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Old 08-03-2018, 10:52 PM   #1
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While awaiting delivery of our PW, I am trying to get the various bits and pieces I think we will need with it - so far, bought a roll up table, Swing Hitch, RV approved Bike rack, and cargo carrier. I think that is most of the bigger $ items except for Weathertech mats. I will wait unto we have that as teh main Canadian Disributor for Weathertech is in the city where I live, so when I get the van I will go there to ensure they work well!

But I am also wondering about a Flotech portable macerator. There is one on our local Kijiji that looks like new.

Not something I would use often, but I am thinking it could be handy o dum tanks at home if we have accumulated waste on day trips - or evenon teh way home from camping trips.

Thing is - it seems most people have the ability to use these devices by dumping into "Cleanouts" in their home plumbing and I don't believe I have that option.

So what I am wondering is if I could use this to run a hose (3/4"? 5/8"?) under 50ft with a rise of maybe 4 ft from our van in the driveway, through the garage, and into and adjacent powder room toilet?

Anyone do that sort of thing? I suppose it would be a two person operation with GMRS radios and I would be fine with that - I just don't want to have to get involved in washing down the walls and repainting our powder room - if you get y meaning!

99% of the time we only use our RV toilets for "peeing" - if that makes any difference!

Appreciate any advice - should i consider buying this device?!

Thx ........ Brian.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:00 PM   #2
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I'd say yes to the portable macerator for at home use but find a clean-out or other way to connect to your house waste lines.

It wouldn't take much of a mistake or problem to create a mess.
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The manual for my flojet says it will pump 50 ft with a 3/4 hose over level ground so probably its fine with such a small tank.

I wouldn’t want to be the person holding that hose in the toilet.

I would rig up a ‘no fail’ attachment for the toilet. A piece of wood attached to the toilet via a nylon strap might do it. Put a pass thru fitting through the wood attached to a length of pvc running under the waterline in the toilet.
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Remember that toilets have traps and flush by vacuum, siphon, or air pressure in most cases. Water and "stuff" likely won't gravity feed through the trap very quickly and may quickly fill the bowl before even starting to go down. If you were a long ways from the off switch it could turn out to be very messy.


Getting into a cleanout plug puts you right into a big pipe, so it will handle whatever you can pump in without having to go through a trap.
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Yes, and if it goes wrong it goes pretty goshdarn wrong.

I had a mainline get so clogged with roots that I had to get it dug up. I had a cleanout installed. I got lucky!

You could get a consult from a plumber, he might have some ideas.
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Can you put it down the pipe that takes the drain water from your washing machine? That is the way I do it and it is a one person operation. The hose will not pop out.
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If you have drain pipes exposed in a garage or crawl-space, they often have accessible clean-out tees. I use one in our garage sometimes.
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I just went under my house to look where the main sewer line was. Sure enough there was a cleanout (hiding under the woodchips) conveniently located close to the driveway.
Now I need to get rid of my cassette and get a black tank.
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A toilet will not handle the flow rate from a properly working macerator. No, no, no to pressurized poo inside. If you try it, have someone stand a safe distance away and video. You'll be a Youtube sensation for all the wrong reasons.

Use a 3" or 4" clean out opening or actual dump station and you'll be fine (even uphill).
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I just went under my house to look where the main sewer line was. Sure enough there was a cleanout (hiding under the woodchips) conveniently located close to the driveway.
Now I need to get rid of my cassette and get a black tank.
jon, good find!

Wingeezer, have a plumber see it he can locate a cleanout or add one!
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