an inline 20A fuse located at the battery and at the pump. There is room to add it to the camper fuse box, but it looked very difficult to get access to. All the existing wires leading into the fuse box are pretty tight. I was worried that by pulling the fuse box out that I would pull on something that shouldn't be pulled on, causing a headache. The pictures show are at a right angle, so the hose shown is actually on the floor, not pushed up against the sidewall.
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:53 AM   #5
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Now that you have it installed and have used it, would you use it in place of the stinky slinky?
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:27 AM   #6
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Yes.

Pros

1). Fast
2). Cleaner then typical hose, no drips
3). Can dump at home
4). Can convert back to slinky hose in seconds


Cons

1). A little extra weight
2) I have to leave the hatch open when using it because the end fitting will not fit through the marine hatch
3) Can't empty gray tank when boon docking without turning pump on.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:55 AM   #7
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Thank you! Still it sounds like you can easily remove it and use a slinky to empty the gray. I'll have to look into that mod.

Have you considered making another hole for the hose that you could easily plug?
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:21 AM   #8
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I have considered making another hole, but I don't like making holes unless absolutely necessary. Right now, it is no big deal. When it's time to empty the tanks I open the hatch, pull out the hose, connect it to a cleanout, open the valves (grey first), turn on the pump and reverse the order when tanks are empty.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:29 AM   #9
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Grey first? I would think you would do the black first so the grey could flush it afterword.

Perhaps this is a learning moment for me.
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Old 06-02-2014, 02:15 PM   #10
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There's a complete video on the camping world web site showing the three different models how they work and installation. Just go to their web site and search Macerator. I'm going to look into it more after watching the video.
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