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Old 06-07-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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Toilet woes... Bubbles

Here is our problem:
Something seems to be stuck between the hole in our toilet bowl and the holding tank:
We dump, then we go to the bathroom, and within one use stuff comes up the toilet bowl... any ideas as to how we could fix this problem? I tried putting multiple chemical pellets in...but with no success...

Thanks.

(also, after we flush, sounds like something is making bubbles down there....)
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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Couple of thoughts.... do you get a good "dump" with draining of the black tank? I suspect you have a "buildup" in the black tank... filling the tank with sludge or a "black mountain" is what they call it.

I believe there's a product called "rid-it" from camping supplies that helps desolve it. Alternatively, others have had good luck pouring a couple of bags of ice down the toilet and driving around. The bouncing and movement of the ice scours it clean.

I've had tp stuck in the throat of the toilet bowl... and used a old stick to push it down.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:04 AM   #3
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Sounds like your tank is full. It should be a straight drop from your bowl into the tank. Time for a visual inspection. Hold the petal down and shine a flash light down the hole.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:06 AM   #4
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I will address this issue in as professional manor as I can.

My first thought is a "Mound" has formed just below the toilet. This is a common problem for toilets that are mounted towards the high part of the tank. Tanks have a slope towards the valve and toilets that are mounted at the high end of the slope tend not to get enough water flow to move everything downstream. It is also a common problem for camper that open the black water dump valve while camping. Again the water flows out leaving things behind. You should keep the valve closed and only open it at the end of the weekend or when necessary if camping for a longer period.

Open the toilet and see if material has collected directly below the toilet. If so fill the tank about half full and go for a ride. Preferably on a curve road. This should get things flowing again.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:12 AM   #5
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Here is our problem:
Something seems to be stuck between the hole in our toilet bowl and the holding tank:
We dump, then we go to the bathroom, and within one use stuff comes up the toilet bowl... any ideas as to how we could fix this problem? I tried putting multiple chemical pellets in...but with no success...

Thanks.

(also, after we flush, sounds like something is making bubbles down there....)
You could possibly have a plugged up vent pipe.

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Old 06-07-2008, 11:26 AM   #6
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I had this problem best previously described by HowiE. Use a stick and flashlight with the pedal held down to break up and clear the "mound". I also recommend driving some with a full tank before dumping. This helps to break up the waste. Good luck!
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I believe there's a product called "rid-it" from camping supplies that helps desolve it. Alternatively, others have had good luck pouring a couple of bags of ice down the toilet and driving around. The bouncing and movement of the ice scours it clean.
I think the stuff Marc is talking about is called Rid-X. Last time I needed some, I got it from the grocery store in the bathroom supplies section.
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I think the stuff Marc is talking about is called Rid-X. Last time I needed some, I got it from the grocery store in the bathroom supplies section.
Rid-X is a product for septic systems designed to improve the anaerobic action within the system. I trust no one ever leaves their black water tank filled long enough for this to be required.

In over 40 years of camping I have never used or seen any reason to use anything in either of my holding tanks. Oh yes the gray water tank collects a much greater deposit of material on the walls of the tank than the black water tank. If you ever have the need to remove your tanks you will see what I am referring to.
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thanks for all the replies! Didn't think poo would get so much attention! We are dry camping right now in Brice Canyon, and plan on leaving tomorrow... I got a long wand I think I will use and move stuff around down there...after we drive for a while...
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Didn't think poo would get so much attention! .
You got to remember what is flung at the wall and sticks to the wall is what you see when you look at the wall. That's why all the attention.

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Old 06-07-2008, 01:31 PM   #11
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Alright,....well I went ahead and taped two skewers together with duct tape...and just made my way through the hole and started digin'....guess these skewers won't be used for grilling any time soon... anyhow, it seems to have fixed the prob :-)
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