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Old 12-04-2015, 03:38 PM   #1
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Macerator

What is a macerator?
Why would I need one?
I know I don't want one!

So please educate me.
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Old 12-04-2015, 03:59 PM   #2
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They are poop and toilet paper grinder and pumps. Like a blender on a rubber impeller pump.

Good for pumping out black tanks up hill using a garden hose.

Boats use them to send it overboard, when legal.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:15 PM   #3
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Six years, 76,000 miles, 600+ nights on the road, don't
have one, don't need one. IMHO it complicates are very
simple system that works great. I've never seen or heard
of a CG where you would need to pump the black tank uphill.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:18 PM   #4
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You have made up your mind "I know I don't want one!" why do you feel the need for education?

Me thinks someone is bored today?
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:19 PM   #5
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What is a macerator?
Why would I need one?
I know I don't want one!

So please educate me.
How do you know you dont want one, when you dont even know what they are ???
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:23 PM   #6
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You know what a blender does, but a macerator isn't for margaritas.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:42 PM   #7
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Many people use these to dump their tanks into a sewage clean out when parked at their house.
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Old 12-04-2015, 04:54 PM   #8
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Yup, and brothers, sisters, sons and daughters houses. The rates are great.

PS: don't use the same garden hose for water.
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:04 PM   #9
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We carry a macerator and hoses for that use only because we stop at some friends farms that do not have drains near where we park. We have used it when we where having our trailer repaired and to go to where the drain was would have meant hooking up,moving and positioning again.

We prefer to use 3"hoses when we can but with the macerator, we have more options in places to stay.
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:20 PM   #10
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I got introduce to it when I bought my first coach (2006 Jayco Seneca) in 2007. I have had four Class A's since. I made sure everyone had it or I put one in. I do carry a regular 3" hose just in case, but I have never needed it. I guess, as the saying goes, to each his/her own! I like mine.
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Old 12-04-2015, 07:37 PM   #11
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I put a Sanicon box mount in my new RV because after a few trips I knew I wanted to be able to dump at home. Able to use a 3/4" drain tapped into guest bathtub drain in basement. Got a 50' hose from RV to drain in backyard, works great.

One thing I was surprised at was how much easier it is for normal dumping even with full hookups. The small collapsing hose and wand that are permanently attached are much easier to deal with than the 3" slinky.

Another interesting thing is since it drains very slowy with the pump off you can do this flush thing where you pump out the black, then turn off, then open grey valve it flushes over to black, close grey, pump again, repeat until grey is gone. It gives the black a good flush with grey water. There is a valve you can buy to do this too, but the macerator gives you that ability as well.


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I do have a macerator toilet in the rear bathroom.
one thing i like about it is that for short weekend trips, there are no solids in the black tank. So when dumping, the blavk tank draibs cleaner.
One concern that i would have with a sanicon is that it does not allow the black rank to drain as fast as it eould with a 3" open drain hose, so solids would not flush out as well.

Maybe others can coment on this point.

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One concern that i would have with a sanicon is that it does not allow the black rank to drain as fast as it eould with a 3" open drain hose, so solids would not flush out as well.
Thats why I do the procedure of opening the grey valve with black open after black dump with macerator off. The grey flushes the black, then you close grey, run macerator, then repeat two or three times.

The sanicon manual explains this procedure, seems to work pretty well. I may still add tank flushers, but not sure how necessary it is.
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It's always funny when someone comes on here, who has never had a macerator, and talks about how useless they are. Why even post, your opinion is of no value to the OP.

I've been RVing for almost forty years and used 3" hoses for 30 of them, until my 2005 Diplomat came with a SaniCon as standard equipment. I will never go back to a 3" hose, it's just a pain. Many will argue that the 3" hose is faster, it may be while dumping, but my SaniCon hose is permanently attached to the drain, stores (attached) in my water bay and doesn't need to be rinsed and cleaned. I don't spend time pulling out a hose, connecting it, cleaning it and storing it.

Even better, I added an electric drain valve to my black tank and ran a second set of switches for the SaniCon and drain valve to the interior of my coach. I can now dump both of my tanks from inside the coach and at my leisure. It's really handy the day we break camp. I just open the drain and turn on the SaniCon while prepping the interior for travel. When I'm ready to leave, I bring in my slides, disconnect the SaniCon hose from the drain, water hose, power cord and drive away. Since my coach has two macerator toilets, I only rinse my black tank on rare occasion. I often do it by just letting the grey fill into the black as described above as "jharrell" described.

You really shouldn't bad mouth a macerator until you've tried one, most never go back to the 3" hose.
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