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Old 09-03-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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Bad discovery!

hello..a few weeks ago we picked up our 2011 FR Surveyor from the dealer. We brought it home and parked it in anticipation of our first trip. Dad came to check the thing over for us this weekend because next weekend is our maiden voyage! We have made the discovery that the DEALER never emptied the BLACK water from the tank! I cannot belive this is not a general check that every used camper would receive as soon as a dealer receives it! I feel very stupid and naiive for not asking that specific question before we brought it home! Believe me, the dealer is getting a call tomorrow from a NOT so happy camper! How would you handle it with them? If this dealer decides to shirk his responsibility about what is right and we have to take care of it ourselves, will it be ok if we do so at the campground we are going to which is about an hour away? That is certainly not what I want to do but we may have no choice as there is no place to take the thing that we are aware of....any thoughts? I'm Furious about this situation! I may end up with problems if this has been sitting all summer like this!
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:26 PM   #2
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As unpleasant as it may seem, its not really a big deal to rid of it. Most homes at least where I live have 3" clean-outs in the front lawn. Usually located between the sidewalk and street or just 2' away from the street edge. It serves as a clean out connection for the house main line. Otherwise septic tanks have vents if lucky enough to be reachable from the camper. Worst case take it to the campground, when grey fills half way dump the black and then grey and enjoy your trip! Its really not that toxic and there's noting in the tank to deteriorate.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:33 PM   #3
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My concern is "how long was the camper on the dealer's lot with a tank full of poo?" It may be like concrete in there.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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As VinceU said, it's not a major problem. If you want, when you get to the campground, just hook up the slinky and empty it and start the black tank flusher and let it run. It will probably take at least 30 minutes before it start running clear. Also, the tow to the campground will help break things loose in the tank. If it were me, I would dump a quart of Super Klean in the toilet along with about 2 gal of water and then tow to the campground and dump and flush.
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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Hopefully the reason it is full and had not been emptied Is because the valve is bad and/or stuck
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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Hopefully the reason it is full and had not been emptied Is because the valve is bad and/or stuck
Are you kidding? I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Can you imagine having to replace the valve with the tank full!
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Old 09-03-2012, 10:49 PM   #7
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Yep that would be crappy
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:39 AM   #8
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more than fine

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will it be ok if we do so at the campground we are going to which is about an hour away?
that would be more than fine
if
there is some room in the black tank
I would add some plain water to it before take off
not sure how long that stuff has been in there
might be a good idea
to lossen it up a little
your ride there should work perfect
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As VinceU said, it's not a major problem. If you want, when you get to the campground, just hook up the slinky and empty it and start the black tank flusher and let it run. It will probably take at least 30 minutes before it start running clear. Also, the tow to the campground will help break things loose in the tank. If it were me, I would dump a quart of Super Klean in the toilet along with about 2 gal of water and then tow to the campground and dump and flush.
I should have looked at the other posts first
may I say that I agree
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We have made the discovery that the DEALER never emptied the BLACK water from the tank!
May I ask how you determined the black tank has never been emptied? If you are using the level indicator light as your guide, then keep in mind that it is normally not very accurate. Hope this is the case. Good luck.
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May I ask how you determined the black tank has never been emptied? If you are using the level indicator light as your guide, then keep in mind that it is normally not very accurate. Hope this is the case. Good luck.
BTW, if this is the case, then we can walk you through some steps to determine if your tank is actually full.
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