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Old 04-15-2018, 03:33 PM   #1
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Lack of attention to details

During our PDI the tech said the only way to use the macerator sewer hose was to feed it through the open door which means leaving the door open while it is deployed. I accepted that without question though thought it a little inconvenient. We have had the coach since mid-Oct, stayed in 19 parks for 64 nights. I have been pulling the hose out to flush tanks then stuffing it back in immediately so I could latch the door. Today I noticed a 4-5Ē round about 5-6Ē inside the door. Looked closer and low and behold itís a black sewer hose access plug! Looks like the best way to feed the hose through is to disconnect it from the coach. I will probably continue to restuff it after flushes for short stays but feed it through the port for longer stays. I am hesitant to disconnect and reconnect the hose very often weakening the latch security.

I wonder what other things my lack of attention to detail has overlooked!
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:47 PM   #2
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Yeah, we've been using that port since we got the Cornerstone. I usually just pull all the hose out of the compartment w/o disconnecting the hose and then feed it through the port. I use banjo connectors for the nozzle making the job easier. I just don't like leaving that little door open. It's an accident waiting to happen. Even went so far as to add a locking latch so I know it won't open unless I want it to.
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Old 04-15-2018, 04:43 PM   #3
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Yeah, we've been using that port since we got the Cornerstone. I usually just pull all the hose out of the compartment w/o disconnecting the hose and then feed it through the port. I use banjo connectors for the nozzle making the job easier. I just don't like leaving that little door open. It's an accident waiting to happen. Even went so far as to add a locking latch so I know it won't open unless I want it to.


Connecting the nozzle with a banjo connector is a great idea and would make stowing the hose much easier. What size connector is that?
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:22 PM   #4
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Dumping tanks this morning and found exactly what you found. Never knew it was there.
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Connecting the nozzle with a banjo connector is a great idea and would make stowing the hose much easier. What size connector is that?
I won't take credit. I copied the idea from Mark (Cruzer). 1 1/2 inch. Also makes it much easier to attach nozzle to campground sewer fitting.

https://www.amazon.com/Banjo-150E-Po...7A4D1Z7RBSPME8
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Vance, Entegra copied our last conversation. Saved you a job when you get home.
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Macerator hose modification

I have posted this before but will do so again for your interest.
1. inside the wet bay cut the 1 1/2 inch abs pipe an with 90 deg elbows re routed discharge down through the deck and out to the side of the coach. Male fitting on the end.
This allows a female cap on the end for travel.
Clear section of 1 1/2 inch plastic pipe to facilitate observation when tank is flushed clean
hose has female and for connection and male fitting for attachment of sewer head as pictured earlier.
Also extra length of hose fitted alike in case of extra distance to sewer.
I store main hose in compartment ahead of power bay and extra in original storage box aft of wet bay. This allows for minimum use of the small compartment as well as not leaving little fragile door open for hazards. Pictures attached.
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Noted and now saved for future use!!

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Vance, donít feel bad because the deck plate has only been in use since 2017 or thereabouts.

We also made the below deck drain mod, but I went directly to garden hose, and also installed a valve to prevent leakage. Using garden hose has worked perfectly fine for the last year and a half.

This has been one of the best mods thus far.

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P.S. This was an early version without any supports or valving installed.
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Wasnít the first macerator system installed during manufacture below deck and had so many issues and complaints they abandoned it for what we have now?

Iím pleased with our system now that I can close the door while itís in use.
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We just leave the sewer hose door open. Added a small bungee cord to keep the door from opening more than 90deg to minimize movement on windy days and accidentally closing the wet bay door on it.
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Vance, I believe the system in use now is almost identical to the first version. After all the hose issues, they tried the below deck routing for just a few short months and quickly reverted to what is being produced today.

IMHO, having the drain slope uphill is a design flaw, plain and simple.

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Wasnít the first macerator system installed during manufacture below deck and had so many issues and complaints they abandoned it for what we have now?

Iím pleased with our system now that I can close the door while itís in use.
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We just leave the sewer hose door open. Added a small bungee cord to keep the door from opening more than 90deg to minimize movement on windy days and accidentally closing the wet bay door on it.
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IMHO, having the drain slope uphill is a design flaw, plain and simple.



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Agree, but thereís nothing exposed to road debris or high spots.
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