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Old 05-05-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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The age old question - toilet paper

Hi all. Any recommendation on which brand is best but not the expensive RV kind.

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Old 05-05-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Whatever you want. Just prefill black tank with a few gallons and any chemical concoction that appeals beforehand. No other paper, and no exceptions to that.

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Old 05-05-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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Cottonnelle single ply.


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Old 05-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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An urban meths that will not die. Other than a marketing gimmick there is no reason to select a brand of toilet paper and far less reason to add anything to you black tank.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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The use of black tank chemicals is a personal decision and sometimes depends on location and ambient outside temps... We find that the cooler it is outside, the less odor there will be. We find that chemicals do aid in breaking down waste in the black tank and controlling odor when necessary. At the same time, the scent of the chemicals is sometimes nearly as obnoxious.

While some believe that one can use any toilet paper, I have experienced the personal joy of an innocent clump of toilet paper getting stuck in a drain valve. I'd rather avoid that if I can. There's an easy test for toilet paper. Put a few pieces in a quart jar half filled with water and shake it...if the toilet paper breaks down and pretty much dissolves, it will do the same in your black tank. That having been said, you don't have to use toilet paper marketed for RV use necessarily.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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Needs must

My family uses more toilet paper than the entire population of a small European state, both in quantity and frequency, so it has been imperative for us to buy the "expensive RV" type to ensure free movement, if you'll excuse the pun.

I'm glad to say that with the application of an enzyme-based product called RV Boss and some expensive paper, we have had clear pipes, tanks and sensors in three seasons of camping. For me, the RV paper is the minimum!
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:24 PM   #7
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We have found that any single ply that is safe for a septic tank works well for us.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #8
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When you do the " jar test " does it matter if you take a used piece of TP or new.
Just kiddin. Couldn't resist.
We use whatever we get while traveling. I don't use any chemicals or treatment but I do use a back flush device to be sure I get a good flush. No odors.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:43 AM   #9
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We use the 2 ply RV toilet paper by Camco which we usually buy at Wal-Mart. Yes, this is the high priced stuff, but we're worth it. Early on in our RVing experience, we had a black tank clog problem with regular household toilet paper. We went to RV toilet paper and never had another problem. We did try the Scott brand single ply toilet paper recommended for septic systems. We didn't really like it at all. Yes, it was cheaper, but since we used twice as much, it ended up costing more.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:36 AM   #10
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If you are going to be camping.. even glamping.. show a little respect and use biodegradeable paper. You never know, you may have to take a squat outside sometime and nobody wants to see your toilet paper laying around on the ground months later. It is not about the money.
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #11
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I read somewhere, maybe here, that any brand but Charmin is OK, and that is because Charmin contains a lotion that prevents it from breaking down in the tank.

However, we use Charmin at home, and we've had no troubles with our septic system, so.....
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:08 PM   #12
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Scott tissue, the plain jane stuff without all the quilted padding and perfume.

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #13
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I live in HOT Eastern Virginia, and while I'm not a fanatic about using chemicals my black tank can "remind" my nose it's time to dump. Even though I'm single and COULD use the tank for a month and not fill it I dump more often especially in the summer. Some chemicals DO help reduce or eliminate the funk. I don't like the heavy perfume ones as they ARE obnoxiously only covering the gentle odor of fermentation.

There are dozens of brands of TP that will work, but if you're paying a lot more for "lotion" "aloe" or "scent" or "extra strength"... then you're more likely to have clumps. Plain Jane brands work better.

When I boondock, I do use a bucket to share the shower water with the toilet... and that helps more than any other thing to break down all the solid bits.

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Old 05-15-2013, 01:23 PM   #14
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We use what ever wife buys, I never dump when leaving camp grounds try to put as much water in black tank sloshing on trip home breaks every thing down as I have never seen clumps of paper come out I own & live on farm no problems dumping [corn & beans] I do this imed. on arrival home

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