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JoshuaH

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Posted: 06/03/18 08:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks. We normally just use gallon jugs for our drinking water when we were in our pop-up, just to be extra safe, we will probably continue to do this.

I am lucky that I have a cleanout just a few feet from my driveway.


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bid_time wrote:

For starters, This

And This


Thank you!

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One tool you might want to invest in is the Flush King. It has a clear elbow that allows you to see when the tanks are done emptying and also a hose connection valve combination that will allow you to back fill and rinse out the tanks.


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Also the order that you dump your tanks helps. Dump your black tank first and then your gray tank. This uses the gray water to rinse out your sewer hose. The flush king also can help here if needed.

Water is your friend when it comes to the black tank. ALWAYS use a full bowl of water when flushing solids and before you use tank put about 5 gallons on water in first. ONLY human waste an toilet paper should go down the tank. No feminine hygiene products.


One thing I do after dumping and getting ready to tow is to put my 5 gallons of water and a capful of laundry soap with some Calgon water softner in the black tank. I then tow the trailer. This will help in cleaning out the tank. By doing this I have not had to use those tank treatments and have no oder.


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May I just add that RV toilot paper is a proven myth. Not helpful just costly. Also IMHO black tank additives to reduce smell are also not needed. If you smell toilot there is a seal compromise somewhere. A flush kit is a great accessory. Flush black first. Gray will rinse. Do not trust guages. They lie like politicians. We have had our Bantam for sixteen years. Treated us pretty well. Owners book not required. Most RV's are about the same. PM me is you have specific troubles


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Oasisbob wrote:

May I just add that RV toilot paper is a proven myth. Not helpful just costly. Also IMHO black tank additives to reduce smell are also not needed. If you smell toilot there is a seal compromise somewhere. A flush kit is a great accessory. Flush black first. Gray will rinse. Do not trust guages. They lie like politicians. We have had our Bantam for sixteen years. Treated us pretty well. Owners book not required. Most RV's are about the same. PM me is you have specific troubles


X2. RV toilet paper is not needed. We use the same stuff we use at home, and not a problem in 30+ years of RVing.


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You will do fine! Here is what has worked for us for 20 years:

Add water to the black tank if you need more in the tank to prior to dumping. Should be at least 2/3 full. Dump black first then grey which rinses the hose. Use Septic safe TP - we place moist in a trash can and dump that paper daily.

ALWAYS put some water _2-4 gallons) into the black tank before storing. Keeps any residual solids from becoming hardened in place. I also never leave the grey open, some do, as food particles need to pulled out with lots of water when dumping too, Use and enjoy your adventures!

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In the boat world, I had a great rule for keeping black water systems running:

"Please only put things you have eaten first down the toilet"

I don't even allow toilet paper to go down. It goes in a wastebasket.

This is the least fun fix on any recreational platform so I don't take chances. Ha ha ha

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You should be able to find lots of YouTube videos on tank procedures.


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JoshuaH wrote:

We normally just use gallon jugs for our drinking water when we were in our pop-up, just to be extra safe, we will probably continue to do this.


As did we back in our popup days but now that we have a travel trailer I bring any water we ingest from home in a 4 gal Aquatainer which is designed specifically for potable water. While traveling it sits on the shower pan, while camping I park it on the campsite picnic table ... much easier than slugging around multiple 1 gal jugs.

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SoundGuy wrote:

JoshuaH wrote:

We normally just use gallon jugs for our drinking water when we were in our pop-up, just to be extra safe, we will probably continue to do this.


As did we back in our popup days but now that we have a travel trailer I bring any water we ingest from home in a 4 gal Aquatainer which is designed specifically for potable water. While traveling it sits on the shower pan, while camping I park it on the campsite picnic table ... much easier than slugging around multiple 1 gal jugs.

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Very good idea, thanks.

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