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Old 10-11-2015, 07:31 PM   #1
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Macerator. Why????

Yes, I know what it does.

I also know that it is supposed to eliminate the "Stinky Slinky."

OK, I get that.

So rather than having a "stinky slinky" after dumping your tanks, you have a "stinky hose." And that's much better because...? Why?

What am I missing here? It doesn't seem to me - IMHO after doing the Stinky Slinky thing for over 26 consecutive years without any notable cantankerous memories - to be any better, easier or less messy.

Please, please, please educate on the benefits.

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Old 10-11-2015, 07:55 PM   #2
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I'm with you. My 3 " hose works fine but I do have a macerator to empty my tanks when I return home. Mainly because my stinky slinky won't drain up hill.

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Old 10-11-2015, 08:21 PM   #3
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Dont have 60 feet of Sting slinky
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:34 PM   #4
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mrt has it. When we visit family we can park no closer than 80 ft from the sewer pipe. The macerator allows us to easily dump tanks without moving or handling honey wagons. We prefer the 3" hose by far. 3" is faster and flushes solids better.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:43 PM   #5
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we changed out our macerator because it just didn't do the job...nothing worse than having a full black tank and the macerator stops working!!! Got rid of the macerator and hooked up the regular stinky slinky...because it works!!
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:45 PM   #6
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Don't have nor will ever be w/o the use of a macerator sani con system..its easy, fast, very sanitary in comparison. The expandable hose is easily handled and collapsed and is one inch diameter. I've attached a garden female attachment to the end this allows easy screw and attachment of the bonnet. When complete screw in a threaded bung, no leakage, store in the bay coiled up nice and neat due to small size. Hook up and retrieval are really fast. Hope this answers questions and yes at my last s/b we pumped two hundred feet to home cut out with a canvas hose that rolled up nice and tight once drained and flushed. Couple that with the Sani Con ability to assist in black tank maintenance it's pretty much a very positive option.
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:17 AM   #7
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Well I have both a 3" and a macerator.. There are sites where I very simply do not have enough 3" hose. or I need to pump UPhill or there are other reasons that I do not want to use the 3" hose.

Also the 3/4" hose is easier to "Wrangle" and store and so on.

But the 3" hose is faster and you get "The WOOSH" factor where stuff that might sit on the bottom of the tank WOOSHES into the 3" dump and gone.

So I have the portable Flo-Jet when it's up hill or 40 feet+ away a and the 3" when it's 10-15 feert, (Around 30 is when I switch to Macerator).
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Old 10-12-2015, 10:47 AM   #8
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Thank you for asking this question as I've been wondering what I was missing and if I needed one. Unless I had to pump a long way, I know know my slinky is just fine.

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Old 10-12-2015, 12:54 PM   #9
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Would I buy a 'sanicon' to install, more then likely no! However since our current MH came with it installed, I like the ease of dumping the tanks. It does take longer to dump the tanks, but very little mess to deal with. I did find that I need to 'rinse' the black tank a little longer but that is OK with me.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:08 PM   #10
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When this question comes up, 90% of the responders have NEVER had a macerator, yet they criticize it's use. They always fall back on the loss of the whoosh effect.....Does that mean they don't rinse their tank and the whoosh is sooo powerful that it sweeps the tank clean??? Old wives tale!

Then they say it takes to long to dump with a macerator. To that I will agree, but once again, they've never owned one, so they don't understand that the time involved is about the same. When you use a 3" hose, you have to go to your hose storage, remove the hose, drag it to your bay, connect the hose....get the magical whoosh. Then you have to disconnect the 3" hose, drag it to the drain, flush it with another hose that you may have had to pull from your storage if one isn't available, and then try not to drip fluid on your feet as you put the sewer hose away and the other hose.

Here's how the SaniCon or similar macerator works. The hose is ALWAYS connected and stored right in your water bay. You grab the end of the hose, unscrew the 1" cap and connect to the park sewer. You open your valve, turn on the macerator and let the tank drain. Here is where you can do a simple tank flush....after the black tank drains, open the grey valve. The water from the grey will flood the black within a minute or so until the tanks are even. Close the grey and drain the black. You've just flushed it, without additional water, with soapy grey water.

You NEVER need to flush or rinse the SaniCon hose. Remove the connection from the campground sewer drain, screw the 1" cap back on and store the hose in the water bay.

Now here's the best part.....you never touch or deal with a 3" hose, flushing of the hose or storing one after use when it's still dripping. The SaniCon hose is very compact and stretches to 20', yet coils up to fit on the floor of your water bay.

Before they even say it....someone will claim that they clog. I've owned one for over 11 years without an issue. I replace the impeller about every 5-6 years....a 30 minute job.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:11 PM   #11
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Over the years I have seen fellow RVers messing with clogged / non working Sanicon systems. Never had a problem with the 3" slinky hose way. Just got to be sure you attach to end good. I have a 90 degree elbow for mine at the end. Helps keep the exit end put.

If I was buying a new RV and the macerator system was a option, I would not get it.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:20 PM   #12
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Why do black and grey tanks have flat, level bottoms? Wouldn't complete dumping be better accomplished if the bottom of the tank was sloped?
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:36 PM   #13
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Why do black and grey tanks have flat, level bottoms? Wouldn't complete dumping be better accomplished if the bottom of the tank was sloped?
To get a sloped bottom you'd have to give up some holding capacity. Also, it would take more a little more effort (money) in design and manufacturing.

If necessary, run your passenger-side tires up on blocks at the dump station.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:43 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by peterson View Post
Why do black and grey tanks have flat, level bottoms? Wouldn't complete dumping be better accomplished if the bottom of the tank was sloped?
And, why 2 tanks? it all gets dumped in the same place.

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