Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 06-03-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Collierville Tennessee
Posts: 2
cleaning tank sensors

Does anyone have a good method or formula for cleaning sensors..I have one of those spinng flush hoses and that doesn not work on my RV..I have a Jayco 351RLTS and the grey tank sensors are not working very good either...I'm thinking maybe 5 gallons of water and 1 gallon of vinegar might work well...I've tried baking soda which I was told would work..
__________________

fedrive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Iowa
Posts: 16
Doesn't always work, but I have had success with dumping about 20lbs of ice down the drains and toliet just as I am ready to leave. The travel motions help to break things loose.
__________________

__________________
2009 Jayco Eagle 351RLSA
2013 F250 Powerstroke
iawoody2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 04:27 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
tinlizzie23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Luray, VA (central Shenandoah Valley of VA)
Posts: 1,416
I use a concoction dubbed "sewer juice". Made in a gallon jug from 8oz fabric softener, 8oz PineSol, 8oz ammonia, and 1 cup baking soda. Mix together, then fill rest of jug with water. Pour 1 cup down each drain, then the rest down the toilet. Add 20lb ice to toilet just before leaving for the CG, and dump when you get to site. Keeps my tanks very clean, no odors ever, and sensors work just fine.
__________________
2003 Ford F-350 V-10 Crew Cab 4WD Long Bed
2004 Jayco Designer Medallion 29 RLTS 5th wheel
Bill, Gayle, and Mindi (dachshund)
Retired at last !

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
tinlizzie23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
Member
 
Scott 101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Stuart
Posts: 71
I have used Calgon water softener powder (not bath oil beads). Hard to find in some parts of the country, but it seemed to work well and also took care or odors.
Scott 101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 06:28 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 30
Cleaning RV Sensors

Reading about RV sewage holding tanks I find many sites that warn about potential damage from HOME brewed concoctions for holding tanks. They also warn that you have to use chemicals that will enhance bacterial growth rather than kill it as well as lubricate the valves and seals. It's difficult to find the perfect solution but let's face it, if you make your own it probably won't be as good as the products that companies have spent thousands of dollars on research to develop it.
Another cause of sewer odors is when people stay for a while at a camp site and leave the gray sewer valve open. When other campers on the sewer line do a dump, the odor can travel into your gray tank and out your roof vent leaving you thinking your trailer stinks.
A major cause for odors is trying to skimp on flush water and ending up with a lot of sewage and very little flush water. Apparently after dumping and rinsing, you should add a few gallons of water to your holding tanks with the waste water chemical.
Many people notice a horrible smell and think it's the black water tank but apparently the gray water tank can smell as bad. It deserves a regular chemical treatment as well.
There are some treatments that claim to clean the sensors such as "RV-BOSS™"
__________________
2013 365 BHS Eagle Premier
2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually
Happy Jack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 07:14 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Jagiven's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4,114
I would agree with most of the things HappyJack stated. Especially the part about encouraging the bacteria growth. I have experienced odor issues a few times. They have always been after about the third trip of the season. I think that is when it warms up outside and we get a rapid bacteria growth/boom. Once that happens my tanks do not make any odor. I never add anything that will kill the bacteria or potentially damage the sensors (ie an acid such as vinegar or bleach). I like pinsol and liquid fabric softener. I actually only add official toilet chemicals half of the time. When I do it is at home right before a trip. I to add a few gallons of water to the black tank after dumping along with my additive of choice. We also do not place paper down the toilet which I think helps a lot too. I fully trust my tank sensors.
Jagiven is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
BlueHaul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Whittier, California
Posts: 298
I too tend to agree with Happy Jack. Though I've heard some very good things about home-made black tank cleaners and I know some folks who have used them for years without any issues at all, I usually use Thetford's Aqua Kem and the ice method. That and making use of the black tank flush with a clear sewer elbow. Wonder what Mark Polk thinks about holding tanks?

[video=youtube;Jqe1DpdwtJA]
__________________
~~eric.

2003 Ford F-250 XLT Lariat
6.0L Powerstroke V8
2013 Jayco JayFlight 24FBS
Equal-i-zer hitch
Tekonsha P3
BlueHaul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2013, 04:40 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
tinlizzie23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Luray, VA (central Shenandoah Valley of VA)
Posts: 1,416
Maybe the reason that my Home brewed concoction has worked so well for me is that none of the ingredients kill the good bacteria . . . . just my thoughts.
__________________
2003 Ford F-350 V-10 Crew Cab 4WD Long Bed
2004 Jayco Designer Medallion 29 RLTS 5th wheel
Bill, Gayle, and Mindi (dachshund)
Retired at last !

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
tinlizzie23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-26-2013, 12:18 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
BlueHaul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Whittier, California
Posts: 298
I will say that tinlizzie's "sewer juice" seems to be a lot less expensive than the Aqua-Kem I'd been using. I'm thinking I'll give it a try, ya convinced me!
__________________
~~eric.

2003 Ford F-250 XLT Lariat
6.0L Powerstroke V8
2013 Jayco JayFlight 24FBS
Equal-i-zer hitch
Tekonsha P3
BlueHaul is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 05:44 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
edatlanta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Maplesville, AL - Home Base
Posts: 2,524
I think I have tried most every suggestion I have ever read to clean black tank sensors. None of them worked for me so I gave up a long time ago. I don't need the sensors anyway.

I now worry about other things, when I'm worrying at all.
__________________

__________________
Ed
KM4STL

2006 GMC 2500HD CCSB 4x4 Duramax/Allison, Titan 52 gallon fuel tank, Prodigy Controller, B&W Companion Hitch
2010 Jayco Designer 35RLTS, Cummins/Onan RV QG 5500 EVAP, Progressive Industries EMS-PT50C, TST Systems 507 TPMS, RV Flex Armor Roof
edatlanta is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.