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Old 05-14-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Tide? or no Tide?

A year or so ago someone mentioned putting powdered Tide with several gallons of water in their black tank after they emptied it.

Now that we are fulltiming I was wondering if this is something that you all think might work well for breaking up the solids in the tank? We use ALOT of water with each flush and seem to empty every 2 days so I don't know if putting anything in the tank would have time to do much.

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:02 PM   #2
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That idea may help to keep the tank smelling fresh if the AS sits for weeks between uses. As a fulltimer myself, I wouldn't think of doing that. The Tide kills the lovely bacteria that breaks down the waste.

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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I never liked powdered Tide because it would fail to dissolve unless you filled the washer, added it, agitated it for 30 seconds, then added the clothes. I wanted to dump in the detergent, clothes, start the water and move on to the next task...

Brilliant me decided to take a gallon jar, add a couple of cups of detergent, fill with water and have a liquid the next time I did the laundry. The result? It gels. REALLY. It turns into "Tide Snot". Far more durable than Jello. It can dry out completely then re-form if you add water. It might live forever in your black tank!

Use Dawn. Use it once in a while... especially if you're going to store the unit or have an open house and show it off. Use it, shake it, drain it, then rinse it thoroughly. It dissolves grease really well and works excellently in the gray tank also.

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Old 05-14-2009, 10:51 PM   #4
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Tide snot was (is?) the basis for napalm (sub gasoline for water).

If you are dumping that often, you don't need to do anything other than toss in a couple of ounces of one of the bacteria based products (i.e. Pure Power) every second dump or so.

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Old 05-15-2009, 10:12 PM   #5
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Thanks I'll try the Dawn or Pure Power and stay away from the napalm unless I get a big clog...
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:49 AM   #6
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We dump Dawn-soapy dishwater down our toilet on a regular basis, also pine-sol water from cleaning. When we are going to not be able to dump for a couple of days, we put one of the Oxy-Kem holding tank treatment pods in there (wal-mart) which do a nice job. Have always heard you NEVER want to let solids solidify in your tank, we empty our holding tanks most days, and are generous with flushing/dishwater additions when we know we can empty daily. We also have one of those rigid wand things with the holes in the end (wal-mart), made just for this purpose, which you can attach to a hose periodically and do a kind of pressure spray in there periodically. I don't dump the tanks, leave that for hubby, but am pretty good at cleaning all things.

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