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Old 03-04-2016, 01:09 PM   #1
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I'm now on my 3rd trailer and have camped many times. When we are at a campground that has sewer hook-up, I hook to the sewer but I always leave the valve shut unless I'm going to empty my tanks. Does anyone leave the valves open all of the time?
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:12 PM   #2
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Everyone agrees- always leave black closed until it's time to dump.

Then it's a fair split as to if people leave they gray open or not. Most who leave them open will close them before the day that they need to dump so that they have some less stinky water to "clean" the hose out.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:13 PM   #3
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Never leave the black tank valve open all the time.

If we stay somewhere for an extended stay, (4+days) I'll often leave the grey tank valve/s open for all of those except the last day.
I then close the grey valve/s to allow it to build up so I can use that to flush the hose after dumping the black tank.
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:43 PM   #4
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Smile Sewer hook-up

Thanks. That's exactly what I thought. I've never left the gray open either because I was afraid of getting smell back into the trailer from the sewer. Next time I'll try leaving the gray open until our last day and if it gets 'stinky' in the trailer, I can close it.
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Thanks. That's exactly what I thought. I've never left the gray open either because I was afraid of getting smell back into the trailer from the sewer. Next time I'll try leaving the gray open until our last day and if it gets 'stinky' in the trailer, I can close it.
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"Technically" you shouldn't get any smell back into the trailer from the grey being left open because all the lines on grey side of things should have some kind of 'P' trap in the plumbing just like your sinks, showers and tubs in your house.
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Thanks. That's exactly what I thought. I've never left the gray open either because I was afraid of getting smell back into the trailer from the sewer. Next time I'll try leaving the gray open until our last day and if it gets 'stinky' in the trailer, I can close it.
I always closed the gray tank valve (black tank closed always until dumped) for the same reason as the black tank (food getting stuck to walls and sensors) UNTIL we had the grand kids stay with us and someone did not close the bathroom sink tap all the way.

Watta mess ...

Luckily I spotted the water coming down the steps before any damage was done.
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