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Old 06-28-2013, 07:02 PM   #51
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Default Black tank repair

Today was the day for black tank repair. In order to perform this I had to move the camper for better access. And before I could move the camper I had to trim some branches that originated waaaay up high.

I have an electric chain saw that attaches to a long pole, but couldn't quite reach them. Plan B involved parking my truck underneath and trying once again. Standing in the bed I realized success; of course, now that meant I had to clean up the mess/ drag limbs to the street.

Deciding to play it safe I lowered the top, disconnected all lines, and pulled it forward 6-8 feet. That gave me room to sit (hunched up) under the camper and go to work.

First I used a sand block to scruff all the surfaces. It actually looked good/clean at start, although I found that the metal bracket that runs underneath/surrounds the drain spout was bent upward in the middle. I suppose that's what damaged the tanks joint at some previous point.

The picture shows the product that I used for repair. I found it at Walmart at about $17. Most of its contents went unused so I'm glad I only bought one ... I had considered two just in case. I also purchased several disposable paint brushes to use with this. I'm glad I did as the brushes made the glue-stuff application much easier.

I mixed up the two parts and Heavily slathered it over my freshly cleaned joint. Then I dunked my pre-cut fiberglas into the supplied mixing bowl, both sides were sopping with this mixture. It was too sticky wet to apply as directed so I used my hands. Then I slathered another dose of the mixture over it and allowed the stuff to harden (recommended 15 min, I gave it 30). I used the extra time to try and clean up my hands ... no go there. After tons of soap and water I started using sand to try and wear it away. No joy.

Getting back to the underside I repeated my previous steps for a complete second coat of goop, fiberglass, and more goop. Final drying time before refinishing is recommended at 90 min, I gave it 4 hours as I could still smell it. And the smell gave me a headache, or perhaps by the actual handling of it I absorbed it. The good news here is after about an hours time it easily cleaned off with soap and water- go figure.

After four hours I relocated the camper back to its spot and filled the black tank full. Several hours later I checked and no drips (so far). I'll leave it alone for several days to be sure.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:21 PM   #52
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Default and then I got stupind

Went inside and reset all (6) circuit breakers and attempted to power up the air conditioner. Yes I had remembered to plug it into the outlet. Nothing.
Then I remembered the main switch - I'd intentionally left it in the center position.

Turn off all breakers, throw main back online, power up the breakers and still no AC. NOW WHAT?

Ooops, then I realized, I'd never plugged the camper up to the house. Main off. Breakers off. Plug up the camper, main & breakers on, switch AC to on and SUCCESS.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:24 PM   #53
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Yep, that's the way I do it.
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Yep, that's the way I do it.
With all the "false starts"? That's my way too!

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Default Black tank results

25 hours later: it's still full and no drips. I do believe that fixed it.
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Default Several hours later,

and again, NO 120V POWER in the camper.

Long story short, earlier I had plugged an air compressor into the same circuit that protects my outdoor (camper) and bathroom outlets.

It provided enough pressure to fill my tractor tires (before blowing) so it went un-observed.

Nite, y'all.
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Default Checked my Black tank level

late this afternoon, still registers full and no apparent dripping. Tomorrow I'll drain it and hope that my repair is road-worthy.
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Default How does Hi-Lo measure lengths?

Likely many of you know this but I had to see for myself.

Knowing that mine was labeled as 24 feet I broke out the tape measure.

My lower unit measures approx. 18 feet.
My upper unit measures approx. 20 feet.
My tongue measures approx. 4 feet (3 feet beyond the upper box).

Utilizing Sherlock Holmes advanced mathematics, physics, and horse sense tell me they measured the unit closed, bumper-to tongue tip.
NOTE: I EXCLUDED THE BUMPER/ I recon that adds an additional foot beyond the upper box.

I feel cheated out of 4 feet. As a percent, that's quite a substantial loss.
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That's how they did it. Ball to bumper. Sometimes they rounded up and sometimes they rounded down. Our 2310H is 22'-9" I believe. In 2009 they were called 2209T, both the same length.
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In other threads on this site they talk about the overall measurement being from the outside edge of the rear bumper to the center of the ball coupler.

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