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Old 12-13-2018, 06:01 PM   #1
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Iím camping at a mixed use RV park last week. Great location , great amenities. This is a full hook up site. I was escorted to the site because sites were small and everybody wanted to be on the same page. Cool. Iím digging it. The grounds man says this is your fresh water hook up this is your non potable water for clean out. Upon leaving after draining tanks I hooked up to non potable wine to flush tank. No big problem except the water had heavy sulfur content which stunk like you wouldnít believe. It really made the trailer smell bad.
What would u do ? Use fresh water line or stay with non potable for rinse out
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Old 12-13-2018, 06:14 PM   #2
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It is stinky anyway down there, so does it matter? If the smell is really that bad, after flushing/draining, I would use your fresh water hookup to give some sink runtime and then a few flushes. This way you have done most of the nasty business with the nonpotable and smelly water. As well as rinsing out most of the smelly water.
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Old 12-13-2018, 06:29 PM   #3
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I've never felt the need for flushing the black. Empty the black first then the gray. I know there must be a reason for flushing because folks are so 'anal' about it...what's the reason?
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Old 12-13-2018, 06:53 PM   #4
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Just a guess because I do not know where you are located.


The water that is potable is probably the same water, it has just been aerated.
The sulphur smell can't kill you it just stinks. The well is probably from an artesian well. Somebody unfamiliar would think they had a sewage problem. I have a 500 foot well and it has sulphur. The same strata as the city water. I use it in the pool and irrigation. Would make terrible ice tea. Use the city water in the house. let the stinky water sit for a while and it will drop the sulphur. They just have two hookups so they don't have to aerate as much water. Just my guess.
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Old 12-13-2018, 08:52 PM   #5
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I'd probably flush with the non-potable water.. and flushing if it still smelled bad, I'd hook back up to potable water and put about 5 gals in the tank. Hopefully that would take care of it.


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Old 12-13-2018, 09:35 PM   #6
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I donít flush out the black water tank at every campground I stay, maybe flush out the black water tank about once a week. My outside shower stays hooked up to the black water tank all the time. When I want to flush out the black water tank I just turn the cold water shower faucet on
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Old 12-14-2018, 08:48 AM   #7
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You're lucky it's just black tank flush water. My sister-in-law has a well with sulphur water like that. Took a shower of there ONCE. Was like having farts blown onto you while you showered. Horrible.
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Old 12-14-2018, 09:40 AM   #8
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Sulfur is the worst. When we lived in jersey we had well water. Mine was great my neighbor 2 houses down had the sulfur.
I guess next time it happens Iíll just flush the black tank with the potable water. I was concerned about cross contamination ie: wearing gloves when handling hoses etc
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:26 PM   #9
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Flushing the black tank isn't required, but a good idea to be sure you are clean... A dried poo pyramid can be like cement.
However when you do back flush, flush, fill the black up more than a third with just water and dump it and don't see any more paper, solids, floaters or sliders then you know for sure the tank is clean. There seems to always be a few stragglers left behind after initial dump. Especially when you black tank wasn't 3/4 full when you dumped. I always add more water if the black is low. That way when you dump the volume of water and current drags more solids out with it. To little water and water is gone before all the solids go. But if you are doing a dump and then flush and get clean water you are good to go. But you have to flush it out with a volume of water to float solids and not just a spray.
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:27 PM   #10
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mudman2, I thought all wine was potable, except for maybe boones farm and mad dog or whatever that was that we drank back in the day. I couldn't resist lol.
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