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Old 05-18-2015, 11:53 AM   #1
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Water questions

We just got our first Jay Feather x17z.

Never owned a camper before and the orientation was fairly quick so not much information was retained.

Am i understanding this right? I can add water to the water tank. Which is considered fresh water. Once the water is used by the sink, shower it is considered grey water? And is toilet is used it's black water? So, when i clean it i drain black and grey water only correct?

For the grey water, is there anything i need to do after draining it to make sure it doesnt start smelling? Any cleaner that should be flushed through?

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Old 05-18-2015, 12:01 PM   #2
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Correct - three tanks. Fresh, Grey and Black.



Always put a gallon or so of water into the black tank, otherwise solid waste tends to clump and harden. You should also be putting a bio agent in the black tank to manage odor and help disintegration process. ( be sure to use RV or septic friendly TP as well)



Keep both Grey and Black tanks closed until full or ready to dump.



Dump black tank first. Dump Grey tank to flush black tank debris down the drain hose.



So long as you’re not worried about freeze, put another gallon or so of fresh water back into both grey and black tanks and add a bio agent. You don't have to add bio to the grey tank, but it will help manage odor.

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I have also seen a post that said to dump ice into the black tank so that when you leave and drive, it will “chunk” around in the black tank and help break up any dried solid waste.

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thanks. hmmm...i dont remember there being separate tanks, only the separate draining levers. so if i fill the fresh water tank, doesn't that get used for sinks and toilet water? should i drain any remaining fresh water after a weekend of camping or can i let it sit for a week or two?
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There is one drain pipe that you connect your hose to - with 2 knife valves - one for blank tank and one for grey trank


I drain my fresh water and the hot water tank after each trip
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There is one good reason to drain the fresh water tank: sloshing on the tow home.

5 gallons @ 60 MPH makes braking feel 'odd'.
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thanks. hmmm...i dont remember there being separate tanks, only the separate draining levers. so if i fill the fresh water tank, doesn't that get used for sinks and toilet water? should i drain any remaining fresh water after a weekend of camping or can i let it sit for a week or two?
To be clear: yes, the fresh water in your fresh water tank feed the facets and water entering your toilet and sinks, but the drains for the sinks and toilet go to the grey an black holding tanks respectively.
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Not mentioned: Make sure your black water tank is 2/3 to 3/4 full before you empty! If you have to add water before dumping, do so.

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ok, so the fresh water tank only drains by opening that small faucet. can i drain the fresh water anywhere since there it not really a hose to connect to?
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yes - there is typically a drain valve under the TT ( small hand valves )


Drain on to the ground - PS: some state don't like it to drain while you are driving
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