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Old 02-24-2017, 12:59 PM   #1
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Access to wet bay

Does anyone have an issue with accessing their wet bay on a Newmar with the full wall slide? It appears you have to get on your knees to dump your holding tanks, turn on your flushing valve, and/or any other activity in the wet bay. One who is somewhat age challenged will find this extremely inconvenient. Would appreciate comments from owners who have the full wall slide. Thanks for comments.
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This is correct. Our full wall slide does however have a small cutout to allow easier head access but not complete. I have to get on one knee or take the slide out in during dumping. I make my decision based on what I am wearing.

I don't have to dump that often so it is not really big deal. Once every three days is acceptable to me.

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Old 02-24-2017, 01:16 PM   #3
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Phil,

I understand your response. That is of course doable. We will keep our coach on an ownership lot fully hooked up for convenience as we are there about 50% of the time. I almost always dump my black tank daily especially in warm weather to avoid odors and etc so the inconvenient access seems to be a bit bothersome. We are really becoming a Newmar fan for so many other good reasons but this one concerns me.

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Old 02-24-2017, 02:13 PM   #4
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Do a search for Dutch star don and check out the mod he did. He installed electric dump valves and put the switches inside of the coach along with a macerater switch. I think about doing it every time I crawl under the slide to dump the tanks
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Old 02-24-2017, 02:25 PM   #5
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They are all pretty much like that no matter what brand you buy, so it really has nothing to do with Newmar. You would pretty much have to buy a MH with no slides to avoid what you are concerned with. I hook up all my wet bay stuff and electrical prior to putting the slides out as it is much easier. As far as dumping in my opinion you are dumping way to often if you do it daily. You should let the tank get around 3/4 full before you dump, as you will get a much better flow and it will get all the waste out. It should not cause any odors in your MH no matter how full your tanks are and if you do there are likely other issues with the system or you are not using it correctly, ie flushing the toilets with the fan on. I usually dump about every 4 days when we are traveling, and even then we are not near full. Then it's just a matter of pulling/pushing on the valve which is easy to do, even with the slide out.
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They are all pretty much like that no matter what brand you buy, so it really has nothing to do with Newmar. You would pretty much have to buy a MH with no slides to avoid what you are concerned with. I hook up all my wet bay stuff and electrical prior to putting the slides out as it is much easier. As far as dumping in my opinion you are dumping way to often if you do it daily. You should let the tank get around 3/4 full before you dump, as you will get a much better flow and it will get all the waste out. It should not cause any odors in your MH no matter how full your tanks are and if you do there are likely other issues with the system or you are not using it correctly, ie flushing the toilets with the fan on. I usually dump about every 4 days when we are traveling, and even then we are not near full. Then it's just a matter of pulling/pushing on the valve which is easy to do, even with the slide out.
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They are all pretty much like that no matter what brand you buy, so it really has nothing to do with Newmar. You would pretty much have to buy a MH with no slides to avoid what you are concerned with. I hook up all my wet bay stuff and electrical prior to putting the slides out as it is much easier. As far as dumping in my opinion you are dumping way to often if you do it daily. You should let the tank get around 3/4 full before you dump, as you will get a much better flow and it will get all the waste out. It should not cause any odors in your MH no matter how full your tanks are and if you do there are likely other issues with the system or you are not using it correctly, ie flushing the toilets with the fan on. I usually dump about every 4 days when we are traveling, and even then we are not near full. Then it's just a matter of pulling/pushing on the valve which is easy to do, even with the slide out.
Agreed! If you buy a floorplan that puts a slide over the wet bay - you'll have this problem. If you buy a floorplan that doesn't - you'll no doubt be sacrificing floor space that could have been made usable if a slide were there. Pick your poison.

The wet bay is under the full wall slide in our coach ... as Mike suggests - performing your hook-ups before extending the wall slide certainly helps. But, in the big scheme of things - having to duck under the slide isn't a showstopper for most of us.

When we're in a park - it's the gray tank capacity that dictates when the tanks need dumping - and it's the # of showers taken (and/or loads of laundry done) that determine when the gray tank is full. If we both shower daily - we'll dump every 3rd day. I keep gardener's foam knee pad tucked in the wet bay to that I can at least knee once I bend down to empty the tanks.

If this is my only worry ... I've got no worries at all!
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We were looking at Hershey last fall at a Ventanna 4037 we might be interested in down the road, loved the inside layout. Full wall slide-out really roomy, however, I went outside an was in disarray at the wet bay access especially having knee issues. Our current CS3953 has 4 slide-outs (essentially splitting the full wall in half) with no slide-out over the wet bay making access extremely easy....
Having said this, the full wall slide is awfully nice.....
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Leave the gray tank valve open, and dump the black tank when the red light comes on. Works for me, and I don't even have a full wall slide.
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Newmar has a four slide model that leaves the wet bay wide open even with slides out.

I'm not sure if the name FULL WALL SLIDE clearly defines how much of the side wall is used for the slide. As stated before: Pick your poison, wide open inside and covered outside or wide open outside, close quarters inside.
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Same logic on keeping the grey valve closed until you have a good load of water in the tank. Helps flush out the particles in the grey tank. Good video out on the web from the gent that invented the Wastemaster system.
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No knees on ground

We have the full wall slide over the wet bay. I have never had to put one or both knees on the ground to hook up or to dump. Just duck your head down and either lean over or squat.
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Another somewhat simple solution is make yourself a pull/push stick. Broom handle with a 90 degree piece of aluminum or similar makeup to use. Store it in the bay during travel and next to the pedistal once hookups are complete. My thought as I'm getting older.
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I agree with everything that's been said. I bought some stadium seat cushions at WalMart to rest my old knees on while dumping.
Here's an issue I just found. It seemed that we were having to dump the black tank too frequently. This week when the red light came on the sink in the half bath wouldn't drain. I go out to dump and the sink immediately drained.
Found out my half bath sink drains into the black tank. Called Newmar, earliest appointment May 31st. To get it corrected.
If you're in doubt empty tanks, run water in half bath sink and see if the flow comes from the gray tank or the black tank.
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