Issue 855 • February 26, 2018
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RVing Tip of the Day
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
The old plumber’s axiom about “Water don’t run up hill, and don’t lick your fingers” doesn’t have to be true regarding dumping your holding tanks – at least about the uphill part. We still recommend wearing protective gloves anytime you mess with sewer connections.
Dumping holding tanks from your rig to an uphill (and distant) sewer drop became a necessity for us some time back. Our RV parking pad was “on the other side” of the hill from the property septic system. The idea of lugging buckets of yuck back and forth was hardly appetizing. A macerator answers the problem. A simple pump, the macerator grinds up your holding tank contents and squirts them through a hose or pipe to where you want them to go. There have been macerators available on the market for some time, including the Clean Dump system.
The “wrinkle” with the Clean Dump system is its approach to being permanently attached to the RV. Other macerators often breach mount onto the RV dump outlet port, and that in itself can be a bit of a messy situation. So for the “cultured” among us – and those who don’t mind dropping close to $400 for the feeling of increased sanitation cleanliness – this may be the ticket.
With the Clean Dump system installed in your RV, you simply open an access door, fish out the discharge end of a 1-inch (i.d.) hose, stretch it out to the nearest sewer dump (provided that it’s within 150 feet of your rig), pull your dump valve handle, flip a switch, and within what is said to be five minutes, your tanks are emptied and you’re ready to rock and roll. Mind you, the basic system comes with a 20-foot section of hose, so to make that really long uphill reach you’ll have to add accessory hose lengths.
If your RV has a washing machine, a handy accessory allows you to leave the system hose connected to a park sewer drop, and gravity feeds wash machine waste water to save your holding tanks from filling up in a hurry.
The Clean Dump system promises less hassle to users: No more “sewer hose” legs to keep the sludge flowing downhill through the standard 3-inch hose, and less drip with a permanently installed system. Included are all the parts required for the not-so-handyman. For more info visit cleandump.com or Amazon.com.
Read yesterday’s tip: Quick rig leveling trick – use it for an overnight stop.
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Prevent hose crimping and strain
. . . and extend RV hose life
This 90-Degree Hose Elbow eliminates unnecessary stress and strain on all RV water intake hose fittings. The elbow, with an easy-grip connector, is made of brass and is lead-free. Learn more or order for a great price!
Important to know when buying new tires
Need new tires for the rig? It may be best to stick with the same tire specification as the original equipment. If you do decide to change specs, make sure you always match up your tire and wheel capacity. For example, NEVER mount a 3,000-pound capacity tire on a 2,000-pound capacity wheel.
With electricity expert, Mike Sokol
Keep a hose just for dumping tanks
Dedicate a hose strictly for use in tank-dumping operations. Use it for rinsing hoses, flushing tanks, etc. But be sure to keep it completely away from your fresh water hose to prevent cross-contamination. If you can, find a suitable container to keep it safely stored.
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Learn how to read your tire’s sidewall
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Satellite TV options for RVers
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MORE QUICK TIPS
In case of stinky holding tanks, check roof vents
Stinky holding tanks driving you bats? It’s smart to occasionally check your roof vents to make sure they aren’t blocked with debris, bird nests, etc. Many RVers find vent caps such as the 360 Siphon roof vent to help “raise the stink” out of the tanks are really helpful.
Don’t try to use trailer stabilizer jacks to bring your rig up into level – most are designed simply to give more stability to the rig once leveled. Using these to try and level a rig can cause damage.
Batteries last a long time!
Motion detection nightlights can last a year on a set of batteries
When you need a nightlight when without hookups, these are great: they light only when they sense motion, shutting off after 30 seconds of no movement. They use no wires & install in less than 5 minutes. Use outdoors, too. Lights come in a 3-pack. Can last up to a year! Watch the short video for a demonstration or learn more (or order at a great price) at Amazon.com.
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Staff writer: Emily Woodbury. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Deanna Tolliver, Mike Sokol, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring.
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