How To Keep Your RV Holding Tanks Free Of Sewer Rats and Flies

Sewer rats living in your RV’s gray water tank? Sewer flies breeding in your black water tank ? It may sound like an urban legend or the stuff of nightmares, but unfortunately, these things can happen if you’re not careful.

 

As the name implies, sewer flies (or drain flies) live in the sewer system, so they can have a clear path to your RV if you neglect to keep your gray water tank closed while in an RV park.

 

In this video with RV Travel’s Chuck Woodbury, you’ll hear about a couple that heard thumping noises in the middle of the night after making this common RV waste management mistake. It turned out that the couple wasn’t alone in their RV — a sewer rat was living with them! You’ll also watch Chuck tell the story of a woman who watched in horror as sewer flies emerged from her toilet after making the same mistake.

 

Don’t be left vulnerable: watch our video to learn how to keep critters out of your holding tank sewage system and subscribe to Drain Master’s Youtube channel for even more RV living tips!

RV Waste Management 101: 3 Reasons You Should Keep Your Grey Water Tank Closed

Whether you’re new to RV living or an old pro, you know that after connecting your sewer hose, you keep the black water tank closed, while you’re at an RV park. But many RVers are in the habit of leaving their grey water holding tank open anytime they’re hooked up at a campground. While this may prevent dirty water from backing up into your shower and sinks, it can cause some other truly unpleasant issues.

 

Here’s why:

  • If your grey water tank is allowed to fully empty, scum will build up in both the tank and the inside of the hose — in addition to being unsanitary, this can cause a really nasty smell!
  • If you let your grey water tank fill to ⅔ full before emptying it, a vortex is created which helps to remove the scum and eliminate most buildup.

 

You Might Be Missing a Step When Winterizing Your Holding Tanks

Most RV’ers know that it’s essential to empty and clean your grey and black holding tanks when storing your RV for the winter months. You’re probably also aware that you should put some RV Antifreeze in your holding tanks, since you can’t be sure that there isn’t some water left.  A question we are asked a lot is “Should I leave my valves open or closed when storing my RV?”  The valves should be left in the open position which allows the seals to be in a relaxed position over the winter as opposed to pressing on the gate, causing a potential for stiction.

Have questions about winterizing the rest of your RV?  Check out this article from The RV Doctor.

Campfires are for swapping stories, and RV tips

Source:  Letsrv.com

Author: Greg Gerber

This week taught me another lesson about the value of hanging out with experienced RVers. Although I have been traveling full-time in my motorhome for more than two years, I certainly don’t know all the tips and tricks to making the journey successful. Not even close.

I was visiting very scenic Hollister, Calif., to get work done on my motorhome. The good folks at DrainMaster were replacing my old get-your-hands-dirty-while-dumping septic valves and hoses with their truly revolutionary Waste Master waste management system. I’ll have more on that in a future article.

But, while enjoying a meal that night, I was reminded of how valuable these spontaneous interactions are.  Click here to read the rest of the article.

Can Dumping Your Holding Tanks be a Breeze?

If you’re a seasoned RV’er, you’re all too familiar with leaky fittings, sewer hose pin holes, broken valve handles and the challenging task of trying to make sure the hose stays in the sewer inlet. And how about the occasional sewer smell in your RV?  These are the parts of  the RV’ing lifestyle that the salesman didn’t make any mention of, when you purchased your RV.   And doesn’t it seem that in this day and age of technology, there would be a better way?  Read on to hear what Gary Bunzer, The RV Doctor has to say about the issue.  You’ll find some great tips and products that just might have you looking forward to dumping your holding tanks.

Click here to read the article.

*please note, the Polychute sewer hose which is featured in this article,  is no longer available.

Another Option for Permanently Connecting your Waste Master Hose on your RV

Here at Drain Master, we had the pleasure of meeting one of our customers last winter when he and his wife stopped by to get some help with a modification to their RV that would make using their Waste Master Sewer hose system even cleaner, easier and trouble free.  Ray and his wife Anne have a wonderful website www.loveryourrv.com where they share their full timing experiences, RV tips, upgrades and modifications.   Ray posted and excellent article and supporting video, detailing the modification which you’ll want to check out.  Once you’ve read it go ahead and explore the site further. We think you’ll find many interesting tips and articles.

