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Old 07-29-2014, 06:56 AM   #1
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Waste drain position

We are on our about our 8th trip in our 30Ds.

Although we have had many of the sane problems as are posted in this forum, overall we are pleased.

My biggest gripe is about the position of the waste drain!

We have not stayed anywhere where the sewer drain at the site is not higher than the waste pipe on the FR 3!

I generally have to lift the drain hose to empty. At some point I fear this will have disastrous
Results!

Any suggestions appreciated!

Thanks in advance,


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Old 07-29-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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I have the same drain troubles on my mini lite 2502s. Just had to snake the drain hose this weekend. Lots of times I go to the dump station rather than the site sewer. Dump stations always seem to work better.
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:58 AM   #3
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That was the first thing I changed on my 30DS. We eliminated the pipe, installed a macerator system in the waste/water bay, and now have a small hose that will pump up hill! No more hitting the pipe on the pavement on mild inclines. The hose is the size of a garden hose, so it takes a little longer to dump, but it has been the best upgrade we've made.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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Do you have any photos of your macerator install? The low hanging sewer pipe is one of my biggest concerns with the FR3.
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Old 08-20-2014, 08:28 AM   #5
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I'll try to get a picture for you today or tomorrow.
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:28 AM   #6
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I saw something like that advertised on the Camping World website. Called it the 'sewer solution' or something like that. I've been considering getting one.

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Old 08-21-2014, 03:24 PM   #7
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Macerator

Here you go, Barbara. The system is called Sani-Con. A friend that has been RVing in high-end coaches has been using this system for about 10 years. He met the inventor and has had the system install in three rigs. Never a problem. I've had it for over a year without issue. It takes longer to purge the system and it'a a little noisy when operating (when you're dumping the system), but it will pump up hill.

There's no pipe under the motorhome. That's gone. The unit is small and installed in the same basement compartment that the sewer connection is housed. The hose for dumping is only 1" in diameter. This was one of the best purchases I made for our coach.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:33 PM   #8
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Macerator pumps are great until they fail.

You would always want a redundant system to fall back on.

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Old 08-21-2014, 06:39 PM   #9
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I agree with Branchman that you should have a backup - and the Sani-Con accounts for that. Should the unit break, you can attach the "regular" gravity hose and it will work as it was set up originally. I always keep one in the coach as the motto of RVers should be the same as Boyscouts: Always prepared!

That said, before making the purchase (of either the Sani-Con or the Motorhome) I did my research. Nearly all failures of macerators are due to putting the wrong things down the toilet. No sanitary items, nothing hard that would bind up the system. When reading posts about the Sani-Con system, every failure posted was caused by the owner doing something they shouldn't. That, and my friend's decade-long experience (and my year-long experience) without failure leads me to believe it's a quality system.

Of the potential system failures of the FR3, it is at the bottom of the list. I'm far more concerned about the stairs breaking, windshield leaking and slide outs breaking.

It's certainly your call, but gravity rules and things don't flow uphill.
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Interesting. The one I saw advertised on the Camping World website was called the sewer solution and attached on the outside to the existing sewer pipe, so doesn't solve the problem of the pipe scraping bottom at times (happened to me when I was pulling out of an awkward site). I'll check out the Sani-Con. May put it on my RV wish list.

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