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Old 04-28-2016, 10:56 PM   #1
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First Trip Out - Protocol Question

My wife and I are enjoying our first night in our new trailer. So far going well. I didn't pay attention and parked the trailer about 5 feet too far to the front of the pad. Got it all leveled, set up, etc then realized our waste tank hose was a few feet to short to connect to the tank at the camp site. Darn, had to undo it all, hook the truck back up and move it back 5 feet, then do it over again. Oh well, I need the practice.

Question - when you stay at a campsite with waste connection at the site do you open your black and grey water valves and leave them open while at the site or do you simply open them as needed? I've left mine closed thinking fumes might come back up into the tanks. Probably not a logical concern. So far I've just opened the grey water tank once and emptied, then closed the valve.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:08 PM   #2
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Congrats on the first trip!

Totally logical with regards to fumes. Keep both tanks closed until you need to empty them. You also need that "build up" to help dump the tanks (extra water pressure).

If you leave them open, there is more chance of tank build up, which can cause issues down the road.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:09 PM   #3
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Leave the black tank closed. You can open the gray if you want. Leaving water in the black tank will stop build up in the tank preventing clogging ( not fun). Empty the black tank when you are close to full or just before unhooking. be sure to add water to black tank don't leave dry.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:23 AM   #4
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If I am going to be there less the 3-4 days, I hook up the sewer and leave the valves closed. If more than 3-4 days I do the same thing but open the shower grey tank until the last day, then close it to allow for a good flushing of the hose after all the black and kitchen grey water is out. If course if you need to dump in the interim, just do it but I leave the valves closed.

Plenty of water is a good thing.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:29 AM   #5
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There is almost never a reason to leave the black tank valve open, unless you are cleaning your tank. There are plenty of reasons to leave the black tank valve closed. Putting some water back in your tank before you depart is a very good idea a this allows some sloshing action in the take to loosen any left over sludge you may have in there.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:13 AM   #6
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Don't dump the black when your neighbors are outside eating. Lol
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:21 AM   #7
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I tend to leave the valves open once we are hooked up.


In our years of camping I have witnessed three instances of flooded trailers. Two of them were young kids and running faucets left open. The other was a couple who were on there first outing. The new owner proceeded to hook his fresh water connection up an left... after several hours myself and another guy noticed that there was a lot of water dripping from this unit... It had been raining heavily or we would have noticed it sooner... Inspection revealed the new owner had hooked his fresh water hose to his tank cleanout rather than his city water connection. When they returned and opened the door there was a deluge of water from the RV. Needless to say they were devastated and it was a total mess.


Leaving the valves open can cause some issues with solids build up. But that is not something that happens quickly, that happens over long periods of time. If you fill them and flush the black tank your not going to have problems for short term use. If your staying in a permanent site or long-term I'd rethink what I just stated.
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I tend to leave the valves open once we are hooked up.

In our years of camping I have witnessed three instances of flooded trailers.
Better solution IMHO is to simply turn off the water supply if you leave the trailer.

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Black water tank = valve closed

Grey water tank connected to bathroom and shower = Open

Grey water tank connected to kitchen sink = Closed

Thats my receipe
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X2 for the water, and roll up the awning !!



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Better solution IMHO is to simply turn off the water supply if you leave the trailer.

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