Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-27-2024, 07:45 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
Portland , Oregon
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 226
Holding Tank Treatment Chemicals?

I'm in the market for Holding Tank Treatment Chemicals so I thought I'd see what Colonial Airstream offers in their Parts Department, hoping they've done the narrowing down of choices. Nope.

They have 10 pages of Treatment Chemicals from 10+ manufacturers!

So, what Treatment Chemicals do you use?

Thank you.

blacklab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 07:49 AM   #2
Rivet Master
thewarden's Avatar
2016 27' International
Sherwood Park , Alberta
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 1,031
We have tried several since we stopped using a formaldehyde-based chemical. Happy Camper has worked well for us the past couple of years, even when the temps are really hot.
thewarden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 07:53 AM   #3

2003 25' Classic
Houstatlantavegas , Malebolgia
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 20,000
Images: 1
Yes...with a 1/4 cup Dawn every once in awhile.

Iím done with ĎadultingíÖLetís go find Bigfoot.
ROBERT CROSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 07:54 AM   #4
Rivet Master
Lily&Me's Avatar

2007 Interstate
Normal , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 18,077
OxyChem, I think it is, from WalMart, has worked just fine for me.

🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚
Lily&Me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 08:07 AM   #5
1 Rivet Member
2023 25' International
Marion , Va
Join Date: Nov 2023
Posts: 8
I have watched the Kleen Tank videos. He recommended pinesol and bath beads. Has anyone used this mix.
He also recommended lots of water . Obviously more water is the key.
Nobodyishome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 08:42 AM   #6
Rivet Master
gypsydad's Avatar
2017 28' Flying Cloud
2014 25' FB Flying Cloud
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Georgetown (winter)Thayne (summer) , Texas & Wyoming
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 6,664
Originally Posted by thewarden View Post
We have tried several since we stopped using a formaldehyde-based chemical. Happy Camper has worked well for us the past couple of years, even when the temps are really hot.
We too, have tried the "Geo" method- powdered laundry detergent (Borax), water softener, (Calgon), and dishwashing liquid (Dawn); also tried TST Max,
and some others...wife really likes Happy Camper last 10 can't order in CA and perhaps some other states, but as stated, it works well even in hot weather.
Empty Nesters; Gypsies on the road!
2017 28' Twin Flying Cloud
2017 F250 King Ranch, 4X4, 6.7L, Blue-Ox WDH
Summer-Star Valley Ranch RV Resort (Thayne, WY); Winter-Sun City (Georgetown,TX)
gypsydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 09:08 AM   #7
Stay CazuaL
cazual6's Avatar
2018 25' Flying Cloud
2014 19' Flying Cloud
Reseda , California
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 961
Images: 1
I have been using this since 2014. Hasn't disappointed. No issues. Just works.
"No job is so simple that it cannot be done wrong."
"Everyone is entitled to be stupid, but some abuse the privilege."
WBCCI 9164
*Virtual campfire at
cazual6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 09:18 AM   #8
Half a Rivet Short
2017 30' Classic
2022 Interstate 24X
Carlisle , Pennsylvania
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 15,735

How to narrow it down:

A powder seems to be a better choice than a liquid. You typically get more "bang" in a given sized container that way. Also the containers typically are a bit more rugged.

Pellets or bags help with the "how much to use" end of things. The cost for that convenience is a bit much (at least to me). They also impact how much you get in a given sized bottle or jar.

Mixes of this that and something else might be fun if you mostly stick in one place. For us moving around all the time, everything in one container is much easier to keep track of. It also is easier to manage if multiple folks need to be "trained" how to take care of things.

Independent of the smell issue (which is mostly what this stuff targets), you want a lot of water in your tanks. A petrified pile of .... is not a good thing in the middle of your tank. It's not good in the gray water tank, it's worse in the black water tank. (Yes, it can happen in either one ... just like those smells ....more likely in one than the other).

Next up, something that you only can get from one source (likely far far away when you run out) is less than ideal. Stuff happens, jars break, you need some pretty fast.

For us, all that gets around to Happy Campers being the default choice. You can find it locally in most areas. (though it's not typically a Home Depot / Lowes item). Amazon will usually get you some in <= 2 days in most places and <= 8 days in back woods Alaska (quicker in Anchorage ...).

uncle_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 09:30 AM   #9
Rivet Master
davidz71's Avatar
1986 25' Sovereign
Southern Middle , Tennessee
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 3,319
Images: 23
I've used Odorlos for years and been happy with it. It does a good job of removing smells without having a terrible perfume smell like some of the products out there.

