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Old 01-09-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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Flush King sanitation question

I just purchased a Flush King attachment, and on another thread someone mentioned that some campgrounds install backflow preventers on their faucets to protect their potable water from contamination by flushing devices. I believe my Flush King specs said it includes its own backflow preventer. My question is: is it considered bad form or - much more importantly - unsanitary to hook a Flush King to a potable water faucet?
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Old 01-09-2011, 12:35 PM   #2
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I would use a brass backflow preventer from Lowe's/Home Depot, if I were you. You just don't want to be that guy. Also, use a different color hose to flush.

With that in mind, you should be good to go.
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I would use a brass backflow preventer from Lowe's/Home Depot, if I were you. You just don't want to be that guy. Also, use a different color hose to flush.
IWith that in mind, you should be good to go.
Thanks, Kenn. Yes, we would use our gray water hose, and I think that's a great idea about adding the brass backflow valve as a backup to the one on the Flush King. Can't be too careful. I guess I will add it at the faucent end of my hose. Thanks again.
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mjones12, please read the following thread regarding good practices during black tank flush, http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...tank-9973.html
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mjones12, please read the following thread regarding good practices during black tank flush, http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...tank-9973.html
Thanks, Frank. I read that prior to posting my question here. I'm not sure it speaks specifically to the use of a Flush King with a built-in backflow valve and then adding a second brass backflow valve to the gray hose, as Kenn suggests. I saw your post over there about using a splitter to keep from contaminating the white hose or the camper's water system, but that isn't relative to what I'm asking about. No white hose is involved in the setup I'm talking about. Could you tell me if you think what Kenn and I are talking about is okay? Thank you.
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mjones12, you are completely correct, in this thread you specifically asked about the need of a backflow preventer and Flush King attachment, to which I can't comment or opine because I don't own a Flush King.

However, I made the suggestion of reading the other thread (yes maybe I shouldn't have started the reply with the use of the word "please") because it includes very good "water hygiene" practices. That's all.

My sincerest apologies to you and Kenn.

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No apologies necessary to me. You were offering assistance.
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No, no apologies are necessary. I just didn't find the specific answer I was looking for in the other thread. Perhaps I should have asked my specific question in that other thread.
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Before you go and flush your system in the campground, show/explain to the host/owner what you're about to do. If they said, that's fine, then you should be good to go.

For a peace of mind, get the brass backflow preventer and see how it works before you use it. With another preventer on the flush king as well, you should have a redundancy. Do this at home first (without the nasty): make a mock drain and see how the system works for yourself. Backing up what you read with experience will give you the best piece of mind.

Hope that answers your question.
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Before you go and flush your system in the campground, show/explain to the host/owner what you're about to do. If they said, that's fine, then you should be good to go.

For a peace of mind, get the brass backflow preventer and see how it works before you use it. With another preventer on the flush king as well, you should have a redundancy. Do this at home first (without the nasty): make a mock drain and see how the system works for yourself. Backing up what you read with experience will give you the best piece of mind.

Hope that answers your question.
Kenn: That's an excellent idea. I will certainly ask ahead of time and also give the system a test run. Thank you.
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