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Old 12-17-2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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Gray lever vs Black lever: which is which?

I have a 2013 17B. I am not sure which level to pull/close for the gray water and which one for the black water. Looking straight at both levers, I just noticed (after having the trailer for 2 and one-half years, one shorter lever (with a gray handle) is way under the trailer, and a longer level (with a black handle) is more or less in line with the bottom edge of the trailer frame.

So: which lever is for the BLACK (toilet) water release and which lever do I pull for the GRAY (sink/shower) water?

Thank you for your assistance. (I wish the Owner's Manual had a diagram and arrows to indicate different items on the inside and outside of the trailer. Oh well...at least we have this Forum.)
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:38 AM   #2
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The smaller pipe coming from toward the center of the trailer is the grey water one and the big pipe coming from the front is the black. Best practice is to pull the black first, let it drain, then the grey to clean out the stinky slinky.
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Old 12-17-2015, 11:50 AM   #3
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I have a 2013 17B. I am not sure which level to pull/close for the gray water and which one for the black water. Looking straight at both levers, I just noticed (after having the trailer for 2 and one-half years, one shorter lever (with a gray handle) is way under the trailer, and a longer level (with a black handle) is more or less in line with the bottom edge of the trailer frame.

So: which lever is for the BLACK (toilet) water release and which lever do I pull for the GRAY (sink/shower) water?

Thank you for your assistance. (I wish the Owner's Manual had a diagram and arrows to indicate different items on the inside and outside of the trailer. Oh well...at least we have this Forum.)
If you look at the handles the grey tank handle is smaller then the black handle also . Pat
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The one furthest away is the grey water and should be pulled after you have pulled the one closer, emptied the black and closed the valve. This uses the ( usually soapy ) grey water to flush the slinky.
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:04 PM   #5
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No, which is why I deleted, but you quoted Mental dyslexia.
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:10 PM   #6
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I'm guessing after two and a half years it's time to take a chance on one of them handles.
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Old 12-17-2015, 12:27 PM   #7
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I'm guessing after two and a half years it's time to take a chance on one of them handles.
Yah, and I was wondered how huge his tanks must be to go 2 1/2 years without dumping.

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Old 12-17-2015, 12:29 PM   #8
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Hi: All... Ours are colour coded... but I never remember which one to pull!!! Alf
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:14 PM   #9
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Thanks. I have dumped many times, but I guess in the wrong order. (I NEVER go No. 2 in my toilet; I used the campground restroom.) Oh well...
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Thanks! I think I got it correct now.
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Old 12-17-2015, 01:16 PM   #11
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Thanks. I have been using the opposite handles. I hope I got it correct now.
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Old 12-17-2015, 02:53 PM   #12
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I keep this attachment permanently on my slinky. Grey water, yellow, or brown....helps me keep an eye on things if I get confused.
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I keep this attachment permanently on my slinky. Grey water, yellow, or brown....helps me keep an eye on things if I get confused.
We have the same system Myron and we also have the little spring clamp on the hose holder.Great idea marking your handles . Pat
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Black handle for black tank, gray handle for gray tank...
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Black handle for black tank, gray handle for gray tank...
That's what I always thought but the grey handle is smaller which gets my attention first as while seeing the smaller pipes Pat
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Large handle - lumps.
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Color coding by handle plastic works well Until the handles are both replaced with identical units. Both of mine had one side of the "T" broken off from road debris somewhere along the line so I put replacements on that were identical. When I work on the trailer, I get tired sometimes so I take a little nap under the trailer in the building where it is stored. I like the feel of the cold concrete on a hot day. And the secondary benefit as I'm contemplating a nap is a frame and tank inspection so I have always had a good handle on the handles. It's good to look over the strapping, propane runs, electric cable to the brakes and other amenities while under there too.
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I get tired sometimes so I take a little nap under the trailer in the building where it is stored. I like the feel of the cold concrete on a hot day.
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OK, next time I'm out lounging on my deck in my zero gravity chair underneath a canopy of grape leaves I'll try real hard not to be envious of you laying on the cold concrete.

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Tools: then there are those of us who carry complete sets of both imperial and metric sockets and wrenches.

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I could carry my double set of S K's but then I'd have to lose another 15 lbs. or shorten up the beer ration and right now I can't see doing either. Trailer and driver weights in the Real World. Poor Highlander ain't got a chance.
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