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Old 06-21-2018, 08:59 PM   #1
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Fulltiming Sewer Hose Suggestions

Our daughter is fulltiming in the 2006 FR 26FK. We are on a large parcel and have a septic on the property. Her choice of locating the trailer puts her about 70' from the septic. Not a huge problem. But I was just sketching out the optimal sewer hose arrangement and wondering what others have done. Definitely getting a Y and a clear 45 degree. The TT has a black and gray from the bathroom and a grey from the kitchen. She rarely needs to empty the kitchen grey (I put the cap with the garden hose fitting on that and she waters the fruit trees, until winter) and the bathroom tanks she empties about monthly. Our current method is a mashup of leftover pieces from other RVs. We can get 100' of hose from Home Depot for $70. But then I read a few posts about the WasteMaster and Rhino Extreme having the smooth interior which sounds bomb-diggity! And of course we would need the fittings.
Please post your ideas and any pictures you have...Thank you!
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:16 PM   #2
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70' is a stretch for gravity feed, literally. We carry a Flojet macerator pump with 50' of 1" hose, just in case. I think it would handle 70' without trouble.
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Since this is a longer term use, why not use pvc pipe, sloped as needed, with adapters to fit the slinky ends. Or, use a macerator with hose.
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:25 PM   #4
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I would use a "Sewer Solution" and about 60' of 1" PVC buried or laid on the ground depending on it's permanence.
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:50 AM   #5
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Macerator with a hose it will be! Who knew? So after looking at a few it appears they recommend the clear 45 degree adapter, then the macerator, hose clamped to 1" tubing then step down to 3/4" or 5/8" garden hose.
Did you guys just add heavy gauge wire to reach the battery at the front of the TT?
Once your plumbing is set up, do you just open the black tank valve and let 'er rip or do you prime first with water? I assume after you clear the black tank then you let the grey tank flush out the lines and attach a hose to clean if necessary.
Anything else I should know?
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:01 AM   #6
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Why reduce the hose size from 1" to 3/4" to 5/8"? Either 1" or 3/4" would work just fine, 5/8" over a long distance makes the pump work so much harder and could overload the motor. I have 6 ga. wires I salvaged elsewhere permanently connected to the batteries and protected with a 30 Amp inline fuse, I use the same cable on my 12 Volt air compressor. The pump itself comes with plenty of cable, you may be able to reach the batteries without using an extension.
The cam lock connectors in the pic are threaded to go directly onto a garden hose, makes hookup a breeze. The hose I use is a smooth reinforced discharge hose, but for a permanent install a cheap 70psi PE hose from the hardware store or HD would be sufficient.
If I was you I would make a trial run with water first before running the real stuff through, my pump was stuck when I bought it. I replaced the 25 Amp fuse in the pump and turned the pump with a flat blade screw driver - viola. Other than that, I wouldn't want to be without it. My pump is 3 years old and I have used it numerous times.
P.s.: No priming, gravity. The pump's propeller chews everything into nothing. I flush the pump with "clear" water before I put it away.
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If you have enough slope, PVC drain pipe will work just fine. Nothing additional needed.

If not you will need to pump using some method for sure.
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If you have enough slope, PVC drain pipe will work just fine. Nothing additional needed.

If not you will need to pump using some method for sure.

What concerns me is the relatively small amount of water available to push the contents down the 70' long pipe.

The savings would be marginal, a 12' length of 3" ABS costs $30 cdn. plus the couplings and other fittings. The macerator pump with all the hose would cost him no more than $250 USD. Sure, a pump adds a mechanical/electrical component to the setup, but I had mine for 3 years now and I'm convinced it's built to last.
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I'll try to get to HD this weekend...the tank is showing 2/3 full. I'll look to see the options in 2" or 3" hose and pipe. In the past when fulltiming (she lived in our previous RV while in college) we don't let the black tank get completely full and before emptying would pour at least 5 gal of water down the toilet. It helps keep it clean (cuz, ya know kids) and adds to the liquid volume in the tank.

I like to have all the fittings before starting so will look for all of that. i like the cam lock connector and putting an inline fuse. I might also add an on/off switch if the macerator does not come with one. We probably have some wire laying around here that I can scavenge for the project. I had read in all of the reviews about testing the pump on the bench before real use.

This will be so much better than the sewer hose running downhill, springing more leaks of poop spray every time you use it. Sewer hoses are great if you are pulling up to the dump station once/month. But to drag it out from under the TT, lay it out over a long distance... they just don't hold up.

Thank you so much for all of the help. Will report back once we've had our "maiden voyage"!
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I have used my macerator for about three years now and it is great. You do need to be aware that the tank will empty quite slowly when using the pump. That can leave solids stranded and unless you have a way to flush a problem can "arise"
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