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Ex-Calif

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Further to Kirk's reply.

When on full hook ups.
1 - You will use a lot more gray water than black. Leave the gray valve open
2 - Leave the black valve closed. You will learn how long it takes to fill. about a week for 2 people.
3 - A couple days before the black tank drain, close the gray valve to accumulate a bunch of flush water.
4 - On dump day, open the black valve and let her rip. When that is finished, close the black and open the gray - the relatively cleaner water will flush the black down the pipe.
5 - Add about 5 gallons of water to the black tank as a starter sluice.
 

JudyJB

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Ditto on making sure your hose is securely attached to the fitting. I check mine by feeling around it to make sure ALL of the little knobs are slid into place, and it is evenly and fully attached. My connection is inside a storage area, so when I once made the mistake of not fastening it fully, I had a bin to clean out with bleach in a spray bottle, and a lot of water!! Not something I want to repeat, so I check the connection every single time!!
 

tlmgcamp

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It's a weigh down contraption that prevents the elbow from disconnecting from the fitting adapter. It can be DIY'd or get a cute looking one from a store View attachment 157973
Thinking about a DIY version. Maybe 2 one liter soda bottles with some kind of webbing/strap to go over pipe like a set of saddle bags. Fastening strap to bottle seems to be the challenge. Oh well, I have the entire off-season to ponder
 

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We got the, Camco 20' (39742) RhinoFLEX 20-Foot RV Sewer Hose Kit, Swivel Transparent Elbow with 4-in-1 Dump Station Fitting-Storage Caps Included, from Amazon. I would highly recommend it. It is very well made, and the ends swivel so it makes it easier to hook up. The hose is collapsible for easy storage. It come as two 10 foot sections that connect together when needed. In most places I can get by using only one section of hose. They do make a set of wrenches to help connect and disconnect the fittings. The fitting can be rather hard to work. The sewer hose support is not something got to have but they are nice to allow the hose to drain better than just laying the hose on the ground.
 

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Walmart sells the Rhino Flex hose and fittings. You will need a plastic tub/container to keep it all in. Most dump stations have a rock or piece of concrete block to hold the hose end in the pipe. Individual sites should have 3 or 4 inch threaded fittings with plugs if someone hasn't driven over them and broke them.

If you don't want the hose in a plastic container, then get a piece of 5 inch PVC fence post and caps and secure it (with drain holes) under the RV. (forget the bumper, it don't fit)

Go ahead, click it, I have it set to start about 30 seconds before what I want you to see and hear.


Charles
 

Altazi

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We got the, Camco 20' (39742) RhinoFLEX 20-Foot RV Sewer Hose Kit, Swivel Transparent Elbow with 4-in-1 Dump Station Fitting-Storage Caps Included, from Amazon. I would highly recommend it. It is very well made, and the ends swivel so it makes it easier to hook up. The hose is collapsible for easy storage. It come as two 10 foot sections that connect together when needed. In most places I can get by using only one section of hose.

Thats what I got. It seems okay. I’ll find out…

They do make a set of wrenches to help connect and disconnect the fittings. The fitting can be rather hard to work.

I tried it. Fortunately I have large hands and didn’t have too much difficulty. My big problem is knowing how much force to use - I can break things very easily :-(

The sewer hose support is not something got to have but they are nice to allow the hose to drain better than just laying the hose on the ground.

I also got the 20’ supports…
 

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I carry this handy tool for getting sewer plugs out or in.
View attachment 157998
They do make a set of wrenches to help connect and disconnect the fittings. The fitting can be rather hard to work.

I carry a pair of 12 inch channel locks I got at a swap meet permanently in the sewer bay. They'll do for the Camco fittings, Sewer plugs and hose connections. Also a set of good thick industrial rubber gloves mod forearm length. Household ones tend to give up every few months.

Another good thing to have is to buy a "pack" of garden hose gaskets. You can get them 10 at a time. With constant connects and disconnects they periodically go missing.
 

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Another tip: For your potable water hose, get the shorter length, if you haven't already. Much easier to wrestle with during set up and tear down. While longer hoses may come in handy, you may not always need it, the shorter is just easier to work with. You can always attach the longer hose if you need to.

Also, if you have a hose attachment for flushing the black tank, get a Y connector and a short (~15 foot) garden hose. The Y goes on the city water supply to split off to your city water. Connect the other side up with the short hose, if possible, for tank flushing.

I also use a water meter that attaches to the hose to monitor how much water I use for flushing and pre-filling the black tank. After initial dumping I'll fill the tank to about 50%, for a final flushing dump.
Water Meter

Kevin
 

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Another good thing to have is to buy a "pack" of garden hose gaskets. You can get them 10 at a time. With constant connects and disconnects they periodically go missing.

This for sure. You may not need one often, but when you do, you'll sure be glad you have some spares.

I use a Dominator hose from Valterra. I like it a lot. Been using it for around four seasons now, and no issues at all. I REALLY like that it is more rigid than some hoses, so it doesn't tend to "dance around" when you open your valves. It collapses to a pretty small size for storage, too.
 

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Your waste water solution depends on your camping style. If you don‘t plan on staying more than 3 days or so in the same place, no need to hook up sewer, just use the dump station on the way out. Your trailer is not large so this shouldn’t be much of a challenge . Many nice public campgrounds don’t even have a sewer connection, just water and electric. If you plan on an extended stay, lots of good advice in this thread.
 

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Another note ... Some RVs (i. e. ours for example) have two black water valves. One is on the side of the RV where the tank is. The other is next to the grey water valve near the drain connection. Open the valve on the far side first.
 

JJSON775

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Another note ... Some RVs (i. e. ours for example) have two black water valves. One is on the side of the RV where the tank is. The other is next to the grey water valve near the drain connection. Open the valve on the far side first.
So the first valve blocks the black water at the tank. Then to dump, the black water is piped across the RV to the drain connection. This way, the pipe across the RV is empty when driving on the road. Is this right?
 

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So the first valve blocks the black water at the tank. Then to dump, the black water is piped across the RV to the drain connection. This way, the pipe across the RV is empty when driving on the road. Is this right?
I think that's the reason for the second valve.
 

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