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Old 07-06-2016, 11:09 AM   #1
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I'm a stupid noob, enjoy a laugh :)

Not a total noob, but a noob to black water. We'd had a popup for 9 years, and upgraded to a TT. I'd read up on dump procedures etc, and was determined to keep the tanks clean and fresh.

On the PDI, they showed my the 2 valves to dump, and said one was grey, and one was black, I wondered why are there 3 stickers (grey,black,grey), but didn't ask. I dumped what I thought was the black tank, then the grey tank, and put my hose on the black water flush. Couple of minutes later water starts coming off the roof. I shut off the water and ran inside, thinking the toilet was over flowing. It wasn't, until I hit the foot valve and started the unmentioned feature of a toilet fountain.

I went crawling under the camper looking for another valve or drain, or anything to get the water out. I finally found black tank valve. It came through the frame, and was hidden by the skirting. They 2 grey valves came under the frame and under the skirting.

I got everything drained, and the DW did a super sanitize clean inside, and all is good.

I was pretty peeved at myself for being so stupid, and not checking things more. After a bit of stewing on my stupidness, I realized that if the worst I did was overflow the toilet, it would be OK.

We had always laughed at the dump station scene in RV, and now I have lived it. Luckily I instituted the no poop in the camper policy so it wasn't as bad as it could be.

Thanks for all the info on this forum, I've learned alot. Hopefully one day I'll have the knowledge to contribute some knowledge. Hopefully y'all can atleast get a good laugh for now.
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:23 AM   #2
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Not a total noob, but a noob to black water. We'd had a popup for 9 years, and upgraded to a TT. I'd read up on dump procedures etc, and was determined to keep the tanks clean and fresh.

On the PDI, they showed my the 2 valves to dump, and said one was grey, and one was black, I wondered why are there 3 stickers (grey,black,grey), but didn't ask. I dumped what I thought was the black tank, then the grey tank, and put my hose on the black water flush. Couple of minutes later water starts coming off the roof. I shut off the water and ran inside, thinking the toilet was over flowing. It wasn't, until I hit the foot valve and started the unmentioned feature of a toilet fountain.

I went crawling under the camper looking for another valve or drain, or anything to get the water out. I finally found black tank valve. It came through the frame, and was hidden by the skirting. They 2 grey valves came under the frame and under the skirting.

I got everything drained, and the DW did a super sanitize clean inside, and all is good.

I was pretty peeved at myself for being so stupid, and not checking things more. After a bit of stewing on my stupidness, I realized that if the worst I did was overflow the toilet, it would be OK.

We had always laughed at the dump station scene in RV, and now I have lived it. Luckily I instituted the no poop in the camper policy so it wasn't as bad as it could be.

Thanks for all the info on this forum, I've learned alot. Hopefully one day I'll have the knowledge to contribute some knowledge. Hopefully y'all can atleast get a good laugh for now.
I was just smiling until you said you hit the foot pedal :rollback::rollback: sorry but I just couldn't help it, glad you got out of this unscathed other than your pride.
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:27 AM   #3
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Bet you won't make that mistake again!
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Our toilet is used for all "deposits." It's made for that. My DH knows enough not to require me to take a hike at all hours of the day. He's smart that way. LOL
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:41 PM   #5
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My 2015 Wildcat has a sticker that states not to flush the black tank without the
black tank open.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:49 PM   #6
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My 2015 Wildcat has a sticker that states not to flush the black tank without the
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So does my 2015 Wildcat but now I own the sticker and the valve so I do what I think best. I understand their point but I open it a while then close it a while to let the tank fill a little then open it again - and so on to get a better flush. Now I DO have to be careful not to let those boys from the site across the street distract me with questions about my Andersen Ultimate hitch or I'll find out why Wildcat applies that sticker!!
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Not a total noob, but a noob to black water. We'd had a popup for 9 years, and upgraded to a TT. I'd read up on dump procedures etc, and was determined to keep the tanks clean and fresh.

On the PDI, they showed my the 2 valves to dump, and said one was grey, and one was black, I wondered why are there 3 stickers (grey,black,grey), but didn't ask. I dumped what I thought was the black tank, then the grey tank, and put my hose on the black water flush. Couple of minutes later water starts coming off the roof. I shut off the water and ran inside, thinking the toilet was over flowing. It wasn't, until I hit the foot valve and started the unmentioned feature of a toilet fountain.

I went crawling under the camper looking for another valve or drain, or anything to get the water out. I finally found black tank valve. It came through the frame, and was hidden by the skirting. They 2 grey valves came under the frame and under the skirting.

I got everything drained, and the DW did a super sanitize clean inside, and all is good.

I was pretty peeved at myself for being so stupid, and not checking things more. After a bit of stewing on my stupidness, I realized that if the worst I did was overflow the toilet, it would be OK.

We had always laughed at the dump station scene in RV, and now I have lived it. Luckily I instituted the no poop in the camper policy so it wasn't as bad as it could be.

Thanks for all the info on this forum, I've learned alot. Hopefully one day I'll have the knowledge to contribute some knowledge. Hopefully y'all can atleast get a good laugh for now.

You already did contribute.....by reminding us all NOT to do what you did.

BTW, your PDI tech was remiss in not telling you about the third valve. Apparently he doesn't know his products very well. He should have put water in ALL the tanks and pulled the levers to make sure they worked & drained. Missing something like that & causing you to go through your mess is inexcusable in my book!
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One thing that I did was purchase a clear plastic section for my hose. I have a straight piece but they also have 90 and 45 degree elbows as well. With that in place there is no doubt which tank you're draining. It also helps to see when you've flushed the black tank enough.
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Thanks for laughing with me, it wasn't funny at the time, but looking back it really wasn't to bad of a mess up.

We had a great weekend in the new camper. After 9 years in the popup we were amazed at the ease of setup. With power jacks, awning and slide, we were set up in 15 min. It was awesome, and not having to popup to unload was awesome. Had a great time in the popup, but it was time to upgrade.

Can't wait to head to St George Island in a couple of weeks.
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