Dumping the black tank at home has always been an unpleasant adventure I never look forward to. Yesterday my solution arrived. The Sewer Solution. The manual said it can dump up to 100 feet, even on 3-feet of elevation from the gate valve, if I set up a run of 1″ PVC. The rise on my hill is probably around 15 inches. Off to Lowe’s I went.
“OK, I think about 16 of these will do it, need slip connectors too. Yeah, throw in a couple of elbows just in case. Hey, I’ll take an extra backflow prevention valve while I’m here. Thanks!”
Like a kid with Tinker Toys, I plotted my run to the septic clean-out. Working back to the trailer I started connecting the PVC until I was within reach of the 10 foot hose supplied with the device.
Sixty feet of PVC, a dozen slip connectors, and one 45 degree elbow later, I had what I hoped would be my solution. After rereading the directions one last time I coupled the Sewer Solution to the Tradewind with the Thetford adapter and slid the sewer-out line with the bushing into the PVC. The Alaskan pipeline it’s not, but it’s integrity is just as important.
No leaks. The sound of water gushing through the pipeline was evident. I checked the output at the clean-out and found that flow uphill was a non-issue. Clear clean water was rapidly running through. While holding my breath I pulled the dump valve and peeked under the trailer. YES! It works!
I waited for things to clear and redirected the water flush to the tank. Here’s the advantage of a vintage trailer with a straight shot from the valve up to the tank. Sewer Solution is very efficient in flushing this configuration.
A couple of flush-outs and all was clear again. A quick check in the trailer to verify an empty black tank and that was it. No muss, no fuss, and now I see why people say, “No stinky slinky ever again.” The hardest part by far was getting up off the gravel after disconnecting. The dirty chore is done. And I didn’t even need the Haz-Mat gear.