Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-08-2016, 09:21 AM   #15
Rivet Master
 
mandolindave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,115
Images: 4
If you use an enzyme tank treatment…..

You are supposed to leave a bit of liquid, AND " solids" in the black tank.

Although…I use enzymes and never have seen evidence of any solids or tissue paper. ( unless I have just " used " the toilet.)
__________________

__________________
mandolindave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2016, 01:35 PM   #16
Ldytraveller
 
1998 34' Excella 1000
1990 29' Airstream 290
Algonquin Highlands , Ontario
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adventure.AS View Post
Here is a link to a good video by The Fit RV on the subject of using ice. He did an extensive test and found that, surprisingly, using ice cubes to clean black tanks is not very effective.
Thanks for the link tip. I watched and it definitely makes sense. We are relatively new to Airstreaming so these sorts of discussions are very helpful.
Hope to meet you at one of the Ontario events.
__________________

__________________
Carolyn & Ross
Ldytraveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2016, 02:17 PM   #17
4 Rivet Member
 
GammaDog's Avatar
 
2014 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vero Beach , Florida
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 353
Images: 26
We never leave the black tank dry, even in storage. I either leave the flusher running for a minute after closing the dump valve or use water from the fresh tank to get the black tank reading up to 15% and add tank treatment.

I leave the gray tank empty, and travel with fresh water full. The fridge and freezer as full as needed given the length of trip.
__________________
GammaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2016, 02:40 PM   #18
PKI
Rivet Master
 
PKI's Avatar
 
2015 23' FB Flying Cloud
Walnut Creek , California
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 2,017
The other issue which may be of value to consider is chemical treatment that does not use formaldehyde in the formula. We have been asked not to dump if we had formaldehyde in our treatment. We have also seen the requirement mentioned in park rules.

We have several types of black tank treatment and you have to look for a formaldehyde free reference on the package. The grey tank treatment seems easier to find.

There is also a perspective pitched by some boat owners. The concept is that a natural approach does not kill valuable bacteria that breaks down the waste. Worth understanding if that is an approach that works for your lifestyle.

Whatever your approach, if you have a water supply, dilution can be a valid solution. If you do not have water, the solutions require more care and feeding, but are worth the effort to investigate and understand good practices.

Travel safe. Pat
__________________
PKI is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2016, 03:11 PM   #19
3 Rivet Member
 
clydecrashcu's Avatar
 
1984 31' Excella
Olsburg , Kansas
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 117
Yep, many travelers do the ice, I believe it should help keep in sensor probs clean as well.
__________________
clydecrashcu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2016, 03:25 PM   #20
E Pluribus Aluminus
 
Jaxon's Avatar
 
2008 34' Classic S/O
1967 22' Safari
2005 30' Classic
Rockport , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,214
Images: 10
Send a message via AIM to Jaxon Send a message via Yahoo to Jaxon
We always dump our black tank prior to leaving a site then add two or three gallons of water along with one or two of those dishwasher tabs (the ones with "spot free rinse")... One we get to our new site,, I'll add some more water, usually to half or more full and dump again. Add a gallon and some tank treatment and we're ready to go.

The dishwasher tabs really do a good job in cleaning the tanks while driving, more so than with the tank treatments alone.
__________________
Jaxon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2016, 09:11 PM   #21
Stay CazuaL
 
cazual6's Avatar
 
2014 19' Flying Cloud
Reseda , California
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 510
Images: 1
I always prep my black tank after I empty and clean it. My ritual is 15 seconds flush water down. I add one scope of Happy Camper Treatment then another 15 seconds flushing. I am not sure how many gallons that is. It has worked for me. I store it that way. When I travel, I am always ready to go.
__________________
"No job is so simple that it cannot be done wrong."
"Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege."
"Either I will find a way, or I will make one."
"Sweat is your fat crying"
WBCCI 9164
cazual6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 07:28 AM   #22
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,138
Images: 33
After a good dump and cleaning of both my black and gray tanks I add a little water and my tank treatment. I believe it is important to also treat the gray tank as it can be a source of some nasty smells.
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2016, 10:53 AM   #23
Rivet Master
 
SuperTrouper's Avatar
 
2008 27' International CCD FB
Petaluma , California
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 608
Images: 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by AWCHIEF View Post
After a good dump and cleaning of both my black and gray tanks I add a little water and my tank treatment. I believe it is important to also treat the gray tank as it can be a source of some nasty smells.

X 2 - Brad


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________

__________________
SuperTrouper is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The black tank. Um, need some advice... gomotomoto Our Community 34 10-09-2014 04:27 PM
Replacing black water tank with grey water tank cheetah1 Sinks, Showers & Toilets 25 10-02-2014 06:26 AM
Black Tank, Grey Tank, New Tank, Old Tank Bunkroom Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 3 07-22-2014 09:35 PM
Plumbing New Grey and Black Tank. Hope to get some help. Tony S General Repair Forum 0 06-07-2013 02:44 PM
Help!!! Fresh water tank/ black tank meredith Fresh Water Systems 6 09-02-2011 12:51 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.