Check Out This Blog by a Fellow RVer and Drain Master Customer

Erik has his own blog http://www.eriksrantz.blogspot.com/  and he, like the rest of us have expectations when dealing with businesses. You can read the whole article on his site, but I thought it worth posting what Erik has to say about us as well as other companies, that believe that “The customer is king” without our customers, no one has a job! We love to help RVers solve waste managment issues and in the process hope they find our products worth purchasing. Thank you Erik for putting our site on your list of sites to visit.

Here are a list of some sites that I’ll also put on the side that I have found helpful in diagnosing the various maladies I have had to re-fix after the dealer failed to do so. For the forums, if you’re new to RVing visit the beginner section of the forums, they are a great way to discuss this lifestyle!


http://www.rvdoctor.com a great resource site and he has videos that explain many fixes for free.

 


http://blog.drainmaster.com/

I have learned a lot about drains and RV tank venting from this site. When I need to do some upgrades it looks like they have some great products to do the job. Not sure about how to properly dump your tanks? They have a great article about that right here.

 


http://www.rvlinks.com/ The title says it all!

 

RV Advice Links – http://www.rvadvice.com/rvlinks.html, there are a lot of links on this site for many things that concern RV’ers.

 


http://www.irv2.com A great forum for help!

RV Industry, Would you say “China” and “RV” in the same sentence?

 This blog was written and posted in RV Insights www.rvinsights.com  and we thought it worthy of posting it here, for all our RVing friends to read. Our Drain Master products as well as our Waste Master and Polychute lines are made here in America with the exception of a couple of components, one of which we had to have made in China (the drive motor) because we do not have a factory in the USA that builds this type of motor. Our company goal is to always buy American or Canadian whenever possible!

____________________________________________________________________________


Hardly
a day goes by without some reference to China and the damage they are currently inflicting on the United States with less expensive, or flat out counterfeit, products
knocked off from American-made products that once drove the powerful domestic manufacturing communities that once drove this great nation to prosperity.

Economists and financial analysts are warning of future distress for America with our rising debt and the incredible amount of money we owe to China. You might wonder what all of this has to do with RVers and the RV industry!

Quite a bit actually!

In recent years we have seen many great American-made RV products shipped off to China only to see exact duplicates showing up under a different brand name in many RV retail outlets with the infamous “Made in China” imprint stenciled on the bottom of the product or clearly visible on the cardboard or plastic container housing the RV part or accessory.

I have always viewed camping and RVing as a truly American adventure with RVs made in America by Americans and enjoyed by millions of Americans every day. When I go to my local dealer to buy parts or accessories I am not going to buy anything that is “Made in China” …. Period!

One of the nation’s largest RV parts and accessories retail chains has made it a practice over the past five years to systematically take their best selling products — made by Americans — and instructed their purchasing managers to find a cheaper knock-off or alternative that can be imported from China. This simply turns my stomach.

Recently at least one RV manufacturer has taken a significant amount of money from a Chinese businessman to make RVs that would be exported to China. How long do you think it will take the Chinese to knock-off everything inside and outside these RVs? We already have Chinese travel trailers being imported into the United States!

As we approach the July 4th holiday weekend, let’s not forget that we fought hard for the freedoms we enjoy since winning our independence for America. We are losing a lot of that independence as manufacturing jobs continue to be transferred to other countries or countries like China work to destroy what is left of American companies making products for those of us that enjoy the camping and RV lifestyle.

When you get ready to head out for your summer camping adventures, check the products you are thinking about buying and if they are “Made in China” put them back on the shelf. Commit to a buy American philosophy and protect the supplier companies and manufacturers serving the RV consumer. On your way out of the store, especially if it is the big retail chain, let them know that you will not be buying anything “Made in China” that is a cheap inferior imitation of what our companies are making.

Become an informed consumer and spread the word to your friends around the campfire. Let’s celebrate July 4th and the great American spirit represented in our independence to go camping and RVing and enjoy a great lifestyle with our family and friends. And let’s commit to doing it with products made in America, by Americans, and send a message to China that the American RV industry is not for sale!

This great article was written by Bob Zagami  www.rvinsights.com and we invite you to visit his web site or comment on this article here, we like to hear from all RVers, as does Bob.

bathroom faucet - rv dump valve

Adding a Second Switch Inside Your RV for Drain Master Electric Valve

Over time and talking to our customers it became evident that we needed to develop a simple system for our customers, without a lot of electrical background, to install a second switch in the living space of the RV. Folks are beginning to understand the importance of keeping the gray valve closed and only open when the tank is 2/3rds full. Putting a second switch inside for the electric RV dump valve makes it simple to empty the tank with a push of a button after washing clothes or taking a shower.

showering - rv dump valve

standardized flat plugs - electric rv dump valve

We standardized on the Mate N Lock style 4 pin flat plugs many years ago.

electric wye - rv dump valve

 

extension cable - rv dump valve

Every valve we sell for use in RVs has this plug on the valve, unless the RV mfg. specifically ordered valves  without them.  We then offer a number of extension cables that plug into the valve and go to the operator switch wire harness so it is a simple matter of plugging each one together.

Here is a diagram that illustrates how everything plugs together.

diagram for installing a second switch for your rv dump valve

 

Like this idea?

Click here to order the Wye harness and click here for the extension cables (Pt 5218 – 5223).

