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Old 10-08-2017, 10:48 AM   #1
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Two unrelated questions. What kind of Jack and green crap in fresh water tank hose

Question 1-we purchased our 21 slightly used. Previous peer told us he never filled the fresh tank. We have not ever filled it either (had ours for 1 year). Anyhow just noticed the underbelly tube is full of green gunk. I read how to sanitize the whole system but am not sure I want to pump this funk into the system. Can or should I just lol at repacking this clear tune amd then don’t take anyone’s word for something?

#2- what type/ brand of jack do you use if you have a flat trailer tire. Also any good you tube videos/instructions on how to do. Not a problem now but need to be prepared.


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Old 10-08-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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We carry an Anderson jack (and levelers).
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I haven't had a flat but I tried it out when adjusting the brakes and it was easy to use. You just drive up on it with one wheel and it lifts the other off the ground.

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Old 10-08-2017, 11:42 AM   #3
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Question 1-we purchased our 21 slightly used. Previous peer told us he never filled the fresh tank. We have not ever filled it either (had ours for 1 year). Anyhow just noticed the underbelly tube is full of green gunk. I read how to sanitize the whole system but am not sure I want to pump this funk into the system. Can or should I just lol at repacking this clear tune amd then don’t take anyone’s word for something?

#2- what type/ brand of jack do you use if you have a flat trailer tire. Also any good you tube videos/instructions on how to do. Not a problem now but need to be prepared.


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That green gunk is mostly algae that's been growing in the waste pipe. A bleach solution should take care of it quickly, or you can get an algaecide from a company that services swimming pools.

Myself, I'd do a sanitization routine first and see if that removes the algae. You might need a long brush to clean out the detritus.
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Old 10-08-2017, 04:10 PM   #4
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Question 1-we purchased our 21 slightly used. Previous peer told us he never filled the fresh tank. We have not ever filled it either (had ours for 1 year). Anyhow just noticed the underbelly tube is full of green gunk. I read how to sanitize the whole system but am not sure I want to pump this funk into the system. Can or should I just lol at repacking this clear tune amd then don’t take anyone’s word for something?
If the trailer has (or you are willing to add) a winterizing tee, you could disconnect the tubing from the tank and pump clean water into the tee, so that it flushes the tubing out (flowing backwards to the usual direction). Then sanitize as usual, without pushing the gunk through the whole system.

If that doesn't flush the tubing well enough, I would consider replacing it rather than trying to brush it clean. It's readily available vinyl tubing with simple hose clamps on the ends.

The water system was probably tested at the factory, so even if it was never used by any owner, that tubing would have been damp, and could have been growing gunk ever since.
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Old 10-08-2017, 04:45 PM   #5
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That green gunk is mostly algae that's been growing in the waste pipe. A bleach solution should take care of it quickly, or you can get an algaecide from a company that services swimming pools.

Myself, I'd do a sanitization routine first and see if that removes the algae. You might need a long brush to clean out the detritus.
For the long brush a trombone snake will work. Ours had the green in it too. We emptied the tank in April after we picked it up and did not use the tank or look at it untill the previous hurricane. So we had some green in it and the plastic hose was real green.. It's clean now and will stay that way.

I had the snake from when I used to have to clean drains in a convertible.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:32 PM   #6
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Green gunk in hose

After some more digging, the hose that was filled with green gunk is the hose that connect the clean water tank with the pump. I managed to get it disconnected from the pump and the tank, but that included a 3 way valve that also had short piece of tube that has a gunky film in it.

I want to just replace all of it so here are my questions. What type of tubing do I purchase? I know it needs to handle pressure and needs to be safe for drinking water. Also, it appears that there are "black bands" holding the tubing in place on the valve. What the kind of fastener are those and can you use a different fastener?
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:42 PM   #8
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After some more digging, the hose that was filled with green gunk is the hose that connect the clean water tank with the pump. I managed to get it disconnected from the pump and the tank, but that included a 3 way valve that also had short piece of tube that has a gunky film in it.
The valve and short tube are the winterizing T-valve kit.

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I want to just replace all of it so here are my questions. What type of tubing do I purchase? I know it needs to handle pressure and needs to be safe for drinking water.
It needs to handle moderate suction, rather than internal pressure. It's PVC (vinyl), and readily available at plumbing and building supply stores.
Example: PVC hose at Home Depot

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Also, it appears that there are "black bands" holding the tubing in place on the valve. What the kind of fastener are those and can you use a different fastener?
The photos didn't post, but Escape may have used crimp rings intended for PEX tubing. There's no need to use those (and they're not intended for this type of tubing anyway); you can just use common gear clamps.
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We carry an Anderson jack (and levelers).
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I haven't had a flat but I tried it out when adjusting the brakes and it was easy to use. You just drive up on it with one wheel and it lifts the other off the ground.

https://andersenhitches.com/Products...apid-jack.aspx

https://youtu.be/-jE_x_TjlOI
We have it and have had to used it ... it worked GREAT.

After using it the one time, I coudl have gotten away using just the anderson levelers on flat pavment .. upon un-even surface it woudl be nice to hae the extra height of the Rapid-Jack
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Have had to use our Trailer Aid several times this year for side to side leveling. Nice to have the extra lift when needed.
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