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Old 07-24-2019, 07:43 PM   #1
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Drain Systems Cleaning

My AS manual under the Maintenance section page 8-14 says and I quote:

DRAIN SYSTEMS CLEANING

The only cleaning agents that can be used without causing harm to the system are household ammonia and tri-sodium phosphate in small quantities. Do not use any product that contains any portion of petroleum distillates. This type of product will attack the rubber seals of your toilet and dump valves. Also, do not use any dish detergent or abrasive cleaners. All products should be market as approved for ABS drainage systems.


Is anyone NOT using a specific type of dish soap in their sinks?

If you are using something that is " approved" can you give me a brand name?

I am assuming something without " petroleum distillates " ?
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Old 07-24-2019, 08:53 PM   #2
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Most of us, pretty much forever, have used whatever dishwashing liquid in our trailers as we do at home.

I think they are trying to head off the use of any or all of the homemade miracle black tank treatments that pop up from time to time. Some are quite "exotic"...

When I first started RVing, you could still buy black tank treatments full of formaldehyde for gosh sakes.
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:05 AM   #3
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Most of us, pretty much forever, have used whatever dishwashing liquid in our trailers as we do at home.

I think they are trying to head off the use of any or all of the homemade miracle black tank treatments that pop up from time to time. Some are quite "exotic"...

When I first started RVing, you could still buy black tank treatments full of formaldehyde for gosh sakes.
I was wondering if they were referring to harsh chemical cleaners vs dish soap for dishes in the sink
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:22 AM   #4
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Works for us....

I used the Geo Method twice years ago to clean our tank...it was cruddy.
Haven't had to use it again.
1/8 cup of Dawn when flushing and normal Happy Campers treatment has worked great ever since.👍

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Old 07-25-2019, 06:24 AM   #5
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I used the Geo Method twice years ago to clean our tank...it was cruddy.
Haven't had to use it again.
1/8 cup of Dawn and normal Happy Campers treatment has worked great ever since.👍

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I was wondering if I was hurting anything with DAWN dish soap. But apparently not.
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I was wondering if I was hurting anything with DAWN dish soap. But apparently not.
It hasn't for us...what has caused problems is leaving RV antifreeze in the bowl when winterizing. I use veggie oil, just enough to cover the flapper.

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I think it's hilarious that the Airstream manual says "do not use dish soap for your dishes."



Also, do not use tires for your wheels.
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I think it's hilarious that the Airstream manual says "do not use dish soap for your dishes."



Also, do not use tires for your wheels.

Well, it does not say that specifically. But its 'close'. "Detergent" is I think a more harsh chemical than dawn. They're concerned about petro distillates... But I bet thats pretty low content in dish soap.
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