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Old 06-12-2016, 10:47 PM   #1
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Opening the sewer cap. OOPS

When my turn came up to use the dump site, I got everything ready and in the right spot, turned the cap, and then instantly realized that the black valve was already open.

You don't need any details, it went just like you'd guess.

Thought I'd share, please have a chuckle at my expense ;-).
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:50 PM   #2
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Sounds like some prankster could've bagged you. Oh the joy!!
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:23 PM   #3
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:40 PM   #4
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Been there. When we took delivery of our FW a few months ago, the dealer tested all the systems including plumbing. When he finished his pressure and leak tests, he dumped the tanks and he didn't go back and close the valves - so when we drove it off the lot, the black and both grays were open, but I didn't know it.

We took it camping the next weekend - used everything - and it never occurred to me to check the valves. We were in a full hookup site but I didn't hook up the sewer until we were ready to pack up. Pulled off the cap before heading back to get the sewer hose. LOTS of water started pouring out.
In a mad panic I pushed in the closest valve I could grab (gray #2) and it kept coming. slammed in the back valve and it kept coming. Finally got to the gray 1 valve (further up the trailer) and after a few minutes it stopped.
Since we were still sitting in a campsite - I basically dumped all three of my tanks on gravel.
I hosed it down and washed it in for a long time but it was still a mess.

So I feel . . . and smell your pain.
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Old 06-13-2016, 12:08 AM   #5
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I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one to experience it. I'm building checklists to remind me of all the things to check before we leave, and I'm adding one more to that list. And checking it before dumping, just to minimize the mess and giving me a chance to plan for how to be out of the way....
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Been there, done that too! Embarrassing, stinky and messy. Lesson learned!
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Experienced this as well... As a habit, I now check the valves before I open the cap. Even if they are open, at least I can close them and prepare for the relatively small amount of the inevitable that's coming my way!
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And it's worse when you can't stop gaggin'!
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Check your dump hoses on a regular basis. Make sure hoses are intact and the clamps are tight. Have had 2 occasions when the hose came flying off a few seconds after opening the black tank valve when the weight gives the hose a tug. Slammed the valve closed, but not until a gallon of sewage escaped onto the dump area.
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I saw a guy once who was packing up his camp site. He had never hooked up and his hose was a foot or two short. So genius stands above the sewer connection holding the hose while his other 1/2 opens the valve. He just aimed the flow at the drain and let fly. Within 5 mins he had a crowd yelling at him. He finished up and left, smiling and waving on his way out. Luckily his site was a good distance upwind from ours. The CG management wasn't amused. During our checkout I overheard a convesation about how they were going to go after him for the clean uo costs.
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