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Old 06-20-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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What to do with black tank before leaving a full hookup site?

Sorry to rehash this post but I wasn't specific in the original. I received helpful hints when using dump stations but because of our small 9 gallon black tank, we stay at full hookup sites.

For those of you who don't have tank sprayers inside what do you do to clean your black tank before leaving a full hookup site? Do you use a "swivel stick", do you just fill and dump, fill and dump until you see "clear water", do you recommend a tank tornado or quickie flush? Or is it even necessary?
I always keep a couple gallons of water in the tank with the proper chemical until the next trip.

The dealership made it seem like I had to get in the tank with the swivel stick after every trip. It's not the worst job but I'd love to know what you all do to clean your black tanks before leaving camp when having access to full hookups. Thanks again everyone!
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:49 PM   #2
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On my last TT I used a flush king which was good because I did not have to drag anything inside the unit. It is an clear elbow attachment that has a hose hookup to push fresh water back into the tank. Being only 9 gal though it would fill that tank in about 5-8 mins before you overflowed, so if you use one be careful to time yourself. While it won't get the walls sprayed clean, it filled the tank quick and allowed to help flush out solids. I could also use it on the remote dump stations since it was right there allowing me to stay on top of things and expedite my time. Usually only kept me there for 5-8 mins or less with one 35 gal tank. If no one was waiting then I might do it more throughly.

After you flush it, before departing put a cup full of Calgon water softener, treatment and a qt of water. Helps coat the walls while driving to release the grime over time and keep your tank health up.
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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I have a small black tank as well, 11 gal., so we always request full hookups. Before we depart, after emptying the tank, I backflush the tank with an RV Hydro Flush. Usually takes about 3 cycles of filling and draining to get mostly clear discharge. Then I use the RV Flexible Swivel Stik from the inside to rinse off the tank walls. I add a cup of biodegradeable laundry soap that contains a water softener to the tank as well as the usual chemicals. I sometimes need to dump the black tank mid-week for longer stays and I do everything except the wand. I only use the wand just before we leave for home. Of course, I always dump the black tank first and then dump the gray water to rinse out the sewer hose.

This may seem a little much to some campers, but my better half is very sensitive to bad smells and I don't get any complaints as long as I follow this procedure. That makes for 2 happy campers.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:14 PM   #4
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To be truthful, we're lucky to have full hookups once or twice a year. But, when I do, I also take the opportunity to flush the tanks well. I always allow the tanks to go "full" before emptying (even with hookups). Once empty, I cycle with clean water, and dump again. I'm not too concerned about making sure the tanks are pristine...after all, they are what they are...and I know from experience that the sensors will eventually go wonky, no matter what you use in your tanks.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:41 PM   #5
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Gosh, with a nine galllon black tank you could obtain or buy a five gallon plastic bucket, fill it with water and dump it down the toilet while someone else holds the blade open. I think it would be about as effective as any of those wands you stick down in the tank and the bucket can serve for other uses too. I'd only fill the bucket with about four gallons, though, to help keep the water from dribbling down the side when you pour.

IMHO, it can't be any messier than dragging one of those wands attached to a hose through your TT.

Just FYI, my TT has 44 gallon black tank with a Quickie Flush that I installed myself.
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the first thing i did was install a tornado on the 19H... in the specs it says we have 22gal tanks, but it sure feels smaller...

still trying to figure it out, but i do the procedure of turning on the tornado a bit before i open the dump valve.. then let it run for a bit, close the valve, open the valve... then wait till it runs clear... it doesn't take too long.. i like the idea of rinsing the tank.

thanks for the calgon idea, 3senough... i was wondering how to 'condition' the tank...
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After you flush it, before departing put a cup full of Calgon water softener, treatment and a qt of water. Helps coat the walls while driving to release the grime over time and keep your tank health up.
Are you talking about the liquid that you would add to your laundry? I like the idea. Thanks.
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Are you talking about the liquid that you would add to your laundry? I like the idea. Thanks.
That's the stuff. Took me near 6 months to find the stuff locally. I had to blow the dust off the bottle when I found it finally. I put a capfull or a good 2 second pour in after flushing. There is a powder too but the humidity makes it like a rock after opening and sitting in the unit after a humid month.
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We do not have water softner here in Edmonton, Alberta I have looked everywhere. Do you think liquid fabric softner would do the same thing?
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I really don't know. The idea is to get soap like material in the black tank to help keep the sides slick. Fabric softener probaly does the same thing in helping to release the detergents and minerals from the fabric for a softer feel. Detergent can work but that will suds up where the softener won't.

Can you order online possibly? I know Wal mart carries it here but I don't know that it is the same brand sold in Canada. Try a google search on water softeners in Canada to see what if any comes up. Then if nothing try the fabric softener.
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