AIR #0078
'01 2500hd ext. cab, 8.1 litre gas, 5 sp. Allison auto
3.73 rear end
Mag-Hytec rear diff cover
Amsoil Dual by-pass oil filtration system
Amsoil synthetics all around
265 watt AM Solar, Inc. system
davidz71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 09:35 AM   #10
2 Rivet Member
Trekers's Avatar
2022 30' Flying Cloud
OKEMOS , Michigan
Join Date: Feb 2022
Posts: 49
We have a macerating toilet so we stay away from the powders and the pods. We have found RV Liquefied to be the best liquid treatment after trying several different types.
Trekers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 09:37 AM   #11
2 Rivet Member
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Airstream - Other
Port Orchard , Washington
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 56
Blog Entries: 1
I have tried all of the above methods also. Settled on Happy Camper also. Add dawn about every 4th or 5th dump. All gauges now work and have continued to work.
inthralled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 09:39 AM   #12
Site Team
Hans627's Avatar

2009 25' FB International
2018 27' Globetrotter
Tavares , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 3,718
Another vote for Happy Camper. Seems to work best for us.
2018 27' FBT Globetrotter
2019 RAM Limited 2500 w/6.7 diesel
BRN 22721
Hans627 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 10:10 AM   #13
1 Rivet Member
2010 19' International
San Luis Obispo , California
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 8
Why does California have a problem with Happy Camper?
Coastal3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 11:32 AM   #14
2 Rivet Member
2023 Interstate 19
Browns Valley , California
Join Date: Jan 2023
Posts: 62
Originally Posted by Coastal3 View Post
Why does California have a problem with Happy Camper?

It contains formaldehyde which causes cancer and can contaminate ground water. The law was pasted at the request of a RV park owners association. Here's an article about it:
JimMartin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 11:32 AM   #15
Rivet Master
2019 25' International
Washington , Washington, D.C.
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 1,271
Blog Entries: 1
Yes, more water is always key to a happy black tank. And yes to Kleen Tank's black tank formula. Works great, kinder to the earth and cheap.
PatLee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 11:46 AM   #16
Rivet Master
rideair's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 1,803
I only use the Keen-Tank method, though did make a slight adjustment by using both Lavender Pinesole and Lavender Calgone bath beads. I can honestly say now, my poop don't sink!

Paul Waddell
rideair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 12:05 PM   #17
Rivet Master
Mikebrady62's Avatar

2019 27' International
Rogers , Arkansas
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 747
We have tried several different ones also and like many have settled on Happy Camper. We also have a clean-out located next to our driveway that empties into our septic system. So I asked the Septic Engineer that designed our system and approved it for the State. She said she had no issues with the chemicals being used in Happy Camper for septic health or groundwater leaching if that was to occur.
Mikebrady62 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 12:42 PM   #18
2020 Flying Cloud 28RTB
2020 28' Flying Cloud
South Fork , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2016
Posts: 19
We use Happy Camper and like it. But, is there a chemical treatment we should use once in awhile that would really clean the sensors and provide some lubrication to the holding tank pulls on the outside?
lovemorels is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 01:23 PM   #19
Rivet Master

2015 27' Flying Cloud
Portland , Oregon
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 685
Send a message via AIM to hhendrix Send a message via Yahoo to hhendrix
We used Happy Camper for 14 years and were "happy" with the use. However last year we had a thorough tank inspection and cleaning. The powder didn't completely dissolve and over the years built a layer of hard to remove sludge. So now we use a liquid cleaner and valve lubricant. That and the formaldehyde made me switch.
The ability to follow instructions is highly underrated.
Always be wary of stupid people in large numbers.
hhendrix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2024, 01:25 PM   #20
Rivet Master
Life is a Highway's Avatar

2021 30' Flying Cloud
Airstream - Other
Airstream - Other
Lady Lake , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2018
Posts: 1,182
Camp Champ

Met the owner at a Tampa RV show 4 years ago. Gave his products a chance and never ever looked back. We stock up every year-

I don't care about RV reviews with products breaking down dog food on YouTube.Camp Champ works, we have no smells and when I follow directions I can safely put our RV away with a clean holding tank.

I would however advise anyone to find alternative ways of disposing toilet paper vs wadding it down the tank ,a Black tanks night mare in my opinion-

I have used other brands and thought they worked well which they did on smell. But then I used Camp Champ after I dumped flushed filled the tanks . I put in the SuperDigest let it work as prescribed, was shocked at what it removed after 3 days of sitting.

Were in Florida inside storage so I can even leave our grey and black holding tanks 1/2 full and let them critters clean away till we leave again.
Life is a Highway is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Holding tank treatment jmoore041 Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 3 02-01-2015 07:16 AM
Black tank chemicals GeocamperAS Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 30 07-05-2012 07:11 AM
No chemicals in grey tank. ROBERTSUNRUS Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 25 06-16-2009 09:08 PM
Do You Use Holding Tank Chemicals? SilverGate Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 5 10-15-2007 06:18 PM
Do you use holding tank chemicals? John Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 15 10-14-2007 02:00 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:23 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.