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Old 05-31-2012, 02:23 PM   #51
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If you do it right, you can do the whole "nasty thing" in a very sanitary manner, without bleach, spare shoes, Racal suits, or vomit bags. Remember, the poo is supposed to be INSIDE the tanks/ hose.

The key is the dump station is not a place to carry on a conversation, think about the trip home, argue with the wife or be otherwise distracted. Each and every "incident" I have seen has been someone either in a rush or trying to do two or three things at once. I think "performance anxiety" plays a role too, when there is a bunch of people lined up waiting for their turn. Take as much time as you need to complete your task. But no more. Dont tarry, but dont get in a rush either.

I wear light cotton gloves that go in the wash after every trip simply to appease the wife, and I would not gag at the thought of doing it gloveless. I hose off everything with clean water before I start, and after I finish. I am absolutley convinced that there is less poo on the outside of my hoses and valves than on any surface you care to name in a gas station restroom.

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Old 05-31-2012, 02:53 PM   #52
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we have several lengths of sewer hose so we don't have to run everything through the long one when we only need 4' or so. I bought a clear elbow, so we can tell everything is running clear when we use the built in tank flush. The problem being, we only have one clear elbow and all of our other hoses have the bayonet ends on them and DH wants to be able to hook two hoses together when necessary including the clear elbow. After looking in catalogs, at our dealer, etc., to find a hose connector to connect two hoses with bayonet ends, he came up with a nifty solution....he used PVC sewer pipe, drilled holes and put bolts in both ends to correspond with the bayonet ends. He's in the process of cutting the bolts off in the inside of the pipe and using epoxy to make sure the bolts stay put. Now he'll simply use his PVC connector to connect two lengths of sewer pipe and/or the clear elbow!! I'll post pics when it's complete.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:18 PM   #53
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We have another couple we used to camp with and they had three teenage daughters. When Jim went to the dump station nothing would come out so he removed the sewer hose, got on his hands and knees so he could see into the tank and used a stick to probe with. Everything came out with a great force and struck him square in the face. It was a terible sight. I always make sure to stand to the side.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:54 PM   #54
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We have another couple we used to camp with and they had three teenage daughters. When Jim went to the dump station nothing would come out so he removed the sewer hose, got on his hands and knees so he could see into the tank and used a stick to probe with. Everything came out with a great force and struck him square in the face. It was a terible sight. I always make sure to stand to the side.
oMG wow! Lol!
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:29 PM   #55
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I like the idea of the sewer spill eliminator. I am new to this whole process. I bought a used 5th wheel had it parked in my driveway and decided to check how the drain connects. I opened the cap (without pulling and valves) and still had junk come out. Not a lot, but enough that I'm vary wary of doing it again. I was wearing disposable gloves and had to hose down my driveway. I don't know if I have a leaky valve or if it was just residue. This weekend I am headed to a dump station to try my first real dump so these posts are very timely for me.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:38 PM   #56
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My routine is pretty simple. I have a baggie that rides in the compartment that contains an opaque elbow and my heavy duty chemical gloves. I put the gloves on, pull the sewer hose from the bumper, attach the elbow, insert in drain, connect to the tanks, drain the black (close the valve), drain the gray (close the valve), disconnect the sewer hose, then wash down the inside of the hose, the outside of the hose, and the ground around the area. Everything gets stowed back into its spot and away we go.

I have seen bad, bad things happen at the dump station and much prefer full hook-ups any day!
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:29 PM   #57
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We are new and had to dump on one of our outings , read all the reports . Was ready , I thought . I did not have the hose turned solid to the trailer end ( thought. I did )

Pull the black tank , started through the hose , then came off , I quickly shut off the valve.

Installed again with a lil more oomph . No problems

On my hose I have from camping world , they have the connections on the end and will not go into my bumper ?
I have a heavy plastic bag I stow it in
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:25 PM   #58
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Don't like touching the cap. I put a plastic grocery sack over it to take the cap. If there is any "seepage", it goes in the sack. I've got gloves in with the rest of the poop box stuff.

It all get rinsed off when I get home.

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #59
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We are new and had to dump on one of our outings , read all the reports . Was ready , I thought . I did not have the hose turned solid to the trailer end ( thought. I did )

Pull the black tank , started through the hose , then came off , I quickly shut off the valve.

Installed again with a lil more oomph . No problems

On my hose I have from camping world , they have the connections on the end and will not go into my bumper ?
I have a heavy plastic bag I stow it in
Caps - you say your hose "will not go into the bunper?" I don't stow my hose in there either - not because it won't fit, but because my dealer told me that it is not a good practice -sets up corrision after awhile.
Several other posters have said they don't stow their hose there either.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:39 PM   #60
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I use gloves, but not always (hands get clean with alcohol/H2)0, then soap n H20). Everything stows in a plastic container, all connections stow in extra strong ziplocks in the container, gloves are the blue impregnated heavy duty chemical ones from Lowes/HD. Connect the clear 45 angle first, extend the hose from the storage pipe, remove the caps as the hose comes out or you have a vacuum in the hose (same thing for putting it back into the storage pipe, put the cap on AFTER it is in the storage pipe), then just add sewer hose to reach the dump station drain and MAKE SURE there is either weight, cap, inserted far enough so it does NOT come out like a Saturn V rocket when the valve is opened - which should be opened rapidly, not slowly. Once the "stuff" or effluent is relatively clear, lift the slinky sewer hose so it is above the valve then open the grey water valve for 20 - 30 seconds. This will allow a rush of grey H2O to break up any solid obstruction and then close the grey and lower the slinky sewer hose and allow the grey H2O to drain from the black tank. Then rinse the black tank again, when clear, close the valve to the black tank, open the grey H2O valve and allow it to drain completely. When done, close the grey H2O valve CHECK to ensure it is CLOSED, CHECK to ENSURE the black tank valve is closed - CHECK AGAIN, then disconnect the clear angle from the trailer and the sewer hose, rinse it, bag it, rinse the sewer hose INSIDE and OUT, disconnect from the dump station and cap the end going in to storage pipe, feed in the rest of the sewer hose, put the cap on it just before the last 3-6 inches are stowed then close the storage pipe for the trip home. THEN wash your hands and forearms, use antibactierial soap, wash the gloves same soap, wash your lower legs (if in shorts) rinse of/wash lower legs/shoes with a spray of alcohol/soap and GET OUT of the way as people will be lining up for their turn. Long to write it out but pretty easy to do. If you are new to it - PRACTICE at home or in the storage yard so you know exactly what happens when in in the correct sequence. (DO NOT actually dump or open any valves while practicing)(Duh!). Have all you "DUMP STUFF" in a separate container and wash it frequently. Be prepared to RUN LIKE HELL if you mess it up. Then return and clean it up. This should be fun, right!!?!
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