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Old 09-16-2015, 03:35 PM   #11
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Hmmm.... I can see the rationale. I am only 12 months into the game and had just left it open when at a site with hookup. Learn something new every day. I also see people going to great lengths to "clean out the black tank" with various sprayers, add-ons and what not, but for us, it hasn't been a lick of trouble just dumping when needed and not cleaning. I have used a few of the tablets when I think about it, but the vent keeps it from smelling up the trailer if I end up with something in the tank when I store it. I guess I'm lucky its working well? One time was servicing the trailer in storage and had a sudden need to BM and used it, didn't notice any difference next time we used it.

Also a tent camper who's DW insisted we needed something with AC for summer camping, it does feel quite like cheating to have a/c & heat, hot water, a sink, fridge/freezer and a thick foam mattress!
Its great to be lucky It's always good until it's not. Typically it doesn't slowly stop draining, it works and then bam... it won't dump. The build up is slow but the blockage is not. When you leave the black tank drain open, the liquids will drain leaving the solids behind...eventually the solids will build up to a point that it will restrict anything from dumping. At that point is can be a major problem. Most RV centers will not work on black tanks unless totally clean.
For longevity of your system it is best to use RV approved paper, add chemicals between dumps to facilitate breaking down of solids and odor control. Dump when full, use plenty of water and if you have black tank flush use it when dumping. You will be amazed at how much solids come out after your tank is "empty". This is not a place to be lazy about preventative maintenance. JMHO
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Hmmm.... I can see the rationale. I am only 12 months into the game and had just left it open when at a site with hookup. Learn something new every day. I also see people going to great lengths to "clean out the black tank" with various sprayers, add-ons and what not, but for us, it hasn't been a lick of trouble just dumping when needed and not cleaning. I have used a few of the tablets when I think about it, but the vent keeps it from smelling up the trailer if I end up with something in the tank when I store it. I guess I'm lucky its working well? !
A little chemical in your black water tank will be appreciated by your down wind neighbors. The vent does keep the inside of your RV from being stinky but the vent does vent your stinky into the campground.

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Rarely do we have full hookups. More water you have in the tank, the better the flow. Before dumping we fill the black tank 3/4 full or better, by pushing the peddle and let the water flow.

After dumping always add a few gallons of water to the tank. With a small tank 2-4 gallons. With some of the big tanks 5-7 gallons or more is better.
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Seasoned campers behind us on our first trip advised us to keep both tanks closed until we are ready to leave, then dump the black tank followed by the gray tank. That way you clean the hose out with gray water.
We are "those people" who only do number 1 in our potty. We do put chemicals in both tanks as soon as we set up so we have never had a problem with odors.
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THANKS, yeah its a lot different.
by the way how does your TT pull with the Tacoma , my Colorado does great
Direct bumper pull with a full fresh water tank was "unpleasant".

I switched over to a WDH and started getting our water after parking at the campsight. After those changes, handling is back to "nice".

But the 3.8L V6 is just "adequate". Using the cruise control, the transmission will downshift too low when climbing hills on the Interstate. Letting the rig loose a few MPH manually is easier on the driveline.

I have plans to make my F350 more highway friendly. That'll mean I need a bigger trailer again.
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Thanks, just curious how it handles
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Be sure to leave your Black tank closed until full. If not, you could have what's called the "Poop Pyramid". Look this up on the internet. Not a good situation! At the end of the camping trip, I check our black tank situation. If it's not full, I'll run water until it is full, then dump.
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I rather enjoy over-sharing...

Maybe I should change my username to TMI?
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... I also see people going to great lengths to "clean out the black tank" with various sprayers, add-ons and what not, but for us, it hasn't been a lick of trouble just dumping when needed and not cleaning. ....

I object to the use of the words "lick' and 'black tank' in the same sentence... just sayin...
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