Originally Posted by Marci V
Hello. First time owner with basic questions. Any and all advice is welcomed.
1. Do I really need RV TP to prevent clogs?
2. Anyone ever use Flushable toilet bowl cleaning wands on TT?
3. Do the chemical treatments work fast enough to break down solids in tanks for weekend trips.
4. How do you store the sewer connector (elbow)? I was thinking of an airtight plastic box. Is this a mistake?
5. When disconnecting the drain hose, any advice for cleaning prior to storage?
6. The two part sewer hose I bought doesn't fit in the bumper when the two sections are connected. I was worried that if put them in both ends of the bumper, one might slide to the center during travel & be hard to remove. Is this a real concern or not?
My opinions on your questions:
1. Per the fitrv videos, just get septic safe TP. Costco brand has been fine for us. BUT: if your plumbing takes a turn from the toilet to the tank, a heavy user of TP runs a greater chance of clogging things. RV paper is much thinner, so potentially a big user may still not be flushing as much at one time. And plungers don't work on RV toilets. But for most normal use, any septic safe TP works fine.
2. We used a wand for our first season. The pads are just another thing that can contribute to plugs when trying to drain your tank (and I won't gross you out telling you how I learned this). Just don't do it.
3. I've seen no benefit to routine use of chems. There are specialized cleaners for the sensors that do seem to help, but that is a separate cleaning project that takes time to carry out, not something for regular use.
4. I use a small clear plastic box to store the parts. One with a lid that has snapping latches. Being airtight is of no concern.
5. Make sure to close your gray tank valves the day before leaving. After dumping your black tank, then drain your gray. The soapy shower/kitchen water will do a pretty good job of flushing the hose. Some then close the gray, partially fill the tanks with fresh by letting a faucet run, and then use that as a final rinse. Others disconnect from the trailer, and then run water in the end to flush it. I've gotten to the point where I skip that, the first dump of the gray tanks is good enough for me.
6. I haven't had any issues with sliding, it seems to stay pretty well in place. But, you will want to get a longer hose or another extension. If you aren't almost filling your bumper end to end, you will likely find yourself at a campground where your hose is too short someday.... (I assume you can keep the hoses you've got connected, and they still fit into the bumper. If you can't, then you really should get a longer hose or hoses that will fit).
Also, get a spare end cap for the bumper, or drill some small holes so you can pin the cap on with a piece of coat hanger. Mine have not ever come off while on the road, but just in case....(mine always seem to disappear overnight in campgrounds).