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blavid posted 05-09-2002 05:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for blavid   Send Email to blavid  
I have a SaniPottie MSD permanently installed in my 21' Whaler. Most of you are probably familiar with the design -- a water storing reservoir to flush the toilet on top of the other "dirty" water holding tank. As you all know, you have to put some holding tank treatment in the lower unit to help combat odor and bacteria, and to break down the waste. However, in the instructions, it says to tilt the lower holding tank on it's side when it is empty to fill it up with the enzyme treatment, and never to fill it through the toilet hole where you pee into.

My question is, if the tank is permanently installed, I have no way of tilting it onto its side because of the permanent pipe installation. I am forced to pour the enzyme treatment directly into the toilet bowl, even though the instructions says never to do this. I think that it is working fine, but why shouldn't I do this in the first place? Is there a bad chemical reaction that might occur? It seems like I am pouring in into the exact same place as if I had turned it onto its side like the instructions say to do. So far, no problems. Does anyone else have any other advice?

aubv posted 05-09-2002 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Are you sure yours is "permanently installed"? It doesn't have latches that you undo and hose connections that unscrew?
blavid posted 05-09-2002 09:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for blavid  Send Email to blavid     
It does have latches to undo from the bottom, but the hoses in the back don't unscrew or disconnect in any obvious way. Even if I unlatch the bottom, I still can't move it on its side or remove it completely due to the pipe/hose fittings in the back.

Sixer posted 05-10-2002 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sixer    
All depends on the model you have. Try contacting the manufacturer.

David Pendleton posted 05-10-2002 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
I have the same (or similar) setup in my 23 Conquest. You should be able to unscrew both the pumpout and vent hoses from the back of the unit. Mine do anyway.

For what it's worth, I fill mine through the 'pee-hole', and I have never had any problems. I also put a small amount of the sanitizer in the upper water tank to keep the bowl clean(er).

I don't allow 'solid' waste in mine either, if you know what I mean. That makes a big difference.


blavid posted 05-10-2002 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for blavid  Send Email to blavid     
Thanks for all your responses....

I figured out that I CAN unscrew the vent hose and the overboard discharge hose from the back of the unit. I think that I overlooked it originally, or was too scared that I might undo the "permanent" fittings. I was able to unlatch it completely and rinse the whole bottom tank. (I had to rinse it of the "solid" waste ;) never hope to do that again!)

Still learning little by little....thanks for all your help!

acseatsri posted 05-19-2002 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
"I don't allow 'solid' waste in mine either, if you know what I mean. That makes a big difference."

LOL! Wouldn't it be easier then to just hang it over the side, or let her sit on a bucket?

David Pendleton posted 05-20-2002 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Whenever possible, we try to take care of that sort of thing before we leave the dock. We're primarily river boaters, so facilities are never that far away. 'Emergencies' are another matter, of course.

As a general rule, though, I think it's better to keep solids out of a tank that small.

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