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Old 11-01-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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What happens if I don't dump

What might/could happen is I don't dump my black tank until the spring?

When I first got the RV in September we all decided to spend a Saturday night (in the driveway) watching a movie and then spend the night in the RV. The toilet was used 3 or 4 times for, ummmm, liquid disposal only.

Since this is a new rig to us I discovered that I do not have a sewer slinky - so it has not been dumped yet. It's currently at a friends house where I store it. I keep thinking I need to get to Wal Mart to but a sewer hose and empty the black tank but what if I wait? It's only registering on the second green light so it's not very full at all. And there is some pink in the tank from when I winterized two weekends ago from whatever went down the drain past the traps (not much at all).

What do y'all think?
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:27 PM   #2
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The only time you want to leave liquid in the tank other than antifreeze is never unless you are in a mild winter weather zone. If you are set on letting it stand I would invest in a gallon of RV anti and dump it in. 3.00 worth of peace of mind
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It seems to me that you have 3 choices
  1. Dump a couple of bottles of RV antifreeze or Purple windshield wiper fluid (whichever is cheaper) down the toilet and wait until spring to dump ... or
  2. Dump at a dump station ... or
  3. Take a 5 gallon bucket (with a lid) and dump into the bucket ... then bring the bucket home and pour down the toilet ...
Are you sure that your gray tank is empty???? If there is a possiblity that there is ANY waste in there better do the same thing ...
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What happens if you pee in a can, then sit that can in the shed and forget about it? I'd say it may stink up the shed somewhat but eventually just disappear from evaporation.


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Stop and think about where your dump valve is and then decide if it is possible for the contents to be beyond the tank putting them in a spot that may be damaged from freezing. Hoses and a trip to a dump site may be cheaper than dump valves etc.
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If the liquids evaporate you are going to have one BIG HARD mess in the spring.
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What might/could happen is I don't dump my black tank until the spring?

When I first got the RV in September we all decided to spend a Saturday night (in the driveway) watching a movie and then spend the night in the RV. The toilet was used 3 or 4 times for, ummmm, liquid disposal only.

Since this is a new rig to us I discovered that I do not have a sewer slinky - so it has not been dumped yet. It's currently at a friends house where I store it. I keep thinking I need to get to Wal Mart to but a sewer hose and empty the black tank but what if I wait? It's only registering on the second green light so it's not very full at all. And there is some pink in the tank from when I winterized two weekends ago from whatever went down the drain past the traps (not much at all).

What do y'all think?
You say the rig is new to you and has no slinky...so how can you be sure there isn't other "solid material" left in that tank? You may be asking for much bigger problems next spring if you don't clean out that tank while things are "liquid." Personally I would not store my RV with dirty tanks, black or gray. Good luck to you.
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IMO, your biggest concern probably is, as others have said, damage to valves and drain pipe in freezing weather. We use our rv to travel all spring and summer. When we are on our way to our winter home in Fl the tanks are dumped and cleaned at our last overnight stop. I always add about 5 gallons of water and liquid laundry detergent and Calgon wetter to cleaned tanks. As we drive home for our last day on the road we use the tanks as normal. During the winter we use the unit for day trips and weekends, using the facilities, and also use them if we are working on it in the storage lot. The tanks are not dumped until they are at least 2/3 full, which is normally our second or third night out the following spring. We have done this for the last 6 years with no issues.

Of course, our unit never sees freezing temperatures for longer than a few hours a year. Good luck.
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If its pee only add enough antifreeze probably 1 gallon per gallon of pee depending how cold it gets in your area. I prefer clean tanks when we store for the winter.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:10 PM   #11
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I'm gonna dump the tanks

It's supposed to be in the 60's this weekend so I'm going to get the RV from my friends and go dump the tanks. I am getting a slinky from Walmart on my way home and will dump and flush, then add some RV antifreeze just to be sure.

I appreciate all the advise you folks have provided. THANKS!

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Nada Nada from a women's point of view... just go dump the thing and properly winterize it... my husband's says "man that guy is one lucky man, his wife is not like mine" LOL just told hubby he's luck he dumps cuz I am capable of dumping RV and HIM as the amount of money these RV's cost, why risk paying more when a little labor and time would prevent it. Good luck with your choice of what to do.
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Did you know that pee, in a ten percent mixture, is a good fertilizer? I would have already been out on the lawn, or flower bed if it were mine, and is truly only pee.

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WHat happens if you don't dump.... Two answers.

1: In the great white north.. It freezes, and may crack the pipes and make one mel of a hess come spring.

2a: In the much warmer south, As you continue to use the rig for assorted reasons the tank overflows

2b: (again in south) if you do not continue to use the toilet.. Nothing bad happens. Dump come spring when you get a good quality stinky slinky (Rhino Flex is a good one and Wally-World carries them) and to a campground with dump either on site or dump station.
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