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Old 08-01-2020, 01:39 PM   #61
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Below is a picture of one owner's gray tank outlet that broke. You can see that the bottom of pipe is above the bottom of the tank, and is also on the side. Between the tank bottom being bowed, and the opening being above the tank floor, there is always going to be some liquid in an "empty" tank.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:19 PM   #62
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Yup, only took 61 posts for someone to nail it.

The gray tank drain is on the side of the tank. When the level reaches the top of the outlet drainage slows. After it reaches mid-point the rate approaches infinity. You can see that the bottom of the outlet is above the bottom of the tank.

The only way you can completely empty the tank is to make sure that the tank bottom is sloping towards the outlet. When our trailer is going to be stored for awhile we put leveling blocks down on the opposite side to tilt and completely drain the tank. We sometimes do that if the dumpsite area appears to slope away from the dump. Makes for much faster draining.

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Old 08-01-2020, 07:54 PM   #63
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The only way you can completely empty the tank is to make sure that the tank bottom is sloping towards the outlet. When our trailer is going to be stored for awhile we put leveling blocks down on the opposite side to tilt and completely drain the tank.

Ron
We have used our Anderson leveler to go WAY up before draining. We are confident it is empty after doing this. After doing that, we STILL can only put in 21 gallons. Into our "28 gallon" tank. Have checked this more than once just to be sure we didn't lose count with the 3 gallon bucket we were using. Same every time. 21 gallons max.
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