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Things You Can Learn In An RV Resort

By , December 29, 2009 12:28 pm

SewerValves

What you are looking at above is the correct way to hook up a sewer hose in a 2001 Newmar Dutch Star motor home.  The reason you are seeing it is because it’s not quite as obvious as you might think it is. 

The purplish tint is applied to stuff that’s not really important in this post.  What’s important is that are usually two valves in a motor home waste system and they empty into a sewer hose that normally goes through the floor and then into a sewer cap.  IMG_8934

In the picture to the right, you can see the different valves and labels.  The “sewage water holding tank” (commonly called black water) is the valve for dumping everything from the toilet.  The gray water valve on the right dumps the waste water from all the sinks and the shower. 

When we got the Star and I started checking everything out, I couldn’t get the clear elbow to attach to outlet correctly.  I also couldn’t get a sewer hose to attach and then bend backwards to go through the big hole in the floor.

IMG_8936 In this picture, you can see the clear elbow attached, but it sticks out too far.  Normally a sewer hose goes on the bottom of that elbow and then goes through the hole in the floor.  The elbow sticks out too far and there isn’t enough room for the hose to come up through the hole.

I figured that someone had damaged the original pipe system and then replaced it all with the stuff we have now.  I was planning on ripping it all out and rebuilding it.  But first, I wanted to see what the original system was supposed to look like. 

Luckily, while we were at Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, we spotted another Dutch Star that was very similar to ours.  We stopped as the owners were coming out so I asked if I could look at the guy’s sewer system. 

As we were walking around to the sewer bay, I started to explain my issue.  The gentleman mentioned that his outlet pipe swiveled down to line up with the hole.  When we got to the bay and started looking, I instantly realized it was exactly the same system as ours.  Hmm…

IMG_8937So, here’s what our sewer pipe outlook and elbow look like if you swing the whole assembly down into place…  perfect!

We probably would not have figured this out.  I might have gotten lucky and realized it moved when I went to rip it out, but that’s not really very likely.  Just talking to another owner and doing a bit of exploration saved us a lot of time, effort, inconvenience and probably a fair chunk of money too.

In short, if something doesn’t seem right on an RV, ask others who would have had to deal with the same issue.  If you can find someone with the same unit, that’s even better!

Starting on the list…

By , August 1, 2009 3:31 pm

…the list of things to be fixed.

There are a number of small issues with the RV that need addressing.  Some need to be fixed quick, others are on a to-do-in-the-future list.  The first one I tackled was the plumbing. 

We had a rather nasty surprise on our first night in the RV on the way back from Texas a few weeks ago.  We turned on the water pump (which provides pressure to the shower and faucets when we’re not connected to city water) and found water gushing out of the bottom of the RV.  Needless to say, we turned it off and used city water instead.  We had an outside sprayer (like a sink spray nozel) installed in one of the bays and I suspected that was the culprit.

I crawled under there today and found out that the installer had used a bypass valve instead of a cutoff valve.  The bypass wasn’t hooked up to anything, so it sprayed all over the place the minute the water was turned on.  I simply capped off the bypass and all is now well. 🙂  The pump pressurizes the system, water stays where it’s supposed to and the outside sprayer works.

One job completed successfully!

The second job was just discovered today and it pretty much trumps everything else.  Our house batteries don’t seem to be charging.  More on that in a future post when I figure out what to do about it. :S

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