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Sani-Con Tank Buddy

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The cleanest, most sanitary and convenient way to empty your RV holding tank (ideal for 5th wheels and travel trailers)!
Finally a way to empty your holding tanks (unquestionably the most distasteful job in RVing) that everyone in the family will find easy to use.

Thetford's Sani-Con System does not rely on gravity. Utilizing a heavy-duty transfer and macerating pump, the unit works much like a household garbage grinds and liquefies black water waste*, then pumps it through an extra heavy duty 1" diameter discharge hose.

The powerful macerating pump can pump waste UP terrain, UP into a backyard sewer cleanout, UP into a household toilet, UP into an elevated sewer dump station, etc. No need for a constant slope or cumbersome hose supports. That means less handling and an easier method to empty the tanks.

Sani-Con features a long-lasting 1" discharge hose that stretches up to 21 feet, than retracts to a convenient 7 feet to save storage space - more than 80%!!

At the end of the hose is an easy-to-use threaded nozzle that is designed to fit securely (lock) into a variety of dump station inlets, keeping you clean and ending the need for additional adaptors.

The nozzle has a screw on cap that really keeps the entire operation easy and clean. The cap prevents drips and spills during storage, making the unit more sanitary and less odorous than the old style 3" diameter sewer hoses.

Sani-Con Tank Buddy is a toolbox system that connects to dump valve via 3" x 21" sewer hose (not included). Pump fastened inside box with 10' fixed length hose, sewer nozzle/cap, fuse and switch.

*human waste, liquids and toilet tissue ONLY.

To use the system:

  • Connect the macerating pump (Twist-On and Tank Buddy only)
  • Extend and insert the nozzle into the dump station
  • Open the black water slide valve
  • Turn on the Sani-Con pump
  • When the black water tank is empty, turn off the pump, close the black water slide valve, open the grey water slide valve, and turn the pump back on
  • When the gray water tank is empty, turn off the pump, close the gray water slide valve, put the screw on cap onto the nozzle and return the nozzle and hose to storage

This item qualifies for Product Protection coverage! Protect Your Investment! Product Protection eliminates out-of-pocket expenses and protects against costly product repairs or replacement. We’ll cover 100% parts and labor for up to two years following the expiration of your manufacturer’s warranty. Warranty service is available at any Camping World SuperCenter.

Technical Specs

Tech Specs

Weight: 12.55 lbs.

Manufacturer: Thetford Corp

Mfg Part #: 70246

Tech Notes:

  • Requires 12-volt DC, at least 20-amp power supply
  • Includes battery clamp connectors
  • 3" Sewer hose not included

  • Reviews

    Sani-Con Tank Buddy: Customer Reviews

    Camper's Choice Rating

    (4 Based on 8 Reviews)

    Stows away in small spaces (2)
    Pumps 80 gallons in 5 minutes (1)
    Hose leaks (1)

    Reviewed by 8 customers


    Sani-Con tank buddy

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    November 25, 2015
    I love the pump part. The hose stinks, literally.....With minimal use it began leaking at both the pump connection and the drain connection. Had to buy hose clamps to fix. After 4 uses the hose began to leak in several places. Thetford is known for quality and I use a lot of the products....The hose is not one of the better ideas. I will be replacing it with a 1" rubber hose.
    Pros: Stows away in small spaces, Pumps 80 gallons in 5 minutes
    Cons: Hose leaks
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    Great for low drain hook-ups

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    March 29, 2015
    I have a Aerolite Trailer that has a very low drain hook up. Sometimes draining the waste tanks if there is a curb to pull the drain hose over is a real problem. It could be a real mess. This thing has been a life saver. It is well worth it. I have pumped 50+ feet with this without any issues. Plus, it's SO much cleaner.
    Pros: Stows away in small spaces
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    5/8 garden hose

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 28, 2012
    The pump worked well but trying to pump through a 5/8 garden hose did not. the flexible hose sprung leaks.
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    Sani-Con Tank Buddy

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 26, 2012
    This is an OK product except for the hose which is a piece of crap. I've gone through 2 hoses in less than a year of sporatic use. Save yourself a mess and replace the hose that comes standard with some heavy duty 1 hose.
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    Sani-Con Tank Buddy

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    August 05, 2012
    This macerator pumps my tanks, sending it through a 3/4 inch garden hose for 125 feet, with a rise in elevation of four feet. It works great, and one of the best things that i have ever purchased, for our full time life style. It has definitely improved our life style, and no more pulling those heavy tote tanks through gravel! Now we can park close to the lake, and still get to the septic system. Highly recommended.
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    Tank Buddy is the best!!!!!!

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    October 11, 2011
    This is the best thing I have ever purchased for my RV. It makes set up and break down so much faster, easier, and cleaner. I will never use the other sewer hose again!!!!!
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    Sani-Con Tank Buddy (Screw On) with carry case

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    March 06, 2010
    We recommend this product. It beats the 3" hose. There is a small leak where the hose and the wand connect. This is an easy fix with a stainless still hose clamp. It would be nice if the company would include the clamp or fix the issue. We wired a quick start connection from the battery to the area under the drain and to the sani-con so we do not have to use the alligator clamps. We have used the product several times without any problems.
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    Sanii-Con Review

    0 out of 0 people found this review helpful.
    July 28, 2008
    I just tried mine for the first time this last week. What a great product, don’t know why I waited so long to buy one. With so many dumps with different size openings this makes dumping a breeze and no more worries about extensions coming lose or waste product being an obstruction during the dump. Great product.
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    Q & A

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    Does this include a battery, or other power supply?
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    Can you get replacement hoses?
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    What are the dimensions of the carry/store box?
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    Can additional discharge hose length be added?
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    If I hook this up to a good carbon filter, will I be able to drink what comes out?
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    How many feet will this pump?
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