Waste water outlets are important to ensure that the waste water is removed without leaks and that the entire process is efficient. It is important that the outlet systems used are different for clean water and waste water, no matter how effectively they are cleaned after use. Cleaning your waste water outlet is as important as cleaning your caravan and this gives you complete peace of mind and helps maintain good hygiene around your caravan.
Here is a simple guide to setting up a waste water outlet, which can be easily put together and put away till next time.
Step 1: Building a DIY waste water connection pipe
The first step to replacing waste water outlets is to get a waste water connection pipe. You can build this one yourself, using stuff that you would probably have left over like a pipe and two outlets at right angles. The only hitch with this is that the waste water pipes are fixed manually and so are not uniformly equidistant. This would mean that the waste water connection pipe would have to be adjusted a little every time to ensure that they fit well.
Each caravan is built differently, and since the waste water tank is fixed below the caravan, it can be a tedious job to fix the connection pipe. In many instances, it may loosen up and fall out, which would make it messy. If the DIY cannot be aligned to fix well, then buying one would be the only solution.
Step 2: Buying and fixing waste water connection pipe
If the DIY waste water connection pipe fits well, then this step may be skipped. However, most often, you won’t fight the right fix at home.
The kit for setting up the waste water connection consists of 4 pieces. A long pipe, one T junction and two right angles.
Step 3: Adjusting the size of the connection pipe
The connection pipes need to be cut appropriately to ensure that they fit the caravan. As every caravan differs in how the waste water tank is set up, the general instructions should be followed to make it fit your caravan.
Step 4: Marking the length required to secure the connector to the pipe :
We first need to understand how much of the straight pipe will fit inside the connector, so start by fitting the connector to the pipe and then secure it, without over tightening it. Mark on the pipe to see how far the connector fit the pipe.
Step 5: Marking the length required to secure the outlet to the pipe:
The outlet should be secured onto the pipe and marked as well.
Now there will be two marking on the pipe. One for the connector and one for the outlet.
Step 6: Calculating the distance
The reason for the two markings is that the length of both the marking should be determined and added together. Then the connector and the outlet should be fit onto the caravan and the distance between the two should be added to the distance of the two markings. This will help in fixing the pipe correctly.
Step 7: Fixing the outlet and the connector
The connector and the outlet should be fixed in the direction in which the waste water should be removed from the caravan. Then the gap between the two should be measured using a ruler.
Step 8: Cutting out the correct length of pipe
The distance between the two junctions should be added to the lengths marked on the pipe.
This will give you the total measurement of the pipe that needs to be cut out.
Step 9: Connecting the outlet and the connector
The cut out length of the pipe should then be used to secure the connector and the outlet, keeping in mind the distance between the two when fit onto the caravan.
Step 10: Connecting the specially designed water outlet to the caravan
This unit should then be fixed onto the caravan, along with the pipe to remove waste water.
The flexible pipe secured onto the water outlet should then be added to the waste water collector unit. This will help in collecting waste water with an efficient outlet system, which fits well and which does not fall off or feel loose.
This method of buying the outlet and the connector and then fixing them to suit the structure of your caravan will make it unique and the perfect fit. This is better than using bits and bobs together to make a waste water outlet. Here are also some tips on improving your caravan water system.