Excerpt from www.loveyourrv.com by Ray Burr

You may remember last year I gave the Waste Master RV Sewer System a full Love Your RV review. I was very impressed with the design and quality of the hose and connections. In the last year, it hasn’t failed to live up to my high expectations.

The only major beef I had with the sewer hose was the permanently attached 90-degree head, storage was an issue. It would not easily slide into the rear bumper like my old hose did. I ended up building a custom carrier for it mounted on top of the bumper. This arrangement worked well enough however I’ve since come to realize there may be a much better solution.

Soon after my review was published I was contacted by Doug Swarts of DrainMaster.com. He is a long time RVer and the designer of the Waste Master Sewer System. Doug informed me he envisioned the sewer hose to be always hooked to the RV. Therefore it would be unnecessary to decouple it between campsites. No more dribbling stinky slinky to deal with when breaking camp. The Waste Master hose would live in its own storage box or sleeve.  Read the Full Article HERE

It May Be Possible To Retrofit Your RV and have the Waste Master Sewer Hose System permanently connected

During your time in the RV lifestyle you may have seen different versions of the Waste Master Sewer Hose System.  This heavy duty sewer hose with its patented nozzle is in a class all its own when it comes to dumping the holding tanks on your RV.  Waste Master first appeared on the scene back in 2007 and was standard equipment on various Beaver, Foretravel, Travel Supreme, Western Rec, Carriage and Newell models.  These RV’s had the advantage of having the hose permanently connected at all times and stored in a convenient storage system with a locking door.  They even had a handheld remote that pulled the hose back into the RV when finished.  Dumping the holding tanks suddenly wasn’t the dreaded chore that it always has been, for the owners.

We wanted to bring the same convenience to all the folks that already own their RV’s and Fifth Wheels, so we launched the Waste Master Adapter Kit, to install aftermarket.  While it may not be possible to retrofit your RV in the same way as the high line coaches mentioned above, we like to think outside the box and have come up with different ways to ensure that our customers can use the Waste Master Sewer Hose System.  We also have an enclosure for 5th wheels and travel trailers. In this article written by Greg Gerber of Let’sRV.com and RV Daily Report, you can see how we were able to set him up with a permanently connected Waste Master hose with minimal changes to his sewer bay.

RV Daily Report features Waste Master’s Doug Swarts

DrainMaster’s very own Doug Swarts, the founder of Drainmaster and the Waste Master Sewer Management System for RVs is featured in this podcast.

The system was developed out of Doug’s real-world experience as a full-time RVer.  Tired of the hassle and unpleasant mess of dumping RV holding tanks the traditional way, he got creative!

In this podcast, Doug takes you through his development process and reasons why you should embrace this technology.  Not only do customers want it, you are encouraged to adopt it before it’s mandated by the RV industry.

Waste Master uses electric drain valves, a super strong hose, and a specially-engineered nozzle that takes the disgust out of dumping tanks.

RV manufacturers do not have to install it.   The system can be installed in a few hours, which gives Dealers the opportunity to provide this service for their customers.  In this podcast, you’ll learn how.

To watch a video of it in operation, click here.

Rollin’ on TV Rollin’ into New England


New partnership with NERVDA brings popular TV show to
RV enthusiasts throughout New England starting in May

Hudson and Mattapoisett, MA (March 2016) – The nation’s most popular consumer RV show, Rollin’ on TV, is finally coming home. The show has been produced by Jose Moniz in his Mattapoisett, MA studio for five years but has never been aired in New England.

That will all change in May as Moniz partners with the New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA) to launch the successful program on NESN, the New England Sports Network, which is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally as NESN National. The definitive source for New England sports programming, NESN has consistently been one of the top rated regional sports networks in the country and was the first regional sports network in the country to originate every game and studio show in high definition.

