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Old 04-20-2016, 06:53 PM   #57
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Well that's just great
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Old 04-21-2016, 07:44 AM   #58
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Which hose connections do you grease?
I simply sprayed the WD40 generously over both mating ends, including the seal ring and the ears, so it all slides together better without the danger of braking either the pins or the ears.
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Well that's just great
Well, it's just the flip side of life, or the other side of the coin, or....

I am finding that the valves do not close absolutely perfectly, there are always a few drops when I remove the covers, on both drains. Hence the gloves, and the water hose at the dump station that takes care of those tiny spills easily. Sometimes I wish people before me would use more water to clean up after themselves. I would not plan on taking anything apart unless the valves really fail.
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Ah, the drain valves. Sorry...if you hadn't mentioned "ears" I still wouldn't know what you're talking about
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:20 AM   #61
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I simply sprayed the WD40 generously over both mating ends, including the seal ring and the ears, so it all slides together better without the danger of braking either the pins or the ears.
For all that is in water hose connection, I use silicone lubricant.
I applied once in spring and usually it is not necessary to reapply during the season.
The rubberized seals remain soft, not dry, I have no water leakage between connections.
I also use the arm valves to drain waste water, they are easy to handle with this product made specifically to lubricate where there is water ...

The web page for this product in Canada :
Silicone Lubricant | Master PlumberŪ

Certainly the United-States you have the equivalent of this product ...
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:08 AM   #62
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Ok. Hard to say if it's original, since someone did combine the grey and black outlets at some point. Either way, this is not something I want to have happening every now and then. Once I start making some money, I'll just upgrade this stuff.

I didn't look close but I don't think the parts were very expensive. If I've got it apart already, I'd rather throw the old one away and put in a brand new one rather than clean the old one, since we all know what I'd be cleaning off it...
Do you just have one valve to drain both tanks ? My Bigfoot has 2 valves. One for black and a smaller one for grey. The suggested way to drain is first drain the black, then the grey, so the grey water flushes out the hose. If you only have one valve, I suspect your system has been modified.I replaced both valves on mine 2 years ago. The black was leaking and both valves cost about 30 dollars. It's a simple but messy job to clean or replace the valves so it's a good idea to have replacement valves with you just in case a cleaning is not enough
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A single valve for both would make no sense. It would mean the two tanks were directly connected into a single system which would essentially be a black water system.
When I got my BF, the black tank was connected to a standard 3" bayonet fitting by a 3" blade valve, and separately the grey tank had only a garden hose fitting on a 1 1/2" opening. I soon upgraded that to the modern system with a common 3" bayonet fitting and two separate 3" blade valves.

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Yes but as I know from always buying old vehicles, what "makes sense" doesn't often enter into the equation with a lot of people.

Luckily, that's not the case with my trailer. There is a separate valve for each tank.

Aside from black water first, grey water last, how to do you use the fresh water hose? This is assuming you don't have one of those fancy back-flushing things. Do you just spray the valve areas, or do you bring the hose in the camper the spray some water down the toilet then drain again?

When I was at the rv shop dumping, two things happened. I saw a really nice Oliver Legacy Elite II (we waved to each other but I didn't get to check it out), and a guy filling his motorhome with fresh water was this close to using the hose laying there along the sewage opening, used to spray everything down. I stopped him and at least got him to take that hose off and use his own hose.

Why he was hesitant to use the independent water spigot 30 yards away from where everyone dumps their tanks, I don't know. I pointed it out to him but he wasn't convinced it was any better... At least I got him to use a clean hose.

I'll definitely look into some silicone spray. I have some, but I'm pretty sure there is food-grade spray out there too, which would be better than what I've got.
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Do you just spray the valve areas, or do you bring the hose in the camper the spray some water down the toilet then drain again?

Please don't ever do that. Shudder. Almost every dump station has a clean water hose for rinsing the dump hose outside. If it doesn't, I'd look for another one down the road. I would never let the dump hose get even close to the inside of my trailer.
Oh, yes, not thinking there for a moment. Other situations than a dump station.
Boondocking? drive to a dump station. There are several apps to help find them.
On site sewer connection? Then you'll also have city water. Close all valves and run a fresh bunch of water into the grey tank and then open the grey valve again to rinse the hose.There, did I cover it all?

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Aside from black water first, grey water last, how to do you use the fresh water hose? This is assuming you don't have one of those fancy back-flushing things. Do you just spray the valve areas, or do you bring the hose in the camper the spray some water down the toilet then drain again?
NEVER ever use your fresh water hose for doing anything to do with tank dumping, slinky hose cleaning or tank cleaning. Buy another hose if have a tank wand for doing tank cleaning or toilet cleaning.

I have a fancy built in back flushing system on my new trailer and a separate dedicated (marked as such) hose for using on that.
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Sorry that was a little misleading.

At the one rv dump station I've ever used my whole life, there was a hose attached to the spigot, for cleaning things at the station. That's the hose I was wondering about threading in to my camper to stick down the toilet, etc.

So if many or most dump stations don't have a hose attached to that spigot, I would want to buy another length of hose, to use strictly for the purpose of flushing some fresh water through my black and grey tanks after dumping?

That or buy a back-flushing attachment?
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That or buy a back-flushing attachment?
You may want to look this up on line, it's not just screwing it on .
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I don't recall ever seeing a dump station that didn't have a hose for rinsing things off. If I ran across one like that I'd go elsewhere if at all possible.
By far most will say it's not potable water, but it is clean for rinsing. And many will have another, potable water faucet nearby.
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You may want to look this up on line, it's not just screwing it on .
Depends on which one you buy, I guess. Or are we talking about different things?


Ok, so, back to the other question. The dump station had a spigot, with a hose attached, right there, 10' from the sewage openings. It's the hose the motorhome guy was about to fill his fresh water tank with before I stopped him. Was I wrong to pull that hose into my camper to flush fresh water into the toilet and grey water tank?
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