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Old 10-30-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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Question HELP with STINKY problem please???

I just bought an old "fixer-upper" and drove it approximately 30 miles home. During the trip it seems that one of the connections from the sewage tank started coming loose (there wasn't anything leaking before...) The leak is definately coming from the one connection - there is a gap where a good inch or two of threads are visible. The leak is very slow, but really foul smelling - and the RV will not pass inspection so I can't drive it to the dump station yet. It looks like two other pieces need to be removed to tighten this fitting - but don't wish to become "bathed" in whatever waste is in the tank. Any advice? I do not have an owner's manual yet...have one ordered. So at the moment I am really a novice at all this.


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Old 10-30-2010, 03:47 PM   #2
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Hi Lilwulfe,
Tell us all about the coach and we may be able to help.
Year, make and model would be good to start.

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Old 10-30-2010, 11:17 PM   #3
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Question STINKY help request info

Hi GaryKD -

Sure appreciate it...

It is a 1977 Dodge Delta, class C. It belonged to a woman in MD who was going to refurbish it until her hubby died. There were about 250K miles on engine - was rebuilt about 3 years ago and there are about 40K miles on that. It has been sitting for a couple years now. There are some lights that aren't working - plan to check bulbs and fuses. The windshield wipers don't work - well, they went up and stayed up. So fuses are my first step, Everything else looks a little old and dirty - the exhaust is rusted out so that needs replaced. I'm not sure if there is any way to attempt to drain the sewage tank without being at a drain facility??? I need to purchase the hoses...sorry if my terminology isn't right - but I'm a newbie!! If there is anything else that I might know that would be helpful info, please don't hesitate to ask!

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Old 10-31-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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If nothing else is available, check the yellow pages for a Septic tank pumping business. Ask them if they can come to your property and drain your tanks.
Failing that purchase one of those "TOTES" tanks RV'ers use at camp grounds that they use to haul their sewage to the dump site.
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There are many makes and models of these "Totes"

Lastly (a bit more expensive) purchase one of these "Macerator waste pump"
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Then using an old garden hose you can pump it down your own sewage system (toilet drain). This might end up being the cheapest way to do it.

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Old 10-31-2010, 07:14 PM   #5
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If it has been sitting for 2 years it is possible that the waste in the black tank has evaporated down to solid (or near solid) so it may take some ingenuity to flush your black tank
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:22 PM   #6
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I have used a macerator pump since 1976 and still works fine. Can pump off at home or other places up to 150 feet away from RV. I use 3/4 inch rubber garden hoses. Plastic are not flexible enough in cool in cool temps.. mark hoses so not to be used for any other purpose. If the pipe is where you can get to it you might be able to temporary wrap it with duct tape until permanent repairs are made. Would flush soapy water into tank and let set for a while before trying to pump off. Individual pumps are about $175 at camping world plus hoses
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:17 AM   #7
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Great information, thank you so much!!!
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:14 AM   #8
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Lifwulfe, you were smart in buying a project rv, ANYTHING can be fixed !!

This site is a wealth of info on repairs, some astounding in their simplicity:

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Old 11-17-2010, 07:16 AM   #9
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Thumbs up Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Rough Road -

I was starting to doubt my decision - thanks sooooo much

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Old 11-18-2010, 05:45 AM   #10
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I for one am very interested in hearing about your progress, and total investment once the coach is done.

Re-plumbing the waste tanks is really not that big of a deal, depending on your skill level of course-the tool that salvages abs/pvc fittings is amazing.

As the rv has been out of service for a while I agree with skigramp; solids have probably collected at the valves or in the piping. I have found that the valves are quite easy to service/replace. Removing them would give you an access point to send in a section of hose (?) and sort of be able to push through and flush out the poo- one of the plastic cement mixing trays work well when doing this sort of work.

If you don't have an rv repair book get one, I think you will find it a very good resource.

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Old 12-30-2010, 04:32 AM   #11
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Find your sewer "clean out" in your yard, drive up to it and dump.

Be careful not to bust thru septic tank lid.

If you have a problem with dried up solids, add water, a good detergent and a bunch of Ice cubes. Drive around for awhile to slosh thing up good and then drain.

Some RV parks will allow you to use their facilities to flush your tank.

Fill up with fresh water and about a quart of pool chlorine and let it set for several days to remove the smell.

If you fill your tank about half way before you start your trip and then drain when arriving at your destination you won't have to use deoderizers.

Fill with water before leaving park, drain, then add somemore water and drain you will eliminate the odors.

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