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kdk

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Posted: 07/15/19 08:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Google " GEO " method, Dawn dish soap and Calgon water softener. Been using this for years with good success. Lasts about 6 months then do it again. I do this every time I move.


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Posted: 07/16/19 06:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Another vote for the Geo method.





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Posted: 07/16/19 06:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you are on a sewer site...don't worry about. All it takes is 30 seconds to walk around and pull the valve.

So do that once every 3-4 days of use (if you find it's getting full sooner drop to 2-3 days).


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Posted: 07/16/19 07:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It might be overkill, but I flush the tanks and use Dawn/Calgon after every trip. I have a built-in tank flusher so I hook that up and let it do its thing. I also allow the black tank to fill almost full several times and then dump it. Once I have only clear water coming out of the black tank, I let it empty as much as it will, and then close the valves, and put in two gallons of hot water mixed with a box of Calgon and 1 small bottle of Dawn. So far, so good.....no smells inside, and everything appears to be working properly. Unfortunately, my tank sensors were out of service long before I got the rig.


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Posted: 07/16/19 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DFord wrote:

The best holding tank treatment available is "Happy Campers"
It's available from better RV supply stores, Amazon, Ebay and several dealers websites. Here's a link to one of those dealer's websites where you can learn more about it: https://www.happycampersworld.com/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers-Organic-Holding-Treatment/dp/B007S0H5DU

I agree with the Happy Camper recommendation. Have tried various products over the years and Happy Camper is the best I have found.


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Posted: 07/16/19 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tank sensors are a sales 'gimmick'. None work as intended. If it starts to get full, you'll notice a different sound as you flush. If needed, put a sticky in the bathroom as to when you last emptied it. More reliable than the sensors. I've only used water in our tanks and in 40 years of camping, never had an issue with smells. IMO, everything else is a waste of money.....Dennis


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By adhering to recommended practices with every RV I've owned over the past 45 years, I've never had any issues with my sensors not reading properly. On the hand, if you get lazy and sloppy and don't follow those recommended practices, sensors are useless. It's one of those pay me now or pay me later scenarios.


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DFord wrote:

The best holding tank treatment available is "Happy Campers"
It's available from better RV supply stores, Amazon, Ebay and several dealers websites. Here's a link to one of those dealer's websites where you can learn more about it: https://www.happycampersworld.com/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers-Organic-Holding-Treatment/dp/B007S0H5DU


x2 on happy camper. about once every 3 months or so after dumping and backflushing i will use 1 scoop in black tank and 2 grey tanks. fill and let sit overnight. next day dump and flush again. works for us.

One scoop per tank is all that's needed. Fill your toilet 3/4 full of water after flushing your tank, swish it around with your bowl brush, flush the toilet and fill it again with enough water to rinse the brush.

It was recommended to me by some Trek friends and I've been hooked ever since. We use Charmin Ultra tissue and don't have any problems with out tank sensor. It does a great job of killing the odors too.

Disclaimer - I have no connection to the company but when I find something that works, I share it with others.

With all that being said, nothing will ever be any better than flushing your black tank with a wand hooked to a hose and stuck down through the toilet. Blasting a good stream of water around the tank a couple times a years is a good practice that should be followed no matter what tank treatment is used.


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DFord wrote:

By adhering to recommended practices with every RV I've owned over the past 45 years, I've never had any issues with my sensors not reading properly.


So what are the recommended practices?


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MetalGator wrote:

DFord wrote:

By adhering to recommended practices with every RV I've owned over the past 45 years, I've never had any issues with my sensors not reading properly.


So what are the recommended practices?


What I would like to know is if the folks who insist on having squeaky clean poop tank after dumping and before taking the next dump also pull one of these through their sanitary lateral at the sticks and bricks on a dedicated schedule?

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