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Old 03-30-2010, 07:47 PM   #1
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Toilet paper....??

I read somewhere that you can pretty much use ANY toilet paper.
It's a myth to use only "RV" paper.

Any truth to that?

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If you want to plug your black tank,then go ahead and use Charmin,I`m a plumber and it takes a long time to break down. I`ll stick with RV paper. Dave
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Im out of town this week but when I get home I'll get you the name of a natural (drop in) tank cleaner. It says that it will break down the toilet paper. Sounded good.
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I read somewhere that you can pretty much use ANY toilet paper.
It's a myth to use only "RV" paper.

Any truth to that?

Thanks.

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I have been using Scott single ply "safe for septic" toilet paper for several years. No Problems.
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If you want to plug your black tank,then go ahead and use Charmin,I`m a plumber and it takes a long time to break down. I`ll stick with RV paper. Dave
Cottenelle <sp> is what I was looking at actually.

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Use the search function - several threads on here about that.

There is a "mason jar test" that will give you some idea. It works something like this: take a quart jar. Fill it 3/4 full with water at temp comparable to where you camp. Throw in three or four sheets of toilet tissue of the brand you are interested in. Let it sit for an hour. Then shake it up for a few seconds. If the paper dissolves, you're probably o.k.. The less dissolved, the higher the risk.

I have had good success at home with a septic system with Scott tissue, but in the Airstream, I only use RV paper. Your choice / your risk.
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Here is the link where I read it. Interesting read.

All About RV Septic Systems

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another vote for Scott single ply

Ditto Michelle -- we've used Scott single ply for six years, four years on this trailer. We do NOT use chemicals in the black tank, tried them on our first Airstream trailer and abandoned it five years ago. Zero problems with tank management.

Do our best to wait until tanks are full before dumping them. Dump black one first, then let grey "rinse" the black water from sewer hose.

We learned early on to do the TP test -- put a square of your paper in a tumbler, and a square of another choice of paper in another. Add water to both tumblers, let it sit awhile. Stir gently. Watch the Scott single ply break apart. If proposed paper doesn't, don't use it.
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We prefer RV toilet paper for use in our Thedford system. With anything else you will see paper fragments interspersed with the blackwater when dumping. While in the tank, these paper fragments may get hung up on your tank sensors and cause false readings. The paper fragments also get caught on the dump valve gaskets and cause your black water dump valves to not close completely before long. This also goes for the gasket in the toilet bowl that opens and closes with every use. Making sure you add enough water in the bowl before flushing so that the paper goes completely down the pipe instead of caught up in the mechanism will help this situation. Also, dumping at your destination when able to, instead of when leaving the campsite, will help mix up the tank contents. Am sure you realize you must keep the blackwater dump valve closed until time to dump the system or you will get "black hills syndrome" in the tank. We like to leave our grey water accumulating also so that you can rinse the "slinky" with it after dumping the black water. Our trailer is 22 years old and the dump valves lasted 21 years before needing replacing and our sensors still give us proper readings. My two cents-hope this helps, Pat
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It may be that Charmin is the only one not to use.
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We use the two ply Thetford from Wal-Mart. The last thing we want is a blank tank problem. We have not had any problems yet.

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Your black water tank is not a septic tank. Nothing is in there long enough to break down like a household septic system. You are just storing the waste until the tank is full. So use toilet paper that will easily dissolve enough to flow out the sewer hose. This trip we have been continuously using our system for close to nine months. Started out with RV paper and then switched to single ply paper, what ever was on sale, with no problems. Be sure to use enough water; it makes everything flow much better, out of the bowl and out of the tank. If you boondock excess water will fill the tank much faster but we have found the grey water tank generally fills before the black gets even close.
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Use the search function - several threads on here about that.

There is a "mason jar test" that will give you some idea. It works something like this: take a quart jar. Fill it 3/4 full with water at temp comparable to where you camp. Throw in three or four sheets of toilet tissue of the brand you are interested in. Let it sit for an hour. Then shake it up for a few seconds. If the paper dissolves, you're probably o.k.. The less dissolved, the higher the risk.
We did the Mason jar test. Used RV tp from Camping World vs Costco brand - septic safe - tp. The RV tp won out hands down. We now only use RV stuff. Why take a chance on plugging something up?
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I think you can use anything you want. Just don't flush it if it isn't RV paper. That's what waste paper baskets are for. If you have a septic tank at home, anyway, it's just something you get used to.
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