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Old 05-25-2014, 05:16 PM   #1
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Completely new to camping here, please excuse my inexperience.

I'm heading out next weekend to a fully serviced campground for the first time. I took a drive through the site today just to look at other people's setups and I noticed that this campground's sewer connection is about 8" above ground level.

A couple of campers had supports underneath their sewer hoses keeping them on a grade above the connection, but many had the hose laying on the ground then running up the side of and into the sewer connection. Would these people have their sewer outlets left open, allowing the hose to fill with black water? Or would they be camping using their holding tanks, and then going outside and supporting the hose when they dumped the tanks?

When sitting on a serviced campsite, is it preferred to leave the black and grey valves open to keep the tanks empty, or do people allow the tanks to fill, then periodically empty them?

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Old 05-25-2014, 06:15 PM   #2
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Never leave your black tank open. That is the best way to get the infamous brown stone mountain in your tank. Keep the tank closed and always keep a few gallons of water in it as well as whatever tank treatment you prefer (we are partial to the geo method). Don't drain black tank unless 2/3 full. If ready to leave, runs some water into it and then dump. Flush tank until clear water comes out when done emptying. We also don't leave our grey tank open out of personal preference but also because you can dump the grey tank after the black tAnk to help flush the line. We do go out and periodically empty our grey tank when full during a camping trip which is why we stay hooked up, so we can just open and close the valve as needed.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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x2 what anaro said,

To deal with high sewer drains and prevent sitting "stuff", I finally bought one of those accordian suppports for about 30 bucks on amazon. Good investment I think

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-43041-Si...r+hose+support


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Never leave your black tank open. That is the best way to get the infamous brown stone mountain in your tank. Keep the tank closed and always keep a few gallons of water in it as well as whatever tank treatment you prefer (we are partial to the geo method). Don't drain black tank unless 2/3 full. If ready to leave, runs some water into it and then dump. Flush tank until clear water comes out when done emptying. We also don't leave our grey tank open out of personal preference but also because you can dump the grey tank after the black tAnk to help flush the line. We do go out and periodically empty our grey tank when full during a camping trip which is why we stay hooked up, so we can just open and close the valve as needed.
...x3...Good advice.
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That was good to know. I learned a few new tricks here myself. Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:32 PM   #6
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x2 what anaro said,

To deal with high sewer drains and prevent sitting "stuff", I finally bought one of those accordian suppports for about 30 bucks on amazon. Good investment I think

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-43041-Si...r+hose+support


I got one of these from Wal Mart. It works great.
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Old 05-26-2014, 06:38 AM   #7
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Excellent advice here. Thanks Anaro! I have one of the accordian supports purchased, but it still won't be high enough to clear the drain. I'll just support the hose while emptying the black tank.

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Yes, all very good advice.

You're going to find all kinds of interesting things at various campgrounds in your new adventures. Just returned from a two month trip where the last campground had a beautiful site we just had to stay in for our grand finale. Only problem was after setup we discovered that their sewer hookup was UPHILL from our trailer. Whaat? Ended up using the campground's dump site for final flushing and getting a discount on our site. Things (almost ) always work out.
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I think that would be a good application for one of the macerator pumps.

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Never leave your black tank open. That is the best way to get the infamous brown stone mountain in your tank. Keep the tank closed and always keep a few gallons of water in it as well as whatever tank treatment you prefer (we are partial to the geo method). Don't drain black tank unless 2/3 full. If ready to leave, runs some water into it and then dump. Flush tank until clear water comes out when done emptying. We also don't leave our grey tank open out of personal preference but also because you can dump the grey tank after the black tAnk to help flush the line. We do go out and periodically empty our grey tank when full during a camping trip which is why we stay hooked up, so we can just open and close the valve as needed.
what are we up to? X4 or X5
anyway this is the way we do it as well..
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