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Old 07-17-2020, 08:28 PM   #1
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Macerator toilet - toss ins packets

We have a new 26RBT which has a macerator toilet. Previous Airstream was a 23FB with a standard straight shot to the black tank. I had some toss in tank chemicals left over from the previous trailer. I got to thinking those may not work well with the macerator toilet. Does anyone have any experience using toss in packets with a macerator toilet? Thanks!
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Old 07-17-2020, 11:00 PM   #2
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Ours have been fine. We let them dissolve completely and use a toilet brush to make sure the packet is dissolved.
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Old 07-18-2020, 04:10 AM   #3
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We have a new 26RBT which has a macerator toilet. Previous Airstream was a 23FB with a standard straight shot to the black tank. I had some toss in tank chemicals left over from the previous trailer. I got to thinking those may not work well with the macerator toilet. Does anyone have any experience using toss in packets with a macerator toilet? Thanks!
I would strongly discourage putting these packets in your macerator toilet until you have read your owner's manual, and mfg. instruction booklet in your AS briefcase. There are liquid tank treatments which would be preferable iMO.

143pm -- is yours a macerator toilet, and do the instructions say this is OK?

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For what it’s worth: I asked Dometic this question at the 2017 Hershey RV show. They said do not use the pods as sometimes the casing does not dissolve and will cause problems with the macerator toilet. The dealership threw in a bag of the pods and said “there fine”. I have never used them and will go with the advice from Dometic.
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I had the dealer throw one in during the demo of my 26RBQ, and have not used one since.
i find that between the macerator and a little water in the bowl, there is no odor from the tank into the trailer. Love that macerator, and love that 26.
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I stayed with the blue bottles.
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Old 07-18-2020, 09:39 AM   #7
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Hello, we have been using TankTechs Rx in our 26 RB since new. No tank problems in either tank and best of all eliminates any odor from gray tank super fast. Just pour a capful into the shower drain. Go check out their website or @TankTechsRx
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We’ve only ever used the packs with our macerater toilet and in the hundreds we’ve used we’ve never had an issue. The coating of the packs breaks down almost instantly in the presence of water - they’re designed that way. Even the moisture on your skin starts to dissolve the coating when you grab it out of the bag. I don’t imagine it would be an issue for the pump, which is always submerged. Maybe if you tried to pump it without water or pumped the toilet dry and left it that way the coating could reset in the pump? I wonder if Dometic has actually seen problems or if the person who said that was giving a hypothetical reason they could be bad.
Since there’s a water seal to the black tank we don’t care about smell and use the Bio-Pak enzyme packs that are designed to break down waste over controlling smell. Between the macerater and the Bio-Pak, we only have liquid when dumping the black tanks.
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. . . Just pour a capful into the shower drain.
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Doesn't your shower drain into the grey tank?

The OP is asking about treating the black tank IMO.

Thanks JDG for your Dometic feedback.
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Dissolve it in a old bucket first then use it
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Macerator toilet - toss ins packets

OTRA15 - yes ours is a macerator toilet. I just make sure the case is dissolved prior to flushing. I did read the instructions but do not remember it mentioning the pods.
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Toss out the toss in pods

I Initially used the toss in pods in my 2016 Interstate GT. After several months with no problems my macerator pump started making a strange noise during the dump process. I disassembled the macerator and discovered an accumulation of toss in pods plastic coating wrapped around the impeller. Removed the plastic and the pump ran fine.

That is my experience with the toss in pods. Now I use the Happy Camper powder and have no complaints.
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We have a new 26RBT which has a macerator toilet. Previous Airstream was a 23FB with a standard straight shot to the black tank. I had some toss in tank chemicals left over from the previous trailer. I got to thinking those may not work well with the macerator toilet. Does anyone have any experience using toss in packets with a macerator toilet? Thanks!


Today I tore open the packet and dumped the contents out, then threw away the casing. I think this will be my approach from now on.
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Congratulations on getting the best AS ever I would not do that. Use any of the well regarded liquid or powdered remedies. We use Happy Camper and I go the extra mile of dissolving the powder using a bicycle drink bottle than flush it. The macterator jobs are sensitive.
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Use any of the well regarded liquid or powdered remedies.
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The macterator jobs are sensitive.
A no-brainer IMO, given the horror stories here about having to deal with a sticky and stinky macerator problem!



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Have used the pods briefly but never felt really comfortable with the casing so I stick with the liquid bottles. Why go asking for problems.
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Thanks, I appreciate everyone’s input! I think I will stay with the liquid and not take any chances.
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I also use the Happy Camper powder but I also use lots of water! I bought new and it also came with a bag of pods, but I always let them dissolve in the bowl with water before flushing. Only had macerator problem once. I think it was due to hot summer heat and disuse during storage. Had to manually turn screw to get it going. Now after storage I still flush it out with fresh water.
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