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Old 07-27-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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macerator problem

Hi folks...........
New member here. We are members of Trek Tracks Forum, but we have one of the newer Treks, 2008, made by Monaco and most Trekkies dont have macerators....so hopefully you can help us.
Our macerator has cut out and we are traveling on the Oregon coast and don't want to stop at this time to repair it. We have bought enough tubing so we can empty the traditional way. My question is...can we remove that large tubing that goes from the tanks to the macerator without stuff coming out of the macerator end. We cleaned out the big tubing as best we could, but the other end is still connected to the macerator motor. It is quite cramped in the space for using the regular dump tubing with that large tubing still partially in place. Also can waste possible trapped in the macerator end seep out and cause problems.
Sorry this is so long winded, but hopefully someone can give us some advise. Thanks....Anna & Bob
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:04 AM   #2
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The large rubber tubing that attachés to the macerateor can just be disconnected from the opposite end that attachés to the RV with a twist on connection. Then connect your regular dump tubing to RV dump pipe,dump, then reconnect your sanicon back until you can get it repaired. Use rubber gloves if you get some leakage wash it out. If you don't have a twist of connection you will at worse have to take off screw clamp.
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Thanks for your reply.....do you know if you can remove the large tubing entirely from the macerator without problems. We would like to leave tubing attached to tank outlet while parked for long period to be able to dump gray water when needed, as we like to take longer showers and such. There is not enough room to do that with the large macerator tube in place. Our macerator is the box type attached permanently to RV. What we need to do is remove the large tubing from the box end. Hope that is a clear explanation...Anna
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:57 AM   #4
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Thanks for your reply.....do you know if you can remove the large tubing entirely from the macerator without problems. We would like to leave tubing attached to tank outlet while parked for long period to be able to dump gray water when needed, as we like to take longer showers and such. There is not enough room to do that with the large macerator tube in place. Our macerator is the box type attached permanently to RV. What we need to do is remove the large tubing from the box end. Hope that is a clear explanation...Anna
Well, your Sanicon unit can should be able to accommodate draining gray water without running the sanicon pump there is a bypass tube attached to the sanicon down near where it attachés to the box . The bypass tube is for exactly what you have described you want to do. I would just leave sanicon connected open your gray water valve and shower to your hearts content.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:15 AM   #5
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Hi....worked on the dreaded macerator again yesterday...we took the large tube completely off and found a huge clog in the macerator end of the tubing. Cleaned it out (uck), and reattached it and the thing worked...eureka!! Unfortunately we decided the problem was that the tubing was too long for the space and we shortened it. Now we can't get the tubing to stretch enough to get it back over the rubber washer on the macerator end....must need a special tool. I guess we need to go to a RV repair to accomplish this.....oh well.........the good news is that it works!!!
Thanks for your advise.........
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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I have a hose spreader but you don't need it.. You need a pan of boiling water.

SUGGESTION: make it a disposable pan.

Heat the water to boiling, or near boiling (Over 150 degrees) soak the hose and let it heat up, You should be able to slip it over the fitting after that. It will be softer though so be careful and do wear gloves Either washable gloves or disposable ones or both.
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Thanks - will give it a try........Anna
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I've used the heat and push system many times. You might also try the following:
They sell "Rubber Lube" at many auto parts stores, and almost all shops that make up replacement hose. Rubber Lube is great to have around. I've had a 16oz bottle for years. It is sold mainly for hose assembly. Use it several times a year.
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Thanks again....
We are far from home and since we bought some regular tubing to empty waste, we have decided to use it to empty for now and tackle the repair when we get home. We will be exploring the coast of WA this month and not staying anywhere longer that a few days, so this will work for now.
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