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Old 09-20-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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I have to drain my black tank. I am not going to pay the $30 they want at the RV parts store, and the other places near me are 45 minutes each way.

I have the mancerating (?sp) device on order, that works with water pressure that will get it up to a cleanout I have or should just abaout make it. The cleanout is a few feet higher that I can get the drain because I have a steep drive)

BUt it may not get here before my hoa starts complaining and I have to take the RV to storage.

I was thinking about draining it into a 5 gallon bucket and taking it inside.

How much splash and how fast will it come out?

I am afraid that if I open the gate slowly I will leave solid material behind.

I do not want to have a large splash area and more mess to clean out.

My gages are not working, so I am not sure how full it is. I may have to put a dip stick down the toilet. I suspect it is 1/4 to 1/2 full.

I plan ot make a spray want to help clean it out and get the contacts cleaned. I did add some cleaner (twice) and I have not gotten any reading other than 3/4 full since I bought the RV)
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:05 PM   #2
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I have to drain my black tank. I am not going to pay the $30 they want at the RV parts store, and the other places near me are 45 minutes each way.

I have the mancerating (?sp) device on order, that works with water pressure that will get it up to a cleanout I have or should just abaout make it. The cleanout is a few feet higher that I can get the drain because I have a steep drive)

BUt it may not get here before my hoa starts complaining and I have to take the RV to storage.

I was thinking about draining it into a 5 gallon bucket and taking it inside.

How much splash and how fast will it come out?

I am afraid that if I open the gate slowly I will leave solid material behind.

I do not want to have a large splash area and more mess to clean out.

My gages are not working, so I am not sure how full it is. I may have to put a dip stick down the toilet. I suspect it is 1/4 to 1/2 full.

I plan ot make a spray want to help clean it out and get the contacts cleaned. I did add some cleaner (twice) and I have not gotten any reading other than 3/4 full since I bought the RV)
If you are in Anchorage, have you checked with Cabela's, or any of the Holiday Stations, or Tesoro on E. Northern Lights? Cabela's used to charge $10, and the Holiday & Tesoro stations were free.

From the looks of your post you need a good dump & flush. Your process seems labor-some and tedious. Not something I would attempt.

I would say you need a "good" clean-out & flush
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:07 PM   #3
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Pay the thirty bucks!

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Maybe some one has a portable tote you can borrow.....If it were me I'd bite the bullet and pay the 30 clams vs trying to empty it with a bucket
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:21 PM   #5
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My neighbours would be outraged if I tried to dump my tanks at home using a bucket, or any other means. I've gotten some really nasty looks just for draining my fresh water tank, which is nothing but clean water!

I'd be looking for a local dump station, and if it costs $30, so be it. Better than having to deal with a tank full that's been sitting there.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:22 PM   #6
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I have to drain my black tank. ...
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I was thinking about draining it into a 5 gallon bucket and taking it inside.
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Hum … just my opinion … but, I suspect this is probably not your best idea … …
I did something like that a while back. In my case, I was doing additional cleaning on an already previously rinsed black water tank. The tank liquid comes out with quite a bit of force and volume; it could be very difficult to control the bucket and cutoff sufficient to avoid nasty splashes or worse. I was able to control my project because the outflow was relatively clean and the volume was always less than the full volume of the 5-gallon bucket so I did not need to be concern with closing the valve quickly. (I also had an outside place to dump.) While you can probably control the bucket-carry-and-dump well enough, I'd be very leery about controlling the bucket fill ... especially since you're dealing with very ripe content.
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Go to a full hookup campground for a night or two and do a good flush of your BW tank. Bucket brigade is a bad idea.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:37 PM   #8
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Before you take it to a dump station and do a good rinse and flush make sure the tank is full. I mean starting to come up the commode pipe. Let it sit 24hrs then do a good rinse and flush. I had the same problem with gauges reading all the time. I filled it and let set 24hrs then flush and now my gauges work.
Now the night before I leave the campground I fill both black and gray tanks then flush the next morning before I leave.
I believe I read that fix some where here on this forum.
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:43 PM   #9
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I would imagine that 3 minutes into using a bucket, you would swear to never ever do that again. I would even pay $15 not to use my Turd Trolly. $30 is a small price to pay to minimize interaction with the putrid python and the content therein.



Themacerator should be able to pump up about four feet without an issue. I have a clean-out next to the driveway my father in law uses when they are visiting, and he pumps up to it with ease. I made a replacement cap for the clean-out that I drilled and installed a hose adapter on. This way, there is no slop, no stink, and no-one is the wiser.
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R u in Alaska ? If so there r place s to dump free or 5-10 $ check it out, it is hard to dump into a bucket especially if you have a accident
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