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Old 02-27-2024, 07:45 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 02-27-2024, 07:49 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 02-27-2024, 07:54 AM   #4
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OxyChem, I think it is, from WalMart, has worked just fine for me.

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Old 02-27-2024, 08:07 AM   #5
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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.
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Old 02-27-2024, 08:42 AM   #6
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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.
https://www.amazon.ca/Happy-Campers-...d6fa5db9688252
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 years...you can't order in CA and perhaps some other states, but as stated, it works well even in hot weather.
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I have been using this since 2014. Hasn't disappointed. No issues. Just works.

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Old 02-27-2024, 09:18 AM   #8
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Hi

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 ...).

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Old 02-27-2024, 09:30 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 02-27-2024, 09:35 AM   #10
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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.

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Old 02-27-2024, 09:37 AM   #11
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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.
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Another vote for Happy Camper. Seems to work best for us.
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Old 02-27-2024, 10:10 AM   #13
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Why does California have a problem with Happy Camper?
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Old 02-27-2024, 11:32 AM   #14
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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: https://www.rvtravel.com/california-...tank-chemical/
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Old 02-27-2024, 11:32 AM   #15
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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.
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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!

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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.
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Old 02-27-2024, 12:42 PM   #18
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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?
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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.
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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.

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