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Old 07-15-2015, 01:52 PM   #1
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Dumping tanks and bath window leak

Hi all,

New to this site and have a couple of questions.

I am new to the RV ownership world (although I have rented several times) and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of a beauty of a 2010 fiver this weekend. Been looking to purchase for quite some time and have finally decided to take the plunge!!

First of all, I have never seen a rig with separate valves to dump the grey and black tanks. Wondering about two things... one is how does one manage to move the hose to the grey valve after freshly dumping the black tank? With great care I would imagine, but perhaps there are other helpful tips here. Also, has anyone done a modification to tie the two values together?

There is also evidence of leaking around the bathroom window. The unit has a side bath floor plan. The person I am purchasing from says this a very common problem with Scamps, but I have yet to find a post on this forum regarding this specific bathroom window issue.

Any feedback on these questions would be greatly appreciated.

As a new Scamp owner, I am looking forward to gleaning a wealth of information from the good and helpful folks posting on this forum. I have already discovered some juicy ideas to remodel the gaucho/loft area!!
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:18 PM   #2
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About the tanks, carefully I suppose. When I first read about the bathroom window leak I carefully examined my bathroom wall and noticed bubbles in the wallboard which may be indicative of water intrusion, or not. My floor underneath shows no signs of trouble so I am not too worried about it. Welcome and good luck with your Scamp!
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:32 PM   #3
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First thing, I would use gloves of course.

I have a black and grey tank. I ALWAYS either use the city water OR leave water in the fresh tank when dumping. After fulling dumping the black tank, I have the wife to run more water in the black tank...dump again.

Let it drain as best as you can then simply move it to the grey water tank. Sure, some is going to drip as you move it but it's also going to when you take it off to put it away anyway. I PROMISE you it wont cause any earthquakes when this happens! I do use that opportunity when I'm dumping the grey to "bounce" the hose some and help slosh the water around inside it to help flush out any remaining black water.

The worst-case scenario to me is when you have to go to a busy dump station. I hate that...when people are lined up behind you. But....

People really get the heebie geebies over this. It's just life. This may not be what you were looking for...but it's my take on it.
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Old 07-15-2015, 03:36 PM   #4
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The dump station will almost always have a hose to rinse down your stinky slinky and the drain pad. Use it when switching.
Always do your gray water last, which will give you a final rinse before storage. I still rinse it with the hose anyway.
Also I always fill and rinse my blackwater tank with fresh water before disconnect, unless I'm using my blueboy.
With a little practice you will find this task simple and you will soon be undaunted.
Also use ODORLOS tank treatment which will liquify the solids and make tank maintenance much easier...

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Old 07-15-2015, 07:23 PM   #5
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Thanks Tim. That was kind of my take on it as well, but I will be keeping an eye out for further spreading of any damage.
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:26 PM   #6
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Hey Darral. No heebie jeebies here! Just looking for some advice from experience Scamp owners. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:26 PM   #7
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Thanks Floyd. I'm sure in time it will be no problem at all!
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:59 AM   #8
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My front bath window has leaked for years, but only when driving in a hard rain. As near as I can see, it only gets the shower enclosure wet. I don't see any other damage, so I live with it and clean the shower stall when it gets spotted from the leak.
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Old 07-16-2015, 12:23 PM   #9
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Thanks Rick. I think the leak problem in mine may be more serious. There is visible damage to the wall radiating about 3 inches or so all around the window. Like I said, I'll be keeping an eye on it.
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Peter: Remember to remove the cap off the end of your stinky slinky BEFORE you insert it into the dump station opening and opening the trailer black/grey water valve...you'll only forget once!

Rinse off your rubber gloves with the fresh water at the station before removing them. I keep a container of handi-wipes available too.
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Thanks Marilyn. Good info -- especially about forgetting only once!!!
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Peter: Remember to remove the cap off the end of your stinky slinky BEFORE you insert it into the dump station opening and opening the trailer black/grey water valve...you'll only forget once!

Rinse off your rubber gloves with the fresh water at the station before removing them. I keep a container of handi-wipes available too.
I keep a box of these in the trailer. Many uses including when dumping the tanks. Take them off so they're now inside out, dump in the trash and then some hand sanitizer.

Amazon.com: Dynarex Black Latex Exam Gloves, Powder-Free, XL, Box/100: Health & Personal Care
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Do NOT get the cheapie green CAMCO brand gloves from Camping World! They are virtually USELESS. Wayyy too thin and easily rips and wont stand a dumping no matter how careful you are. Save your money. Here's the link to the ones to AVOID:
RV Sanitation Gloves - Camco 40585/40283 - Sewer Fittings & Adapters - Camping World

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I keep a box of these in the trailer. Many uses including when dumping the tanks. Take them off so they're now inside out, dump in the trash and then some hand sanitizer.

Amazon.com: Dynarex Black Latex Exam Gloves, Powder-Free, XL, Box/100: Health & Personal Care
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Do NOT get the cheapie green CAMCO brand gloves from Camping World! They are virtually USELESS. Wayyy too thin and easily rips and wont stand a dumping no matter how careful you are. Save your money. Here's the link to the ones to AVOID:
RV Sanitation Gloves - Camco 40585/40283 - Sewer Fittings & Adapters - Camping World
From the picture on their site they do look might thin. The ones I use from Amazon don't tear , at least I've not had a problem.
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