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Old 07-04-2012, 04:46 PM   #29
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Jane, I think she uses the water softener and detergent as suggested in the Geo recipe, except we couldn't find powdered detergent. I think she used half the recommended amount of liquid detergent since it is more concentrated. This is on top of the standard, not green, deodorizers available anywhere, with 4 gal. of water. So what she is doing is the same as the Geo formula without the Clorox until a day or so before we flush the black tank. If it were up to me (and it isn't) I'd use less of the Clorox than recommended.

Once we feel the black tank has been thoroughly cleaned, we may not use the Geo formula all the time. We have a Flush King, so I can see what is coming out and is became reasonably clear in 5 backflushes instead of the usual 7 or 8. If there is stuff stuck in there after 4 1/2 years, it will take some flushing to get it all out.

My experience is that after a season of towing, I'll backflush the tank 10 times and it seems to be clean, but in the spring when I drain the antifreeze out into a 5 gal. bucket (this is not an enjoyable experience), more stuff comes out. So next spring I'll have a better idea how this works when I see what I get.

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Old 07-04-2012, 05:00 PM   #30
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Are things getting back to normal? The wildfires have taken over the news lately.
After 34 years in Colorado, I have discovered there is no "normal" weather. We are now in a "short term extreme drought" according to the weather people. But moisture from the south is coming and we may get some rain this week. Got a little in the last 30 minutes. I think we went 3+ months with 20 minutes of light rain. The really big fires have been in the Front Range foothills, 240 and more miles away from here. In August, moisture comes from the southwest (monsoon season) and that's when it rains most, and it may be coming early. We hope so. There are some indications we may switch to El Niño by fall and get more precip. Still hot—we've had temps 3-7˚ above normal since March.

Turning from Colorado weather, back to black tanks….

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Has anyone tried adding baking soda to the mixture or at all? Seems as thugh it would be harmless to the tanks/fittings, would help scrub the tanks as you go down the road, and would help absorb odors.

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