All but the most high-end RVs come with a typical waste-dumping hose. If you want a better way of dumping your waste tanks, though, RV macerator pumps are the way to go. RV macerator pumps are similar to the garbage disposal units in that they grind up items before they can make it to the pipes, clogging them up and becoming a hassle. The difference is that they don't connect to your kitchen sink; they connect to your black water tank. As unpleasant as this process can be, a macerator pump can ease some of that. Because the RV macerator pump grinds up the contents of the black water tank, those contents are more able to travel to the dumping station. They can drain longer distances through a much smaller sewer hose (even through a common 1" garden hose). Because they are electric, the pumps do all the hard work instead of gravity, which means you can drain waste to an uphill location as well. With macerator pumps, you can decrease the smell around your hose, make dumping a more convenient process, and don't have to rely on the dumping stations of parks and campgrounds. With these advantages, you can stay longer in places without a dump station or places that only have pit toilets.
How To Use An RV Macerator Pump
So you know how great RV macerator pumps are--now what? How do you use one? Well, each person has their own specific way of taking care of their waste dumping, however, the basics is this:
Attach the macerator pump to your RV's sewer drain point
Attach the exit hose to the macerator pump
Run the hose to an open sewer connection
Pull your tank drain valve
Turn on the pump
Run it until the flow stops
Turn off the pump
There are also a few tips that RV macerator pump users have recommended. Get a clear elbow for your hose so that you can see what is going through your hose to your pump. This will enable you to see what is going on and use the pump accordingly. You'll be able to see what's coming out of your black water tank before it reaches the pump so that you don't damage the pump or run it dry. If you have a weak stomach or simply really dislike this whole process, this tip might not be for you. You could also try backflushing, which is when you shoot clean water back into the drain system to break up any clumps that may not have made it to the pump. This will help get the remaining solids out of your black water tank. Finally, keep fuses on hand. RV macerator pumps have the potential to blow fuses, just like any electronic item. But unlike some other items, you'll have a really tough day if this happens, especially if it stops while you're dumping your waste tanks.
How To Clean An RV Macerator Pump
If you want your RV macerator pump to keep working well, you'll need to clean it out once a year. This will get rid of anything that could create blockages and this will allow youtube check the cognition of the pump as well. First, remove the macerator pump from its location. Make sure that you turn off the water and electricity that may be connected to the system and make sure the black water tank is empty. Unscrew the pump from the holding tank and pull the hose out of the pipe. Remove the seal between the holding tank pipe and the tube. Second, clean the pump, beginning with the tube. Place it in a bucket of soapy water and leave it there for a few hours. After that time, clean water should be pumped through it to clean it thoroughly. Then, take the blades off of the pump and wipe them down with a rag. Wash off any large pieces of debris and place the pump back into the holding tank.