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Quarantine on Wheels

Safely Navigating the Quarantine in your RV, 5th Wheel, or Camper

In an effort to curtail the virus and slow the movement of the epidemic in the US, almost every state has enacted travel bans and issued orders to shelter in place.  For most people, this is an inconvenience, but for people who have sold their homes and embraced the nomadic lifestyle it can be a real challenge.

At Drain Master, we have an intimate understanding of the challenges you are facing as an RV owner.  From finding a safe place to park, to getting your groceries, life is presenting some unique obstacles.  We’re here to help remove those obstacles and be a lifeline for those on the not so open roads.

You can view this resource from Campendium for closures of campgrounds across the US due to the state mandated travel restrictions.

With Every Challenge is a New Opportunity

Staying with Family

While living on the go is a bit uncertain, many people are finding that having an RV, 5th wheel, or camper in times like these is beneficial.  Having the ability to pick up and go, and then stay for an extended period of time can be vital for those in hard hit areas, for those with older relatives who need a bit of extra help, etc.

Avoiding Hotspots

If your area is looking at a serious increase in the number of cases reported with the virus, having an RV, 5th wheel, or Camper is a great way to ride out the curve in a less affected area.  If you are leaving a region with a significant outbreak, please take care to follow CDC and WHO guidelines so as not to contribute to the spread of the virus.

Vacations:

Vacation spots are being hit hard by this epidemic.  Airline travel is restricted, hotels are closing, these “mobile” homes are just about the only way to travel right now.  And they’re definitely the only method of doing so affordably in an uncertain economy. Check the resource above for a list of campgrounds and locations that are open and available before leaving for any trips.

Self-Quarantine

If you or a loved one is being tested, or is working as an essential employee, quarantining away from the rest of the family significantly lowers the risk of spreading the virus.  Many people who own RVs, 5th wheels, or campers are either using them for self-quarantine or loaning them to those in need.  In fact, there’s a whole Facebook community dedicated to loaning these mobile homes to healthcare workers so that they can protect their families.

Plan Ahead:

Food:

Be prepared to have a stockpile of food before making any travel plans.  Local grocery stores in certain areas may be closed, changing hours, or limiting the number of shoppers allowed in the store at a given time.  You don’t want to travel somewhere and risk running out of food.

Water:

Make sure you have water on hand for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.  In addition, make sure that you can refill your water supply with treated water wherever you might travel.  Water is vital in cleaning and avoiding the spread of the virus.

Supplies:

Much like food and water, you’ll want to make sure that you have the right cleaning supplies and products before making any travel plans.  Running out of disinfectant, toilet paper, or anti-bacterial soap could cause a big problem.

Sewage:

The dirty side of the RV life, even if you can shelter in place for a number of weeks, you’ll still need access to safe place to empty your sewage.  Campsites often offer easily accessible sewage dumping sites. Here are some of our guidelines for staying safe while emptying your tanks:

  • Wear gloves!
  • Spray the water faucet with a mix of 2 parts water, 1 part bleach (because the guy before you could have turned the spigot off with his dirty gloves)
  • Use our Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage system as it provides the safest most sanitary way to transfer holding tank sewage from an RV to the ground sewer inlet. You don’t have to connect the hose or any fittings, all the sewage is contained inside the hose, and no waste touches the ground or your gloves!

The Cleanest Way to Dump

Using the Waste Master Sewer Hose and Drain Master Waste Valve System

Imagine this, you’ve just been on an amazing vacation.  You’ve logged lots of miles, hit some epic hot spots, and now you’re on your way back home.  What are you dreading more, the return home, or emptying your holding tank?  We can’t help you with number one, but we can most certainly help you with number two.

When you drain your RV sewage holding tanks are you fumbling with flimsy sewer hoses that leak, crack, or split?  Does your hose move around you, and require a second set of hands to set up and operate the drainage system?

The sad truth of most RV drainage systems is that they’re made up of parts that aren’t designed to do the job.  They’re made of substandard materials that don’t stand up to the demands of your RV lifestyle. can save you countless hours emptying your holding tank and cleaning up after the job is done over the life of your RV.  The Drain Master Pro-Series Electronic Waste Valves combined with the Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage System combine to offer RV’s, 5th wheels, and travel trailers the fastest and cleanest waste removal system.

