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Old 11-24-2018, 08:53 PM   #1
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Black tank flush.... what an ass I am.

So you probably know where this is going.

This morning we wake up early to prepare to leave for home. About an eight hour drive. Last night I cleaned the black tank and was going to run the flush again this morning just because.... wish I left it alone.
So I pull the valve and turn on the water. Go about doing other things. My wife take the dog for a walk. As she is coming back we both hear a loud thump.... I look over at the camper and see water pouring out the underbelly. I run over and to my horror I see I pulled the gray valve.... not the black. So it filled with water and came up the toilet.
I got home a while ago and unloaded the camper. Tomorrow morning I’ll go and fill the tank with water to see if it’s leaking. My guess is it burst with the noise I heard.
Plus lots of cleaning.... but like I said I had already cleaned it of the real bad stuff the night before.
I can’t believe I pulled the wrong valve. Potentially this is going to be an expensive mistake.
I thought about trying to fix it myself if it is ruptured. While I have always done my own repair/mods I’ve never removed the underbelly or fooled with a gray or black tank.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:57 PM   #2
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I’ve always wondered why they put the valves so close together.
Easy to make the mistake of using the wrong one.
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:16 PM   #3
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That is terrible sorry. I have always opened all 3 just in case.
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:17 PM   #4
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Easy to make a mistake but as you learned... never, ever start to flush a black tank and walk away or go about doing other things.

Hope everything turns out better than you think. Let us know what you find.
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:45 PM   #5
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You probably think this comes under the heading ďI told you soĒ but itís not meant to be.

I have one of these connected to my sewer hose so I can monitor whatís coming out of both tanks. If you had/have one of these, you could see water (or whatever) coming out when/if you use the black tank flush, thereby eliminating the chance of pulling the wrong valve when you activate the black tank flush.
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:50 PM   #6
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While they are side by side, they are easy to identify..... so this is squarely on me. I just pulled the wrong one.
And Iíve said those things to myself many time.... never walk away. But again thatís on me too!
For some reason this morning just didnít go as planned. On the way home we stopped at a truck stop. My wife go in to use the restroom.... as she comes out the door, she steps off a curb wrong and lands on her hands and knees but also smacks her face on the cement. She has a brush burn on the side her face and hands.....
so the last day sucked.... the rest of the nine day camp was awesome!

Iíll let everyone know how this turns out.
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Old 11-24-2018, 09:55 PM   #7
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You probably think this comes under the heading ďI told you soĒ but itís not meant to be.

I have one of these connected to my sewer hose so I can monitor whatís coming out of both tanks. If you had/have one of these, you could see water (or whatever) coming out when/if you use the black tank flush, thereby eliminating the chance of pulling the wrong valve when you activate the black tank flush.
Not taken as an I told you so.... no worries!
Hereís the kicker.... I have those clear elbows on all the main connections.... but this morning we were getting ready to leave very early. It was still partly dark. Didnít t see what was coming out.

The biggest lesson here is..... donít ever walk away... ever. And donít assume. I should have double checked.
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Old 11-24-2018, 10:21 PM   #8
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So sorry. Hope it's an inexpensive repair.

We've all had those days when we're in a hurry or distracted and make an expensive/dumb mistake. I think it's called being human.

Thanks for the warning, but it's probably not going to stop me from doing something else dumb on our next camping trip.
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:15 AM   #9
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Bummer. Sorry for the mess you have. Surprised it didn't come out the stack as well as the toilet. Isn't there a vent there?
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Old 11-25-2018, 02:32 PM   #10
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I think you may just be be more lucky than you think. If the tank fell it would probably have dropped down and pulled down the Coreplast covering on the bottom of the camper.

Best of luck to you, Neighbor!
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