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Old 03-26-2016, 02:06 PM   #11
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Is that the actual size of the tank? Never seen mine.
most tanks are a little longer and wider. The one used in the video is homebuilt to do his tests and experiments on. In one of his videos though, the argument comes up regarding size and depth of a tank and drain speed. His homebuilt tank is about an inch and a half taller than most RV tanks. If you are an engineering and physics person then you know that an inch and half difference in water/material drain through a fixed size opening is not enough to argue the merits of difference on.

Same thing goes for the Ice experiment. Even if your RV tank is wider and longer, for the sake of this test his tank was plenty large enough. Then the aggressive maneuvers he put his vehicle through during the experiment would have been very unsafe and unwise (unless in an emergency situation) with an RV (trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome).

One of the most important factors for an RV holding tank is to have plenty of water in it so that the solid matter doesn't dry and harden. Even if it's just a weekend trip, when I ready my rig, I always mix the chemicals with about a gallon and a half of water in a bucket then I pour the bucket into the toilet and I do the same for the grey tank. I am a bit OCD when it comes to keeping my tanks clean.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:05 PM   #12
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That video has been around for many years.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:01 PM   #13
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I read on several places to use boiling water. I am trying that now. I have a wand at home and will try that when I get back if boiling water unsuccessful.
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Only problem with boiling water is when it hits a tank full of black water, it is no longer boiling and may even not be warm for long. It can't hurt though as long as you are driving to let it slosh around.

One thing I do when leaving a campsite is to pump hot water from my wh into the black tank just before leaving. Just push the toilet lever or use the OS shower into the black tank flush.
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There is a camco swivel wand that can go down the toilet and has a rotating head with some force and may help you dislodge some of it. You can get it at camping world. Walmart has cheaper ones but they don't swivel. I also used to have a clear Y attachment on my sewer hose. You attach a water hose to one part of the Y and this water hose has a back flow regulator so you won't mess up the water source. Anyway you can backflush your tank and I was always amazed that even though I had run lots of water through, lots more toilet paper always came out when I did that backflush. Again maybe it would help break some of that loose
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Just before I dump the black tank I fill the toilet bowl (about 1 gallon) then do a "power flush". I do this two or three times and it seems to break up some of the stuff.
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Another good "power flush" method is to fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and pour it down the toilet quickly. Really stirs things up.
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We have been fighting this for a while now. We bought our TT used. The previous owner obviously didn't have a clue on how to properly work the black tank. Last year we power cleaned it with the wand and about 70 psi of water pressure at the campground. LOTS of stuff came out. Since then no number 2 from us in the tank, we use the bath houses for that. The DW has not put toilet paper in it since we washed it out. We thought it was clean.

This past week, I de-winterized the trailer. So, I filled the grey and black tanks with the bleach water and then rinse water. I added some liquid dish washer detergent (does not foam up) and then we drove to the campground friday afternoon. First stop, dump station. I could not believe the amount of #2 and toilet paper that came out.

So, my new procedure before we leave home, put about 2/3 tank of hot water and dishwasher detergent in the black tank and drive to the CG. Dump first and see what comes out. Once I get it clean, I'll stop filling it before we head out.
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For years I used camper toilet paper. For quite a while I have used angel soft. It says safe for septic tanks. What does everyone else use?
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For years I used camper toilet paper. For quite a while I have used angel soft. It says safe for septic tanks. What does everyone else use?
I use Scott Extra Soft. Never had any clogs, seems to break up quickly and thoroughly. Readily available at decent prices, and nicer that "typical" RV TP.
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