We’ve made it our mission at Drain Master to design and stand behind superior drainage solutions for RVs, 5th wheels, and Travel Trailers.  Sewage shouldn’t stand between you and the next adventure.  Our solutions are backed by expertise and knowledge to offer a sanitary drainage solution so you can spend less time dumping and more time exploring, relaxing, or sightseeing.  With Drain Master, emptying your tanks is simple, safe, and sanitary.  Learn more by reading the post below.

Get the Job Done Right

Now imagine a better way of emptying your holding tanks.  It’s as simple as parking your RV.  No wait, it’s way easier than that!  Simply open your Waste Master System storage compartment, grab the industrial strength hose and walk it over to the drain.  Your hose is already connected using Cam Loc fittings so there’s no leaking, no set up hassle.  This new hose collapses for easy storage affording you 20 feet crush proof, UV resistant hose.

Now you’re ready to hit the switch.  Our innovative Drain Master Pro-Series waste valve system eliminates cumbersome pull valves with a simple electric switch that’s easy to install, one in your wet bay and one inside your RV.  Once the tank is empty, simply hit the switch again, collapse and store your hose, and be on your way.  The smooth interior of the hose keeps waste from building up and getting stuck.  This eliminates hours of cleaning and keeps your storage compartment clean.  Plus, our StaPut Technology also means that the hose will not move around on you while you empty your sewage tank.  No more pin hole leaks.  No more second set of hands to hold it in place.

Stop Imagining It

Now that you know a better system exists, what’s keeping you from making the call? Our experienced and friendly staff are waiting to answer all of your questions from the specifications to the simple operation of the total Drain Master System.  Call today to learn about how the Drain Master Electronic Waste Valves and the Waste Master Ultimate Sewer Hose Storage System offer RV owners the very best in waste removal.

Drain Master Waste Valve Differences

We get asked a lot “What’s the difference in the Premium and Pro-Series valves?” The actual valve is the same physically so no additional installation steps are needed to interface with your existing plumbing. The difference for the Premium electric waste valve versus the Pro-Series is in the actual operational flexibility.

 

EASE OF INSTALLATION

The Pro Series valve is easier to connect the power 12vdc because it is done at the valve, not at the switch. The switch interfaces with the controller through a small easily run cable (RJ 11) much like a telephone land line wire and has both a Green light indicating Closed and a Red light when the valve is Open, so you always know the status of the valve. In addition the controller on the Pro Series has 2 ports so an additional switch can be added OR it can be connected to a computer. The future of RV Waste Management is to automate the dumping process and the Pro Series is ready to go.


Premium Drain Master Valve

RV Electric Waste Valve Front and Back View


Pro-Series Drain Master Electric Waste Valve

RV Pro Series Electric Waste Valve Front and Back View


Two Types of Switches Available with Pro-Series Drain Master Valves

RV Electric Waste Valve Switches


SWITCHES

As you can see in the pictures above our older Premium valve switch has one red light that lights up anytime the valve is open. However with the Pro-Series valves there are red and green lights and two different styles available. (pictured above)

 

WARRANTY

Another thing that sets them apart is the warranty.  The Premium Drain Master valves come with a 1 year limited warranty while the newer Pro-Series Drain Master valves come with a 5 year limited warranty.

 

Shop for valves-

Premium Drain Master Valves

Pro-Series Drain Master Valves

 

For more information you can also check out these Drain Master Electronic Waste Valve Videos

Campfires are for swapping stories, and RV tips

Source:  Letsrv.com / RVDailyReport.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.

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!

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!

Creative Ways to Install Drain Master in the Proper Position

We have talked about valve positioning in the past and most manual valve failures can be contributed solely to the position the valve body is in, in relation to the pipe it is located in. Keeping the valve body over the piping, as opposed to beside or under the piping, is the key to long term reliability and performance.

rv sewer tank valve orientation

 

This sounds simple, but in reality, once the RV is designed, built and sold to the consumer, the task of repositioning becomes a separate challenge. You will find that most of the time, a workable solution can be found. In rare cases, you are stuck with the existing configuration with no recourse, even if you replumb the whole system starting at the holding tank outlets.

