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Old 03-05-2016, 03:36 PM   #11
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I tested the RV TP in a pint jar of water overnight and it didn't break up any better than what we were using in the house for our septic system and it cost almost twice as much. We use the same TP in our trailer that we use in the house. Test what you have by putting one square in a jar and let it sit in water overnight. Then shake the jar for a few seconds. If the sheet disintegrates it will work just fine in your trailer. If it stays as one piece look for a different brand.

When TP is used, fill the bowl to near the rim with liquid before flushing and you should have no issues. Attempting to conserve water when flushing leads to clogs. When traveling dump you black tank when nearly full or fill it with water before dumping to get everything out at the dump station.
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Old 03-05-2016, 07:27 PM   #12
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O.K. I just looked up "Flushable toilet bowl cleaning wands". I never heard of them before...no, you should not use them
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I've been using whatever TP Wal-Mart has on sale for the last 15 years and it hasn't been a problem yet. Remember it's just a holding tank and does not function like your septic tank at home. Doesn't really need to "break" down. Just needs to come out when you dump the tank.
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RV toilet paper has been thoroughly debated here (and elsewhere on this site), so I won't comment on that. As for the flushable toilet wand: NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Same goes for sanitary napkins, sanitary wipes, diapers, Kleenex, paper towels, or large cardboard boxes!
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Being a first time RV user, (heck, even for the old timers this is worth watching) go to You Tube and look up; 'The Fit RV'. This guy has done some very informative tests regarding RV sewer systems. Things from flush units, to toilet paper.

Regarding the toilet chemicals for your sewage tank; as has been said, they won't break down the solids for just a weekend trip. Yet, they make it smell better, they are inexpensive and can't hurt. Personally, we use tank chemicals every use, in both tanks.
If you live where it freezes and you are the type to try camping in cold, you can add water softener salt to your black tank, and a quarter cup of RV antifreeze to every flush to keep your black tank from freezing.
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O.K. I just looked up "Flushable toilet bowl cleaning wands". I never heard of them before...no, you should not use them
I would say he could use the cleaning wand unit, just don't flush the pad. Just drop it in a plastic grocery bag and toss in the garbage.
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Toilet paper test:


Ice cubes in the tank:


tank flushers


Tank flushing speed
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I've seen this guys videos and he does a decent job. However, I do take some issue with his "tank flushers" findings. Anyone who thinks that the clear "flushers" and the Sewer Solution are built to actually clean a black tank needs a reality check. They are built more for cleaning the discharge hose and fittings close to the outlet, not the tank. You can't compare those items to an installed tank rinser...no way.
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The problem with this video for me is that black tanks aren't shaped like that. Most black tanks are a lot shallower and wider.
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The problem with this video for me is that black tanks aren't shaped like that. Most black tanks are a lot shallower and wider.
The overall effect on drainage would still be the same or at least not arguably noticeable. Even if the tank is wider and shallower, the diameter of the exit line and force of gravity is only going to allow for so much volume to flow out. If anything, the fact that an RV tank is wider and shallower and don't forget, usually longer, means liquid and debris is spread over a wider area. While mass volume flow rate out of the tube is limited by the diameter of the pipe and the force of gravity, the shallower wider tank does not allow for the water/fluid mass and gravity to have as centralized effect at the exit line. Therefore the postulate is the possibility of more debris being left behind. He address this issue in the tank flushing speed video
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