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Old 11-02-2015, 04:35 PM   #1
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Black tank question

Good morning all, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I have a black tank question. I purchased a 2013 36 RL and if I am not mistaken it has a 45 gallon black tank. I dumped the tanks on Friday afternoon and have just had normal use over the weekend and the gauge is reading the black tank is full. Can this be correct? Am I doing something wrong? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-02-2015, 04:47 PM   #2
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Is there a way to check the black tank other than the sensors on the panel?
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:11 PM   #3
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Did you use the black tank flusher once the tank was empty? The Gauge is on a float in the tank and it will some times get stuck. If you flush out the tank when you empty it should go back to working properly. I have had this same issue in the past.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:14 PM   #4
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Yes I did, but maybe I did it wrong? Am I supposed to close the black tank, fill it up and then flush again? I left it open and let water run through it for about 20 minutes.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:21 PM   #5
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You are correct. Can close the valve and let the tank fill up with some water to help get the gauge unstick. But be careful many PPL have forgotten about the valve being closed and you either get a flood in the bathroom or it goes up the vent and comes out on the roof of the RV. If you close the valve don't let yourself get distracted it can cause you one heck of a mess. Also if you leave it alone when traveling the float may break free and drop.


You could also do the bag of ice trick. put in about 15 gals of water in black tank and 5lbs of ice as you travel it will clean the tank and when you get stopped again you can then drain.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:28 PM   #6
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Is there a way to monitor it until it needs to be dumped again? We are dry camping in a family members driveway for the time being and the dump station is a ways away. Should this be a top priority for now or will it last at least 1 week of normal use? This is my first rodeo so I apologize for the simple questions but I greatly appreciate the help.

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Old 11-02-2015, 05:52 PM   #7
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I put a 5" clear pipe on the line BEFORE hooking my sewer hose , this way I can see clean water. What I do is this :
#1 - I pull the black tank valve and let it drain
#2 - I turn on the flush and let it run
#3 - I close the valve and DO NOT leave the side , keep it closed for a few minutes
#4 - Open the valve and watch the color of the water
#5 - repeat as necessary - I have done this as many as 4-5 times
#6- ONCE the water is ALL CLEAR , turn off all water to the black tank and let it drain for till there in ZERO coming out ,
I then close off the black tank valve and open the grey tanks , this way , all that soapy shower water runs through the sewer hose and flushes it before storage . .

I thought the tanks had sensors on the side , not floats??
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:55 PM   #8
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I have found that using the sound the potty makes when flushing is evidence that the black tank is getting full. The sound the water makes changes as the tank gets full. We're parked in AZ for the winter and have yet to dump the black tank yet after a month. But the level LED's have indicated full for 3 weeks. Can't trust them at all.
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I have found that using the sound the potty makes when flushing is evidence that the black tank is getting full. The sound the water makes changes as the tank gets full. We're parked in AZ for the winter and have yet to dump the black tank yet after a month. But the level LED's have indicated full for 3 weeks. Can't trust them at all.
I am with you on the sound. I thought it was odd when I first read about it on this forum but I can empty my black tank and flush it clean and it will read full again in a short period of time. But once you hear that tell tell sign you know it is getting full. It is almost like an air pocket in the top of the tank makes the sound.
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Like the sound my belly makes after Thanksgiving Day Dinner and football games!! UNMISTAKABLE ! !
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