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Old 09-01-2014, 08:20 AM   #11
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You all aren't supposed to tell damn it that is a right of passage. Lol Well I did not get a facial as I have washed out tanks of various types before. I cut a small hole in a 3 gallon bucket lid and put the want through it and added a small ball valve to the wand to slow the out flow till I was ready. Now does that mean I did not get wet ......lol no.. I did not have the lid all the way down on the top of the toilet as I did not think the wand had that much power... Hence the ball valve now lol pant legs wet but no facial oh and yea had to sanitize the whole bathroom then sigh....

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Old 09-01-2014, 08:50 AM   #12
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I think I'm glad we got ours before Reace started supplying that wand!

When we had the Scamp, I cobbled together an adapter that worked. I used it once. I found a black tank additive that, so far, seems to keep the contacts clean - at least all the lights (usually) go out after dumping the tanks. They are off only until the first piece of toilet paper gets in. I think wet TP has a magical ability to cling precisely to a contact with the first flush. I still think the turn off the pump and take a look inside method as the only reliable black tank gauge.
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Old 09-01-2014, 09:55 AM   #13
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Well, if we're going to go there..
Before I use the facility, I add maybe a cup of water to the bowl and then I lay down some TP.
Helps prevent skid marks.

We keep a spray bottle full of water with the nozzle set to "stream" in the bathroom for such "spot" cleaning.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:42 AM   #14
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Jamie, I would guess that very few use the wand when dumping tanks except once in a while. Anyone doing that every time?
I try to do it every time I dump!

A couple times I've dumped at spots with no hose connection, so it wasn't possible to use the wand. Nor would I want to do it if there was a big line up behind me.
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:56 AM   #15
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I added a tank flush system to each tank. Still can't use it if there are no hose hookups at the dump station, but it does a great job (with no face splashing) when there is a water source.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:39 AM   #16
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Here is what I do... the 5.0 TA has a 30 gal. Black tank. We always flush one bowl full of fresh water (approx. 2 litres or 1/2 US gal) after the normal bowl waste flush. Keep in mind, that a 30 gal. tank allows for 60 full bowl flushes before reaching capacity.
Good job. I never thought to count how many flushes it takes to max out the black tank. How can one tell how big their black tank is without measuring? I've got a 2007(8) 17b.
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I wonder if it's changed since 2007?

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Old 09-01-2014, 12:15 PM   #18
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So...if you're correct Donna D. I'm good for 38 flushes!! Whahoo! :

I may get a dry marker for the bathroom to keep an accurate count.
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Well...the black tank is, but are you?
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Well...the black tank is, but are you?
We'll have to see. I'll keep you posted gbaglo!!
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