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Old 04-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #11
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one, your RV pump won't have enough pressure to do anything except rinse the bowl.
second, every dump station is different. they usually provide a hose to rinse out your sewer hose and to rinse any spillage. but some don't have a threaded end because they don't want people to sit there doing a full black tank flush with a wand or flush device, while people are waiting in line.

personally, i simply dump my black tank, then the gray tank, which rinses the hose. then i take the water hose and rinse the hose again and anything else on the ground.
i then use some of the FW tank water to put in about 3 gallons of water into the black tank and then add a tank chemical.

when i happen to have full hookups or i'm dumping and there's no one waiting, then i will use a garden hose and my wand and backflush device to fully clean the black tank.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:03 PM   #12
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:10 PM   #13
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"personally, i simply dump my black tank, then the gray tank, which rinses the hose. then i take the water hose and rinse the hose again and anything else on the ground.
i then use some of the FW tank water to put in about 3 gallons of water into the black tank and then add a tank chemical." - bikendan


Does this mean that you add fresh water and chemical and then leave it that way when you are home until the next trip? Or do you have a way to dump the water and chemical once you get back home?

Just need clarification about what folks do BETWEEN camping trips. We will have 4 or 5 weeks at least between our trips... some parts of the year maybe longer.

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Old 04-22-2012, 10:16 PM   #14
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Yes, leave it in the tank. I also go in about once a week and run the toilet bowl full of water and flush it just to make sure there is water in the black tank and make sure there is about an inch of water left in the bowl to keep the seal wet.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:20 PM   #15
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"I flush with a wand at the dump station or into my septic if I think it's needed at home."- Triguy

Does this mean that there will be water hookup at the dump site? Or do you use onboard water with your RV pump supplying pressure?

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Because of the way our trailers are set up (no easy access to the bathroom from outside and no external hookup to flush the BW tank) I have a non-white ( not potable) hose I run to the bathroom where I can use my hand held wand. So the order would be: BW dump, rinse, GW dump, add 5 gallons of water. Go.

If its busy or there is a line or if I am camping again shortly, I just dump BW, no rinse, dump GW, add 5 gallons of water via the pump to the tank and go.

I also add a scoop of Calgon and all leftover ice cubes before we leave for home no matter what method. I find this helps to knock of crud from the sides. The Calgon is widely used in place of chemicals.
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DSN46 you didn't mention what trailer you have. If it is a tongue trailer you can use a wand by sticking it down the toilet and spray that way. If you have a 5th wheel, you may not be able to use the wand if it is plumbed like mine as it has an elbow in the line going to the tank.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:34 PM   #17
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He mentioned a Roo 233s in one of his posts, but good point.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:44 PM   #18
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If you pull up to the dump station and there is a line of RV's waiting, please don't waste everybody's time by trying to flush your black tank. It poor dump station etiquette. If there's no line then do as you wish. Many of the campgrounds in MO don't have a non-portable spigot for flushing tanks.

I dump my black tank first and then while the gray tank is draining I go inside to add the three gallons of treated water into the black tank. I ALWAYS have 3 gallons of water in the black tank and I ALWAYS use chemicals in the black tank. If the trailer is going to sit unused for a few weeks I might add a 4th gallon of water.

One more point, always keep water in the toilet bowl so the seal at the bottom doesn't dry out. VERY IMPORTANT.
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When camping I always try to get a full service site (Electric, water and sewer) and dump and rinse tanks at site. No need to hold people up at dump station and I can get a cleaner rinse.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:24 PM   #20
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Thank you all! I am getting a better understanding of how this works now.

Oakman-- I am from MO. Camped in just about every campground from Meremac to Bennett Springs. Have family in JeffCo. I miss the seasons!

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