As park manager, I see an awful lot of people drop their sewer drain hose directly on the ground then open their grey and black water valves allowing them to remain open during their entire stay. This is not a good thing as it allows sludge to build up in the line due to the rise caused by connecting to the sewer at the RV site as well as solids to build up and not wash away in the holding tank. Neither are fun things to have to deal with! Always use some sort of system to slope your line to the sewer fitting to avoid this and don't open either the black water or the grey water valves until time to empty the tanks.
Allow me to suggest a few tips to follow which could make your RVing life a little better.
1) Don't dump your black water tank until it is 2/3 full. If you open your black water valve when hooked up, the
liquids will drain away leaving the solid waste on the bottom of the tank to harden. This will cause some rather unpleasant consequences!
2) Always empty the black water tank before the grey water tank. This will allow the soapy water from the gray tank to rinse out the residue from the hose.
3) Don't forget! Make sure to close the black water valve before opening the grey water valve, and vice-versa. This will keep sewage out of your grey water tank. (You wouldn't want that would you?!)
4) Keep an extra water hose for rinsing out your lines and be sure to store it in an area where it will not come in contact with your drinking water hose. You sure don't want to contaminate your fresh water supply! Yuck!
5) Never, ever, ever, use your fresh water hose for rinsing your sewer hoses! (See suggestion 4!)
6) After dumping the black water tank, close the valve and flush the toilet at least 3 times, adding an appropriate holding tank treatment. This will help eliminate odors and get the beneficial bacteria going again!
That's it! Hope this helps you avoid unintended consequences down the line.
Annual RV Maintenance Checklist
Maintenance is a part of life for an RV owner. That shouldn’t be a deterrent to owning an RV – after all, pretty much anything you use on a regular basis is going to require maintenance in order to perform properly year after year. However, you do need to respect the maintenance needs of your RV if you want it to live up to its potential for as long as possible.
Some of the maintenance that you will need to do on your RV needs to be done on a regular basis – such as every time that you take your rig out for a trip. This type of maintenance includes checking on the overall condition of your RV, washing it after a trip, oil changes on certain mileage milestones, and more. In addition to those regular points, you are also going to have some yearly maintenance points that you will want to keep track of to keep your rig on track for a healthy life. A few of the important annual RV maintenance points to hit on are listed below.
Care for Hot Water Heater
The hot water heater on your RV should be maintained on an annual basis, with the exact work that needs to be done varying based on the specifics of your unit. Some of the likely maintenance tasks to be done includes flushing the water heater, checking the pressure relief value, cleaning the burner tube, and more. If you aren’t comfortable or capable of doing this work yourself, have it done by a qualified technician at your local RV dealership.
You won’t need to do a brake job on your RV every single year, but you do want to check on the condition of your brakes at least annually to make sure...