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Old 08-05-2012, 08:40 AM   #15
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Can you make a stub hose and leave it in place? That way, you would be able to connect the regular sewer hose to the stub hose with no issues.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:45 AM   #16
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What a silly design.

I too have an Itasca with the trap door and thought all Winnie products were like that. Wonder what they were thinking?

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:00 AM   #17
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Haha....I have a 2013,....but it works differently than that.
Sounds like I need to either:
1) find a sewer hose that fits
2) modify my RhinoFlex to fit the opening
3) modify the opening to fit the sewer hose
4) some combination of the above
Thanks for the suggestions!
I will post again with the results.
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I would strongly suggest you find a sewer hose fitting that will fit through the opening rather than attempt to modify the compartment. If you look closely at the bottom of the compartment and the door covering the port you'll notice both have rolled edges around the openings. This is what provides the strength and stability. If you cut into this portion or remove it the floor of the compartment and the door will become flexible and eventually crack or break.

There are a number of hose fitting combinations that will fit through the hole. Over the years we've used several different brands of hoses and fittings. We currently use the Dominator system. The fitting has to be tilted so one of the attaching hooks slips through the small portion of the opening. When you get the right angle it slips through easily.
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:43 AM   #18
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Thanks. I'll check out the viper and dominator systems. I appreciate the suggestions!
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:01 PM   #19
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Kunysz513 has an easy answer ...when I started using a Rhino I built a short hose with fittings that will go through the hole, and I normally just leave it connected with a cap on theopen end. When it comes time to hookup, I extend the short hose through the hole and connect the Rhino.

Another solution is to buy the Rhino hose w/o fittings and put Valtera red screw on fittings on the hose.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:07 PM   #20
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Thanks....I might try that first as I hate to throw away a practically new RhinoFlex.
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I ended up cutting off two of the plastic tabs extending out from the connector....still connects in four places to the fitting, but now fits through the compartment with a little coaxing.
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:37 PM   #22
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Al,
What about one of those clear straight extensions, or if the drop out to the hole is offset, they have a few of those in camping stores. When ready to hook up use the clear extension and connect the Rhino Flex to the extension on the underside of the hose. There are a myriad of possibilities with the different design clear extensions.

The clear extension will also give you visibility to see if the "brown" has gone down and the water is clear.
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Al,
What about one of those clear straight extensions, or if the drop out to the hole is offset, they have a few of those in camping stores. When ready to hook up use the clear extension and connect the Rhino Flex to the extension on the underside of the hose. There are a myriad of possibilities with the different design clear extensions.

The clear extension will also give you visibility to see if the "brown" has gone down and the water is clear.
After hearing about all the options, I decided to modify the RhinoFlex to fit the hole. That allowed me to use just one sewer hose with no need for extra fittings...I thought this would be a little more sanitary. It also still allowed me to use the compartment as intended, rather than run the hose though an open door. This minimizes any chance of insects or rodents finding their way in. I've used it a few times since then and it's working great. My thanks to all for the great ideas!
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Well gang,
Apparently Itasca must have thought of this when designing the waste/water compartment. In case you're not aware of how they did it, there is a "trap" door with little red flip levers that hold the trap door shut while in transit. When it comes time to hook up my Rhino flex, I move the little levers and the trap door falls open. Now, that trap door, is not completely round, it's sort of 1/2 round and, it also has part of the compartment seal on it too.
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I believe the door that Scott is referring to was the standard for a number of years -- our 2007 Vectra also has this type of opening for the water, sewer, and electrical connections.
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