Great RV Accessories Newsletter: Issue 34 | RV Travel

The Camco and Valterra clear sewer hose adapters

By Chris Dougherty
Certified RV Technician

 

Dumping your holding tanks is as much about art as science. If you want to know if your tanks are absolutely clean, the only way to know is to be able to visualize what’s coming out.

Okay, I know this sounds gross … and it is. But please believe me, if you have a blockage or some other issue because your tank isn’t cleaned out, it becomes a lot grosser!

So, here’s Part One of my system, the clear sewer hose adapters. Available in various lengths and angles, the clear adapter by Camco lets you see what is coming out of your tanks. When you flush them — and you should especially flush the black tank — clear water coming out means the tank is clean. Problem averted.

These are really easy to use as they just connect in-line with any sewer hose. If your sewer connection is recessed and hard to reach, there are various lengths available to eliminate the need to crawl or reach way under the coach. Valterra offers adapters with 45- and 90-degree bends which are useful in certain conditions where the direction of the hose dictates it.

Part Two, which will be in the next issue of this newsletter, will cover tank flushing systems. Many of you already have them, as manufacturers have been building them into RVs for years. But in case you don’t have one, we’ll show you what you need to install one or use one of the portable options out there.

Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician and the editor of the blog RV Maintenance Tips.

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About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on July 21, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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