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Always remove small cap from sewer pipe first

Watch out! The capped sewer pipe on your RV could be holding a nasty surprise. Two common scenarios can release black water from the holding tanks into the pipe: valve not sealing completely or valve unintentionally left open.

When hooking up to sewage, follow this sequence to avoid a major spill:

  1. Connect the sewer hose to the septic system first
  2. Hold the other end of the sewer hose under the sewer cap on the RV
  3. Slowly unscrew the small cap on the larger sewer cap, allowing any drainage to fall into the sewer hose
  4. Wait until water stops flowing from the small cap and then remove the large cap
  5. Connect the sewer hose to the sewer pipe on the RV

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