Bob Zagami, Executive Director of NERVDA, said, “We are ecstatic to finally have this great show available for RV enthusiasts throughout New England. With the support of four great dealers, we are now able to sign contracts and have Rollin’ on TV visiting their locations to shoot their ads. The four dealers participating in the launch of the show on NESN are Forrest Marine & RV Center (Tyngsboro, MA) Scott’s Recreation (Manchester, ME), Seacoast RVs (Saco, ME) and Campers Inn RV with four locations in New England (Manchester and Kingston, NH; Raynham, MA and Union, CT.) Their vision and commitment to this show have been the driving force to bring Rollin’ on TV to new prospects and showcase their dealerships beyond their traditional marketing programs.”

Rollin’ On TV is a weekly half-hour program that’s designed to be both entertaining and informative. The show airs on both cable and on Dish and Direct TV Networks and can be seen on various stations around the country including ABC, FOX, CBS, WB, MyNetwork TV, COX TV along with independent stations and major regional sports networks including COX Sports, Altitude Sports and MIDCO Sports. Many of the stations carrying the program, specially the sports networks, air the show multiple times each week. ROTV airs on average 23 times each week. Every day, seven days a week ROTV is airs somewhere in the country, and when combined, the show reaches over 30,000,000 homes nationally and has actual, average viewership of over 325,000 homes weekly.

Moniz, equally pleased that the show will now air throughout New England, noted, “As a New England based company, this has been a television market we’ve wanted for some time but getting airtime on a station/ network that cover all of New England is difficult. This new partnership with NERVDA has enabled us to put this program package together with NESN and we’re definitely looking forward to our airdate of May 19th.

I appreciate the hard work Bob Zagami put into this effort in bringing these RV dealers together and we are looking forward to working with all of them, and NERVDA, this year.”

Dates and airtime information are available on the show website on the TV Schedule page. www.rollinontv.com.

Scott Lanpher, owner of Scott’s Recreation in Manchester and Turner, ME joined NERVDA because of this new member benefit and said, “Rollin’ on TV will help reach more potential and existing customers while providing those same customers with extremely helpful information. Scott’s Recreation is pleased to be part of bringing Rollin’ on TV to the Northeast!”

New England’s largest park model dealer, Seacoast RVs in Saco, Me, was one of the first dealers to sign on as an advertiser. Linda Mailhot, who owns the dealership with her husband Michael, noted, “Education is the key to everything. If we can educate consumers on the value an RV can add to their life and then on the different types of RVs out there, that is a win-win for everyone.”

Forrest Marine & RV Center in Tyngsboro, MA was the first dealership to sign up for this opportunity. Bruce Flanders purchased this fifty-seven year family owned dealership in 2005 with his wife Sue, is excited about moving into television to reach a larger audience. Flanders noted, “This dealership has been exclusive to Jayco since 1968 and we know they have been very pleased with response from their visibility on the show. We didn’t think twice when NERVDA presented this opportunity . . . in fact I texted Bob during the conference call and told him to sign us up. We think this is great publicity with viewers who are already interested in the RV lifestyle and we want them to know where to find us!”

Campers Inn RV, with 15 locations along the Route 95 corridor from New Hampshire to Florida has signed on for a local ad for the New England shows and a national ad that will be shown throughout the country. Ben Hirsch, COO, said, “NERVDA continues to provide value to the dealers in New England, and the partnership with Rollin’ on TV is just another example. This program will allow us to get in front of our consumers – Active RV owners – in a way that is more focused than other forms of advertising.”

Video shooting at the dealerships begins next week and the show will start airing in May.

Contact information for Rollin’ on TV:

Jose Moniz
Rollin’ On TV
PO Box 322
Mattapoisett, Ma. 02739
508.951.5385
Jose@rollinontv.com

Contact information for NERVDA:

Bob Zagami, Executive Director

360 Siphon Roof Vent Installation Video- New!

Considering buying a few 360 roof vents to get rid of the smell in your RV once and for all?  Check out this wonderful video from the RV Geeks.  It walks you right through the process.  Click the link below to see the video

How To Keep Your RV Odor Free