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Old 09-11-2015, 02:31 PM   #11
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You know, I've never really understood all this black tank flushing anyway. I've had one RV or another for more than 20 years. We travelled for 8 years about 10 months per year. Had 6 or 7 different motorhomes and are now on our second travel trailer. I've never "flushed" a black or gray tank. I just use at least a half toilet bowl of water to flush, dump only when the black tank is 2/3 full, use the blue tank deodorizer and whatever paper is on sale at Sam's and I've never had an issue with clogs or smell.

I do try to dump as soon as we get to a full hook up site so everything is mixed up from travelling.
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:41 PM   #12
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I do try to dump as soon as we get to a full hook up site so everything is mixed up from travelling.
I think because you used your so much, nothing would have a chance to settle or harden up. Some, like myself only get out for a week or two or three and a time, then the TT sits for a month or two, or in my case, Winter storage. Nobody wants concrete piles to form.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:10 PM   #13
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John, you're doing it right. There is no beam down there. You are likely clanging into the wall of the tank. The WORST CASE would be you are hitting the vent pipe that has fallen into the tank. A 2012 unit this would be very unlikely.

Maybe someone flushed a plastic fork. That could possibly bridge across the outlet, and catch debris.?

I wish we RVers had a cheap way of sending a lighted video camera down there. That would remove all doubt as to what you are feeling the sprayer hit.
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Edd... You the man! . I might be placing an order...
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Bought chasing down a pack rat that moved into a wall then used all the time to "look" in places I can't see.
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I think because you used your so much, nothing would have a chance to settle or harden up. Some, like myself only get out for a week or two or three and a time, then the TT sits for a month or two, or in my case, Winter storage. Nobody wants concrete piles to form.
Wouldn't a bit of water or antifreeze solve the drying out problem?
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UPDATE: I checked again, this time with a plumbing snake, and what I thought was a metal beam running under the toilet appears to be the bottom of the black water tank. I never would have guessed that, considering the diagrams I had seen previously. I used the snake to determine that the rest of the tank is to the right, which is where I will try again to direct the Swivel Stik rinser. I wrote to Camco, which produces the Stik, and all they did was recommend I buy something more expensive. I wrote to Jayco and have not heard back. I want to thank everyone who commented on this issue in the forum. From here on out, I'm going to try a mixture of the Stik and filling the tank for a few days before a trip and then dumping at the campground, with the hope that the drive there would have loosened the debris in the tank.
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UPDATE 2: Jayco responded to my email about how to use the Swivel Stik to clean the black water tank. Their response: Jayco recommends NOT using any kind of rinser device.
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I wonder why? Those kinds of answers are the kinds that make me crazy. They KNOW that sort of answer will beget a "why not?"
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A properly used black holding tank doesn't need a rinser device. Flush with enough water, don't allow the tank to dry out and dump when 2/3 or more full and you'll never have a problem. The rinser stick is just a gimmick to make a few bucks for Camco and others.


"Why not" is simple. It's just not necessary.
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