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Old 09-04-2014, 08:57 PM   #15
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I am more concerned about the smear on the rear ...especially if/when the thinnest gives out ...
I think that's why, in some cultures, you don't shake hands!
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:02 PM   #16
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after living on a boat and having to deal with this on numerous occasions with "guests". I now use only Scott RV, I found that Walmart has consistently has the best price. We also have an '82 38' Newell so I buy in "bulk" when I find it on sale.

Yes, I have heard that you can use any TP but really....do you want to deal with a problem of this kind when .........................
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:15 PM   #17
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Take a pickle jar and fill it half full of water. Take two or three sheets of your household toilet paper and place in jar of water. Attach lid and shake for 10 seconds. If you end up with little bits of toilet paper in the jar, your regular paper is RV safe. If not, buy some other brand and try again. We use Cashmere 2 ply and it saves use big bucks over buying "RV" toilet paper.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:22 PM   #18
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Protagonist... why do you say to not use a macerator pump or Sewage Solution? I ask because I take delivery of my Flying Cloud this month and I sure don't want to do anything stupid.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:24 AM   #19
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My new to me Safari came with 4 packs of 4 Scotts RV tp. I do not think I will have to by any for some time. As to the Sewer Solution. I acidently tossed a sheet of paper towel in the the head. The SSF shredded it to bits and passed it right thru the hose. Not something to make a habit of doing.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:20 AM   #20
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Still shopping for my first Airstream but the rule on boats I have sailed has been been put anything you want in the head (OK, that's the toilet) so long as you've eaten it first. Just saying.


No matter where you go, there you are.

You'll find a big difference in this regard between the Airstream and the boat (and I've had to tear down marine heads myself, so the same rule applies on our boat). Hundreds of dumps with our Airstream using a standard flex hose (Rhino brand is tougher) without problem. Sloshing water in the black tank works well, so add a few gallons after dumping before you drive away. I do flush my coffee grounds followed by a pot of soapy water, and have never noticed an odor.


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Old 09-07-2014, 12:10 PM   #21
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Thanks JamuJoe-

I guess the difference might be on the boat we are pumping the waste to the holding tank where as in the AS it's more of a direct deposit, if you'll pardon the turn of phrase. 😉


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Old 09-07-2014, 12:21 PM   #22
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On our l988 it's a slider valve with a rubber gasket on the black tank. Paper fragments will stick to it and before long you will have a first class mess when you least want it, because after a period of time you will be unable to get the valve to completely close and the liquid will run out. You want tissue that will dissolve as completely as possible, so yes using RV paper is helpful. Best yet is to only use your toilet for #1 unless it's an absolute emergency. Doing this, you can go one better then, and place your paper in a trash bag. It's only a recommendation, we don't have a macerator and use the traditional slinky.

Paula is right about schooling people on the toilet. Someone on the forums bought a trailer, only to get it home and discover it was completely clogged. PO had been using it as a guest cabin in the back yard. It happened to my Dad's trailer. His aunt had been living in it in the summer time. He had one hell of a clog caused by what he later found to be caused by her being allergic to toilet paper and using strips of old sheets.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:38 PM   #23
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My bunkhouse has a macerater toilet - waste goes down through macerater then to black tank

I use Scott's single sheet rolls from costco - no problems yet

As long as the darn fancy macerater toilet never stops working all the sudden I'll be happy - don't hold your breath

We use the sewer solution - and even drain the black tank with the sewer solution with gravity alone without issue


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Old 09-07-2014, 05:48 PM   #24
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I think one problem that a lot of folks have is they just don't have enough water in their black tank. Ever use a porta potty, they are full of water. I don't leave the dump station until I pour at least 10/15 gallons into the tank (using a "johnny chock" and a bucket"), I could make a case for putting even more water than that in the tank. I also use a tank treatment. When dumping, I run a bucket or two through the tank and hose before closing the valve and putting the water and treatment in there. I have never had one problem with smell, clogging etc. over the years. Of course that is just my experience in my trailer, your mileage may vary and I have also now jinxed myself and will be posting on here after the next trip asking about tips on how to clear clogs LOL. As I mentioned earlier I use the Scotts RV/Septic friendly stuff from Costco.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:01 PM   #25
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I had an elderly camper tell us that when he leaves a campground, he pours about 3-4 bags of ice down the toilet and lets it slosh around while he drives. He swears it rids all the paper and the "other stuff" and keeps everything nice and clean. Of course he dumps again just before he gets home. We tried it and were very pleased.


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Old 09-07-2014, 07:09 PM   #26
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“RV Geeks” have a video about cleaning the black tank and they show that even after they flush it many times...the ice trick breaks up even more.....

**Note: do not do ice down through a macerator toilet, I presume it could damage things greatly**
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:29 PM   #27
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Yes I have heard that ice tip too. Sounds like a good idea.


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Old 09-07-2014, 08:51 PM   #28
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Still shopping for my first Airstream but the rule on boats I have sailed has been been put anything you want in the head (OK, that's the toilet) so long as you've eaten it first. Just saying.


No matter where you go, there you are.
So you aren't supposed to use toilet paper, or you're supposed to eat it first? Only on a boat? I'm confused
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