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Old 09-26-2006, 11:32 AM   #15
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Water to TP ratio

This is just something I do: When flushing the toilet, I use an additional bowl or two of water. This does fill the black tank more quickly, but more water in the tank also clears quickly when I evacuate the holding tanks. I use more water ONLY when I have the sewer hookup at a campsite.

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Old 09-26-2006, 12:34 PM   #16
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BT Problems

I have recently acquired my AS and have been attaching the smells . There has been moments when a For Sale sign has been contemplated. The PO let the BT dry out!! Saturday I flushed it 6 times after leaving it set with septic system bacteria for a week. The gag reflex still works . I am looking for any advice on how to dislodge and get it clean. The tank will be dropped in the future for frame work. But the smell

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Old 09-26-2006, 01:56 PM   #17
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Welcome bedfords ... Similar situation here a while back.

This may be informative ---->

Good luck, and remember to keep adding water to sinks and bath drain water traps every few days! (it evaporates or wind pressure & trailer vibration from people inside siphons a bit more out till... phew)

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Old 09-26-2006, 02:07 PM   #18
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Shortly after I bought it I had to clean out my BT that had 'accumulated' over the years. I used Rid-X septic treatment (just a little) and filled it up with water and let it sit for a month. That did a great job of cleaning it out, and I got quite a bit of capacity back (important in such a small tank).

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Old 10-02-2006, 11:00 AM   #19
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ten pounds of ice down the toilet and some water. Take her for a ride for a couple of hours. That will scrub the tank then melt....
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:46 AM   #20
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Question: I always try and leave a few gallons of water, probably 3-4, in the 18 gallon black tank and drop one of the orange chemical pouches in the toilet when we head home. Is that sufficient to keep this sort of thing from happening?
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:09 PM   #21
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Same topic, different question...

The clogged up TP can be a big problem.... one less than "desirable" option is to not put the TP down the tank and toss in a bag and promptly throw away... another might be to borrow boating ideas. Many boats come equipped with a mascerator (did I spell that correctly???) that chops up all the contents before it exits the boat. They usually work quite well. One of the problems with boats is that when you pump your black water holding tank out at the dock you have to pump it up and out as the dock is always higher than your holding tank. This mascerator allows for things to "move along" nicely.

Does anyone have a mascerator installed on their trailer? Does it take care of this kind of problem?

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