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Old 08-26-2019, 07:48 PM   #1
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Black water Tank back pressure

In my 2018 Thor Hurricane 34J, I experienced a lot of back pressure in the black water tank which resulted in the contents of the toilet being blown back at the person pushing the toilet flush pedal. As you might imagine, this was a terrible situation especially when the grandchildren hit the flush pedal as they are so much closer to the issue... After many conversations with Thor tech support, Camping World service department and reading many forums, the problem was identified.

The bathroom sink drain is plumbed directly into the black water vent pipe which runs down and then horizontally toward the passenger side of the coach and then down to the rear side of the black water tank. This was done to help flush solids down to the deep end of the tank. The coach factory level is set slightly off to the drivers side so that rain water on top of the super slide will run away from the coach. The result is water from the sink creates a trap in the horizontal section of pipe before it flows into the tank. Thus, prohibiting the black water tank from venting and therefore causing pressure to build in the black water tank.

Solution! I took the motorhome to Camping World and had them re-plumb the sink drain into the grey water vent which runs right beside the black water vent. The grey water pipe runs straight down into the grey tank, so no trap issues. This will not be covered by warranty, but well worth the money. $13.00 in parts and 1 hour of labor. The sink drain did not provide enough flow to flush solids, so moving the drain had no effect on the system as far as moving solids. Just be sure to use your black tank flushing system each time you dump your black tank. I hope this helps somebody out.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:57 PM   #2
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That sounds absolutely horrible! I'm glad that you found a fix to this crappy situation!
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:45 AM   #3
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:54 AM   #4
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The result is water from the sink creates a trap in the horizontal section of pipe before it flows into the tank. Thus, prohibiting the black water tank from venting and therefore causing pressure to build in the black water tank.
That makes no sense as the sink is not the the "vent" source for the black water tank, the roof vent is. So if the roof vent is operating correctly there will never be pressure in the black water tank
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:11 AM   #5
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You're right: "IF it is operating correctly..."
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:13 AM   #6
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Thanks for letting us know because this could be an issue in other types of rigs as well.

Unfortunately, there are many times when what sounds good in theory isn't always the right solution when applied in the real world.

In this case, I would have never believed the bathroom sink could provide enough water flow to wash solids down to the deep end of the tank. You would have to fill the sink to the top and then pull the stopper to have even a minor effect given the size of the typical bathroom sink.

I have a Class Outlaw 29H and the bathroom sink is also plumbed to the black tank. The only reason to me you want to plumb it that way is to make sure you are adding enough liquid to flush the solids out when you pull the valve.
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:50 AM   #7
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Throw some dish soap down the toilet, and make liberal use of your San-T-Flush.. Things will be left sparkling clean!
(Just keep using it; until you stop seeing suds coming down down the pipe...)
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