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Old 10-02-2011, 06:31 AM   #11
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He may have been telling u to dump when u get there to start dry. I would still dump black first. I never open black and gray at the same time.
If this is ur first trip out, make sure the waterheater is full b4 u turn on the electricity.

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Old 10-02-2011, 09:45 PM   #12
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You got the wrong guy Jim. I am not the first tripper, maybe the 500th, but not the first. Been doing this since the early 80s.

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Old 10-03-2011, 06:37 AM   #13
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I leave both valve's closed in case of sewage back-up. Could cause a major problem. Also no chance of fume's getting in trailer.
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:08 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by George Deems View Post
You got the wrong guy Jim. I am not the first tripper, maybe the 500th, but not the first. Been doing this since the early 80s.
it was mainly an insurance statement...was directed to original post. the rest had already been posted.
u have 10 years on me as far as camping. u've palpably seen quiet a bit in that time and know the whys and hows. nice to be able to draw from that.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:33 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
this is what the vast majority of RV forums recommend.
and i mean 99% of responses.
leaving the black tank open will result in poop pyramids!

We refer to it as the "brown tower of doom." Your black tank should always be at least 2/3 full before dumping. Use the gray water to dump after the black tank. And then put 2-3 gallons of fresh water back in both tanks, whether you use the Geo method (which we do) or chemicals.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #16
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I would recomend getting a clear elbow or 22 degree connector between the hose and your waste connection on your trailer. I find it very helpful when rinsing out my black water.
However, I keep both valves closed until I need to dump, and then I dump the gray first for just a few second to make sure everything is setup properly. It's always better to know if something is wrong with a pipe connection with gray water in the pipe than black water in there. I also keep some disposable gloves in the trailer for when i'm dumping. They are cheap at an auto parts store ( VIP, auto Zone, ect). However, I just go on weekend trips and I never fill the tanks over a normal weekend.
I do have a question for the masses: Does bleach hurt the tanks? I like to put a cup of bleach in each tank mixed with a gallon of water between trips, and before i leave i just drop a little blue bag of tank treatment in there (it use to be the blue bottle of treatment, but the bags are just easier).
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:15 PM   #17
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I don't think bleach would hurt anything. I use bleach in the spring to sanitize the system.
The rest of the time I add Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to 2 or 3 gallons after flushing my tanks. I also add the little blue bags when I set up camp.
If the tank isn't flushing out as clean as I like, I will add a cup of vinegar to at least a half full tank and drive around. I usually do this once or twice a year. You'll be surprised how well that cleans the tank and the tank sensors.

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Old 10-09-2011, 08:42 AM   #18
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Thanks all! Our camping trip was a great success. Full hookup has spoiled us. The info on dumping tanks made our lives so nice and convenient!

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