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Old 10-29-2015, 11:00 PM   #61
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:27 AM   #62
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The unit is new to us, but we've been filling ("ew!") and emptying the forward black tank seemingly just fine. We've been living in the RV for almost a month now.
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One question I didn't see asked is: Have you ever successfully dumped this black tank? If not, then I'd definitely check for a problem at the valve.

A friend had a totally blocked black tank, which was discovered when the tank was 2/3 full. She ended up calling a mobile RV tech who was able to clear it out using a long (6-8') wand run up through the sewer hose connection. He dissolved the clog from below which avoided adding any water to the tank.

Unfortunately (fortunately?) I wasn't around when he finally cleared the clog so I didn't see what happened when the tank started draining. Since he was working without a sewer hose attached, I assume that he took a "dirty" shower as the clog cleared.

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Old 10-30-2015, 03:15 AM   #63
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Old 10-30-2015, 05:44 AM   #64
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That video is absolutely gross. I will admit I do some big things in my toilet but I have never seen such gross looking dark chocolate brown water in my life. I watch thru my clear adapter when I dump and have never seen anything remotely close to that color. Wow!
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:33 AM   #65
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The clog could be from manufacturing debris. It is not unknown for a hole cutout to fall into the tank during installation. The cutout can move around in the tank and block the gate valve.
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Old 10-30-2015, 09:24 AM   #66
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One question I didn't see asked is: Have you ever successfully dumped this black tank? If not, then I'd definitely check for a problem at the valve.



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Tia answered that in post 51.
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Old 10-30-2015, 11:43 AM   #67
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Status update: So, I spent the greater part of the day yesterday getting tools and chems and then trying to get the underbelly thing off. I got the corrugated underbelly off and the insulation off (phew! That was a task!)and found that there are things called "Thermal Tank Warmers." Quite honestly, it looked somewhat intimidating to try to take them off as they spanned the entire underbelly of this beast, so I put everything back together.

Came back inside and proceeded to work the toilet, again, with the plethora of tools I have accumulated over the past couple of days: I bought a cheap garden hose and cut the metal end off so as to make it more flexible going into the pipes; I used a 20 ft. snake; I used another snake-type looking device -- I think maybe it's called a wand? -- with a hose attachment on one end and small holes on the other end to sort of pressurize the blockage -- oh, forgot about the plunger. I can't think of anything else tool-wise that I used. Anyway, all of the items seemed to go in about 3 feet and get a little stuck. After some maneuvering, they went in a bit further, maybe about another 5-8 feet or so? At that point, I couldn't get any of them to go any further, and I could hear the other end hitting something -- like whatever I had in the commode was hitting a hard surface.

At the moment, I'm just feeling defeated. Can't stand it when something gets the better of me; I really wanted to fix this. I have a plumber coming at 11:00 provided, as I told him, I do not have this fixed by then.

I'm attaching some photos of the exterior area of the sewer stuff. If anyone has any additional input, please let me know. Some of you have mentioned hooking something up outside. I have taken out some of the water from the commode, so if you can find in the pictures to what I should be attaching something, please let me know.

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Old 10-30-2015, 12:35 PM   #68
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Plumber just called to follow up. He's on his way... =(((


I'll post what he finds/does when he leaves.


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Old 10-30-2015, 12:37 PM   #69
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Tia, normally I'd say pics or it didn't happen however, well waive that clause.
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Old 10-30-2015, 12:38 PM   #70
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Uncle Bob, you don't see the pics?
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