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Posted: 06/28/20 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have heard different things about this. When I am camping at a spot which has electricity, water and sewer, I have been told to just connect the electricity and water. I have been told to connect the sewer when i am leaving to clean out as normal.

What is your opinion?

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Posted: 06/28/20 05:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can connect the hose.
But, don't leave the drain valve open.
There's not enough water flow, when flushing, to completely flush the effluent down the hose.


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Posted: 06/28/20 05:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have done what you stated on an overnight stay. If staying multiple days I would hook up sewer when I arrive, but that is with a TT. If it is a unit that you have to drive for groceries etc. people may do different.

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I dump my black tank once every 21 days and the gray tank once a week.


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I prefer to connect each time I dump. I'm rarely in the same place for very long.

I don't like sewer flies.


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Posted: 06/28/20 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hook up when you are ready to dump....one-half to two-thirds full. If leaving and not that full, add water.


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I have been warned at one campground that if I left my hose connected, that the ravens/crows would rip holes in the hose looking for food particles.

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Posted: 06/28/20 06:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always connect and leave the hose on because if we have sewer we are staying for a few days.

Gray tank always open with a p-trap bend in the hose to prevent gas back flow. I want to shower like a homeowner and not a sailor when possible.

Black tank has to remain closed until ready to dump. A dry/empty black tank will never evacuate solids properly and it will all just sit there and stink like an outhouse. You need to have it 1/4 full minimum with water at all times to let the solids submerge, keep the odor down and not get rock hard. Dump when full, add water and repeat.

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I leave the hose stored away until ready to dump. If I'm going to have to dump again in the future I leave it attached. Otherwise it gets stored and I drive home.


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