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Black tank dumping? - Event Date: 23 Sep 2018

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    Posted: 23 Sep 2018 at 7:30am
Our owners manual for our 178 recommends not dumping our black tank until 3/4 full. We’re new...is this standard practice or can we dump with any amount?
Megan and Peter
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When you dump you want to really dump.  The rush of stuff out of a mostly full tank has the momentum to carry more with it than if you dumped a total of, say, 4 gallons.  So, yes, the fuller the better.

Of course you can dump anytime though.  If you do dump only a few gallons there a few things you can do to mitigate the potential problems.  Before you dump, run as much plain water down the toilet as you have the patience for.  Or, after you dump, fill the tank with water and dump it again.  If you have the black tank washout thingy, hook that up and run it for a while after you dump.  These are all options.  Some people can get real fastidious about rinsing their tank.  One idea is to keep the sensors clean -- the ones that work the lights that tell you how full your tank is.  Those never work anyway, so don't worry about trying to make them work.

Other tips: use a dose of chemical in the tank right after every dump.  Always use more water when flushing than you think necessary.  Dilution is the solution.  Don't overdue it, especially when dry camping.

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For impatient few of us - they make a thing called a Johnny Chock. Which inserts in your toilet and keeps the flush valve open. Put it in and water from tank or city source will fill your black tank to where you want to be when dumping. I have put some water in the fresh water tank before leaving the site, and when I get to dump station, I insert Johnny and turn on water pump, toilet flushes while dumping. Best to remove Johnny and shut WP off when departing.
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Thank you!!
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