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Old 06-24-2013, 07:59 PM   #11
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Are you keeping your Black water tank closed at all times till ready to dump?? do you fill the tank up to about three forth full before you dump so it gets a good dump? if you leave the tank in the open position all times the liquid will run out and the solids will stay till it plugs up you dump line. then its time to dump that BIG bag of ice in and start driving around to break ever thing lose< GOOD LUCK
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:22 PM   #12
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Steamboat, to answer your question if anyone has run into this the answer is YES. And it has driven me nuts. It happened last year on two occasions and again this year. I've followed all the correct prceedures and have always filled the tank prior to emptying it. I eventualy installed a Tornado tank rinser a month ago. I make sure that there is a fair amount of water in the tank prior to using it. I've had trailers for 20 years now and never had a problem like this before. I almost sent a camera down on the inside to see what the hold up was. Fortunately Ive got the problem fixed and never had to. I like to keep our tanks very clean and know you can get a pyramid effect if not. The tank rinser should help with this. The other plan I have is to use Calgon water softener in the tank. A cup of the stuff every now and then will make the tank slippery so things will slide right out.(so to speak). Yes like yourself we use the RV toilet paper as well. Good luck.
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:31 AM   #13
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I believe that most of these type of problems are caused by not using enough water everytime you flush the toilet. I also like to add water to the black tank to close to full. This seems to apply a little extra pressure.
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Thanks for the concoction mixture info. We'll certainly try that out. Sounds great. Typically we will pull in the the CG on a Thursday night and head home mid-day on Sunday. I'm convinced that the key to the problem, most likely, is the rate at which the tissue paper can dissolve and given the short amount of time of our stay. The paper is still not sufficiently dissolved (if at all). Anything to speed up the breakdown process would be a big help. Will try out your remedy. Thanks!
Don't use Paper,we put the paper in little brown lunch bags and then throw them away...You are right the paper dose not break down fast enough and it sticks to the gauge
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:19 AM   #15
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Don't use Paper,we put the paper in little brown lunch bags and then throw them away...
OK...I was never going to to admit it....but we do it too at times...especially if we are locked in on a rainy weekend [ATTACH][/ATTACH]
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After reading all the helpful posts here I think that the lack of adequate time needed to break down the toilet paper may be the key to the problem. And 2/3 full prior to draining. Thus usage of the optional 'brown-bag' alternative paper disposal suggestion makes a lot of sense in an effort to eliminate the paper from the tank. So here's what I've learned:

Guidelines for Successfully Draining the Black Water Tank
1. While storing your RV at home, add a gallon of the "Magic Concoction" (or Calgon) to the tank and fill to less than 1/3.
2. When leaving home and heading to the CG add 10 pounds of ice cubes to the tank.
3. When arriving at the CG fill the tank to 2/3 and drain into sewer connection or dump station.
4. Keep the tank drain valved closed and only open when draining.
5. Fill tank again to less than 1/3 and add a gallon of "Magic Concoction" to the tank yet again.
6. Consider disposing the toilet paper with the "brown-bag" alternative instead of tossing paper into the tank.
7. ALWAYS fill the tank to 2/3 prior to draining.
8. Add a "clear" drain hose fitting to the exterior outlet sewer hose connection to provide a means to visually confirm tank liquid outflow.
9. Thoroughly rinse the tank after draining.
10. Head home.

I think I've got it. Thanks.

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Old 06-25-2013, 04:50 PM   #17
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I could / would not even consider bagging my tp separately.

To each his own I say.
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I could / would not even consider bagging my tp separately.

To each his own I say.
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I will take my chances with a clog !!
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I encourage everyone using our head to use water, lots of water, and as little paper as possible. I was warned several years ago (while we were still contemplating a TT) to watch out for the dreaded "poop pyramid", a symptom of not enough water. We've always had full hook-up so dumping often is not an issue.
If there's debris in the tank maybe a wand would stir it enough to get it moving.
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X2 - I will take my chances with a clog !!
Easy for for ANYONE to say who has a black water tank that's larger than 9 GALLONS....

With a 9 gallon tank... I need 3 gallons to start with (just to keep the bottom of the tank wet)....there is at least 2 gallons of capacity that's unusable....that leaves 3-4 gallons of usable wastewater (which can get burned through pretty fast with 3 adults). TP never has the chance to break down in our tank...and 7 gallons doesn't allow for a very lengthy and forceful cleansing when you dump.

I have friend with a larger pop-up with a cassette black tank....his motto is "if it's yellow, it's mellow.....don't send down until it's good and brown"
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