Increasing the Gray Tank Outlet

Most RV manufacturers buy their holding tanks with an 1.5″ reducer in a 3″ hole on the tank for the gray water. This reducer can be removed in most cases.  By having the gray tank outlet 3″, you will get the actual water flow necessary to remove the scum build up on top of the water as the gray tank fills. If this is possible, you should definitely do it!

holding tanks in half pipe - rv sewer tank valve installation

Imagine your holding tank (pictured below),outlet(s), and begin here.

holding tank outlet - rv sewer tank valve install

First make sure you can remove the reducer in the gray tank(s). If not, you will need to look at alternates (described later) then see if you have 6 to 8 inches above both tank outlets. If so, the valves should be mounted as close to the tank as possible (see pic below), to prevent solids from building in the pipe, between the tank and the valve face, causing a cork.

drain master system on gray tank - rv sewer tank valve install

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If you do not have the room, come out until you have the overhead room to mount the valves over the pipe in their respective flanges. Now plumbing to the side of the coach where you connect the sewer hose becomes pretty simple—in most cases.

Alternative– 1.5″ tank outlets mean you will need to continue with the in 1.5″ pipe from the holding tank and use a reducer on the tank side of the valve, then increase the  pipe size to 3″. If not, you will have to plumb the rest of the way with the existing pipe and termination assembly.

Our goal is to make dumping your holding tanks uneventful and as efficient as possible. We highly recommend reading our “First in Last out” rules of dumping your tanks. If all RVers used this method we would eliminate ground water contamination between the RV site and the sewer inlet, a common issue at parks with full hook ups. Be an environmentally friendly RVer!

We are happy to work with our customers on these types of issues, so please feel free to contact us 877 787-8833 toll free with any of your questions.

Prevent Plugged Holding Tanks with the Biffy Bidet!

We have been carrying a product called the Biffy for the past 4 years and it is an attachment that turns any toilet into a Bidet. A bidet is used for personal hygiene and extremely popular in Europe and more and more in high end homes in the US and Canada, as we become a more global society. Stay tuned to see how this could be the solution you’re looking for regarding plugged holding tanks!

biffy bidet toilet - reduce plugged holding tanksThe Biffy Installed

History Behind the Product  No pun intended!

The reason we carry the Biffy is the result of a call from an RVer who spends a lot of time RVing in Mexico that is always trying to conserve on water and is big on recycling. He had had a problem with plugged holding tanks due to too much T/P in the toilet while conserving on water. He discovered the Biffy and thought even though it uses more water he and his wife would not need to put the T/P down the toilet.

The Biffy delivers a soft shower of fresh clean water to cleanse your bottom completely – in seconds. No other bidets or bathroom accessory works as well, Guaranteed!

adjust pressure for bidet with inset - reduce plugged holding tanks

What Happens When the Biffy is Operated

When you are sitting on a toilet seat your bottom is perfectly positioned for thorough bidet cleansing. The toilet seat supports your cheeks while your body weight presses down, spreading your cheeks apart and exposes your bottom parts to the cleansing rinse of the Biffy. In just a few seconds fresh water rinses your bottom completely, like a bidet, only much better for your body and your health.

What Happend in Our Family

We make absolutely sure any product we sell works as advertised, so the first unit was installed in my RV. My wife was very hesitant feeling the water would be too cold. I didn’t think so and finally she tried it. I was right (not often mind you) and she began to use the Biffy on a regular basis. We installed one in each of our bathrooms at home and as the rest of the family came over—and used the Biffy, they too had to have one as well.

The Benefits of Using the Biffy

The Biffy bidet doesn’t require manual dexterity or coordination and so it is perfect for disabled or elderly persons. Because the Biffy bidet cleans without touching, the chance for fecal contamination on hands, skin, clothing, and bathroom fixtures can be eliminated. The Biffy bidet also provides gentle, non irritating care for many other health problems including hemorrhoids, rashes, and postpartum care for new mothers.

Hemorrhoids, a problem irritated by toilet paper can be relieved with the use of the Biffy. The Biffy bidet easily cleans around hemorrhoids without manual contact or rubbing of any kind. It’s soothing rinse helps heal them. It’s gentle rectal stimulation also relieves constipation. The Biffy is good for your body.

It is also a very eco friendly option, dramatically reducing the amount of toilet paper a household or RVing family uses over a year.  Some studies have been done on just how much of an impact toilet paper production and usage costs and you would be surprised at the numbers.

If you would like to join the Biffy Revolution, call or order yours on line.
Say goodbye to plugged holding tanks and wave hello to a clean, cost-effective solution!