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Old 08-24-2010, 08:22 AM   #1
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Black Tank Treatment

I'm new to this whole black tank grey tank thing. I have quesiton about storing the camper. After camping a few weeks ago we dumped the black tank, then the grey. My understanding (wrong from what I have since learned) was that the grey tank flows through the empty black tank to clear out any remaining "stuff". Since that is not the case are you supposed to do anything to flush out the black tank to reduce odor buildup between uses? Should I have some sort of chemical in the empty tank? Same with the grey, should there be a treatment in there while the camper is stored? The last thing I need is to get up north for our October trip and have a stinky camper. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-24-2010, 09:39 AM   #2
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Per suggestions from other rv'ers at other forums (prior to us frequenting the Jayco Owners Forum), we decided not to use chemicals in our tanks. We haven't yet had problems except for the black monitor readings being inaccurate the entire time we have had the tt. We do have a "wand "to clean the inside of the black, but only did that once so far.

Another thing we learned was to make sure that the black tank is 3/4 prior to dumping. Then pull the grey and drain that last. We also read somewhere that folks will add a drop or two of liquid detergent, then some water and let that slosh around when driving home. It works for us anyhow and no stinky camper

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Old 08-24-2010, 02:20 PM   #3
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Drain the black tank first, then close the valve. Drain the gray tank second. I always put a bottle of tank treatment chemical in the black tank through the toilet and add 2-3 gallons of water before heading out from the dump station. That way, the tank is treated during storage and no additional chemicals are needed before dumping after the next camping trip. I prefer to have chemical in the tank during storage. Of course, I live in Texas where the temperatures can exceed 100 degrees 30-45 days each summer.
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Old 08-24-2010, 03:21 PM   #4
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We do the same as what Texas Sam described. Drain black tank, Drain Grey tank, rinse the stinky slinky and store the stinky slinky.
After I have closed the black tank, my wife adds a small bottle of chemicals down the toilet and adds about 4 gallons of water down the toilet.
We do this routine each time. No smelly trailer or tank.
Here is the chemicals we use. We get them at Wal-Mart for much less than this place.
http://www.rvpartscountry.com/TSTOra...s8-4oz.bottles
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:10 AM   #5
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Thanks

Thanks for the tips. I'll give them a try and see how it works out.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:23 AM   #6
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I've also read that a water softener in the black tank can help with buildup.
I believe the best one can do is prior to storage sterilize the tanks with a mild bleach/water mixture.
All of the suggestions above are good advice too.
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Unless you are winterizing dont leave the black tank empty... dump a 5 gallon pail of water into it... that way any sediment on the bottom of the tank will not harden and shrink the size of your tank over time..
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Unless you are winterizing dont leave the black tank empty... dump a 5 gallon pail of water into it... that way any sediment on the bottom of the tank will not harden and shrink the size of your tank over time..
I've heard of folks partially filling their tanks with antifreeze/water mixture during storage. Anyone do this? Again I think to prevent drying out of any sediment.
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When I winterized my unit 2 weeks ago, I had dumped my tanks and then used water line hook-up that sprays water through the black tank(I forget what it's called). I then put antifreeze through my system allowing a bit to go down toilet into blacktank. I also added a couple of ounces of chemical to my tank to eliminate odours.
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Drain the black tank first, then close the valve. Drain the gray tank second. I always put a bottle of tank treatment chemical in the black tank through the toilet and add 2-3 gallons of water before heading out from the dump station. That way, the tank is treated during storage and no additional chemicals are needed before dumping after the next camping trip. I prefer to have chemical in the tank during storage. Of course, I live in Texas where the temperatures can exceed 100 degrees 30-45 days each summer.
Texas Sam has it figured out. We do the same as he does. We also have a Black water flush on our 5'er which I think is worth its weight in gold. Never have any smells or tank guage errors! As gross as this may sound I like a black tank you can eat out of! Also there are many deodorizers for the gray tanks. Believe it or not, the gray tank can get about as rauchy as the black tank! Take a lil care of em both and there should be no problems or smells!
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