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Old 07-13-2015, 07:15 AM   #1
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Newbie Mistake

I have been RVing for a dozen years and occasionally make the "Oops" mistake. After dumping my tanks during which I used the built-in black tank sprayer, I turned off the water at the site faucet, then opened my sprayer water valves one more time to relieve pressure before disconnecting the water hose. Down the road, DW asks me to find a spot to pull over so she can use the trailer facilities. After a while, I get out to check on her and she meets me coming out the fiver door asking what is going on with the water pump. She said the pump ran continously and it sounded like it was spraying all over, but she wasn't getting any water pressure. I check the fresh tank and it showed empty after being over 1/3 that morning. I turned off the pump and messed with the inlet check valve and realized that I had left the sprayer valves open. To confirm, I checked the holding tank levels and, sure enough, the black tank was now 2/3 full. Another lesson learned!
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:00 AM   #2
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Easy mistake to make if you get distracted. Just be glad your fresh tank was only 1/3 full. ;-)


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Many tank sprays only function from an external water supply, i.e. not off the tank/pump. Avoids this problem altogether, but a bit less convenient if the dump station doesn't have a usable hose for spraying.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:06 AM   #4
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Piped this way is just an accident waiting to happen. Suggest a fix to where you can only use from an external water supply.
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I guess I should throw some water softener and/or Dawn down the hatch for a throrough cleaning of the black tank.
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Just be glad it wasn't cleaning out the tank through the overhead vent pipe. This might have happened if you had been connected to city water.
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I left that valve on in ours once too. We left the house with a full tank of water as the coach handles the predicted cross winds better that way. We didn't use much water that day, and the next morning we get up and water was running out from under the coach. A LOT of it, with the pump turned off! Clueless, we proceeded to our destination without water. It was not until I started checking things out that I discovered my error, allowing the entire contents of the fresh water tank to gravity feed into the black water tank, which filled, then overflowed from somewhere on top. Thank God we had started with an empty black tank....

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I left that valve on in ours once too. We left the house with a full tank of water as the coach handles the predicted cross winds better that way. We didn't use much water that day, and the next morning we get up and water was running out from under the coach. A LOT of it, with the pump turned off! Clueless, we proceeded to our destination without water. It was not until I started checking things out that I discovered my error, allowing the entire contents of the fresh water tank to gravity feed into the black water tank, which filled, then overflowed from somewhere on top. Thank God we had started with an empty black tank....

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Gravity feed? That is something I would never have considered! That may explain why I lost so much fresh water so quickly.
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