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Old 05-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Replacing the macerator with conventional dump hoses on SS Agile

Has anyone replaced the macerator with conventional dumping hoses? I think my macerator is bad and would like to go to gravity dump. I've also had problems with the macerator hose and it was replaced. I was thinking about trying to put a conventional hose hookup where the cleanout is before the macerator. I would keep the valve as is. I'm not sure the connections will fit without being too low under vehicle. I've got an SS Agile. Anyone tried something similar?
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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I'm not sure the connections will fit without being too low under vehicle.
I am in the process of doing the opposite on my LTV Serenity, if it is anything like the one on the Serenitys that come with the macerator option it's just twisted onto the dump valve and to remove it and have what I have you just dump with a hose. You will need a place to store a smelly hose.

As far as it being too low, I have had issues with that, just jack up the car with those leveling blocks so you can get the tank you are going into under it. If you are at a dump site you will likely have no issues as they are almost always way lower than the road.

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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Default Re: Replacing the macerator with conventional dump hoses on SS Agile

My guess I that you. Will not b happy with a gravity. The biggest issue with the RT hose is that it is hard to in and out. Consider shortening it, and spray it with silicone spray evey now and again, and it will go in and out much easier.

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Old 05-10-2012, 02:12 AM   #4
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Has anyone replaced the macerator with conventional dumping hoses? I think my macerator is bad and would like to go to gravity dump. I've also had problems with the macerator hose and it was replaced. I was thinking about trying to put a conventional hose hookup where the cleanout is before the macerator. I would keep the valve as is. I'm not sure the connections will fit without being too low under vehicle. I've got an SS Agile. Anyone tried something similar?
I agree with Icarus. I have an emergency dump set up that will use the clean out drain and a three inch hose on my RS, but I cannot imagine using it every time I empty the tanks.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:42 PM   #5
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I agree with Icarus. I have an emergency dump set up that will use the clean out drain and a three inch hose on my RS, but I cannot imagine using it every time I empty the tanks.
Gary, can you elaborate on your setup? How long is the 3 inch hose? is it permanently connected? Where is it stored/mounted? Thanks.

Also, having used our macerator system for 4 years now and observing those in the 'big' RVs using the nasty gravity feed system, I can't see any reason to go backwards in technology. Yes, my hose failed, and the macerator pump also failed, but those two problems have been fixed. Even the hassle of those episodes isn't enough to make me want to deal with the old fashioned gravity feed system. Y-e-e-c-h !!!!

Just returned from a 26 day, 3800 mile tour of the West in our RS, and used our macerator system nearly every other day. It's quick, easy, clean, and never spilled a drop. My vote would be to replace your pump and stay with a good system.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:31 AM   #6
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The drain clean out on my RS is angled down at about 45 degrees so the fittings I need are pretty simple. I have a two inch PVC threaded fitting with a 2 inch female on the opposite end. The threaded end screws into the pipe where the drain plug is normally. When I removed the drain plug I had disposable latex gloves on and about one cup or less of liquid came out. I glued a 5 inch long piece of 2 inch PVC in the female end. I plan to add a 2 inch to 3 inch adapter and a short piece of 3 inch PVC in the other end of the adapter to which I will clamp the flexible 10 foot long hose
I have this partly done and will finish when I can get to Camping World or other RV supply to buy the hose. If I can find 2 inch hose I may ditch the 2 to 3 inch adapter and go with 2 inch only. I plan to store the hose and fittings in a larger piece of PVC under the rear bumper of my RS.

If interested I will send photos when it is complete. I hope I never have to use it though.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:48 AM   #7
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Thanks. But where is the shut-off valve? Looking forward to your finished product. As you say, hope to never need it. But when my Macerator pump died, it would have come in handy, because the OEM system does not gravity drain.
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The two valves normally used for dumping the black and gray tank can be used to dump through the emergency gravity drain setup. As I understand the plumbing in the RS, the two valves are "upstream" from the macerator pump so when opened they will allow the tanks to drain through the normally plugged hole into my hose.
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Gravity doesn't fail.
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