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Go to your local hardware and purchase enough 3" plastic pipe and fittings and put that together with the proper fittings (elboe,threaded couplings an rv hose coupling on one end,etc,etc) and use the hard pipe setup. Once it is setup it will stay put better than a flexible hose.When done either cap off each end after flushing or unscrew the joint(s)and put it away out of site.


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You guys have some excellent ideas. And thanks all very much!
HOWEVER, I have some concern from the one post that said sewage should not be poured into a septic tank from the top(clean out lid).
Is this true?


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EricGT - get a Macerator pump kit (Available from Amazon).. Comes in a nice carry case. Uses same twist-on sewer connector your hose uses. Also uses 12VDC remote control cable on the trailer side. Hook up 50-foot 3/4-inch or larger hose and pump away. Use the see thru adapter so you can tell when it is done... The pump will empty a 30-gallon tank in just a few minutes. Wont need your wife for a thing to help.

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I'm not the one running a water line.
Just trying to get the sewage 30' to the tank.

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rv2go wrote:

Why don't you manage the hose end at the septic tank and let you wife pull the valves open. Surely she is capable of doing this small task.


My thoughts exactly.

I don't think I'd enjoy RV'ing as much if my SO didn't equally share the tasks, even the dirty ones.

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EricGT wrote:

You guys have some excellent ideas. And thanks all very much!
HOWEVER, I have some concern from the one post that said sewage should not be poured into a septic tank from the top(clean out lid).
Is this true?

I would tie into the existing sewer run near the tank, and not through the septic tank access lid.

I would also put the sewer line in the bottom of the trench, and put the water line up and over at least 12-inches. Not to code, but it's your health we're talking about.


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There should already be a clean out in the run between your house and the inlet to the septic tank. It may not be visible...because they put a threaded cap on it and covered the whole thing with dirt....but it should be there. You may only need to thread a collar into it...to bring the opening of the clean out up level with grade...so you can access it easily.



Mine wasn't a line to a septic tank, but the line out to the sewer, but I did the same thing.

The clean out was covered by dirt during construction of the house. I just had to dig a few holes to find the cleanout. Once I found it, I added an extention to get it slightly above grade. Good to dump in now.


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korbe wrote:

EricGT wrote:

You guys have some excellent ideas. And thanks all very much!
HOWEVER, I have some concern from the one post that said sewage should not be poured into a septic tank from the top(clean out lid).
Is this true?

I would tie into the existing sewer run near the tank, and not through the septic tank access lid.

I would also put the sewer line in the bottom of the trench, and put the water line up and over at least 12-inches. Not to code, but it's your health we're talking about.


There should already be a clean out in the run between your house and the inlet to the septic tank. It may not be visible...because they put a threaded cap on it and covered the whole thing with dirt....but it should be there. You may only need to thread a collar into it...to bring the opening of the clean out up level with grade...so you can access it easily.

In Florida, at least, IIRC...our code had me bury the LPSS pipe 14" beneath grade. where water was required to run deeper...and you have to go beneath your frost level by a certain ammount in colder climates. Not to say that you still can't bury the sewer run really deep... Gravity sewer lines are known to go very deep in places to observe the required slope in the pipe. Just saying'

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