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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Full Time RV Maintenance: Sewer Slinkies and other Black Water Topics

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While black water issues are not necessarily my favorite RV topic, a friend, who recently began RV'ing was asking me how to prevent the "smell" that sometimes happens if you neglect to dump often enough, especially now that it is getting warm.

I explained the basics of course. . .don't leave the black water valve open. . .ALWAYS, ALWAYS keep it closed. . .unless you would like to build up a little mountain of tissue and other assorted nasties in the bottom of the tank.

At one of the RV Shows, we got to know a girl whose company specialized in black water tank proctology. . .oh the stories she had to tell.  I'm pretty sure having a constipated sewer hose is something you want to avoid at all costs.

Keeping the valve closed, and using lots and lots of water is the best way I know of to keep everything dissolving. . .and believe me, that is a good thing.  You will quickly determine how often you need to dump. . .we personally do not use any additives when we are sitting still, and usually, dumping once per week is more than sufficient.

Now here, in the picture below is an example of RV'ing that totally confuses me.

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How, pray tell, is all the "stuff" supposed to make it all the way to the end and into the sewer itself?  I just don't get it!  I decided that if the pipes leading from my house to the city services were always kept as straight as possible with as few turns as possible, then that is probably how I needed to set up the RV drain hoses. . .so the pic below is how our slinky is set up.

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As much as I would love to have one of those nifty macerator style systems, I can't justify spending $250 or so, as long as what we have is working so great.

I'm including a few links below so you can get even more ideas of how to take care of "things," and just in case you need it, here's info on how to get up to date listing of DUMP STATIONS across the USA. . .

Good luck!

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