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Old 06-21-2006, 07:25 AM   #1
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Black tank cleaning

I have heard that putting some ice cubes down the toilet and into the black tank while towing help break up the waste in the tank and keep the walls of the tank clean. Is there any truth to this or is it an urban myth. I am concerned about damaging my tank sensor or dump valve. Has anyone tried this?

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Old 06-21-2006, 07:58 AM   #2
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We do it all the time...we don't have any tank sensors in our '64 but I doubt it would hurt them if we did. You don't pack the tank with ice, just add a bag with a little water and be on your way.

I know folks with newer trailer (and sensors) do this too...I'm sure someone else will chime in.

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we've done it in all our rv's and it has never hurt the sensors. Same here , just a small bag of ice with some H2O and drive down the road.
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A bag of ice in your black water tank will help you live up to your screen name and clean the tank.
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I use a modified GEO method a couple of times/season. My sensors seem to work well. I also use a Flush-King that has proven to be a good investment.
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This is starting to sound like a really nasty cocktail... (just add ice a little water and shake) We have the integrated black tank flush in our new AS and it works wonderful.. Can't say the same for the tank sensors it reads full on the first flush..but that is another post and warranty issue. I would imagine the after market black tank flushing accessories sold at camping world would accomplish the same thing when you run the flush for 3-5 mins the water comes out clear and the stinky is gone..God knows in AZ you don't want to leave something stuck to the walls of the black tank before storing.. 111 degree heat makes for a real stinky poop shoot.
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I have heard that putting some ice cubes down the toilet and into the black tank while towing help break up the waste in the tank and keep the walls of the tank clean. Is there any truth to this or is it an urban myth. I am concerned about damaging my tank sensor or dump valve. Has anyone tried this?

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I do it every other time out or so, works great!
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Dave's recommendations

The way we clean ours is to add a cap full of soap (Arm & Hammer) along with a cap full of water softner. We add this about every other time we flush the tank. It was recommended by Dave S of A/S in an artilce in the BB. Seems to work fine.
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This is starting to sound like a really nasty cocktail... (just add ice a little water and shake) We have the integrated black tank flush in our new AS and it works wonderful.. Can't say the same for the tank sensors it reads full on the first flush..but that is another post and warranty issue. I would imagine the after market black tank flushing accessories sold at camping world would accomplish the same thing when you run the flush for 3-5 mins the water comes out clear and the stinky is gone..God knows in AZ you don't want to leave something stuck to the walls of the black tank before storing.. 111 degree heat makes for a real stinky poop shoot.
I guess one would say this "cocktail" is shaken, not stirred.... Sorry, couldn't resist. We have had several SOB's in the last 25 years and never heard of this... we will give it a try!
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