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Old 11-10-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Dump station H2O thing?

I see these things at dump stations especially at state and older parks. What was the purpose? I can use this one to flush the sewer hose but I don't see the reason for it being so tall or the spring thing.
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Old 11-10-2012, 08:13 AM   #2
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Many of us flush the black tank by inserting the hose in the toilet. The hight allows it to be routed in through a window. The spring is there to help prevent someone from breaking things.
I always add 5 gallons of water to the black tank after flushing and thats an easy way to do it without using water from the onboard fresh water.
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Many of us flush the black tank by inserting the hose in the toilet. The hight allows it to be routed in through a window. The spring is there to help prevent someone from breaking things.
I always add 5 gallons of water to the black tank after flushing and thats an easy way to do it without using water from the onboard fresh water.
Thanks, that makes sense. We have the tank flush connection in our water bay but it doesn't work near as well as the plastic wand and a garden hose. I think that thing might work with the wand and no extra hose.
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I think the spring loaded extension is simply to keep the hose off of the ground but still allow some length if you need it. And it helps to keep the hose nozzle away from the dumping area.

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I think the spring loaded extension is simply to keep the hose off of the ground but still allow some length if you need it. And it helps to keep the hose nozzle away from the dumping area.

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many of us flush the black tank by inserting the hose in the toilet. The hight allows it to be routed in through a window. The spring is there to help prevent someone from breaking things.
I always add 5 gallons of water to the black tank after flushing and thats an easy way to do it without using water from the onboard fresh water.
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I think the spring loaded extension is simply to keep the hose off of the ground but still allow some length if you need it. And it helps to keep the hose nozzle away from the dumping area.

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It's to keep the hose off the ground. Seeing the way some people tuck that hose down the slinky to clean it out and other behaviors of questionable taste, I'd sure never pass that hose in a window of my RV! Some of the folks and their actions at the dump station are the same folks I hope to never get behind in a salad bar line!
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... Some of the folks and their actions at the dump station are the same folks I hope to never get behind in a salad bar line!
And that's why we use gloves & even hand sanitzer after using the dumpstation equipment.

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I thought the hose was elevated so it would be easier to use for filling the fresh water tank?
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I suspect the hose is elevated as a safety precaution to help prevent back-siphoning into the water supply. Note in the photo the OP posted the anti-siphon vent at the top to prevent siphoning. Just because those signs say "Non-potable water use only" doesn't mean the supply is not connected to the drinking water supply.
Also to avoid having a yucky coiled hose laying in someone's "runoff".
Any plumbers out there that can verify this?
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Aside from allowing flexibility in the hose and keeping it off the ground when not in use, it also places the atmospheric vacuum breaker installed on the top at the proper height to protect the water supply from backflow and the possibility of contaminating the water supply.
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I thought the hose was elevated so it would be easier to use for filling the fresh water tank?
The sign states "water not safe for drinking".
That means it is either untreated or effluent.
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That is true, it is labeled "unsafe floor drinking" but the truth of the matter is, that outlet is connected to the potable water distribution system from which you get your drinking water from and it's that system that you are protecting form contamination.
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The sign states "water not safe for drinking".
That means it is either untreated or affluent.
After the campaign I can see the confusion.

affluent 
1. having an abundance of wealth, property, or other material goods; prosperous; rich: an affluent person.

effluent
Something that flows out or forth, especially:
a. A stream flowing out of a body of water.
b. An outflow from a sewer or sewage system.
c. A discharge of liquid waste, as from a factory or nuclear plant.

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