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Old 06-12-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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2008 SV302 Black Tank Rinser?

Newbie TT campers - Previous popup & tent campers for many years.

We just bought this 2008 SV302 TT (used) & love it! Spent a week in a full hookup state park last week. Noticed a pile of paper buildup when looking down the toilet.. Wondering about installing a tank rinser such as Tornado? Dealer install vs DIY? I have skills & tools to most likely do it myself but am worried about the underbelly insulation.

Another trip resulted in an incomplete 'emptying' of the black tank at the dump station.

Another thought; When in a 'full hookup' site do most people leave valves open or just dump as needed?

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ps. Dealer scared us big time in cautioning about letting tanks overflow!
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Old 06-12-2011, 10:05 AM   #2
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Keep the tanks colsed. Let them get full before you empty that way you will get a good flush. Make sure and use plenty of water in you black tank.
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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Keep the tanks colsed. Let them get full before you empty that way you will get a good flush. Make sure and use plenty of water in you black tank.
X2! Leave them closed, use plenty of water. After you dump, you can fill and flush the toilet several times with the valve closed and then open the valve and it should help clear the tank.

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Old 06-12-2011, 12:16 PM   #4
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Before we got a black tank flush installed, we had issues too. One solution that helped was as others suggested, keeping tanks closed. Dump black first then fill it up again with either a flush hose you do through toilet or just fill up tank by holding toilet flush down/open. My husband made us a gadget that kept the flush on toilet open without having to stand there with foot on the pedal. Made it with a piece if PVC pipe and string. Worked great.

After filling up the black tank, dump it again. Then dump your grey tank. Close all tanks and your ready to use then again.

We tired of this long routine after a year of using our TT and decided to pay to have the black tank flush installed. Afterwards, we wondered why we waited so long.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:17 PM   #5
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Thanks (to all for responses) Any experience (anyone) to what labor costs to install a rinser?
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:03 PM   #6
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I installed the Tornado and have not had any buildup since. Easy self install. All you need is a hole saw (from Lowes or Home Depot), a phillips screw driver, some silicon adhesive and a few plastic ties (for the hose) and about 45 minutes.
Install adjacent to the "drop area" below the toilet on the side of the tank. Also, as before, use the chemicals to break up the waste. And last but not least, follow the recommendations of those above.

After installation make sure that when you start the water through the tornado start it slowly to give the spinner time to get up to speed as a sudden pressure surge has been known to blow out the spinner head.
This is an easy owner install, cost (including the hole saw and ties ) come under $20.00 in addition to the tornado cost.

Enjoy. (if possible)
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:38 PM   #7
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We had one installed at a Keystone dealership while traveling through Sweetwater TX about 3 years ago. Cost us $60 labor plus the part. Guess it just depends on skill level and if you want to "mess" with it. Since we were on the road, we chose to let someone else take care of it.
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