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Old 09-15-2016, 12:46 PM   #15
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This thread makes me glad we have the stinky slinky. :-)
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:19 PM   #16
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The Airstream service people advised us against using the packets. They said there's a chance they wouldn't dissolve completely and might cause a problem with the macerator.

So, I wonder how they feel about lids...

The covering on those packets is really thin. Even if it didn't dissolve completely, I'd think it would be OK. I've seen fecal material that looked tougher than those things do.
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:32 PM   #17
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This thread stinks ...glad you got the lid!
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Old 09-15-2016, 01:42 PM   #18
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The Airstream service people advised us against using the packets. They said there's a chance they wouldn't dissolve completely and might cause a problem with the macerator.

So, I wonder how they feel about lids...

The covering on those packets is really thin. Even if it didn't dissolve completely, I'd think it would be OK. I've seen fecal material that looked tougher than those things do.

That can't be good....
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:52 PM   #19
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I didn't say it was good. Stuff happens.
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Old 09-15-2016, 03:14 PM   #20
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TMI !!!

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Old 09-15-2016, 03:18 PM   #21
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This thread makes me glad we have the stinky slinky. :-)
LOL... just when I thought we had exhausted all possible reasons NOT to have a macerator, another one pops up. Actually another two, if you count the potential issue with the disinfectant packets. I bet we could throw golf balls down our macerator-less black tank and everything would be fine.
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The Airstream service people advised us against using the packets. They said there's a chance they wouldn't dissolve completely and might cause a problem with the macerator.


Never had a problem with them. As soon as water hits them the "skin" begins to dissolve. If it worries you, there are tablets as well. Both seem to work well and totally eliminate the possibility of dropping something "foreign" into the black tank.
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Old 09-15-2016, 08:38 PM   #23
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Ok, enough "stinky" jokes. I wanna keep Laura's contact info. Any lady that will go diving for that cap -not once, but twice - is my kinda girl. WooHoo.

BTW, they make artificial insemination gloves that go all the way to your shoulder if you're inclined to do this more than once.
https://www.enasco.com/product/C30309N/
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Never had a problem with them. As soon as water hits them the "skin" begins to dissolve. If it worries you, there are tablets as well. Both seem to work well and totally eliminate the possibility of dropping something "foreign" into the black tank.
No problems here; been using them for years.
Aircraft also use similar ones for the 'biffy'.
The same colour as " Liquid Gold".
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Ok, enough "stinky" jokes. I wanna keep Laura's contact info. Any lady that will go diving for that cap -not once, but twice - is my kinda girl. WooHoo.

BTW, they make artificial insemination gloves that go all the way to your shoulder if you're inclined to do this more than once.
https://www.enasco.com/product/C30309N/

Ha ha ha. The fact that Vince had just emptied the tanks made it a little easier!!
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Still, it was a very brave thing to do. Glad you were successful.
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The 'dissolving packets' that we use from camping world dissolve enough to release the blue stuff but a slimy saran-wrap-like material still remains. Found it at the inlet to the macerator. Pulled it out with tweezers, forceps, and needle nose pliers. I now snip the packet and pour in the blue stuff and throw away the packet. A bit of a pain, but easier than cleaning the pump inlet. When we run out of packets I may switch to bulk powder or liquid.
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The 'dissolving packets' that we use from camping world dissolve enough to release the blue stuff but a slimy saran-wrap-like material still remains. Found it at the inlet to the macerator. Pulled it out with tweezers, forceps, and needle nose pliers. I now snip the packet and pour in the blue stuff and throw away the packet. A bit of a pain, but easier than cleaning the pump inlet. When we run out of packets I may switch to bulk powder or liquid.
Not to get too disgusting, but when you pulled it out, was it truly like saran wrap in that you couldn't pull it apart??? I ask because the macerator is like a garbage disposal (just a lot less powerful) and is designed to grind up waste including toilet paper that hasn't completely dissolved. I've never heard of the dissolving packets leaving behind something that a macerator can't grind up. If what you pulled out wasn't easily pulled apart, maybe someone dropped a packet in that they thought was dissolve-able but was actually one of the "single serve" packets meant to be emptied into the tank but not dropped in......
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