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Posted: 01/22/13 03:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

flyweed wrote:

Meaning, when I pull into a site, and we connect, do I keep the blade valves OPEN all the time when connected to a sewer connection, or do I just open and DUMP when the holding tank is full??

NO. Keep ALL the valves closed. Your toilets are "drop" toilets. They drop straight into the holding tank. They need water in the tank to prevent pyramids.


Also, for camping where they don't have sewer connections on each site..I assume that one of those portable "blue" tanks comes in handy, so when full, you don' have to haul your camper up to the dumping station, and then back to the site..you can just pull the blue tank up and dump it.

Be careful with this one. If you should get distracted while the blue tank is filling you may overfill the tank and the tube ends up holding sewage as well. You have little options when this happens. None are good.


So...how do you move those blue tanks, once they are full? Can you connect them to your hitch and pull them up the dump site?

Again, sorry for some dumb questions...but these have been floating around in my head, and not sure how to do this.


NO dumb questions here. You can move your RV to the dump station (most have one even with full hookups) or use the Blue tote tanks. Some Blue totes have a handle that will hook over a bumper pull ball. Others just a handle for a human to pull.

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Posted: 01/22/13 06:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A couple more thoughts.

You do not need to hook up your sewer hose as soon as you get to the campsite. It can wait until you need to dump a tank.

You do not need a blue tote. We have been RVing for 7 years now without one. I cannot see buying one now.

We have a C and do not tow. The longest we have gone without hook-ups is 5 days with 5 adults. Knowing we did not have hook-ups, we did use the campground facilities as well as our own. We do not mind using campground facilities, I know some here prefer to only use their own.



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Posted: 01/22/13 08:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I leave my grey and black tanks valves closed and open only when dumping. The reason I leave the grey closed also is it would suck if the sewer hose failed and I didn't realize and release a bunch of grey water into the neighbors site. So for piece of mind I make sure I'm there when the tanks are draining.

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I miss the old pup we did have the cassett toilet and shower in our so dumping was always easy eather on the site if there was sewer on in a near by restroom heading out of the park. Now that your going to to a real TT things get alittle bit more fun. Like you i had no ideal the RV place gave me a little 5ft hose when we bought our 32foot TT need less to say it was a pice of crap. On our first camp i had to head back 30 miles to Walmart for a real sewer hose that was longer and had the right clamp fitting because our TT is 32ft and sewer hookup was on the back end of my TT. Most places we camp have water and sewer hookup near the middle of the camp site my sewer hook up is on the rear of the RV so i need a double hose most of the time. Good luck and hook it up before you head out to camp you will learn quick. Their are some really cool video's on youtube they will show you all you need to know on sewer hook up. Goodluck and have fun

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Posted: 01/22/13 07:03pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One little trick. If you leave your grey valves open, sewer gas can travel up though your hose, tanks and the vent stack. You may notice this odor around your trailer. Put something under your sewer hose to raise a section to act as a P stop and create a water dam. That will stop the gasses from traveling up and out.

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Posted: 01/23/13 08:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I generally don't hook my sewer hose up until we leave. Being weekenders mainly, we can go a long weekend without needing to dump.
As others have stated, always leave the black tank closed to prevent any buildup in the tank. The grey tank is a personal preference thing. I our previous trailer (smaller grey tank) I would usually hook up the hose when we got there and leave it open. If I did that , I would always close it the night before we left, as others have said to have something to clean the hose out after dumping the black tank.
Two things I don't think I saw mentiond:
- Always dump the black tank first. This will allow you to use the grey water to was out the sewer hose.
- I always attach the sewer hose to the CGs connection first. This has saved me when I have taken the cap off the sewer connection on the RV and there was som surprise grey water waiting for me. Since it was already connected on the other end, it had someplace to go. Other wise if you use your hose to catch what is dripping it could go directly on the ground if there is enough of it.
For the blue tote, cant really help there as we don't have one..

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Posted: 01/23/13 09:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One other point that needs to be mentioned about using a black tank:--- Always add a LOT of water after using the toilet. Ta least another bowl full. Water in the black tank is your friend. This will assure that everything empties out when you dump.

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drae0814 wrote:

...Now that your going to to a real TT things get alittle bit more fun. Like you i had no ideal the RV place gave me a little 5ft hose when we bought our 32foot TT need less to say it was a pice of crap. On our first camp i had to head back 30 miles to Walmart for a real sewer hose that was longer and had the right clamp fitting .....

Boy does that bring back memories!

I can't believe that after what we pay for these RV's they STILL only provide that useless TOO SHORT to reach anything, CHEAP sewer hose.

Yup, to the OP....first thing you need to do before you hit the road is buy a REAL sewer hose.

My advice is to buy the Rhino collapsible hose kit instead the cheap stinky slinky ones. You won't regret it. Can be found at Walmart. Buy the complete kit one because at some CG's you are required to use a donut or sealed connection. OR they will gladly provide you a cheap rubber donut for big bucks! before you can enter the CG!

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Posted: 01/23/13 04:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What everybody else said.

You were very wise to ask; you have thus avoided the poop pyramid.

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Make sure when using a blue tote that you check with the park prior to using it - some parks do not allow you to use them. Most Florida state parks stipulate you can use them for gray water but not black so I always check. Like others I always leave mine shut until it is really necessary to dump. It won't take you long to figure out what to do, and there will definitely be enough people around the dump station to help out. My first dump station experience looked like the movie RV...5 guys trying to give me pointers.

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