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Old 06-09-2016, 09:53 AM   #11
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Hey Charlie

I understand what a macerator pump does - but how would it help me in my situation?

I can't imagine the benefit.

But am all ears.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:02 AM   #12
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Hey Charlie

I understand what a macerator pump does - but how would it help me in my situation?

I can't imagine the benefit.

But am all ears.
I would attach it when parking the trailer for long periods (like in a boat) with an output hose to reach your rolling tank. Switch on with an extension cord.

Might have to build a stand for it to sit on or get a 90 degree pipe elbow to attach to your rig if it's too long overall. Rhino makes those.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:11 AM   #13
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I would attach it when parking the trailer for long periods (like in a boat) with an output hose to reach your rolling tank. Switch on with an extension cord.

Might have to build a stand for it to sit on or get a 90 degree pipe elbow to attach to your rig if it's too long overall. Rhino makes those.
Interesting idea... thanks.

I guess overall I'm most comfortable with ... once the guests leave... i empty and rinse and empty the black tank, then empty the grey tank, so all the tanks are clean (enough) and empty.

so... i'd need access to the black + grey valve at the sewage outlet from the Escape.

Donna's idea of swinging the tongue, towards the house, away from the wall, as much as possible is a great idea... and of course i'm not so smart so I didn't even think of that.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:31 AM   #14
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You might need to remind guest who aren't familiar with RVs that the waste tanks are not infinite. The first vehicle we had with waste tanks was a Rialta and it had fairly small tanks, On our first camping trip with it, washing dishes, showering, etc we filled the grey tank up in one day.
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:35 AM   #15
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You might need to remind guest who aren't familiar with RVs that the waste tanks are not infinite. The first vehicle we had with waste tanks was a Rialta and it had fairly small tanks, On our first camping trip with it, washing dishes, showering, etc we filled the grey tank up in one day.
Good point... but luckily our guests understand. (and are reminded as well)
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My trailer is also close to a fence. There's lots of ground clearance and I don't have any difficulty crawling under to reach the other side. Cranking the tongue jack up a bit would give even more clearance. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Old 06-09-2016, 11:25 AM   #17
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My trailer is also close to a fence. There's lots of ground clearance and I don't have any difficulty crawling under to reach the other side. Cranking the tongue jack up a bit would give even more clearance. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Why was my first thought of you getting a face full of....well, effluent.
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Good excuse to take the trailer camping and dump at a cg, using one of those portable units can get nasty as well as heavy. I had about 18" and it was too close to breathe...
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You could park with BOTH sets of tires on blocks to give you more room under the trailer. Then (as Ron said) raise the tongue to improve access to disconnect/connect the hose - and lower it to level to dump.
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My trailer is also close to a fence. There's lots of ground clearance and I don't have any difficulty crawling under to reach the other side. Cranking the tongue jack up a bit would give even more clearance. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Hey Ron - thanks for the great ideas and the awesome pic. Very helpful.

I had not thought of cranking up the tongue a bit to gain a bit more space. Silly me. of course! :-)
then lower to level, to dump.

(thank goodness a bunch of wise people firmly told me to get the power tongue jack!)

and... if need be, i could buy an inexpensive 'creeper' (is that the proper name?) to lie on it, on my back, and easily scoot under the Escape and hook up.

and... I like to store my travel trailer on some particle board or similar, just to keep the rubber off the concrete. It is my understanding that this can help reduce the slightly bad interaction between concrete and rubber, over time. (but that is a whole different debate)

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