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Old 07-08-2018, 07:22 PM   #1
Darrell Duncan
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Drainage of grey water

Hi everyone, i'm new to having a travel trailer and just not getting how it all works, First if my sink isn't backing up all over the place ( 3 times now) my shower isn't draining, my trailer is set in the rear lot of the house all hooked up to sewer, water, & electric, The grey line is open, i have even snaked the line, my dbl sink drain line was flatter than flat so i fixed that so that it drains but now my shower is backing up, is it just one grey tank or two?, the company i bought it from is no help. and i can not get the sewer smell to go away, i use the little blue pods & downy and it still smells
Also the main sink drain pipe has dbl flat rings on the pipe and a flat washer on top of that with a normal threaded ring that connect to the threaded sink drain and it was held in place by pressure.
It's a 2013, 30 foot bumper pull, Keystone high country, talk about buying a lemon....
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:47 PM   #2
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Could the valves be mislabeled? It has happened before. Is your vent pipe stopped up? I am sure others will come along shortly that might have a better idea.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:50 PM   #3
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No idea why your shower is backing up, but I would suggest you close all drainage valves if you want to get rid of odors. Keep valves closed until tanks are full (or near full) and then dump. After dumping and flushing the black tank add 2 gallons of water along with the blue pod, this should help eliminate odors thru the toilet.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:51 PM   #4
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I'm thinking this is all pilot error. Can you provide more info on what you are experiencing, the exact problems, what you have done specifically so that we can help you?
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Old 07-08-2018, 08:03 PM   #5
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Draining Gray Tank(s)!

Are you sure your draining both Gray tanks?

From experience talking here, found out after several trips our RV had two grey water tanks.... One grey tank and the black water tank valves were very visible, the other grey tank valve - errr, not so much!

Look for the second grey water tank valve. Can't tell you where, don't have a TT (fiver), but the second valve on ours was hidden up on the frame, right in front of the front wheel. Seriously, you couldn't see it because it's black, and it is right on the black frame. Bet you have another one someone their hiding, which probably drains you sink grey tank.

Also, I wouldn't really leave the valve open for the gray water. It creates a direct path for the sewer gas to travel right up into your RV - really there is suppose to be a trap, but when you say you 'snaked' it out, you probably destroyed the trap - it's not a 'p-trap' like you have in the house, but probably a waterless p-trap, like shown in this video (), that uses a soft silicone rubber one way valve to let the water out, but keep the sewer gas from coming into the RV. Those are easily torn and destroyed by a drain snake.

Good luck finding the second valve.
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Old 07-09-2018, 02:46 AM   #6
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Hi everyone, i'm new to having a travel trailer and just not getting how it all works, First if my sink isn't backing up all over the place ( 3 times now) my shower isn't draining, my trailer is set in the rear lot of the house all hooked up to sewer, water, & electric, The grey line is open, i have even snaked the line, my dbl sink drain line was flatter than flat so i fixed that so that it drains but now my shower is backing up, is it just one grey tank or two?, the company i bought it from is no help. and i can not get the sewer smell to go away, i use the little blue pods & downy and it still smells
Also the main sink drain pipe has dbl flat rings on the pipe and a flat washer on top of that with a normal threaded ring that connect to the threaded sink drain and it was held in place by pressure.
It's a 2013, 30 foot bumper pull, Keystone high country, talk about buying a lemon....
Good luck. Be sure to report back what you find is the solution. It will help the next one in line out.
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Old 07-09-2018, 05:56 AM   #7
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Darrel, I suspect you have three tanks on your RV, one 28 gallon black tank and two 28 gallon grey tanks. It is imperative that you find the dump valve for your second grey tank and then proceed from there.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:04 AM   #8
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No tan lines, thank you for the info. i looked and looked and finely found the second grey water tank pull handle, above front tire.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:06 AM   #9
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Hi Retired Copper, tanks were labeled right, thank you for the info. i looked and looked and finely found the second grey water tank pull handle, above front tire.
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Old 07-11-2018, 10:08 AM   #10
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Hi Old Mustanger, Thank you for info. I will close drain lines and empty as needed.
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