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Old 10-16-2006, 12:42 PM   #11
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After emptying the black tank at the last campground, it read empty there but a third here at home. Didn't use it at all on the way home.

Now that we are getting ready for winter, Chuck ran a little water through the tank to get the sensor to read correct. After about 20 buckets of black gunky water the black tank seems to be clear. YUK!!!!!

Something is definetely wrong. Where did all this stuff come from. Isn't there a back flush system that is supposed to clean most of it out? He got a lot of excerise carrying those buckets into the house to dump. I still say the old fashion way with running a hose down the toilet is the best rather than relying on these new systems.

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Old 10-17-2006, 01:26 PM   #12
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Carol,

I don't believe the "backflush" is really a backflush. I believe water merely flows into the tank at the top of the tank (curbside). Because the tank floor is sloped downward, toward the drain, it runs down, presumably carring any "matter" with it. There may be some spraying action, but nothing like spraying it directly with a garden hose.

I'm getting the impression that on some MH units, the toilet pipe enters the black tank & gets close enough to the floor of the tank that solids/paper can build up against the pipe & not be emptied at the dump station. This sounds like what happened to you.

Solution: ? Take a rough road home & dump at a facility near your home? If you are dumping & don't have a line of people behind you: Close the dump valve and significantly fill the black tank with water thru the "backflush" spray. Then open the drain. I know the next comment - who wants to spend longer than necessary there? Certainly NOT me!

That amount of "black, gunky" water seems like an aweful lot, though admittidly, with normal use of the plastic hose, I never see the rinse water condition ... nor do I desire to! Ha Ha Ha.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:36 PM   #13
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We are now getting a clear elbow. Always wondered why people had those. Going to "watch" until the water is clear. Now, won't that be entertaining. I won't be doing the watching. I'll have a bucket inside with soapy water. Chuck will yell at me when to pour it down.

I wonder if this had been a rental unit and when we bought it we got it partially furnished ????

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Old 10-17-2006, 02:46 PM   #14
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We have a clear section that I use to see when clear water is coming out during the flush. Surprising what comes out after closing the valve and filling the tank part way with the flush then opening the dump valve.

Nope, I am not going to describe it.

Sometimes I do this a couple of times when I can so that the tank is clean.

It's a nasty job, but somebody has to do it.

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Old 10-17-2006, 03:08 PM   #15
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Hey folks , Do what I do empty the tank at the campground quick flush then fill tank about 1/4 full with water drive home and empty at home always a clean tank that way.

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Old 10-17-2006, 03:38 PM   #16
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Do you have a dump facility near your house?
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:42 PM   #17
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Our dump facility is the bathroom here in the house. Or the lawn

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Old 10-17-2006, 05:11 PM   #18
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Bob, When I put the slab in I put E/S/Cable in not water because water is only 20' away.

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Old 10-17-2006, 06:09 PM   #19
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I have run 50' of underground electric & water from the house to my MH parking space. I don't yet have a means of dumping & with an inquisitive dog running free, won't take a chance of even the grey water above ground, even though I live in the woods.

I originally thought I could dig a small septic with my backhoe; maybe a minimum leech field. But from what I'm reading, that may be more trouble than its worth after the 1st year or so. Also, I've read that you don't want to dump your MH waste into an existing home septic system. So, right now I try to drive home empty, or stop at a local RV repair shop at the last town before I arrive home. He charges $5, but it's better than ending up with a solid cake in my tank after it's all settled.
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I would like to add a little trick I have heard about and have used. If you are going to drive with water in the black tank you can add ice and it will help clear out some of the gunck on the side wall. It worked pretty well for me and I think it is worth doing but it is only an idea that I have used. Good luck and Happy Camping.
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