How to Connect a Sewer Hose to an RV

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RV sanitation systems typically include a black-water tank and a gray-water tank. The black-water tank collects waste from the toilet. The gray-water tank collects used water from the kitchen sink, bathroom sink and shower. Connect a sewer hose to your RV to empty both of these tanks as needed, according to your RV monitor panel.

Things You'll Need

  • Sewer hose
  • Sewer hose support (optional)

Attach the Sewer Hose

  • Close both the black- and gray-water valves.

  • Place the sewer hose support between the RV and the ground sewer connection.

  • Attach the sewer hose coupler to the waste water outlet on the RV. Tighten firmly.

  • Lay the sewer hose on top of the sewer hose support to avoid ground contact.

  • Remove the ground sewer connection cover.

  • Place the elbow end of the sewer hose over the ground sewer connection. Press the elbow end of the sewer hose firmly into the ground to ensure a proper seal.

Flush the Tanks

  • Open the black-water valve.

  • Power on the waste water pump to flush the contents of the black water tank.

  • Power off the waste water pump when the black-water tank is empty.

  • Close the black-water valve.

  • Open the gray-water valve.

  • Power on the waste water pump to flush the contents of the gray water tank.

  • Power off the waste water pump when the gray-water tank is empty.

  • Close the gray-water valve.

  • Replace the ground sewer connection cover.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dump the black- and gray-water tanks after both are two-thirds full so the weight of the contents helps flush the tanks.
  • Avoid dragging the sewer hose along the ground to prevent damage to the hose.
  • Wear disposable gloves when flushing the tanks.
  • Use only heavy-duty hoses designed for sewage use.

References

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