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Old 04-22-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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Question about "poo"... really...

Hey Everyone!

After the great responses I received for my very first question on this forum, I figured I would throw this one out there because I have never had to deal with this before.

Okay... after you have dumped your waste tanks at the campground and have arrived back home. I understand about cleaning out your gray water in your backyard... no biggee. BUT, I am very picky about all of my equipment and I want it all "brand new" again after using it (this goes from my mowers to my tiller or anything). What do you do about really cleaning out the black water tank? I'm sure the hose and the tank are gonna have residual "stuff" left in them after a simple gravity drain.

Where do you flush it out? I dont have a campground type sewer dump built at my house..... so where do I let it all go at home? Where do YOU guys let it all go? Or am I being too anal retentive about it and I should just accept that it is a camper and let it go?

Thank you for any and all experience on this matter... it has me concerned.

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Old 04-22-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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Hey Everyone!

After the great responses I received for my very first question on this forum, I figured I would throw this one out there because I have never had to deal with this before.

Okay... after you have dumped your waste tanks at the campground and have arrived back home. I understand about cleaning out your gray water in your backyard... no biggee. BUT, I am very picky about all of my equipment and I want it all "brand new" again after using it (this goes from my mowers to my tiller or anything). What do you do about really cleaning out the black water tank? I'm sure the hose and the tank are gonna have residual "stuff" left in them after a simple gravity drain.

Where do you flush it out? I dont have a campground type sewer dump built at my house..... so where do I let it all go at home? Where do YOU guys let it all go? Or am I being too anal retentive about it and I should just accept that it is a camper and let it go?

Thank you for any and all experience on this matter... it has me concerned.

James
James,

Maybe I am not getting the entire drift here.

Did your dealer give you any instructions about how to use your camper at all? This topic is without a doubt one of the most important.

Do you have a TurboFlush or equivalent in your camper?
If so you should use it at the campground after you gravity dump to flush out your tanks. A clear elbow on the dump mast will help you determine if you are finished. The water should run out CLEAR. If it is still brown you need to keep flushing out the holding tank.

If no turbo flush, use a toilet wand to flush out the tanks.

Read the pages on your holding tanks.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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Buy yourself a Tornado tank flusher. They are reasonably priced and very easy to install. I wouldn't be without one. Also get a clear 45 degree elbow. That way you can see what is going on. Once you dump te black tank, hook up the water to the Tornado, turn it on and flush until clean. Some of the best money you will spend on your RV.


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Old 04-22-2012, 09:40 PM   #4
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While on the subject of "at home" dumping, do you have a lawn vent in your yard for your sewer? I use 10 foot sections of 3 inch PVC pipe with a union glued to one end. One 10 foot pipe has a RV male fitting glued to it that I hook my camper flex hose to. Then I hook them together to a street elbow that fits right down the lawn vent.

The lawn vent leads to an underground trap in the house sewer line to the street. Dumping my holding tanks (if I can't do it at the campground) or my end of season flush and treatment into that trap does double duty by flushing out any junk that accumulates in that trap.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:40 PM   #5
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Thanks for the fast answers guys!

I suppose I did not make myself clear enough because I don't understand what is available at a campground dump station.

I "thought" people just pulled up, hooked up the hoses, opened the valves and let gravity empty the tanks. Then they closed everything, put hoses away and moved on. Am I to understand that there will be city water hookup at these stations? Or do I need to make sure that I have enough fresh water and battery to run the onboard pump to flush out the system?

I am new... please be patient.

Lou, we haven't taken delivery of the 233s yet. It will happen this Saturday.

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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.

But, in talking with people, I don't believe those who are not on these boards flush out the tank that thoroughly after dumping. They just keep a few gallons of water in the tank from after they dump to keep it from drying out. That works if its only a few weeks until the next trip.
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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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We don't number "2" in our camper one less thing to deal with.
we've done this for years and anyone in and around my camper knows it.
Since I "deal" with it its my rules!
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The Tornado is a built in "Wand". No need to drag a hose through the camper. You use the water hose at the dump station and hook it to the Tornado.
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Lou, we haven't taken delivery of the 233s yet. It will happen this Saturday. James
No worries, but MAKE SURE they show you everything AND how to use it.

There are PDI checklists here (and F1100Turbo is working on a new one) that you should print out and take with you. DO NOT let them short change you. You won't remember everything, but if you have questions later and you ask them here you will at least know what we are talking about.

There should be a "non-potable" water hose at every dump station. they are required in case there is a "spill." It WILL happen sooner or later to everyone.

I carry a raft of different hose adapters (you never know what will be on the end of the hose - IF THERE IS a hose!) I also carry a special 10 foot section of BLACK hose that I only use for flushing the tanks if there is not one at the station. Sometime "nice" people think that hose would look better in their camper. I have also found the end cut off so now I also carry a 5/8" hose barb and a screw clamp.

NEVER use your white "potable" drinking water hose for flushing.
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