Still have questions on how to do this or what to order?  Just give us a call. (877) 787-8833

360 products white vent with diagram - rv roof vent

Eliminate Sewer Odors Inside Your RV Forever!

So if you’ve been on our site lately you’ve probably noticed the newest offering in our lineup of RV Waste Management Products that solve any and all issues regarding that awful sewer smell inside the RV. This RV roof vent is a fantastic solution to the problem of sewer odors.

The 360 Roof Vent

rv roof vent

  1. No Fan: The 360 Siphon provides you with a smell solution without any moving parts.
  2. Quality Engineering: By creating an updraft, odors and other gasses outside the RV can no longer enter your internal air. Allergens and toxic air alike are now kept outside your four walls.
  3. Good for the Environment: The breakdown of waste occurs over three times faster and allows you to use more environmentally friendly sprays when cleaning or freshening.
    Many customers have even eliminated their use of perfumes in their RV’s because the RV roof vent is that good!
  4. User-Friendly: To add to the benefits, this product is easy to install quickly and safely with only a screwdriver and putty knife.

In summary, you can breathe easier with the 360 RV roof vent not only because it reduces fumes but it’s easy to use with zero maintenance required!

And you would expect us to say good things about it and point out it’s best features.

But maybe you’d like an outside opinion, and possibly some more info and pictures on installation.

Well, look no further than this link below. It’s brought to you by IRV2.com. And if you aren’t a member of this forum, don’t worry, you will be able to read the article. But we think that once you take a look around, and see all of the valuable info being shared there, you’ll want to join too. And why not? It’s free.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/blogs/driver/installing-the-360-rv-universal-holding-tank-roof-vent-siphon-cap-4140/

See the product on our website here: 360 Roof Vent

Sewer fly - sewer flies - Waste Master

How to Avoid Sewer Flies in your RV Holding Tanks

If you’ve never heard of sewer flies, read on to see how you can be sure to avoid them.  The following article comes to us compliments of Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor.

Frustrating Fly ‘Festation’ with RV Toilet

Posted by RV Doctor

I just purchased my first ever motorhome earlier this year, a used 38-foot Damon. I have what seems like fruit flies breeding in the black water holding tank. No problem with the gray water holding tank. Whenever you push the flush foot pedal, the flies come swarming up out of the commode. I tried a half gallon of ammonia down the toilet and it seemed to help for a few days, but to no avail, they are back. I have talked with some of other motorhome residents in my park, but they have never heard of this problem. I usually dump both tanks when they are about two-thirds full. Has anyone had this problem before and what was the solution?
Jim, (San Antonio, TX)

First off, Jim, congratulations on the purchase of your first-ever motorhome! I’m sure you’ll rack up plenty of RVing miles in the coming months! About your bugs, you are evidently experiencing an onslaught of sewer flies, also called drain gnats among other names, (some of which may not be printable here). Depending on your specific variety, the scientific name is probably either Psychoda alternate or Psychoda cinerea. They are sometimes found in RV holding tanks since they thrive on moist organic waste, especially solid waste. Just the kind of stuff you’d find in the black holding tank. Primarily one that has not been cleaned, flushed or maintained adequately. Chances are, at some point, your new-to-you motorhome was probably stored without the holding tanks being flushed, cleaned and emptied completely.

Thankfully sewer flies do not bite, but they can be very annoying and still even dangerous at times. Because they are born among decaying filth and waste, they have the capability to transmit diseases to humans. Prolific little creatures, they lay their eggs in masses of anywhere from 10 to 200 groups, according to one report I researched. The larvae resemble small worms; basically without legs. The eggs can hatch anywhere between 32 to 48 hours. They mature in about two weeks and simply keep reproducing until they die or are eradicated. But keep in mind, new adults keep emerging from the pupae every 20 to 40 hours! The adults live approximately two weeks.

For short term relief, published reports recommend using a spray can of an insecticide containing pyrethrins or resmethrin. This will knock the adults down for a while. I must admit, however, I’ve never personally tried the insecticide route, but if you do, always follow the proper safety precautions for pesticide use, especially inside the motorhome. After killing those in the immediate area, be sure to sufficiently vent the entire RV. Read the precautions on the spray can carefully! But the best defense against long term infestation is to simply keep the holding tanks flushed and clean during periods of non-use. In your particular instance, it may be necessary to have your holding tanks hydro-cleaned, (see allprowaterflow.com). Because dried out waste can often stick to the bottom of the holding tank or clog the outlet of the tank, simply draining and flushing with fresh water may not be enough to dislodge all contaminants. And as you flush the toilet, the added moisture imbues new life into the larvae, prolonging the infestation. The bottom line is that the toilet drain and the black holding tank must be thoroughly cleaned prior to placing the motorhome in storage.

Though some people may not favor a holding tank additive, the proliferation of sewer flies is one strong case to indeed employ one. An enzyme-based, formaldehyde-free additive, one that helps digest the solids, is my recommendation. I’ve personally seen an infestation so severe that the flies had backed up into the integral tubing inside the toilet. The toilet had to be completely disassembled, cleaned and reassembled. It was quite time consuming. Hopefully your situation isn’t that bad. But it does mandate at least a complete inspection of the toilet and other components such as the vent pipe for that holding tank. It’s not the end of the world obviously, but it is quite annoying!

Here is a close up of what they look like