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Old 07-07-2016, 05:39 PM   #1
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Electrical waste water opener

Talk about a peu-paw mistake. On our maiden trip, we were doing fine with the new black water dump system the coach came with. Push the button and it opens the gate. Works great until you forget to close it up again. I had flushed the tank until it ran clear. Gathered the hose up making sure I had turned off the stinky end lever. Tucked it back in to the space. Off we went to our next stop. Set up and two days later we were smelling odd odors around the coach. Being somewhat suspicious, I started circling the outside sniffing as I went. Then I noticed that some thing was dripping down underneath the coach from the wet bay. The lever had done a pretty good job of holding back solids, but it was loosing the war on the liquids. After a Quick yell for my DH, we started to clean up the mess. After a quick dump to clear the line, another flush to insure the solids weren't ganging up on the out let due to low pressure, we attacked the rest of the mess. A garbage bag full of sopping wet paper towels, multiple applications of concentrated bleach and alot of water, we finally got the inside of the bay sanitized to my satisfaction. Plus I took several layers of sand up where the drip had been and added a healthy dose of bleach water to what appeared to be a clean level. We now ask each other if the button has been pressed to close the handy black tank gate. A lesson learned the hard way, but we do like the push button. Also added a large zip lock bag around the stinky end connector for extra protection. Hopefully this learning episode will never happen again. We laugh now, but it wasn't to funny at the time. Saw the article in the IRV2 newsletter on the electrical waste water gates and had to share.
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:47 PM   #2
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FWIW I think that is a feature that I would put in the negative column.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:32 PM   #3
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It actually is a nice feature. Our other coaches had the blade type and since I equally dump if not more often appreciate the difference. I some times had trouble pulling the blade due to the angle and having a slide over the top of me. Leads to pangs of discomfort in the lower back. Being able to push the switch and once more after finishing is nice. The main thing to remember is the second push. That is,where I got into trouble the first time I dumped by my self. I thought it closed automatically. My mistake!
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I get the convenience. My issue is that with a handle there is a clear indication of the valve state. Considering the inconvenience of not having it is the proper state I see that indication as significant. I would want at least an indicator light that the valve was open.
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Actually, an electric gate valve is a very nice feature. It has a red light that goes out when the valve is closed. Our Dutch Star has a small black tank (40 gallons) and needs to be dumped often. I added the electric gate valve and two switches. One is inside the coach and can be easily operated when the tank is full. I primarily added it because I didn't want to run out at midnight to dump a black tank. Our toilets wont flush when the tank indicator says it's full.

What I found was an added bonus. When we get ready to break camp, I open the valve from inside the coach, turn on my macerator (also has a switch inside) and dump both tanks while I'm prepping the inside of the coach for travel. Once I fire up and bring in the slides, all I have to do is disconnect my water, power and SaniCon hose, about 3-4 minutes and I'm done.
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my best learning has always been by 'doing'... hence the following similar story:

After many thousands of travel miles and many dumps, and as a 'pro' at this by now, I connected my hose and dumped. I just forget to connect the other end.


yuck.

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