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Old 07-03-2019, 06:00 PM   #1
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Strange Black Water Tank Configuration

Just started using our Aspen Trail camper. Black water tank clogged at the toilet. Looked down into toilet and saw a black pipe, about 3" diameter, that extends down from toilet bottom almost to the bottom of the tank. Space between the end of the pipe and tank bottom is so small it easily clogs.

Anyone know why the black pipe is needed and if I could shorten it to open the gap between the pipe and tank bottom?
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Old 07-03-2019, 06:29 PM   #2
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Just started using our Aspen Trail camper. Black water tank clogged at the toilet. Looked down into toilet and saw a black pipe, about 3" diameter, that extends down from toilet bottom almost to the bottom of the tank. Space between the end of the pipe and tank bottom is so small it easily clogs.

Anyone know why the black pipe is needed and if I could shorten it to open the gap between the pipe and tank bottom?
Did you put water in your black tank BEFORE you started using it?
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:10 PM   #3
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Just started using our Aspen Trail camper. Black water tank clogged at the toilet. Looked down into toilet and saw a black pipe, about 3" diameter, that extends down from toilet bottom almost to the bottom of the tank. Space between the end of the pipe and tank bottom is so small it easily clogs.

Anyone know why the black pipe is needed and if I could shorten it to open the gap between the pipe and tank bottom?

It is needed but I doubt the end should be at the bottom of the tank.
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It is needed but I doubt the end should be at the bottom of the tank.
If they don't put water in the tank, that may be yuk buildup
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Just started using our Aspen Trail camper. Black water tank clogged at the toilet. Looked down into toilet and saw a black pipe, about 3" diameter, that extends down from toilet bottom almost to the bottom of the tank. Space between the end of the pipe and tank bottom is so small it easily clogs.

Anyone know why the black pipe is needed and if I could shorten it to open the gap between the pipe and tank bottom?



Ours is pretty far down also. Maybe 4-6 inches from bottom. The only problem it has caused is when not enough flush water is used. In an attempt to conserve fresh water. The TP does crate a TeePee haha. ClOG!


Only time a problem when dry camping or no sewer connection at campsite.



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If they don't put water in the tank, that may be yuk buildup
Yuk build up, fella could stick his hand down there and smoosh it up to see where the pipe ends.
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Yuk build up, fella could stick his hand down there and smoosh it up to see where the pipe ends.
not gonna shake your hand if i ever meet you. I didn't know you had to put water in the tank when we first started camping... found out the hard way but used a long stick to "move" things around.
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not gonna shake your hand if i ever meet you. I didn't know you had to put water in the tank when we first started camping... found out the hard way but used a long stick to "move" things around.

C'mon Frank. I'm left handed, most of the time.
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They're called mashin' sticks, everybody who camps should have one.
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