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Old 04-29-2014, 10:40 AM   #11
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I buy a bulk box of disposable latex gloves from Home Depot. I keep them in the storage cubby in my truck door, so they're handy to use for all sorts of things. When I'm finished with the dirty work, I just pitch them in the dumpster. (There's usually one near the tank dump site).
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:44 AM   #12
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We keep a 5 gallon bucket in the camper. After dumping the black and before the grey tank with the black still open, fill the bucket with water and dump it down the toilet. This brings A LOT of junk out of the black tank. We do this at least twice before draining the grey tank. I also have a box of disposable surgical gloves I use and then throw away after the "Dirty" job is finished. I have a clear elbow on my sewer connection so this way we can make sure the "Dirty" stuff is gone.
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Old 08-19-2016, 02:21 PM   #13
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Old thread, but good info.

For those that keep the sewer hose hooked up all the time and the grey water valve open, is there a chance for critters to get into the tanks? Or, sewer gasses flowing back through the pipe, in your empty grey water tank and up into your rig?
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We keep a 5 gallon bucket in the camper. After dumping the black and before the grey tank with the black still open, fill the bucket with water and dump it down the toilet. This brings A LOT of junk out of the black tank. We do this at least twice before draining the grey tank. I also have a box of disposable surgical gloves I use and then throw away after the "Dirty" job is finished. I have a clear elbow on my sewer connection so this way we can make sure the "Dirty" stuff is gone.
X2! A 5 gallon bucket makes a huge difference! The high volume of water breaks up anything leftover.
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Old thread, but good info.

For those that keep the sewer hose hooked up all the time and the grey water valve open, is there a chance for critters to get into the tanks? Or, sewer gasses flowing back through the pipe, in your empty grey water tank and up into your rig?
Sewer flies (if they are infesting the sewage system) can get into your tanks from the sewage lines unless you make sure there's a dip in your sewer hose filled with liquid between the valve and the sewer hookup. That will keep the critters from flying up your hose. A few times I've flushed my toilet and had a little black fly or two wing its way out of the tank. Not too appealing having a critter that lives in that environment coming into your living quarters.
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We usually leave both closed until we are packing up to leave. We open the black first and empty and then we empty the grey. That way the cleaner, soapier water goes through the hose to help clean it out.
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Old 08-19-2016, 04:58 PM   #17
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Suggest to leave gray tanks closed for more FLUSH.
We have a black tank flush, using a cheap hose, flush black after valve open. Then when done, do grays, shower last, never had any smell issues.
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We have a Sewer Souution drain and I've done it both ways. I've settled on leaving the greys closed. After the sewer flies comment I'm double decided.
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X2! A 5 gallon bucket makes a huge difference! The high volume of water breaks up anything leftover.
Good idea. But why not just flush the toilet a bunch of times instead of prefilling a bucket?
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since I have two gray tanks , I let the shower and the washing machine always open since they fill up so quickly but I leae the galley one closed since there's some food that need a good flush and do not want them to accumulate in the tank.
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