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Old 06-04-2015, 09:21 AM   #31
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I usually keep my valves closed at my full hook up site until tanks are almost full then dump black first and gray after. Then before leaving add some water to tank about 20 gallons each for the ride home when I get home or to the next place I'm staying at I dump Black first then gray while dumping gray I have the intank spray going and then open the black again close gray add some water and dump again cleaning remaining gunk out of hose. Has worked for me over 35 years and never had a plug or bad smelling tank etc.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:04 AM   #32
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You don't get to make that call for me. I don't water my lawn and don't have a pool, so we'll say I'm still much more conservative than most folks. I will say this, however; I have a dump station at my house where I flush and the camper leans heavily toward the sensor side. Therefore, in reality I'm not actually filling my tank to 3/4 full. I only fill until the sensors read full and are covered during the flush.
Sorry, was not trying to make any call for you. You are welcome to do as you please. However, 2 gallons of water and 5 minutes total using a swizzle stick will accomplish the same results (if not better as it will flush the whole tank, top also).
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:07 AM   #33
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Sorry, was not trying to make any call for you. You are welcome to do as you please. However, 2 gallons of water and 5 minutes total using a swizzle stick will accomplish the same results (if not better as it will flush the whole tank, top also).
Not in my experience.

Edit: And I was hoping to convey that I was saying that(about being my call) jokingly with the smiley. No harm intended.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:10 AM   #34
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Huge waste of water and fills dump station tank quickly. If you have a 45G black tank and use this procedure, you add 100 G extra to dump station, If 40 Rv's do this in a day that is 4000G . End result is the park has increased pumping costs and raises fees.
You need to reread my posts. I do my flush procedure at home. And I don't use anywhere near 100G doing it. I'd be estimating because of the lean of the camper, but I'd say I use maybe 50 gallons at most doing my procedure. I didn't make all this clear in my original post about my procedure- my fault.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:22 AM   #35
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Hi,

My use of an in-line shutoff valve is not meant as a replacement for an anti-flowback mechanism.

As it happens, my anti-flowback valve must be somewhere further inside the trailer, because there always was some dribble out of the connector when I took off the feed hose. This valve prevents that from happening, as well as generally giving me more positive control over the whole process.

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Old 06-05-2015, 07:00 AM   #36
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Hi,

My use of an in-line shutoff valve is not meant as a replacement for an anti-flowback mechanism.

As it happens, my anti-flowback valve must be somewhere further inside the trailer, because there always was some dribble out of the connector when I took off the feed hose. This valve prevents that from happening, as well as generally giving me more positive control over the whole process.

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Richp,do you leave the little S/O valve attached or remove it when done? Youroo!!
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Old 06-05-2015, 07:18 AM   #37
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Hi Youroo,

I leave it there all the time, in the closed position when not in use.

I also had a dribbling problem from the hose going to the faucet -- wetting the floor of my compartment when I unhooked it after a flush. I got tired of mopping up afterward, so I attached (to the shutoff valve) a short piece (maybe 30"long) of hose, and I leave that attached all the time too.

What I do is I hook up the hose leading to the faucet to this shorter one, which is long enough to dangle outside the door, below the floor level of the compartment. When I unhook from the faucet, the dribble from unhooking the long hose is outside -- down to the ground. When I"m done, I just turn the short hose up, where it fits in a convenient place in the compartment.

Yeah, I know it seems like overkill or over-engineering, or over-thinking things. But it's actually simple, and it works for me.

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Old 06-05-2015, 08:57 AM   #38
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I leave it there all the time, in the closed position when not in use.

This is how I used to do it- a "Y" splitter for my black tank hose (with the anti-flow back thinger inside the camper). I came really close to flooding my black tank because of the cheap "Y" that I used. It let a dribble go through the hose and slowly filled my black tank the day after I dumped/flushed it.

Sadly, yes- it was a Harbor Freight splitter. And no, I didn't buy it because it was cheap; I bought it because I was there and it was there and convenient. I've since moved up to a good 4-hose manifold (is that the right word?) but still disconnect my black-tank flushes each time. With quick connects, it is easy to do- just pop and drop 'em. Though, I should probably invest in some caps to keep insects out.
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Hi ependydad,

Mine has separate inlets for fresh feed and black flush, so I'm not at risk for that king of thing.

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Hi ependydad,

Mine has separate inlets for fresh feed and black flush, so I'm not at risk for that king of thing.

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