The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines macerate to cause to become soft or separated into constituent elements by or as if by steeping in a fluid. So, I could have said, let’s talk poop. You might see macerators not only in RVs but in boats.

The macerator is a compact, electrically powered waste elimination system. It takes all the nasty stuff from your toilet that sits in your black tank (the black tank always holds the gross stuff) and grinds it up into small particles for more effortless dumping into the dumping station. Most RV parks have full hookups so you can have water, electricity and hook up to your dumping station to get rid of the fluids that sit in your tanks.

Remember, the black tank, gross, and gray tank is for kitchen sink water, and showers. Because of the size of our RV, we have one black and two gray tanks. One gray tank is for bathroom water and the washing machine. (Yes, we have a washer and dryer!) The other gray tank is for any kitchen sink water. So, when the gauge in your RV shows your tanks are full, you best dump that fluid, or it’s not going to pretty. And, let me tell you, the shower water smells worse than what comes out of the black tank. Go figure!

We had a macerator put in, and we’ve yet to get it to work right, but we’re not giving up. Possibly it’s installed wrong, and we need to have it looked at, so we are dumping the old fashion way with a regular sewer hose.

Well, that’s the poop on macerators!

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