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Old 04-25-2011, 08:29 AM   #1
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Anyone want to offer up some best practices with regard to grey/black water tanks - when and how to empty them? Is there anyone not using the toilet?

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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When hooking up at the campsite leave the gray tank open and the black tank closed. When you see the black tank about 3/4 full close the gray tank so you can build up some grey water to flush with. When the gray tank is more then half full go out and dump the black tank first then dump the gray tank. If you have a flush system on the black tank flush out before dumping the gray tank.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:16 PM   #3
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I have a Tank Tornado - it was easy to install and really gets the gunk out of the black tank. I try to run it every time I dump my black tank until it comes clean (I have a clear coupler so I can see what is coming out). I also fill my black and gray tank right before I leave and do a full flush. Might be a little overkill, but I have never had any tank smell.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:47 PM   #4
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Old 04-25-2011, 04:34 PM   #5
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The secret to black tank success is water. Lotsa water. Not a good idea to dump a black tank only 1/4 full or so for example. With out enough water in the tank initially, you can create "poop pyramids" (not my term I heard it somewhere), which can solidify and cause clogging issues. So have some water in the black tank before you use it and as much as possible in it when you dump it. Also what tafische said about rinsing is good advice. BTW yes we use our toilet, one of the reasons for owning a RV IMO.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:36 AM   #6
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We live in our trailer for 6 months at a time. I keep both tanks shut off. I dump the gray water when it needs it and when the black tank is around half full I dump it. After dumping the black tank I fill the toilet and dump it at least 3 or 4 times. You need to keep a lot of water in the black tank. I am with Crabman, I bought that toilet to use.
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I agree with others that the head and black tank was bought to be used so I use it. I agree also with all of the above procedures for using and dumping the black and gray tanks. One other thing to add, if you are in a campground where you don't have a sewer hookup and have to use a tote (blueboy, etc.) to dump, always shut off the black flow a few seconds before the tote is full so you can top it off with gray. Even if you have to make a second trip to get all of the black. This keeps the hook up end of your hose a little bit cleaner.
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This cannot be said enough.....
NEVER EVER LEAVE YOUR BLACK TANK VALVE OPEN...
Only dump when the tank is full.. even if you have to fill it with fresh water first..
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As you may know, I've never gone camping in a TT yet and May 24 is our first time. On the weekend we were getting everything set up in the trailer (anxious for the good weather) and my husband asked me if I had an extra pair of rubber gloves. Why? Apparently I am the one in charge of emptying the black water tank! Oh well, someone has to do it.
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As you may know, I've never gone camping in a TT yet and May 24 is our first time. On the weekend we were getting everything set up in the trailer (anxious for the good weather) and my husband asked me if I had an extra pair of rubber gloves. Why? Apparently I am the one in charge of emptying the black water tank! Oh well, someone has to do it.
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It is really easy. Just take your time and double check your work before you pull that valve open. If you accidentally make a mess, that is what soap and water are for!
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