Question presented on the Yahoo discussion group ALLABOUTRVING
I emptied my tanks. Sensor said 1/3 full. I thought they were completely
emptied. Just two adults using jugs of water to flush.
Jan, you have multiple problems that each need to be addressed so let's break down the problems and discuss each:
1. What the sensor says. RV Tank Sensors lie. The tank sensors on RV'S are probably the most unreliable gadget that has ever been sold. If not the most unreliable it is certainly in the running for being the most unreliable.
Many/most experienced RV'ers do not pay attention to what those RV
Tank Monitors say. Most of us that spend a lot of time in our
RV's know how
I am sure dozens of well intentioned individuals will give you dozens
of "home grown" remedies that they guarantee or have heard
will get those
OK, that problem should be behind us.
2. I am not real clear on what part is drip/dripping but I assume the drip/drip is coming from the sewer cap.
A DRIP coming from your sewer cap is NOT good. It is BAD, very bad indeed.
In order for your BLACK (sewer) tank to properly flush it has to
have a lot of water to carry the solids away. If all your water/liquids
If you do have the dreaded BLACK PYRAMID you indeed have a problem and the indications you are getting from your tank sensors may be correct.
Over time if you have not been getting a good flush to get those
solids out of your black tank you may have a tank full of those solids
There is a good indication, to me at least, that you may indeed have a tank full of solids. The two clues are:
a. You are flushing with jugs of water. That indicates to
me that you are NOT using nearly enough WATER/LIQUID to get a good
flush when you
b. The drip that you describe coming from your sewer cap is
effectively draining what little liquid you did have in your tank
so that when you do
Now lets discuss troubleshooting your problem:
First, you need to be connected to a sewer so that you can dump.
Then, fill your black tank with water. How much water are you able to put into your black tank before it gets full? How big is your tank?
You will know your black tank is full of water when the water starts
coming up in the neck of the toilet. You can see that by looking down
If you have a 35-gallon black tank and you think you put 35-gallons
of water in the tank then you probably do not have a lot of solids
in your black
If on the other hand you have a 35-gallon black tank and you are
only able to put say 5- gallons of water into the black tank then
Another thing you might do is open the toilet valve so that you can look down the hole into the black tank. Oh yea, this is fun. VBG
With a flash light look down into the black tank. What do you see? Think positive, you want to see the bottom of your black tank.
Find something like a broom handle or other such stiff/rigid object
and poke it down into the opening and see if it hits the bottom of
If you have a problem with solids in your tank you may have to fill
the black tank with water and hope that the solids will become
soft enough to
Now lets discuss the DRIP you have.
That drip is caused by a malfunctioning slide valve. These
are cheap and easily replaced. Well, it is relatively cheap to purchase
the valve. And
To keep that drip from happening you need to be using more WATER
with each flush. That valve is dripping because solids have gotten
in the way and
Watch this video:
and you will see how solids get into the slide valve and cause the valve to leak.
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