RV Dumping 101

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18 Responses to “RV Dumping 101”
  1. Jody Copeland
    Jody Copeland

    RV Make: Forest river rockwood, RV Model: Geo pro 19fbs, RV Year: 2021

    Is there good practice for keeping the kitchen plumbing clear — without a garbage disposal?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Jody,
      Here is what our expert had to say:
      The best thing to do is to make sure not to put solid food down the drain. All dishes need to be fully scraped off before washing to prevent build up and blockages in the plumbing. When about done with a trip it is always a good idea to run some water down the faucets for a few minutes to help push and flush out anything that might be in the traps. This will help prevent smells in the sinks during storage as well.
      Sincerely, Dan RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Let us know if any other questions come up!
      Sincerely,
      Codi
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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    • Charles schoen
      Charles schoen

      RV Make: Newmar , RV Model: 3710, RV Year: 2018

      When storing sewer hose I always connect it to itself so as to prevent any contamination from the hose to leak into the compartment, contrary to what is being show in the videos.

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      • Customer Service
        Customer Service

        Hello Charles,

        Thank you for contacting us.

        What is the year, make, model of your RV?

        If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3536, or chat with us on our site.

        We greatly appreciate your business!

        Sincerely,

        Lindsay
        RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  2. David Mitchell
    David Mitchell

    RV Make: Daymon, RV Model: DayBreaker, RV Year: 1998, Brand: Daymon, Model Number: DayBreaker

    General.Information

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  3. Colleen Foerster
    Colleen Foerster

    RV Make: Nash, RV Model: 22G, RV Year: 1997, Brand: Suburban, Model Number: 5240A Water Heater SW6DEL

    If zI am replacing the original water heater with the exact same water heater, how difficult will it be for me to accomplish this? The water heater is in the corner where my bathroom closet is & there is no access point inside the closet . . . Will we have to go in through the outside compartment located right next to the water heater located on the opposing wall? Thanx a bunch!

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Colleen. Most likely you are going to have to gain access to the back of the water heater to remove it. Most of the time there isn’t enough play in the water lines to just pull it out of the opening. I have been able to do it in the past so it is possible but most of the time it is best to gain access to the rear of the tank to disconnect the water lines and electrical wiring. You just remove the screws from the outside, disconnect the gas lines and pull the tank out. You will most likely have to swap some of the plumbing to the new tank but this is fairly easy to do. If there is no access in the bathroom then the access should be from the outside compartment. You might have to remove something inside of the compartment but there should be a way to gain access to this area. I would try this first before pulling the tank. The tank replacement is fairly easy, again just disconnecting water lines, the electrical wiring and the gas connection and then the tank can be removed. They are pretty well sealed so you might struggle with the putty tape around the edges, just keep scraping and pulling at the edges and it should come right out. I hope this helps!
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

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    • Jeff
      Jeff

      RV Make: Forest River , RV Model: Vibe, RV Year: 2021

      We are new to RV camping, the black water tank segment video was great, thank you

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  4. Jeffrey Bennett
    Jeffrey Bennett

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Forza 38D, RV Year: 2020

    Many say that they use Downey Fabric softener in their Black holding tank they state that nothing will stick to the sides, what is your opinion
    Thank You Jeffrey

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Jeffrey. I have heard of people doing this and have heard mixed results. I know some people swear by it. I have not personally tried it myself. I have heard that you shouldn’t mix chemicals in the tanks. You should be using regular blank tank digester to help break down the contents of the tank. If you mix other chemicals with it, it could prevent them from working properly. There are ingredients in most black tank chemicals to help prevent build up on the side walls. If you are having issues I would recommend testing out a different product to see if it helps. I recommend the products from Unique, they work really well.
      https://uniquecampingmarine.com/products/rv-digest-it-holding-tank-treatment
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

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  5. Peter Blackmore OAM
    Peter Blackmore OAM

    RV Make: Avan Ovation , RV Model: Motorhome , RV Year: 2019

    The toilet paper story was very informative

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  6. Brian Slatterbeck
    Brian Slatterbeck

    RV Make: Cherokee Arctic Wolf , RV Model: 291RL, RV Year: 2021

    ins and outs of the water heater.How it works

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    • Jenny
      Jenny

      RV Make: Paradise , RV Model: Surpreme, RV Year: 2010

      What is the best for towing a small car gypsy or a a frame

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      • Customer Service
        Customer Service

        Hello Jenny,

        Thank you for contacting us.

        What is the year, make, model of your RV?

        If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3536, or chat with us on our site.

        We greatly appreciate your business!

        Sincerely,

        Lindsay
        RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  7. Rhonda Cassano
    Rhonda Cassano

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Hurricane 27b, RV Year: 2018

    This is the motorhome I own.

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  8. Linda Victory
    Linda Victory

    RV Make: Attitude , RV Model: 23 ak, RV Year: 2016

    Not able to fill the fresh water tanks and able to dump tank 1 but not tank 2. I’m sorry but I’m a newbie and don’t know what I’m doing.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Linda. It really depends on what RV you have and what system is used for filling the fresh tank. There are a few different ways. Gravity fill is the most common. This is done by placing the hose into the inlet and filling the tank, could also be done with a bucket and funnel if needed. Some other systems use a city inlet to fill the tank. This requires the hose to be attached to a water connection and typically turning a valve to allow the water into the tank instead of the water lines. If you have to screw the hose to a connection for the fresh tank fill then there could be a valve that needs turned to open the flow if it is also used for the city connection. These sometimes also have a check valve and if water isn’t flowing this valve could be bad. If you have a gravity tank, it is possible there is a kink in the fill line somewhere. As for the tanks not dumping, it depends on what issues you are having. If the gate valve doesn’t move it could be stuck and needs lubricated. Sometimes you have to disassemble the gate valve to free it up. If the handle pulls but nothing comes out the valve might be broken or there is a blockage in the system, again taking the valve apart might be necessary. Some systems require two valves to open to allow all the contents to flow out, most don’t though. It is possible you don’t have any issues and maybe some valves just need to be turned but without knowing your exact system I can’t tell for sure. It would be best to reference your owners manual and see if there is something else that needs done to fill the fresh tank and empty the waste tanks.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

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