When using the toilet after dumping the tank, use lots of water. Remember , if you use the coach water the black tank will not get full until your fresh water is empty. They are almost the same size. You need water in the black tank to keep it from plugging up the toilet.
Don't worry if your Macerator does not completely empty the tank. You will need about 3 gallons of liquid to have the black tank work. Only dump the tank when it is full.. It will mix better when it is full than if it is empty.
If you see white toilet paper in the bottom of the toilet dump a gallon of water into the toilet to flush away the solids. Use a bucket to dump in the water, you need a lot of volume of liquid to flush away the solids and the pump will not do the job. When the Black tank is empty, there is not enough liquid to clear away the solids from under the toilet. Use lots of water when flushing after you have just dumped the Black tank.
Dump the Black tank only when it is full. The Black tank needs lots of Liquid to work well. You will know when the Black tank is full when you run out of water in the fresh water tank... They are almost the same size.
Dump the Black tank when you arrive home or at the new
camp site, not when you are leaving. Driving down the road combines
the solids and the liquid in the Black tank and will help the tank come
clean when you dump. Dumping after a long time sitting, will tend
to leave solids on the bottom of the tank.
This drawing tries to show that the Black Tank is 6.25 inches high at the rear and 3.5 inches at the front. The Macerator inlet (shown by the small circle) is 1.5 inches in diameter. The drain pipe is at the bottom of the slope of the tank and using the original drain configuration all the material will drain out.
If a Macerator is installed (shown by the small circle) in the middle of the drain as most pipe connections tend to do, about 2 .5 inches of material will remain in the tank. They tell me this is about 3 gallons that will remain in the tank.
MACERATOR PUMP ORIENTATION
The answer to this problem is to rotate the pump head so that the discharge
pipe is up when the mounting feet are up. The problem is that two
of the bolts holding the pump chamber to the motor should not be removed
because they are glued in with loctight and will twist off. So the
only way to rotate this head is to remove the 4 nuts and then the impeller
and now the nead can be removed and rotated. The result is your new
$100 pump is now in pieces and putting it back together is a little tricky
since you should not over torque any of the mounting bolts.
If offset fittings are used, the material remaining will go down to 1.5 inches with the factory orientation and about .5 inches if the head is rotated, which will still leave some material to settle in the bottom of the tank.
If the connection to the Macerator is lowered more and more, the level will go down. The tank will not be pumped dry unless the Macerator connection extends to below the bottom of the tank.
The good news is, the Macerator never, never wants to run dry.
The manufacture recommends that you position the discharge line so
that there is always liquid resting on the impeller. Some users have
even drilled and installed a zerk fitting so the pump can be lubricated
when the unit will not be used for a long time. This will keep the
impeller from sticking and running dry. Here is some good information
on the Macerator. Go to the section on maintenance.
It is clear from the above print, that no matter what size inlet your Macerator is fitted with, the chopper blade and the inlet to the pump is 1.5 inches. Even though the pump is self priming, it will effectively stop pumping when the liquid level gets below the notch in the pump chamber. You can estimate the location of this water level notch by noting the solid boss on the outside of the pump head. This boss is located at the height of the pump inlet notch.
There is no advantage in having the 3 inch flat face Macerator over
the Hose Barb one shown above. The front of the pump is a 1.5 entrance
hole to the chopper blade which is the same as the Hose Barb.
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