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Old 10-31-2011, 10:57 AM   #29
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The spray bottle of bleach is a good idea.

No, I did not let the waste hose touch the hose bib. I do have common sense and decency working in my favor, most of the time .
No offense intended Two Jays. This is just a situation where I think many folks don't think it through and I see it happen far too often so it deserves a reminder for all who read this thread.

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The spray bottle of bleach is a good idea.

No, I did not let the waste hose touch the hose bib. I do have common sense and decency working in my favor, most of the time .
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No offense intended Two Jays. This is just a situation where I think many folks don't think it through and I see it happen far too often so it deserves a reminder for all who read this thread.

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Hey Rick, no offense was taken. Sorry if it sounded like I did take offense, I was hoping that the "most of the time" & would have shown that. I just wanted to be clear that I did/do not mix and match.
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Let's face it- we have to approach every hook-up as though the previous occupant didn't take these safety measures, and clean 'em well!
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I came across the following video and thought it may help with some questions us newbies may have about holding tanks:

HOW TO: Dump & Clean an RV Black Tank - YouTube

Youtube continues to be a never ending source of information. You just have to be very careful and scrutinize what you see and use.
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Glad things went well.

As an important footnote, please don't touch your sewer hose to the CG hose bib when rinsing it out.... for obvious reasons involving the guy right behind you connecting his drinking hose to it.

I carry a spray bottle of bleach/water solution and spray all connections both when connecting and disconnecting for this reason.

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The YouTube video is great, other than the technique of leaving the gray water valve open, as discussed in many threads. I strongly advocate both wand and the installed tank rinse system, on occasion. Only the wand can get to all areas of the tank.

Please, as a matter of health and safety, avoid leaving either slide valve open, unattended. People do it, but the practice is risky.

To piggyback Rick's excellent advice, if you push a full gray tank through the hose after draining the black water and closing its slide (a few moments AFTER opening the gray, to clear the slideway), the hose need not be rinsed. Simply inchworm it to the dump so that it is drained, disconnect at the rig and cap that end, compress the hose with the rig-end held aloft, disconnect and cap at the dump end, and store. It's already cleaned by soapy (and probably warm) gray water.

That simple courtesy renders moot the whole contamination argument.

But, always spray the freshwater hose bib with bleach prior to hookup, assume that the Clampetts were using the site before you and spattered everything with hose rinsewater.
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