I was a non-believer in the need for camper specific toilet paper.......until last week. We were camping beside my family's cabin for the past 2 weeks, using the camper as we normally would. At the end of week 1 I drained my 2/3 full black water tank using my 35 gallon sewer tote, and emptied the contents in the cabin septic tank. There was not a lot of content, but didn't think too much about it, the black tank monitor showed that it was empty. Half way through week 2, the black tank was full. I tried to drain into the sewer tote, but nothing drained out of the camper. I decided to add water to the black tank, filled it, and tried to dump but still nothing would drain from the black tank. My guess is that with the first tote fill I drained out liquid only, with the solids and TP left in the tank. Another week of use added more TP and solids to those from week 1, without adding enough water to keep the contents flowing. (sorry if it is too graphic
Looking down the toilet I could see the hill of paper, etc that was not moving. I tried connecting the garden hose to the the sewer flush connection to get things flowing, but the only thing that did was fill my black tank until it was 100% full and coming up the neck of the toilet.
My solution was to sacrifice an extra garden hose, snake it up into the black tank and jam it back and forth until thinks started moving. Took a lot longer than I expected and was not pleasant to do. Eventually was able to drain the black tank into the tote.
I expect this issue could have been avoided by:
- towing the camper to the dump station. Would move things around in the black tank enough to allow it to drain fine.
- use more water when flushing (I would have to empty black tank more frequently)
- use less TP (I am outnumbered 4 girls to 1 boy so a lot of TP is used)
- use camper specific TP.
I will spend the extra $$ on some camping TP and hope the issue does not replicate itself