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Old 04-06-2016, 01:11 PM   #15
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Toilet paper and related black tank issues seem to cause a lot of anxiety in the RV community, and Airstreamers are no exception.

After thousands of toilet uses and hundreds of black tank dumps (all successful I might add) I find that the secret to a healthy black tank is to dump when it is at least 75% full (or more) and to use a lot of liquid when using/flushing in between dumping the tank. I also use our "black tank flush" at least 1/3 of the time when dumping (some people will dump a bucket of water down the toilet or run a hose with a special attachment in lieu of using the black tank flush when dumping.)

Under normal use, our tank easily lasts two weeks with just the two of us and since we often stay in one place for less than two weeks, we usually end up dumping dish, shower or fresh water in the black tank to get it to the proper level for dumping. It does not pay to limit the addition of liquids to the back tank with each use as the lack of liquid in the black tank in between dumps seems to lead to the buildup of solids in the tank. I suspect that a lot of weekend and short-term campers don't really get their black tanks up to a proper level before dumping, dump with less than full tank and thus end up with a buildup of solids in their black tank over time.

Also, if you are going to store your trailer for any length of time in between uses, I highly recommend that you first dump the tank properly then add water and your favorite treatment to about 20 to 25% of it's capacity. One of the worst things you can do is to let your black tank get "dry." Obviously this does not apply for a winterized trailer where you should still leave a half gallon or so of anti freeze in the tank.

By following the above we have never had any black tank issues.
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Old 04-06-2016, 02:07 PM   #16
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I always learn from the Forum. Had never thought, or been told about putting water on the toilet before using it. BTW, our choice is single ply Cottonelle, which we use at home with our septic.
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Old 04-06-2016, 02:12 PM   #17
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The drop it in a can sounded gross to me, but I tried it lately. I never let it "ferment" and in the event of an "act of congress" at the oval office I make a special trip to the dumpster. Good exercise. The Sewer Solution works even easier.

I'd burn it, if I had a fire where nothing was going to be cooked, but I know that when great grandma lived in Kansas, cow chips were a source of heat and cooking fuel... so perhaps I'm being too fastidious.

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The drop it in a can sounded gross to me, but I tried it lately. I never let it "ferment" and in the event of an "act of congress" at the oval office I make a special trip to the dumpster. Good exercise. The Sewer Solution works even easier.

I'd burn it, if I had a fire where nothing was going to be cooked, but I know that when great grandma lived in Kansas, cow chips were a source of heat and cooking fuel... so perhaps I'm being too fastidious.

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Your granny's cow chips were the sun-dried product of ruminant herbivores. Our personal byproducts ain't quite the same, even if you're vegan. You're not being too fastidious!
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Old 04-06-2016, 02:31 PM   #19
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We use Angel Soft in the trailer. Did the jar test and shook it up a few times and it disintegrated fine. They only issue with it is the rolls are not as large so you go through more.

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Old 04-06-2016, 04:02 PM   #20
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I have never had a "clog" in the black tank. Our problem is the drain valve not sealing. I switched to the RV tp but that has not been a solution.

On trailers that only had black tanks - long ago - the valve was visible and accessible. Dad had a tool to clean the valve seat and life was good. I long for the good old days in this respect.

So, am I not rinsing adequately? Not enough water on the initial dump?

Suggestions?

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Old 04-06-2016, 04:46 PM   #21
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In many third world countries, it is standard procedure to throw all toilet paper into a trash can they provide for the purpose. Evidently, their sewage systems can't handle it. Takes a little getting used to, and the thought of some maid seeing TP that I've used makes me feel a little embarrassed, but I'm sure they don't spend much time looking at it. I suppose it would be even more embarrassing if I were the one to forget and flush my TP, causing my toilet to back up. Maybe I could blame it on my wife?
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Do the simple "shake test" on any TP you buy. TRIPLE PLY quilted Northern passed with flying colors (and is SO comfortable to use).
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Only 2 of the new models have macerating toilets as I understand it.
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I have a rotary tank rinser in my Bambi, and regular TP seems okay. After the dump, I close valve, rinse for a minute or two, then dump again. I have a short clear hose adapter so I can see when water is clean.
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In many third world countries, it is standard procedure to throw all toilet paper into a trash can they provide for the purpose. Evidently, their sewage systems can't handle it. Takes a little getting used to, and the thought of some maid seeing TP that I've used makes me feel a little embarrassed, but I'm sure they don't spend much time looking at it. I suppose it would be even more embarrassing if I were the one to forget and flush my TP, causing my toilet to back up. Maybe I could blame it on my wife?

They use the bucket method because the plumbing uses 1.5 inch pipes with little to no building codes. Gloves easily. Much larger pipes are used in North America.
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It you aren't far from a dump station, it helps to smack up a bag of ice cubes and dump them into the Black tank. Then any motion at all helps to shove the solids around, assuring a well-flushed tank. We do this only when we won't be using the trailer awhile, and want to leave it cleaner than normal.
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It you aren't far from a dump station, it helps to smack up a bag of ice cubes and dump them into the Black tank. Then any motion at all helps to shove the solids around, assuring a well-flushed tank. We do this only when we won't be using the trailer awhile, and want to leave it cleaner than normal.
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Id heard that before also - ice cubes and crushed ice in the water to help clean the tank. Then on a forum somewhere long ago... ran across this video trying that idea out - pretty entertaining....

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