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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.

Mississippi motor home driving alongside forest - NERVDA brings Rollin' on TV to New England

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

handyman with tools and extra arms - DrainMaster - tip for seal installation

Handy Tip for DrainMaster Seal Installation

Our customer Darrel Shearer called DrainMaster to share his solution to installing his Drain Master valves on his RV. Darrel had had trouble keeping the seals on the flanges while trying to slip the valve between the flanges. The RV manufacturer left no room to separate the flanges and located them under the RV in a very awkward place to work.

After fighting the plumbing and having the seals slip out of position causing the valve to leak through during testing. Six or seven attempts later with no success, he decided a better method was needed.

Darrel found an old FOR SALE sign laying around, the kind you buy at Lowe’s or Home Depot to sell, rent or warn or inform people. The material is thin plastic, so he cut a couple of strips and after installing the seals on the flanges he slipped the two strips of plastic over the seals, then slid the valve down between the strips. Once in place, he carefully removed the first strip and then seal went into the valve perfectly. Darrel then removed the second strip and to his delight, the other seal went right into position! Because his flanges were so close, he simply moved the valve slightly to align the bolt holes, installed the bolts and nuts finger tight and tightened the nuts (no more than 1.5 turns), plugged in the valve and proceeded with his test by adding water to the holding tanks. Success!! The procedure came from desperation and is very simple and VERY effective!

Darrel was excited to share the information with us so we could pass the idea on to other RV’ers. If you have a tip that has made installing your valve easier, we would love to hear it!

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!

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

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

Sewer fly - sewer flies - Waste Master

rv cam lock

RV Sewer Connections – Bayonet vs RV Cam Lock

Years ago while full timing, I always had issues with connecting my sewer hose to the RV, as well as, between the hose and the fitting. I didn’t have an RV Cam Lock. The bayonet fitting on my RV, as it is with almost all other RVs, is a male 4 pin connection, while the hose end is a female with the seal located in it.

This arrangement seemed odd, so I began to look at how other industries transferred liquids from vehicles. The first thing I noticed was the cobayonet fitting vs rv cam locknnections were completely different, not just in material thickness, to take the abuse of constant usage, but also the way the industrial fittings work. Industry standard fittings are all “compression” fittings, in other words when the male fitting comes in contact with the seal, it is compressed into the seal either with 2 cams or with a threaded ring, which is used extensively on fire trucks. The 2 cam arms are usedon fuel trucks, as seen below.

fuel truck connection - not rv cam lock

This difference is significant when high pressure is needed, as with fire trucks and is as important when transferring fuel, even though the fuel is not under pressure, other than what is created by the tank. The need to have a connection that insured a fail proof connection made the “compression” style fitting a standard in all industries, with the exception of the RV industry.

Human waste is by no means as harmful when spilled, as fuel or as accident prone as a pressurized fire hose connection coming loose, but human waste is considered an environmental hazard!

Further study revealed that all commercial vehicles have the female fitting on the vehicle and the male fitting on the hose, exactly opposite to the RV bayonet system. The reason the male is on the hose in commercial applications is that the male fittings are just slightly larger than the hose itself, so are easier to store and handle the hose and extension hose assemblies.

Over the past 5 years we have never had a customer say they didn’t like the Cam Loc fitting and in fact we get compliments all the time on the secure feeling the user gets while dumping the holding tanks.

rv cam lock

To hear what others are saying about the cam loc fitting, simply google RV cam lock or click this link to see a comment from the IRV2.com forum http://www.irv2.com/forums/f52/no-leak-sewer-hose-system-76084.html

Watch the RV Doctor show you how the system works. https://youtu.be/j-mehVSn6Ws

We are always happy to talk to you directly if you have question, 877 787 8833 toll free.

RV Doctor Onboard with Drain Master!

Hey Folks! Gary Bunzer, The RV Doctor, here on the Drain Master blog. I hope you’ve been gleaning lots of good info from the great team at Drain Master as I do. Doug and crew are the experts in RV waste management and have been for many years. I typically will consult with them when responding to the many questions regarding waste plumbing and their associated issues within the realm of recreation vehicles sent to my RV Doctor Column.

RV Doctor Gary Bunzer - talks about Drain MasterAs you’ve probably read on my RV Doctor Website over the years, I’m a big fan of Drain Master products and especially their incomparable customer service. It would be rare to find a more personable company anywhere in the supplier ranks of the RV Industry.

Nothing is outsourced!

They take care of every customer, personally! Whether by telephone or email, you can always reach Doug or any of the staff at Drain Master whenever you have a design or usability problem with anything to do with RV waste plumbing, beginning at each sink drain and ending at the sewer inlet at your favorite campground.

RV Educator and Author for the past 35 Years!

I started out as a RV service technician in 1968 and I’ve enjoyed teaching and writing about technical stuff for the RV Industry since 1976. My RV Doctor Column has been published somewhere every month since then. When you get a moment, feel free to browse around RVdoctor.com or peruse the videos on RVdoctorVideos.com. All topics are indexed on the Home Page of each site for quick and easy reference.

I’d wager that any problem you may experience during your RVing forays, has already been an issue for someone else too!

Also, look for feature articles to appear on my website as well as here on the Sweet Smelling Blog at Drain Master. Stay tuned……

I just heard Drain Master will be posting my two-part article on Waste Management here soon!

And don’t forget to sign up for my free monthly RV Doctor Newsletter! And remember, RVing is more than a hobby, it’s a lifestyle!

Cheers!