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Old 10-29-2015, 01:09 PM   #41
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Progress note: I found a one-quart bottle of RV Digest It and poured it all in, as per instructions. I have turned off all water sources and have opened/propped open the flusher. Now, we wait. (Any suggestions on the flusher, if I need to keep it propped open at this point or not, or anything else?)


Yes, the back one with its own tank and handle are working great. Although, I just found out yesterday that I should be putting something into the tank every time I empty?! Didn't know that!


It's already dipping below freezing, was 28 this morning. I haven't had a chance to read the winter living sticky, busy work day today, but I guess I need to pick up some of the "heat trace and insulation" about which you're talking. When you say "basement" do you mean I need to undo the belly thing somewhere and put a heater of some sort?
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:52 PM   #42
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Basement refers to the storage compartments in the forward part of 5th wheels, where you store all your stuff. The water pipes, connections, etc are usually attached to the "ceiling" (floor of the bed/bath area) and are usually visible.
There is no need to undo the belly covering.
Heat trace tape and the tubular pipe insulation are available from Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, and even Ace Hardware stores.

Do you know if you have black tank flush nozzles? There would be a water hose connection that will have a black cap on it or a label. These are jets inside your black tank. If you do, and you get your black tank to empty, hook your water hose to it and let it run with the black tank valve open as long as you can, even an hour or so.

As for maintenance, most folks put some sort of enzyme chemical in their black tank that helps dissolve the TP (and by the way use RV TP, not charmin, angel soft, or other brands as they don't dissolve easily -- although you will find folks recommending the angel soft). A lot also will put some water softener additive like Calgon in the black tank at each empty. This helps to keep solids and minerals from sticking to the plastic tanks.
A lot of this stuff you can get at a WalMart in the Automotive department -- chemicals, TP, etc. The Calgon is sometimes hard to find but it is usually in the laundry detergent section of the grocery area.
As was mentioned in an earlier post, flush with lots of water. Sometimes I'll just keep my foot on the flusher while I'm washing my hands. Frequent emptying and cleaning is a whole lot easier than what you're going through right now.

Good Luck and let us know how it turns out.,
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:58 PM   #43
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their is a fitting that you can buy or perhaps borrow from another RVer called a flush king fitting. it has a hose fitting in the middle and a gate valve at the end and is clear you attach it to the black water valve and attach the sewer hose to the end that has the gate valve. You attach a hose to it, push gate valve closed then turn hose on. The water under pressure is directed to your black water tank have all other valves to gray water ect pushed off. Let water hose run 1 minute then turn off and open gate valve on fitting watch if only clean clear water briefly comes flowing thru clear plastic fitting the valve is not opening. If cloudy/nasty stuff comes thru their is a blockage and it is working thru. Repeat until tank emptys. Please no more chemicals
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:52 PM   #44
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The last two posts sound similar and like something that I probably should do, but I'm apprehensive because there's so much fecal water in the commode. I would be devastated and reminded of Daddy Day Care if the pressure were to push that water in the commode out. I mean, it's completely full. I'm telling everyone to walk softly even, so as to not jostle any of the water out of it.


Thoughts?
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:19 PM   #45
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Let me ask the obvious...

Is it connected to a dump hose on the outside? I am afraid you have no choice but to disconnect the hose in order to run a snake up the pipe from the outside-in. The blockage is between the commode and the hose outlet. Putting more in at the top will not fic this. You have to go in from the outside with some mechanical action, like a snake.

That said, be prepared for a shower when it breaks loose. Have your hose ready to connect in a hurry, and wear raingear and gloves, unless you don't want to...
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:28 PM   #46
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If your comode is indeed filled already, then I agree with your reasoning to not add additinal water. The black flushng nozzels won't do any good at this stage, but will once your tank gets flowing as mentioned in my post.

You don't mention if this TH is new to you or if the system has been working fine until now.

One last thought: all tanks have a vent through to the outside (roof or wall) to keep a vacuum from happenig in the tank from preventing the water to drain out. On the roof these are covered by round plastic upside down bowl like pieces. It would be above the bathroom or the tank (or pretty close to that location). If you can get up there to make sure the vents aren't plugged or sealed by a bunch of wet leaves or something like that. It's a long shot I admit, but the vents are an element in the drainage system of the tanks.
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:31 PM   #47
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You mentioned a snake that wasn't long enough in your OP. Can you get your hands on a longer one?
Next step if the RV digest doesn't do the trick is as MOODMAN says in pos #45.
EEEWWWWWWW!!!
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... and wear raingear and gloves, unless you don't want to...
DISPOSABLE is preferable!
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Progress note: I found a one-quart bottle of RV Digest It and poured it all in, as per instructions. I have turned off all water sources and have opened/propped open the flusher. Now, we wait. (Any suggestions on the flusher, if I need to keep it propped open at this point or not, or anything else?)


Yes, the back one with its own tank and handle are working great. Although, I just found out yesterday that I should be putting something into the tank every time I empty?! Didn't know that!


It's already dipping below freezing, was 28 this morning. I haven't had a chance to read the winter living sticky, busy work day today, but I guess I need to pick up some of the "heat trace and insulation" about which you're talking. When you say "basement" do you mean I need to undo the belly thing somewhere and put a heater of some sort?
You can close the flusher....
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Old 10-29-2015, 03:48 PM   #50
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"TIA" my name is Bob and I aint your uncle Yes you can close your flush unless you think that the RV Digest-It will work in the toilet. Hopefully you had enough to turn solids to liquids. Sorry I didn't answer your question as to where to get it. Just came back on. I got it through Amazon.ca but you can try amazon.com. I sure hope that it's not the cut out that the workmen cut out of the black tank to fit the plumbing that could possibly be blocking the exit from the black tank. Sometimes they get lazy and don't pull it out after cutting the hole.
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