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Old 09-29-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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We are camping next week with full hook-up. It is my first time ever. During our walk-through at Tom Raper RV in Richmond. The service guy told us we should open both valves and just let stuff flow out. My question is, what is your all's experience? Do I open both valves or do I just open them when I need to empty a tank?

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Old 09-29-2011, 09:58 AM   #2
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Open the grey water valve but not the black. open the black when it get full, the liquid in the blk tank will help the solid waste flow out, then dump water in the toilet to flush it out. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:02 AM   #3
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First of all, report the service guy to the president/owner of the company. He is totally incompetent if that is what he told you.

At the very least, never dump the black tank until at least 2/3 full. Add water via the toilet if you must. Most folks will then dump the water from the grey tank, which will flush the hose.

There are variations but that is the basic process.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:09 AM   #4
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I keep both valves open. The night before we are leaving I close the grey water tank valve. Before leaving I flush out the black tank then open the grey water tank valve. This helps to keep your sewer hose clean.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:37 AM   #5
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Always let your black tank stay closed, till it is at least 2/3 full, and over. If you put alittle calgon water softner in there it will keep that toilet paper from sticking to your tank, plus keep the gunk flowing nicely. I put a little dawn in there, also keeps the tank nice and grease free, and yes it cuts through that muck in the sewer as well as in the grey tank,that's what we use to wash our dishes. Just keep your levels high in the black, and make sure when it is time to leave you have a full tank of grey water to flush that hose after dumping that black water tank. Happy camping and may your sewer lines always flow to empty, that means everything in there!
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:40 AM   #6
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I was told the same thing by my dealer. Bottom line is, it's wrong! You need the volume in the black tank to keep solids and paper from drying and sticking to the inside of the tank. I also don not leave the grey tank open because I like to use the grey contents to rinse the hose as previously stated.
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Old 09-29-2011, 04:42 PM   #7
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First of all, report the service guy to the president/owner of the company. He is totally incompetent if that is what he told you.

At the very least, never dump the black tank until at least 2/3 full. Add water via the toilet if you must. Most folks will then dump the water from the grey tank, which will flush the hose.

There are variations but that is the basic process.
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!
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:46 PM   #8
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Not sure about your model, but you may have 2 grey tanks and a black tank. If that is true, you would have two valves open. The advice above about the black tank is right-on. Only dump in batches when it fills up.
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:09 AM   #9
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Let the black tank fill anywhere from 2/3 to full. Until it is around 1/2 full leave the grey valve open. The grey tank fills up much faster if you are showering on a frequent basis. Close the grey tank once the black tank is at 1/2 or better and then when the grey tank fills drain the black tank then follow up with the grey tank. That way every thing flushes out reasonably well.

I also flush my black tank after each draining. Of course this is easy with the flush system on my current camper. It was tougher in the past on the units that did not have this option.

One point; as a courtesy to all around you and to make camping much more pleasant for yourself add a good tank deodorant each time you close your black water tank. Follow the instructions and things will be far more pleasant than if you do nothing or try some home remedy. Been there.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:32 AM   #10
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I leave both valves closed until ready to dump. The black tank is dump first followed by the grey tank to help rinise out the sewer hose.

Like others my grey tank can fill quickly with showers so when necessary I will do a partial dump which is usually a day or two before breaking camp.
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