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Old 06-01-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Rid-X for cleaning out black tank ?

Just heard from an acquaintance that he has tried Rid-X in his black tank to clean it out and make the sensor work better. Seems to have worked to some extent.

Just wondering if anyone here has tried this, and can Rid-X damage the tank or system ?
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:01 PM   #2
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I doubt it would damage it, but I thought it had to be in there for a while to work. I would think that when you dump the dank all the enzymes would be gone....
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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Holding Tank Cleaner and Deodorant

I have used the following Recipe for over 10 years to Eliminate Odors and Clean the Black and Gray Holding tanks on Motor Homes, 5th Wheels, and Travel Trailers. It not only Cleans and Eliminates Odors, But Lubricates the Valves In the Gray and Black Tanks as well as keeps the Sensors Clean so that you can tell how full your tanks are. It is Cheaper than the Chemicals that you buy, and in my opinion, does a better job and Less Harm to the Environment. Since using this Recipe, I have not had any Odors or problems with My Black or Gray Holding Tanks.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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The black & grey tanks on a trailer are holding tanks, not septic tanks. Big difference. Septic tanks rely on enzymes to break down the waste over time. Holding tanks are meant to be emptied periodically. I doubt that enzymes would/should be in there long enough to do much good. OTOH, they probably wouldn't do any harm either but I think chemicals intended for holding tanks might be a better choice for the money.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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The black & grey tanks on a trailer are holding tanks, not septic tanks. Big difference. Septic tanks rely on enzymes to break down the waste over time. Holding tanks are meant to be emptied periodically. I doubt that enzymes would/should be in there long enough to do much good. OTOH, they probably wouldn't do any harm either but I think chemicals intended for holding tanks might be a better choice for the money.

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Old 06-02-2012, 07:09 PM   #6
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You all make good points, so think I'll forget the idea of Rid-X. MHbell - I looked at your recipe, and like the looks of it. My main concern is with the black tank, and the sensor readings. I can get an empty reading just after dumping, but an hour later, the sensor can read up to 3/4 full, even though nothing has been added to the tank. And since the 5er tank is not directly under the toilet, the bend in the pipe prevents visual confirmation of the tank level. Will try this recipe and see if it helps. Thanks everyone for your helpful advice.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:32 AM   #7
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And since the 5er tank is not directly under the toilet, the bend in the pipe prevents visual confirmation of the tank level.
That's not a problem, that's a feature.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:31 AM   #8
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Murphie - My comment about the bend in the pipe stemmed from the fact that my previous camper, a 27 foot Prowler TT, had a straight pipe down into the tank, and if you needed to visually check the tank level, you could hold the toilet valve open and do so. The bent pipe in the 5er is certainly a feature, but it also means that when the sensor doesn't work, you have to guess the level of waste in the tank. And when the No-fuss flush doesn't work, the spray wand that I used on the TT doesn't work very well either, because it won't go down into the tank. When you can't properly flush the tank, and you don't know if it is draining properly, that becomes a problem, at least IMHO.
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #9
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I would think if you use rid x then it wouldn't be something you dump right away. If you are not campin for a while then you could fill the black tank with clean water and add the rid x. The product would work while the camper is sitting there. The next time you go camping you would dump the black upon arrival.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:54 AM   #10
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I started using Rid-X in my black tank last winter... works well for me as I only dump the black tank once a month.. and Rid-X needs to be in there that long to work right...

Now if you are trying to just clean your tank... fill it with water add the Rid-X and let it sit for a month... it should do a good job.. but if you dump weekly or more often then forget it...
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