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Old 07-18-2015, 11:05 AM   #11
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norty1 - This may be a stupid question, but how do you know it's almost full? Looking into the tank? We try to be quick with the flushes to not allow much odor to escape.
Don't be too quick with those flushes. Do not skimp on the water here. Be generous. Water is your friend. Using insufficient water can lead to the pyramid building in the tank. You do not want to deal with that.

As far as the odor escaping when you flush DO NOT have the ceiling vent fan running.
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:39 PM   #12
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A couple of gallons for a starter should be enough to keep everything wet.
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On my 3210 there is an automatic flusher built into the side panel. A big sticker says to make sure the black tank drain is always open when running the flusher. I can't help but think that once I'm done dumping and flushing, that closing that drain valve and running some more water through the flusher into the tank would be a good way (easy/lazy way) to preload some water into the tank for the next "duty cycle."

Is that a bad idea? I keep reading about dumping, flushing and then pouring 5 gallons of water into the tank - but that seems a bit tricky and cumbersome if I'm not dumping at a full service rv lot, but instead am at a road-side station with non-potable water as my only source.
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Old 07-18-2015, 05:06 PM   #14
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My sensors also tell me 1/3 when the black tank is empty. One of the last times I dumped, I still had water in the tank that I could see with a flash light. I used a bamboo stick to check the actual level left over and it was about a 1/4 inch. The black tank is pretty shallow but I know the 4 of us don't usually fill in over a weekend so I have learned not to trust the level indicator.
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Just don't walk off and get distracted. If you run some water in a bucket and time it, you can estimate how long it takes to run 2-3 gallons.

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So how much water should be in the black water tank when I start my stay? After I finish getting the site setup, I plan on adding water to the black water.

Is there an optimal amount? Am I being to anal about this?
I don't add any water to my black tank after dumping. I'm going to be adding liquid to it several times a day anyway, why just add some for no reason.

Works well for me after 5 years of full time, but YMMV.
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On my 3210 there is an automatic flusher built into the side panel. A big sticker says to make sure the black tank drain is always open when running the flusher. I can't help but think that once I'm done dumping and flushing, that closing that drain valve and running some more water through the flusher into the tank would be a good way (easy/lazy way) to preload some water into the tank for the next "duty cycle."

Is that a bad idea? I keep reading about dumping, flushing and then pouring 5 gallons of water into the tank - but that seems a bit tricky and cumbersome if I'm not dumping at a full service rv lot, but instead am at a road-side station with non-potable water as my only source.
As I posted previously, I don't add any water to my black tank after dumping. Why add water initially when the tank will get plenty of use as the day progresses. Besides, the tank will always have a little water in the bottom that doesn't drain out so it will never be dry.

I do close my dump valve when using the flusher. I time it based on volume flow I measured a few years back. In my case I run the flusher for 4 minutes then pull the handle. Works for me, but make sure you know how much flow you get in a timed period.
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After I rinse the black tank and close the valves, I put in some (2-3 oz) of TST Orange and give it a couple of good flushes. That's it. I've found that if you're stingy with the flushes during use, that's when the problems start. So our routine is to be generous when flushing and get the level up good before dumping. Works great for us.
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[QUOTE=edatlanta;322816]I had to chuckle when I read your first sentence "the way the black tank sensors operate". They don't operate!
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I have to disagree with your statement saying "they don't operate" The sensors are mounted to the side of the tank. As the level rise in the tank the sensor's complete the circuit which in turn operates the lights in the monitor panel to. The do operate electrically. At least that is how they are designed to operate. But in the real world they will give many false readings.
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