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doghouse_owner

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Posted: 12/14/08 01:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I will be taking my 2008 RT RS in on Tuesday to get the macerator hose replaced for the second time, under warranty. So, I guess I will have to take what they give me, but I will take note of the source and part number. I will also find out if the warranty "rolls" with the replacement part. If I can influence them on which hose to use, I'll see if they will use the Thetford Sani-con or CleanDump hose.


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Posted: 12/14/08 09:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our Sani-con hose showed up yesterday from RV Upgrades. We are still under warranty, and our hose hasn't broken yet, but with all the issues I read about here, we will just do an upgrade and be done with it.

At the same time, I plan on getting rid of the very circuitous (sp) routing of the hose from the pump to hose compartment. It goes over, under around and through the frame in a long path. I think that I can use pvc pipe with a flex coupler to the pump and to a bulkhead fitting at the compartment, with a hose barb inside the compartment. This will also give us quite a bit more hose length, as we aren't wasting it taking laps around the underside of the van.

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Posted: 02/12/09 09:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a question about putting the Sani-Con hose on an RT210.
Since the hose is stored in the drawer that slides in and out it has extra length that curls up behind the drawer when closed. Since this hose is much more flexible how do you keep that loop from falling down instead of going up?

And is this the same hose I see advertised as 7 feet stretching to 21 feet?

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Well, another adventure.
While waiting in the service area waiting room, the service manager showed me the replacement hose (a much thicker walled green with black stripe hose) sent to him from Roadtrek. Unfortunately while the rig was in the back, his tech installed more hose similar to the OEM stuff - something I only discovered on the drive home when I stopped to dump at the local rest area dump site. When I called the service manager, he found out that his tech had thought the new hose would be too stiff, and instead used Monaco Coach approved replacement hose (which in my opinion was exactly the same stuff as what had just split). However, I stuck to my guns and requested the Roadtrek approved hose (maybe just being OCD about the warranty, but I liked the green with black stripe stuff so much better than the prior white hoses which so inconveniently split open in so many places). So, back in it went (they actually were very apologetic and made arrangements to pick up and return my RV to my house ~ 30 miles from the shop) coming out finally with the Roadtrek approved replacement hose (green with black stripe). I have since dumped with it 3 times without any issues. Although thicker walled, it pulls out and pushes back into the storage compartment somewhere underneath much, much more easily than the prior three hoses, even in the near freezing winter temps we've been experiencing here in the PacNW.
Meant to get the manufacturer's name on that hose, but couldn't find anything on the box sent by Roadtrek to the service department. Anyone else pick up on the name/manufacturer? So far, I think it's the best replacement yet.
Oh, BTW, the service manager stated that the one year warranty does NOT roll over with the replacement of the hose.

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Posted: 01/24/09 07:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did the conversion to pvc pipe underneath and Sani-con hose a bit ago. This is on our 07 Roadtrek 190P.


As it turned out the barb threaded right into the existing hole in the compartment.






This is the backside of the compartment. The first fitting is threaded and glued onto the barb and also clamps the back of the compartment for rigidity.






This is the middle part of the piping that runs on the backside of the frame section that the original hose went inside of.






This is the connection to the pump from the pvc piping. It is done with barb fittings and a piece of 1" industrial heavy duty rubber heater hose. It is needed as the pump and tanks move around a bit as they fill and empty and bounce down the road. The pump cover is off in the pic.






This shows the modified valve handle, to fit through the opening better, on the original Roadtrek hose valve, which was reused. It was heated and bent.






The finished product with all 21' of hose and the valve in the compartment, which is now not even 1/2 full!



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Posted: 01/24/09 07:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great job Booster. Just wish this was an option with the RS Adventurous - the Sprinter does NOT have the rear drawer for storage of the hose, but rather it is coiled in a space underneath the chassis. Replacement of the hose into the storage space with the original hoses consisted of pushing and hoping it was coiling and NOT jamming and bending.....This new hose just seems to go back very easily.
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I own a 2007 RT190P that we got Feb 2008 new off the lot. We have really enjoyed the adventure and can not thank you enough for the sewer hose information. The hose showed no sign of cracks or splits all last season with many dumps. Then this spring the valve on the end almost fell off when the hose split. The PVC seemed to turn into clay. It seemed that the part of the hose that was flexed by the valve end developed small cracks that became openings. The hose under the camper by the pump looked good out to and into the storage area. So, I cut the hose just outside of the storage box door and extended it with a Thetford part 70424 or UPC "0 28985 70424 9" thanks to your postings. The Thetford hose is an extension that is 1" and streches 7 feet to 21 feet. It is really flexable and fits nicely in the storage area. My source was Endless Summer RV's in Frederick, MD 1-800-301-4787 www.endlesssummerrv.com. He offered to mail it to me but we drove up there and bought it. It cost with tax $84.16 about $60.00 more than I thought it should be worth but your postings sold me.

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Posted: 06/22/09 10:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Curious to know if any 2004 Roadtrek owners have had sewer hose problems? Since we bought a used RT, we don't know if this is the original hose or a replacement....it is black. We do know, however, this dumping system is terrible to use! Plus it appears that there is a missing spring that should hold the whole thing up according to pictures in the manual. It's nearly impossible to stuff the hose, with the cap on, far enough back into the tube to close down the cover and fit the cotter pin in it's hole. You need three hands! Had to finally remove the cover and leave it off completely in the middle of our last trip. No consequences, but suppose little critters could crawl up in there without a cap on. Any suggestions?

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Posted: 03/21/09 08:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For what it's worth, we too as many others have replaced our sewer hose on our 2007 Roadtrek 210. We are very disapointed that Roadtrek does not stand behind what appears to be a defective part. Our replacement hose was not coverd under warranty even though our unit was just over a year old. We replace the OEM hose with the Thetford Sani-Con hose and by all indications will work much better. Very flexibe and easy to store.

As for the hose portion that curls up behind the drawer on a RT 210, this loop length is short enough not to be a problem hanging down too far.






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Posted: 02/13/09 09:41am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I haven't ever looked at the 210 setup, so I can't give much insight, but I would think that the worst case would be to use a short length of regular hose (not Roadtrek's, but one of the other ones folks have mentioned) to a hose barb at the back of the drawer, and then another barb to the flexible hose in the drawer. Still pretty easy, I think.

Yes, this is the hose that they advertise as storing at 7", stretching to 21'.

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