RV Black Tank Fail
Our 2015 Entegra Aspire has been relatively trouble free. That said, recently we came across a failure of our black tank system that resulted in us not only being unable to properly dump our tanks but also unable to close our black tank valve properly leaving us stranded until we fixed the issues.
It all started when we went to go dump our tanks as usual. We were luckily staying at a campground, not using a dump station so that gave us a workspace to investigate the issue. The issue started where I (Erik) went to dump and saw that the flow of waste (sorry, but its part of life for RV’ers!) was not flowing properly. Since we don’t have any kids, and use our macerating toilet pretty much exclusively we knew the changes were pretty slim that we had something in the tank that wasn’t suppose to be there (hello missing barbie doll? Kids and toilets are a funny topic i’m sure all of you parents out there can comment on!).
To compound the issue, our black tank valve wouldn’t close, so that pretty much told me that either the valve itself broke half open, or something was obstructing the valve from working properly.
After a few hours of trying to flush the tank with the obstruction present (my worst fears generally involve an open black tank valve with no sewer hose attached… yea you probably get the mental picture of what could happen there…) we got the tank fairly clean so I could do some investigating…
With my trusty coat hanger by my side i cautiously removed the sewer hose and began probing up into the valve. There was definitely something blocking the valve, it was black, round and not suppose to be there.
Like a dummy i went to grab it and pushed it back into the black tank. Oh no! Now i’m never going to find it and it will undoubtably rear its head again at the WORST possible time in the future!
OK, on to plan B… I closed the valve (with the obstruction pushed back into the tank it would now close again), filled the tank up with water and tried to do a flush of the system with 20+ gallons of water to try and push the obstruction out!
3 tries and success! The obstruction passed through the gate and landed in our clear elbow in the sewer hose where i could get to it! The video shows things a bit more clearly but i’m sure you get the picture.
So what was it? It was a piece of wood remnants from when the coach was built at Entegra. At some point during the build process, probably around when they were installing the toilets, a worker kicked the wood piece into the black tank.. Its possible it happened when cutting the hole for the toilet to connect to the black tank? Who knows, all we know is that it was an oversight during the build process that was missed during quality control.
Overall we have been extremely happy with our coach, this is the first major oversight we’ve found in it’s manufacture. Thinks happen, we understand, we were just glad we figured it out.
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See you on the road!