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The Dreaded Black Tank.

We had the trailer for about a month when we noticed that every time we emptied the black tank it would back up immediately. We eventually called Roto-Roter. The guy came out and vacuumed the tank through the toilet. It was still plugged so he used a high-pressure nozzle to clear it. We also retrieved a piece of wood about a foot long from the tank.

The next, time we emptied the tank it plugged again. I called R.R. and they came out. He again used the high-pressure nozzle to clear it. He told me that these nozzles were unobtainable because a kid had put his eye out with one. Not wanting to call RR every time I emptied the tank, I went to Canadian tire and bought an unobtainable nozzle. I used this every time I emptied the tank. This, obviously, was not a good solution, so I figured out the configuration of the plumbing to and from the tank to try to solve the problem.

On the way home one evening I had the brilliant thought that as the trailer wasn’t going to be moved, I could bypass the tank altogether. Not only that, I could put in a conventional duel, flush toilet. Awesome! And we can use conventional TP not the $7 for four rolls kind. In about 30 years the toilet will have paid for itself.
We went to Home Hardware And got all the parts. I was concerned that the trailer water pipes were not compatible with conventional parts but I worked it out. The toilet costs $114 the parts, $150.
I got it all plumbed in and we settled down for the rest of the afternoon. 

We were quietly minding our own business when Rosalie said she could hear running water, and by this time so did I. Being, unsure of my plumbing skills I thought “what the heck have I done now?” I turned off the water and started to investigate. None of the connections that I had made was leaking. (surprise!) but when I looked further I found another connection had come apart. Oh! The joys of owning a previously enjoyed trailer.
Anyhow, those who visit us no longer need instruction on how to use the potty..well maybe some still do.

you don’t want pictures of this one.

“In awe, I watched the waxing moon ride across the zenith of the heavens like an ambered chariot towards the ebony void of infinite space wherein the tethered belts of Jupiter and Mars hang, forever festooned in their orbital majesty. And as I looked at all this I thought… I must put a roof on this toilet.”

Les Dawson

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