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Old 06-10-2020, 08:17 AM   #1
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Tank Confusion

I am new to owning a camper and have been researching and reading the owners manual for our new Apex 288BHS, but am a bit confused about the tank system.

In the owners manual it says that the black tank should 1) not be flushed until it is 3/4 full, even if it requires flushing water, and 2) should always keep some liquid in the bottom to prevent sediment from drying up.

After reading this, I have a couple of questions:

First, what if I plan to always stay hooked up to the sewage on site? Obviously the system won't ever fill to 3/4, nor will it keep some liquid in the bottom of the blank tank. Am I not supposed to keep the sewage hose hooked up all of the time?

Second, if I plan to dump (or stay hooked up) at the end of every trip, should I put TSP down at the beginning of every trip?

Third, if hooking up the flush out hose, do I still need to flush water down the toilet to fill to 3/4... or does using the flush out suffice?

Last, it appears a lot of people store their sewage hose in the back bumper. However, the sewage hose that I have doesn't fit in the back bumper. Any other suggestions for a somewhat clean/non-smelly way of storing it? I had planned to keep all of those items in the compartment right by the hookups, which is directly under our rear bunks (with very little "air sealage").

Thanks for any and all help.
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Old 06-10-2020, 08:27 AM   #2
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I am new to owning a camper and have been researching and reading the owners manual for our new Apex 288BHS, but am a bit confused about the tank system.

In the owners manual it says that the black tank should 1) not be flushed until it is 3/4 full, even if it requires flushing water, and 2) should always keep some liquid in the bottom to prevent sediment from drying up.

After reading this, I have a couple of questions:

First, what if I plan to always stay hooked up to the sewage on site? Obviously the system won't ever fill to 3/4, nor will it keep some liquid in the bottom of the blank tank. Am I not supposed to keep the sewage hose hooked up all of the time?

Second, if I plan to dump (or stay hooked up) at the end of every trip, should I put TSP down at the beginning of every trip?

Third, if hooking up the flush out hose, do I still need to flush water down the toilet to fill to 3/4... or does using the flush out suffice?

Last, it appears a lot of people store their sewage hose in the back bumper. However, the sewage hose that I have doesn't fit in the back bumper. Any other suggestions for a somewhat clean/non-smelly way of storing it? I had planned to keep all of those items in the compartment right by the hookups, which is directly under our rear bunks (with very little "air sealage").

Thanks for any and all help.
First 1st: Always keep your black tank closed and dump at about 3/4. This prevents a pile at the bottom of the tank and stopping it up.. Even at a long term site.

2nd we do it at the beginning of the use.

3rd see #1 but no.

4th clean out your sewer hose by empting the grey tank after the black and rinsing it. No odor.

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Last, it appears a lot of people store their sewage hose in the back bumper. However, the sewage hose that I have doesn't fit in the back bumper. Any other suggestions for a somewhat clean/non-smelly way of storing it? I had planned to keep all of those items in the compartment right by the hookups, which is directly under our rear bunks (with very little "air sealage").
Thanks for any and all help.
What brand of hose do you have?
Sometimes the fittings on the end need to be rotated to fit into the bumper.
I've also seen people use a large PVC pipe with screw on end caps attached under the bumper to store the "stinky slinky".
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Old 06-10-2020, 09:04 AM   #4
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Yeah, I finally found out the valves should remain closed, even when hooked up, to prevent odor and backup potential. I also realized that if I wanted to fill to 3/4, I should not use the flush, as the valve needs to be opened when doing the flush.

I have a Rhino hose... I will look into twisting it. I have a bin in the storage compartment, so I think between that and getting a good rinse, I should be good.

Thanks for the info!
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Your Rino will definitely fit in your back bumper.
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I have a Rhino hose and when I bought it I found that it would not fit into the 4' square rear bumper, or so I thought. The tabs on the female end would not go into the bumper unless I rotated that end just right so that the tabs were in the corners. It's a bit tight but it does work that way, , ,
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I have a Rhino hose and when I bought it I found that it would not fit into the 4' square rear bumper, or so I thought. The tabs on the female end would not go into the bumper unless I rotated that end just right so that the tabs were in the corners. It's a bit tight but it does work that way, , ,
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Just confirmed... it is tight, but does fit
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Glad you figured it out. Just keep the caps on both ends and you are golden!
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Old 06-20-2020, 03:45 PM   #10
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Tank Confusion

A little more on this all important subject.

Rhino hose and accessories are good and the only brand I will use.

A few tips.
Before using, straight out of the box, undo the black locking ring and make sure the fitting is screwed on all the way than tighten the black locking ring and give a tug.
Make sure you have a solid connection at the CG connection.
Look inside the orange fitting for its o ring. Wonít seal without it.
Before dumping the black tank, let a bit of grey water out and check for leaks and to check your sewer connection.
Even at 2/3 full, I would finish filling via the toilet. Water is your friend.
I use the Walex Porta pack dropins. I have always gotten good results but everyone has their own best method. It is readily available at Walmart.
Use your flusher each and every time you dump your black tank unless you are in a dump line. Than, itís dump and go.

A few things I have found useful to have,
Extra rhino seal rings from Amazon.
Hose caps for male and female Amazon
Camco sewer hose support
RV clear sewer extender, clear so you can see what is happening
And forget the old donut get this little 3 in 1 adaptor. It will allow
connection to any CG sewer connection.
And a few pics of my setup.
You will soon have a setup that works for you.
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Just confirmed... it is tight, but does fit
I flush with my black tank closed. I monitor the water level and empty it when it hits 3/4 full. I do this 5 or 6 times and then let it flush with it open for a few minutes.

I find letting it fill several times and opening it helps clean it out better with the large rush of water carrying everything with it.
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Another tip to help remove your hose from the bumper. Tie a piece of narrow rope around the hose at one of the fittings. When you load the hose in the bumper make sure itís collapsed and insert the rope side first leaving the slack out of the rope/string. Once the hose is loaded in the bumpe bundle the rest of the slack and put the cover on. Next time you need the hose pull the rope and the whole hose comes out collapsed. Youíll be much less likely to damage the hose on the bumper edge.
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