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Old 04-15-2019, 06:33 PM   #1
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VacuFlush Switch

Apparently the engineer that decided the on/off switch for the VacuFlush in the 2014 Bounder never operated it with the rear slide in, having to climb over the bed.

Has anyone moved or added a second on/off switch, any big deal to the project.

Add to that the indicator lights, why isn't there one where you can see it going down the road. Notoriously, the thing will loose vacuum only when we are driving. Would be nice to see the red/green indicator without going into the mid bath.

Anyone added a third indicator panel?

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I had one on my 2016 Bounder and now both of the toilets in our Southwind. I have been told by multiple sources ...."just leave it on till you are going to store it." We would switch it on when we would start to cool the refrigerator for a trip and turn it off when we get home and park it in the garage for storage. Thats what we did and never had any problems. They said it was designed to be left on. Remember to flush for at least 3 seconds like the instructions say to do.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:19 AM   #3
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Normally I would just leave it on. But the seals are always a concern, even when it was brand new. A little debris would cause a small leak. After a few hours down the road at a stop I'd find the thing dry pumping...who knows for how long; can't be good for it.

I have cold sweat nightmares about having to rebuild/replace the VF pump, so the longer I can put that off the better.

This weekend I'm going to piggy back a switch over the rear on/off switch and mount it in the dash. Second, I'm going to add a few LED indicators by piggy backing the wiring in the midship bath display. Autozone has automotive LED lighting with the right drop resistor so should be as simple as tapping the red/green wires on the display (DNF - OK flush) and BLK for ground. I'll mount them just under the TV where then can be seen by passengers.

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Have had to replace my vacuum pump 3 times now, in 3 years. Yes, we live in it full time and since have we have the bath and 1/2..they both work off the vacuum pump. I keep a fully functioning pump in reserve, as when the one being used goes....well, we gott go as well!!! Rebuild when replaced-always have a spare to go!!
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normally we leave the switch on...no problems! They are temperamental for sure...the smallest anything can cause the pump to recharge w/o being flushed. Check the foot pedal thingy when allowing water to fill after flush-I have found sometimes press down a bit, (not so much to flush) then lift.
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$12 for two (one red/one green) 12v LED indicators (no dropping resister req), two 5/16" holes under TV, a couple of crimp on splice connectors and I have a way to see the status without getting up and walking back into the midship bath.

The indicator panel is located right behind the speaker mesh, spliced into the wires and all is good.

I'm still pondering the piggy backed on/off switch closer to the front of the coach, but that's is going to take a bit planning to route the wiring.

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just a quick question on the vac flush, when you are in a park and the grey water is connected to the sewer inlet where the you put the vac flush water hose?
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just a quick question on the vac flush, when you are in a park and the grey water is connected to the sewer inlet where the you put the vac flush water hose?
Not sure I understand what you are asking...sorry.

This might help...

VacuFlush is the type (brand) of toilet, it uses a vacuum pump and a macerator to flush the toilet (like on a boat or airplane...).

If you can describe your setup or need a bit, I'm sure someone can answer your question

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It has water hose connection to connect a hose and send it some place. The parks i have stayed in didn't have a sewer connection for this connection. So i am wondering where to connect the hose. Most parks require a rubber donut to contain the sewer smells. Thanks for helping, charlie king
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It has water hose connection to connect a hose and send it some place. The parks i have stayed in didn't have a sewer connection for this connection. So i am wondering where to connect the hose. Most parks require a rubber donut to contain the sewer smells. Thanks for helping, charlie king


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This is a macerater pump. I think this is what you keep referring to.



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This is a vacuflush system. This is what this post is talking all about.


They are two different things that have nothing to do with each other.



The top picture is basically like a garbage disposal for when you pull the valve and are dumping your black tank. It shreds everything and sends it out a smaller hose and has the ability to pump up-hill. It still connects to the same sewer connections that are in almost all RV parks.

The bottom picture is a vacuum pump system that takes what you flush and pumps it from your toilet to where your black tank is.
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[QUOTE=rmueller;4732897



I have cold sweat nightmares about having to rebuild/replace the VF pump, so the longer I can put that off the better.



ron[/QUOTE]As a precaution against failures at the worst of times.
I service both the Magnum-Opus toilet seals/ half ball and the vacuum pump bellows & duckbills every 2 years..

(I also clean under the half ball seal with a worn out disposable fingernail file, then lube the underside of the seal with plumbers grease using a stiff Q-tip every 4 to 6 months..


Yes it's a nasty job.. but Ya gotta do what Ya gotta do..to keep SWMBO'd happy...
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We only turn our vacu flush on when we need to use it. Is this wrong? Don't like the noise every time someone flushes and we are sitting out side. Found for just liquid flushes we just flush, and it takes quite a bit before we have to turn on pump.
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There can be issues with leaving urine laying in the plumbing pipes, rather then letting the system vacuum them into the waste tank.

As a long time boater with a Vacuflush system, I've had to clean out my plastic fittings a few times and replace my hoses.

https://www.chemexindustries.com/blo...p-urinal-lines
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There can be issues with leaving urine laying in the plumbing pipes, rather then letting the system vacuum them into the waste tank.

As a long time boater with a Vacuflush system, I've had to clean out my plastic fittings a few times and replace my hoses.

https://www.chemexindustries.com/blo...p-urinal-lines
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