Originally Posted by bsmall
I then keep the gate valve in the open position like the sticker on the side of the trailer says to
Yes, Bill it sure does say that. If you do not feel comfortable with ANYTHING you read in this forum (or any other); DON'T DO IT.
The reason for that sticker, of course, is that you can put a lot of water in that tank very quickly with that valve closed.
You can mitigate this risk by:
1) START EMPTY - Do a complete dump and leave the valve open. Turning the water on first with a closed valve and a full or nearly full tank will shoot crap water out the roof vent quicker than you can say "What the ?"
2) Instruction manuals try to cover every level of user from pure novice to experienced user and seldom satisfy anyone; let alone every one. Safest course is best when writing manuals.
3) We talk about always dumping with a full or near full tank for a reason. The rush of water helps break up clumps and clogs.
4) Did I mention "Start Empty"; Having a known start point and watching how much water you shoot in there will prevent you from overfilling and making a mess. (or worse pressurizing the tank and bursting a seam).
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