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Old 09-16-2016, 12:07 AM   #1
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Ice to clean tank - DEBUNKED

So, does this guy debunk the old "dump ice in your black tank to clean it" idea with his test setup?

You have to watch the whole video - he does a pretty even handed review.

I'll let you decide.

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Old 09-16-2016, 06:59 AM   #2
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No , It's been around for many years and people still swear by it.

It's hard to debunk a dream!
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:06 AM   #3
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Think of how Mom used to clean the dirty lasagna pan.... Soak it overnight in some soapy water to loosen anything stuck. Save the ice to pour Jameson's over!!!
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:14 AM   #4
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Old 09-16-2016, 07:15 AM   #5
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Good video, thanks for posting BuddyRay. So I have tried the ice trick but only use whatever ice we happen to have left over, plus 7-8 gallons of water. The idea, per the person that told me to try this, was that the ice would brush the sides and keep the sensors cleaner. The guy in the vid didn't appear to use all that much water.

His test did show the ice rubbed some of the stuff off the sides, but the caveat about how he drove the truck means I may not be getting the same results.

Net net...I'll probably keep doing the ice trick anytime I have a bunch of leftover ice (that ice may as well go somewhere!), but will put more time into using the black tank flush as the primary means of cleaning.
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Net net...I'll probably keep doing the ice trick anytime I have a bunch of leftover ice (that ice may as well go somewhere!), but will put more time into using the black tank flush as the primary means of cleaning.
I'm with you, Force. And because of my sloped parking situation at home, I can't just hook up my TT and drive around. It takes me a half hour to get it down off the cinder blocks and wood blocks I have to use to get it somewhere near level. And then I have to park it and level it all over again. Black tank flush for me!!

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Old 09-16-2016, 09:18 AM   #7
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I agree with Fire Instructor. Save the ice for the scotch. This guy in the video did a good job at showing the physics of it. He also does some great videos and tests of various tank flush methods and toilet paper use. He has had some negative feedback, but most of that just happens to come from the companies who manufacture and/or agencies that sell the products he demonstrates that don't work.... coincidence? I think not.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:26 AM   #8
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I watched his videos a while back and came to the conclusion that the best method is the tank flush coupled with a nice full tank. Get the tank AT LEAST 2/3 full before you dump, then fill it again (I do so with the tank flush) and dump it again and let the flush run for a few minutes. If I have the time, I'll even do 3 flushes, but I usually only do that at the end of my season before I put the trailer in long-term storage.
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Good ol' clean water works best? Whoda thunk!


Been doing it that way since 2009. No stink so far.
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Think of how Mom used to clean the dirty lasagna pan.... Soak it overnight in some soapy water to loosen anything stuck. Save the ice to pour Jameson's over!!!
X 2

I use the GEO Method and that works just fine for me.

1 cup of Calgon Water Softener
1 cup of Dawn
Put it in a 5 gal. Bucket (both grey & black tank) before your trip and leave it in till you dump your tanks and your good to go.
Don't forget the Jameson's !
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