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Old 02-19-2015, 06:18 PM   #1
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Water storage sizes for solaire 317 trailer

Is it possible to change the size of the holding tanks. My trailer has 32 or so gallons for all tanks. They seem small. I'm brand new with all of this trailer stuff so I'm totally in the dark in this. It just seems like it would be okay to increase the sizes of them. At least the grey water tank. When we go camping and have full hookups, do we still need to empty the black and grey tanks or are they connected to hookups. We've never been camping. Our trailer is just getting ready for us to pick up.
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Old 02-23-2015, 10:59 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:42 PM   #3
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I looked into it with my old wildwood. It was much cheaper and easier to get a portable tank to drain into. Try a barker tank it worked for us
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:05 AM   #4
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Thank you. That is a good idea. I'll look into that. You just buy the portable containers and bring them dry and use once you get to site. Then you empty the same way you would normally?
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Yeah there are different sizes. You can get one with a hook that you put over the ball on your tow vehicle and pull to the dump station. It's pretty slick.

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Yeah there are different sizes. You can get one with a hook that you put over the ball on your tow vehicle and pull to the dump station. It's pretty slick.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ERBDK4JQHS8VE7

This is great info. Thank you so much. We are newbies to this so pardon my stupid questions. I appreciate the help.
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Old 02-24-2015, 01:11 AM   #7
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When we go camping and have full hookups, do we still need to empty the black and grey tanks or are they connected to hookups. We've never been camping. Our trailer is just getting ready for us to pick up.
Welcome to the forum. When you have full hookups, you connect the sewer hose to the trailer and then to the sewer outlet in the ground. Keep the grey valve open, but NEVER keep the black valve open. Keeping the black closed allows the chemical that you put into the toilet to break down the solids and TP. When the black tank gets full, then dump. Jerry.
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Welcome to the forum. When you have full hookups, you connect the sewer hose to the trailer and then to the sewer outlet in the ground. Keep the grey valve open, but NEVER keep the black valve open. Keeping the black closed allows the chemical that you put into the toilet to break down the solids and TP. When the black tank gets full, then dump. Jerry.
Keeping the grey valve open is venting the entire campground sewer system thru your camper and it is really not designed to handle it.

Keep all holding tanks closed until 2/3 to F.
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Keeping the grey valve open is venting the entire campground sewer system thru your camper and it is really not designed to handle it.

Keep all holding tanks closed until 2/3 to F.
Listen to OC on this one! I have a friend whose Dad was camping for several weeks at a campground with full hookups. He left his drain valves open the whole time. After about a week he started feeling really bad and thought he was coming down with the Flu or something. After basically laying around in the camper for another week and getting worse and worse they hauled him to the hospital in an ambulance.

Come to find out he had "Gas" poisoning from the level of toxic gas in his camper which was backing up from the campground waste system. There ended up being over a dozen other people in the campground that had been staying more than just a few days who had to be treated as well due to the toxic levels of "Gas", I assume Methane, in their blood.

Bottom line, I keep mine closed and drain when needed. It isn't too big an inconvenience to walk around to the other side of the unit and pull a couple handles when needed.
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Keeping the grey valve open is venting the entire campground sewer system thru your camper and it is really not designed to handle it.

Keep all holding tanks closed until 2/3 to F.
How is this possible unless p traps are empty?
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