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Posted: 03/07/12 02:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Being a lawn sprinkler man most of my life, I have found a very simple way to flush my holding tank. For about $7 and a trip to your local hardware store you can pick up a Rain Bird stream rotary nozzle 17'-24' and a couple of fittings to go onto the end of a hose. The rotating streams do a good job of cleaning the inside of the tank.



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Posted: 03/07/12 02:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks interesting. How do you do it? Shove the hose down through the toilet, or up through the dump valve?

I wonder if I could put one of those on the end of my rinse wand that I use down the toilet?




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NRALIFR wrote:

Looks interesting. How do you do it? Shove the hose down through the toilet, or up through the dump valve?

I wonder if I could put one of those on the end of my rinse wand that I use down the toilet?




I put the hose in the dump valve opening, but it's a straight shot for me.
I don't know why you couldn't access the tank through the toilet with a flexible garden hose or wand.
It's nice to have the nozzle rotate in the tank as you pull it out. I think it does a lot better job.

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That is an excellent idea..


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goshe wrote:

NRALIFR wrote:

Looks interesting. How do you do it? Shove the hose down through the toilet, or up through the dump valve?

I wonder if I could put one of those on the end of my rinse wand that I use down the toilet?




I put the hose in the dump valve opening, but it's a straight shot for me.
I don't know why you couldn't access the tank through the toilet with a flexible garden hose or wand.
It's nice to have the nozzle rotate in the tank as you pull it out. I think it does a lot better job.


So if I understand this correctly you push this up through the opening that you normally hook up your drain hose,turn it on and rinse away??

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mayo30 wrote:

goshe wrote:

NRALIFR wrote:

Looks interesting. How do you do it? Shove the hose down through the toilet, or up through the dump valve?

I wonder if I could put one of those on the end of my rinse wand that I use down the toilet?




I put the hose in the dump valve opening, but it's a straight shot for me.
I don't know why you couldn't access the tank through the toilet with a flexible garden hose or wand.
It's nice to have the nozzle rotate in the tank as you pull it out. I think it does a lot better job.


So if I understand this correctly you push this up through the opening that you normally hook up your drain hose,turn it on and rinse away??


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mayo30 wrote:

goshe wrote:

NRALIFR wrote:

Looks interesting. How do you do it? Shove the hose down through the toilet, or up through the dump valve?

I wonder if I could put one of those on the end of my rinse wand that I use down the toilet?




I put the hose in the dump valve opening, but it's a straight shot for me.
I don't know why you couldn't access the tank through the toilet with a flexible garden hose or wand.
It's nice to have the nozzle rotate in the tank as you pull it out. I think it does a lot better job.


So if I understand this correctly you push this up through the opening that you normally hook up your drain hose,turn it on and rinse away??


Yep. The nozzle doesn't put out much water but you still need to watch where you stand.

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Ranger Smith wrote:

mayo30 wrote:

goshe wrote:

NRALIFR wrote:

Looks interesting. How do you do it? Shove the hose down through the toilet, or up through the dump valve?

I wonder if I could put one of those on the end of my rinse wand that I use down the toilet?




I put the hose in the dump valve opening, but it's a straight shot for me.
I don't know why you couldn't access the tank through the toilet with a flexible garden hose or wand.
It's nice to have the nozzle rotate in the tank as you pull it out. I think it does a lot better job.




So if I understand this correctly you push this up through the opening that you normally hook up your drain hose,turn it on and rinse away??


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I had a very nasty experience with my gray water tank. The tank had not been used or flushed for weeks and the odor grew to unbearable levels. Now I am careful with my tank. First I keep food particles out as much as feasible with the use of fine mesh stainless steel screens. These are available at Camping World and other suppliers. Next I periodically add a quarter cup or so of bleach to the tank. I drive around for a day or so and then flush the tank. I have not tried to stick some sort of sprayer up the drain. Considering the 90 degree angle, I doubt that would do much. Instead I do think very highly of the power of a little bleach.





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The gray tank for the kitchen can smell as bad as the black tank or worse. First I try keep food particles out as much as possible with fine stainless steel mesh screens we got at the dollar store. Occasionally I put a little bleach or pine oil down the drain to kill odors. I think the sprayer idea of yours inserted up the drain line from the outside would be a good thing after draining the tank first and I may look for one and use the garden hose at home to do that.


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