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Old 08-03-2020, 08:39 AM   #1
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Well Stuff happens

After 15 years being an RVer it finally happened. Finished a fantastic weekend with amazing and unusual summer weather for the Midwest, pulled into the dump station and SLOOOOWWWWLLLLYYY unscrewed the dump drain cap as I usually do and there it was! Someone had pulled our black tank handle and re-clsoed it so a nice surprise was waiting behind door number 1 (and #2). Since I have always been prepared for such an event the outcome was minimal but it's still disappointing.

So my question is does anyone have any bush craft solutions to lock your dump handles in place? I thought of zip ties but those are easily cut. Maybe I'll bolt a box with a lockable door over the handles.
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:43 AM   #2
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I was unaware that people (kids?) run around and open and close peoples dump valves.

I don't even see the fun or enjoyment because the chance of you seeing them dumping is slim lol
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:56 AM   #3
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This will prevent that surprise.

Valterra Black T58 Twist-On Waste Valve

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BGHYJS...p_mob_ap_share
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:01 AM   #4
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I was unaware that people (kids?) run around and open and close peoples dump valves.

I don't even see the fun or enjoyment because the chance of you seeing them dumping is slim lol
Nobody ever accused kids of being smart
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:03 AM   #5
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This will prevent that surprise.

Valterra Black T58 Twist-On Waste Valve

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BGHYJS...p_mob_ap_share
Yep. I think that's the answer! Thanks!!
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:04 AM   #6
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Nobody ever accused kids of being smart
I did consider next time leaving the cap loose so when they pulled they would get the surprise LOL.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:05 AM   #7
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Now that this prank has been disclosed to the public, expect more future occurrences.

I knew there had to be reasons why I insisted on having the waste valve handles inside a lockable storage bay on my RV. This is certainly a good reason.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:19 AM   #8
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This will prevent that surprise.

Valterra Black T58 Twist-On Waste Valve

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000BGHYJS...p_mob_ap_share
That is the answer. I always have one the mast and another one in the Sewer compartment for those times when my dump mast is lower than the campground's port. Happens a lot with how low my dump mast is to the ground.

I just put two on; close both, and disconnect between the two. Hold the hose up and slowly open the valve to drain the hose.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:43 AM   #9
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I was unaware that people (kids?) run around and open and close peoples dump valves.

I don't even see the fun or enjoyment because the chance of you seeing them dumping is slim lol
Happened to me a couple years ago at an RV park in Nevada. It is a park I've stayed at several times for a night or two while traveling both north and south.
The first night my cat zoomed to the window and looked out and was sure something was out there - but it's at the edge of a huge empty desert, so figured a coyote or something was in the area. In the morning I proceeded to start the process of hooking up the sewer hose and got my 'surprise'! Don't think it had anything to do with 'kids'....just a nasty person who thought he/she'd do something mean.
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:41 AM   #10
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Yep. I think that's the answer! Thanks!!
Until they open that valve, too. (At least the volume beyond the last-chance valve & cap is less)
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:54 AM   #11
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I have a clear four inch extension on my outlet. This not only allows me to see what's coming out, but would also alert me to any problem with any black or gray water unintentionally making it past the dump valves.
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I don't generally stay at RV parks because people are either too close, noisy, nosey or inconsiderate. Like the bush and electric only sites.
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Old 08-03-2020, 06:31 PM   #13
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My Leprechaun 311FS has 2 valves for the black tank. One is on the right side, you can't see it without looking under the MH, to keep sewage out of the crossover pipe. The other is on left side where most are, but is also difficult to see. My washer/dryer combo drains into the sewer (no tank) and has a black handle that sits next to the gray tank handle. So if anyone pulls the black handle that is accessible, nothing comes out anyway, plus I also have the clear elbow. It's a shame that someone would do that and they definitely know what they are doing. Would love to catch someone doing that to mine or someone else's. Don't know what I would do, but would like to catch them.

Safe travels and dumping to all. Ron
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Had it happen once in amarillo. Got the cap back on. Put a large trash bag over the dump valve and let it drain into the bag. Then connected my hose to finish. Ruined some good sandals!
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:33 AM   #15
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Yep. Clear, swivel 90 elbow.
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I have a clear four inch extension on my outlet. This not only allows me to see what's coming out, but would also alert me to any problem with any black or gray water unintentionally making it past the dump valves.
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:45 AM   #16
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That is the answer. I always have one the mast and another one in the Sewer compartment for those times when my dump mast is lower than the campground's port. Happens a lot with how low my dump mast is to the ground.

I just put two on; close both, and disconnect between the two. Hold the hose up and slowly open the valve to drain the hose.
Thanks Herk! I have this challenge about once a year when not at a full hookup and ground slopes up to my dump valve. I'm usually stuck filling the tote less than half way. Never considered this solution. Thanks again!
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