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Old 09-05-2016, 06:47 PM   #31
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Solved problem, I think...

We had been using our bathroom for both duties until....our toilet tank backed up. We were in a campsite with full hook-up and the black tank just wasn't draining. After calling, local RV repair centers, we were told: you need to keep the black tank closed and use plenty of water. When the tank gets full, then you drain it. If you leave it open, the solid waste does not have a chance to break down. This can cause a build up over time. To solve the immediate problem, we used a typical plumbers snake and a pair of long rubber gloves and snaked it through the toilet opening. All seemed to clear, but it clogged again! We repeated the snake process and no longer used the toilet. We filled the black tank 2/3rd full and added two packs of the "bio-pak" to help break down anything that was solidified. We left it filled for a few weeks until our next trip when we emptied it on our way out. This seemed to have done the trick. I would not recommend leaving it sit as long as we did as there were quite a bit of fumes that had built up. I suppose that meant that there really was a build up of solid waste in the black tank. This last trip with full hook-up, after the black then grey tank was emptied I ran the toilet water and let it run through the black tank. As a side note, both instances of the toilet plugging up were after by husband used the toilet (he is no longer allowed to do the "big business" in the trailer....so it may not necessarily be the ladies using the tp.
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Old 09-05-2016, 07:07 PM   #32
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99.9% of the issues with the black tank is due to owner neglect or owner lack of knowledge, which this thread shows. Chemicals will help mask odors but also assist in breaking down solids. Yes water is the key, and, not dumping till it is near full or upon leaving the campground. Using paper designed for RV's not septic tanks, is also a help in keeping the system in good working order. Proper maintenance will go a long way. As others have said, using your own toilet, for ALL purposes is one of the joys of having a TT. When we work kamp were at a site for 6 months or more, never had an issue but, we use proper technics. No reason to not use your RV toilet. Wipes are the bane of the sewage industry with cities asking people to NOT flush them down as they never break down. You can google pictures of sewage treatment plants inundated with wipes, costing huge bucks to take care of. Never throw Q tips, feminine products or anything else other than TP and personal waste.
Enjoy your RV, spend a few hours looking on the internet including here on the Jayco forums, as to proper maintenance of your RV.

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Old 09-05-2016, 08:15 PM   #33
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We had been using our bathroom for both duties until....our toilet tank backed up. We were in a campsite with full hook-up and the black tank just wasn't draining. After calling, local RV repair centers, we were told: you need to keep the black tank closed and use plenty of water. When the tank gets full, then you drain it. If you leave it open, the solid waste does not have a chance to break down. This can cause a build up over time. To solve the immediate problem, we used a typical plumbers snake and a pair of long rubber gloves and snaked it through the toilet opening. All seemed to clear, but it clogged again! We repeated the snake process and no longer used the toilet. We filled the black tank 2/3rd full and added two packs of the "bio-pak" to help break down anything that was solidified. We left it filled for a few weeks until our next trip when we emptied it on our way out. This seemed to have done the trick. I would not recommend leaving it sit as long as we did as there were quite a bit of fumes that had built up. I suppose that meant that there really was a build up of solid waste in the black tank. This last trip with full hook-up, after the black then grey tank was emptied I ran the toilet water and let it run through the black tank. As a side note, both instances of the toilet plugging up were after by husband used the toilet (he is no longer allowed to do the "big business" in the trailer....so it may not necessarily be the ladies using the tp.


Your husbands 'business' had nothing to do with your problems. It was 100% they way you are using the system. You must ALWAYS operate the system with the black valve closed. Never dump until it reads FULL. Then after dumping you must add a few gallons of fresh water and breakdown chemical to the empty tank. Yes, use plenty of water. Never put anything down the toilet but #1,#2 and RV toilet paper (I buy the Scott's RV paper on Amazon by the case). Follow these simple rules and you should never have an issue.


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Old 09-05-2016, 08:24 PM   #34
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Pee in the bushes,
Crap in the woods,
Your tank will be clean,
And life will be good.

Or just use lots of water, the appropriate TP, and dump when your tank's full.
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