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Old 04-29-2014, 06:05 AM   #1
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Full hookup-sewer

We have a Pinnacle 36RETS. Haven't used full hookup since our sites have typically been at state parks. When you are using sewer, do you leave the tanks open for immediate drainage or how does that work? Can you tell it's our first year with our fifth wheel?
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:22 AM   #2
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NO DO NOT leave it open you have to have liquid with the solids for it to flow .. If you leave it open all your solid will sit there.
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Definitely NO on the black and there are varying opinions about the gray. I always leave the gray open, never had a problem in 37 years.
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NO DO NOT leave it open you have to have liquid with the solids for it to flow .. If you leave it open all your solid will sit there.
Additionally, you shouldn't dump your Black Tank until it's atleast 3/4 full. You want to make sure you have a good flow of liquids in order to remove the solids. If your tank isn't at least 3/4 full at the end of the trip add water till it reaches that level.
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Like said above, Black tank closed until full. Grey tank you can leave open.
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:44 AM   #6
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Everything closed so there's plenty of liquid to take stuff away. Best if the black tank is at least 3/4 full before draining. Pull the black tank valve first, let it drain then pull the kitchen grey to begin rinsing the stinky slinky. Pull the bath grey last as that's the "cleanest" tank and good final rinse of the hose.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:17 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Loud and clear... No stinky slinky for us.
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Old 04-29-2014, 08:36 AM   #8
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One day before you leave a site close the grays and let them fill up. Gray water is useful is flushing out your hose.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:46 AM   #9
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Just remember once you open the black gate valve and let it drain, CLOSE CLOSE CLOSE the black gate valve first. THEN open the grey gate valve for the grey water to empty. Closing the black gate valve before opening the grey gate valve will keep black water from possibly getting into your grey water holding tank.

YouTube has a lot of good Rv sewer videos you can watch - that's what I did.

Once more thing - I keep one of those cheap green hoses to rinse out the sewer hose after the grey has finished draining and I'm ready to disconnect and stow the sewer hose. I disconnect the trailer end of the sewer hose while it is still connected to the campground sewer and hose it off - contents drain into the sewer. I'm sure you already know to never use your white hose for anything other than potable city water.
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Also buy a pair of sturdy rubber gloves and use them while working with the dumping task. Rinse them last and store them in a small tote, they will last for years.
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