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Old 08-24-2015, 10:52 PM   #15
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I don't do anything other than was the tanks out with dish soap every now and then.
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Old 08-25-2015, 12:04 AM   #16
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I use the geo method.

Liquid water softener like Calgon and store brand liquid laundry detergent.
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Ditto the GEO method. I have been experimenting with it during this long hot summer. It works. Smell free and seems to help keeping the tanks cleaner dumping and rinsing. One cup bleach, one cap liquid Calgon and one cup dish soap mixed with two liters of water added to the black tank and same mixture to gray tank.
Ditto Lance's version of the geo method - we skip the bleach, Chief. We use a 1/4 cup of any cheap laundry powder detergent - Fab is the box at present - and 1/8 cup of Calgon powder water softener (we've used the liquid but try to find the powder - lasts longer- more treatments/box - but that's at 1/8 cup; if a capfull of liquid is all that's necessary we may go to that instead).

Same treatment for grey and black tanks, first thing after dumping. We add a couple pints of water to wash the powder down the drains... then proceed to fill in the normal way! Have never had odor or a problem in 4 years of doing this.
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:25 AM   #17
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I don't like the bulk and volume issue with the homemade tank cleaner and deodorizer....although I'm sure they work well. We inherited something similar with our first RV in 2002, and used it til it was gone.

I just buy the little pod packets at WalMart, also add some Dawn via a bit of dishwater now and then. I add a second pod if not emptying for a week or so. These store easily at the back of the toilet.

Give your black tank a good rinse with a long hose at the dump station, when you find one. Minus that, I always go inside and give the toilet a good, long flush once the tank has emptied at the dump station.

This rinses any residue that wants to linger at the bottom.


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Old 08-25-2015, 06:45 AM   #18
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We inherited some off-the-shelf common RV toilet tank solution when we bought the rig, and the serendipity factor was helpful because it happened to contain blue dye. The dye confirmed for us where plumbing leaks were and were not occurring. If I had just seen some generic residue, I would have been slower to the punch line because I would have thought, well, that could have derived from a number of different sources...
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Old 08-25-2015, 06:54 AM   #19
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I just use the drop-in tablets: Kronen, no formaldehyde. It says they biodegrade and liquify. Immediately after dumping, add 4 gallons of fresh water through the toilet ...drop the table in the bowl with last flush.

I have no idea what others think of this, and it's the only thing I've ever used since getting the van in the Spring, 5000 miles ago. But seems to work and no odor
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:20 AM   #20
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A Forum member told me to use ice cubes to help clean the tank and it has worked fine for me. After dumping the tanks I pour in the packet of cleaner then the ice cubes. As I drive the down the road the ice cubes slosh around and help loosen anything as they melt.
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Old 08-25-2015, 07:24 AM   #21
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Recently started using the Rid-X brand of RV liquid. It is an enzyme based treatment and I have been very impressed with its solid and paper breakdown capability.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:10 AM   #22
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I too just started using the Rid-X product. Just curious, how have you evaluated the "solid and paper breakdown capability"?
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I too just started using the Rid-X product. Just curious, how have you evaluated the "solid and paper breakdown capability"?
Wellll, Gotta get a little gross for that answer. I used to see and hear the "plop" of solids and wads of paper toward the end of the dump cycle as "things" would drop into the dump station port. No more. Also, I can see straight down to the tank through my toilet, right at the low end of the tank where the exit to the dump valve is. Whereas, I used to see pretty complete paper sheets and "preserved" solids, I now see only a thin slurry and very small paper particles. When empty and looking down the toilet, there is virtually nothing left, without, or prior to, flushing with clear water.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:29 AM   #24
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Thanks..... I think.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:36 AM   #25
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I've been using the commercial enzyme products sold at camping world for years. No real issue, other than in hot weather I have to use more.

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I've been using the commercial enzyme products sold at camping world for years. No real issue, other than in hot weather I have to use more.

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Ditto, I've tried a lot of different stuff and found this Pure Power Blue Waste Digester to work the best for me.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:56 PM   #27
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Great info folks. Thanks!
What's your process when you dump the black tank and then put up your AI for the next adventure? Do you use the same treatment in the tank? Add water? add something else?

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I have used Unique for 7 summers now. No odor and the tank drains completely.
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