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Old 04-16-2016, 02:15 PM   #11
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If you really want to get a total flush, get yourself a Valterra F02-4350 reverse flush valve. I got mine at amazon for $41.00. You won't believe what you think you flushed clean but you didn't. It closes the valve at the flex hose and fills the tank up with water again up to the sensors and beyond. Two times and a few extra minutes and your tank is clean, believe one of the best investments I have made.
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Old 04-16-2016, 02:36 PM   #12
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If you really want to get a total flush, get yourself a Valterra F02-4350 reverse flush valve. I got mine at amazon for $41.00. You won't believe what you think you flushed clean but you didn't. It closes the valve at the flex hose and fills the tank up with water again up to the sensors and beyond. Two times and a few extra minutes and your tank is clean, believe one of the best investments I have made.
Thanks! I will look into that valve!
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:27 PM   #13
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If you really want to get a total flush, get yourself a Valterra F02-4350 reverse flush valve. I got mine at amazon for $41.00. You won't believe what you think you flushed clean but you didn't. It closes the valve at the flex hose and fills the tank up with water again up to the sensors and beyond. Two times and a few extra minutes and your tank is clean, believe one of the best investments I have made.
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I have that, takes me abouts 30 -45 minutes to flush my tank 4-5 times. That is why I was wondering if it was prudent to to be able to skip this process every week and let the 1/2 to 3/4 full tank sit 3-5 days between emptying it. Looks like I will be emptying AND flushing it every time I leave it. Thanks again to all who replied.
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Old 04-17-2016, 11:14 AM   #15
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Since a black tank flusher was standard on my fifth wheel I use it every time we have full hookups.

If we don't have full hookups and have to use a dump station and there is a line at the dump station then no, I don't flush the black tank. I do however add three gallons of water and chemicals all the time, every time to the black tank.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:06 AM   #16
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We have a 3 week houseboat timeshare at Lake Powell. We empty the houseboat only when it starts to stink. Once we discovered TST treatment (sold at Walmart), we found we could go two weeks without any smell. It is a large tank, so it doesn't fill up in that time. As for flushing, I run clean water into it through the toilet, and rock the boat back and forth for a few minutes. Coming from the Southwest, where water is scarce, filling and dumping 3 or 4 times just seems wasteful. I look down the toilet with a flashlight, and see the shiny aluminum bottom of the tank, and clear water coming out of the tank, and I know I'm good. Our houseboat tank doesn't have sensors, but I've always thought that was just a gimmick. I can look to see when it is full, and it would probably stink before it was full anyway.
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I have that, takes me abouts 30 -45 minutes to flush my tank 4-5 times. That is why I was wondering if it was prudent to to be able to skip this process every week and let the 1/2 to 3/4 full tank sit 3-5 days between emptying it. Looks like I will be emptying AND flushing it every time I leave it. Thanks again to all who replied.
I have a park model with no tank flush. I use a wand about once every two months to clean the tank. Trailer is 7 years old and we have never had the dreaded mountain in the tank.

I use some chemicals after dumping the tank.

With water being such a precious resource flushing and filling a tank 4 or 5 times is very wasteful.

On my Fiver I might run the tank flusher for two minutes on a empty tank. I find the geo method driving down the road cleans the tank with maybe a gallon of water.
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I guess what ever seems to work for you, I have never in 30 years emptied and filled the black tank several times to flush. I did add a black tank flush to our current trailer so I open the black tank dump valve and hook up the hose & turn it on and go work on other things...........

It is easy to add a black tank flush and not very expensive, if you do not have one......... have added one to the last two campers.


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