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Old 03-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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Newbie plumbing questions.

After the first night in our Winnebago Chieftain we had a couple of concerns. All the drains except the shower flow quickly, but the shower is slower. Is that normal considering there seems to be a greater volume of water coming in? If not what kind of drain cleaners are safe for RV's?

Also we'd like to replace the fixed shower head with a hose shower head. Can I use standard size shower heads or is it a specialized size?
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Shower usually means hair. You may be able to remove the strainer thingy.
For shower head I highly recommend the Oxygenics. It turbos the water for a good shower even with low water pressure.
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X2 on the Oxygenics shower head!

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Old 03-13-2013, 01:45 PM   #4
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Welcome to the RV world. As mentioned above, it probably means clog but in my shower for example, my slow draining was the combination of some shoddy home repair and some questionable engineering. My shower drain actually has a slight up hill to it. I have found that water doesn't do a very good job of flowing up hill. There should be an access to the shower drain somewhere on your unit, you may have to locate, open up the elbow and see what lovely life forms you have.
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Thanks everyone. I'm at campers world picking up the oxygenics now
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Hi Raining Star,
Use any shower head you like. The plumbing fixtures should be industry standard sizes. As to the slow drain, I have always used Drano. The procedure is to fill the grey tank 1/2 full. Use Drano according to the instructions. Once the drain is clear, fill the grey tank until full. Then dump the tank. Now there are those who will say all kinds of "the sky is falling" comments about using Drano. However, since 1978 I have done what was just described without any problem to the plumbing system.
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You can buy a device made of plastic that is about the size and shape of a hack saw blade. You push it down the drain and pull it back out. This "blade" has ridges that will hook the hair and pull it out of the drain. You'd be surprised how much can hang up in the drains.
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If you need a drain cleaner, you can use any "septic safe" household brand. I suggest the cling type if the drain is slow - it is probably hair and soap slime stuck above the trap. However, the little plastic sawtooth tool for pulling out hair clogs is probably your best bet. Should be available wherever plumbing stuff is sold, including Walmart & Lowes.
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I just recently had a slow drain, even after pulling much hair and gunk from the drain. Got a generic drain cleaner at a big box store. One that was thick and sticky. Worked great.
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1ciderdog is referring to the "Zip-it" drain clog remover.
Zip-It Clog Remover - Faucet Queen 10000 - Sink Accessories - Camping World

Also available at Lowes.
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1ciderdog is referring to the "Zip-it" drain clog remover.
Zip-It Clog Remover - Faucet Queen 10000 - Sink Accessories - Camping World

Also available at Lowes.
The Zip-It works great! You can get it at Wal-Mart also. I personally would not use Drano but that's just my opinion. Good luck
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