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Old 09-18-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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This morning we left Spokane, WA about 6:45 to drive back to our home 60 miles north of Seattle. We had been "dry" camping parked on the street in front of relatives. We had been there for 4 days, so the black water tank was starting to smell, well, ripe.

We decided to take advantage of a free dump station at a freeway rest stop. Evidently, I didn't get the 90 degree fitting attached tightly enough to the hose. When the rush of water and more solid substances hit the joint in question, it came apart.

Since the 90 stayed in the sewer fitting, the liquids and solids did not go down the pipe. By the time I had the valve shut, I had a @#$#pot of a mess to clean up. After hosing down what I could, I pulled the coach forward so that I could continue with the cleanup. Of course, the only water connection appeared to be the type of fitting one finds on a pressure washer, not anything found on my coach. Also, the water could only be turned on for 40 seconds at a time.

My wife was less than understanding when I re-entered the coach smelling, well, ripe. She in particular didn't understand why I had only taken one pair of shoes on the trip particularly since the shoes were probably the prime victim of the incident.

I did try to get my stepson who was an hour or so behind to stop by the rest stop (which shall remain unnamed) to finish the clean up but he made sure to by-pass that the particular stop.
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:56 PM   #2
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Done the same thing myself!! Back in 2001 in Yellowstone park with a slide-in camper on my truck. That stuff sure comes out fast!!! The people behind us got a good laugh I'm sure!!!
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:39 AM   #3
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Every time I do the tank dump I think of something like that happening. I knew it must happen sometimes. I always open the valve slowly at first, to make sure everything is going where it should. Then gradually open it up full blast. That could be similar to being sprayed by a skunk. Almost.
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I always try to run a blast of grey water for a few seconds, then shut grey and open black. Getting a blast of grey spillage is not pretty, but better than black. Glad you survived.
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That's what I do too - slowly and little galley or grey at first to test...

We happened to be behind a 'lady' that dumped without using her stinky slinky....

just opened the valve and let it flow then washed it down !!!!

I reported her to the camp host .... and went elsewhere to dump.

PULEASE don't be that 'lady' !!!! disgusting and I would think illegal in 99% of the states.
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I have the picture in my mind. If I had been anywhere near you and knew what was going on, I would have been right behind your son, not collecting $200 when passing "Go."

Reminds me of an adventure when we purchased our first 5er. My back was hurting and upon hooking up I asked DW to help me and to hook up the sewer hose. Of course she asked me if she was going to get "dirty," and I told her that nothing would happen. She pulled the cap off the outlet and the rush of fluid hit her. Fortunately it was the gray valve that I had forgot to close.

From that day on I cannot seem to get her to help me in that department anymore.
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I always try to run a blast of grey water for a few seconds, then shut grey and open black. Getting a blast of grey spillage is not pretty, but better than black. Glad you survived.
That's good advise, this way you test the connection under pressure.
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Just so that no one thinks I left a mess behind, I didn't. However, with the tools at hand, it took a while to clean up my mess.
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I assumed this had happened to someone, sorry to hear. I will say, this is sure an interesting visual this morning.
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That's what I do too - slowly and little galley or grey at first to test...

We happened to be behind a 'lady' that dumped without using her stinky slinky....

just opened the valve and let it flow then washed it down !!!!

I reported her to the camp host .... and went elsewhere to dump.

PULEASE don't be that 'lady' !!!! disgusting and I would think illegal in 99% of the states.
I have seen that done twice.The last one the man stood so his shoes directed the waste into the drain. He also had the nonpotable water hose connected to his fresh water fill.Darwin at work.
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