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Old 03-05-2016, 08:23 AM   #1
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Hello. First time owner with basic questions. Any and all advice is welcomed.
1. Do I really need RV TP to prevent clogs?
2. Anyone ever use Flushable toilet bowl cleaning wands on TT?
3. Do the chemical treatments work fast enough to break down solids in tanks for weekend trips.
4. How do you store the sewer connector (elbow)? I was thinking of an airtight plastic box. Is this a mistake?
5. When disconnecting the drain hose, any advice for cleaning prior to storage?
6. The two part sewer hose I bought doesn't fit in the bumper when the two sections are connected. I was worried that if put them in both ends of the bumper, one might slide to the center during travel & be hard to remove. Is this a real concern or not?
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Hello. First time owner with basic questions. Any and all advice is welcomed.
1. Do I really need RV TP to prevent clogs?
Being a new to this, it would be a good idea. BUT, it's your black tank and your potential clog.
2. Anyone ever use Flushable toilet bowl cleaning wands on TT?
Don't. Unless you eat it first. Only exception to the eating rule is TP.
3. Do the chemical treatments work fast enough to break down solids in tanks for weekend trips.
No.
4. How do you store the sewer connector (elbow)? I was thinking of an airtight plastic box. Is this a mistake?
Not a problem. I store all my sewer stuff in a large, heavy duty, plastic bag with the top folded over, but not sealed.
5. When disconnecting the drain hose, any advice for cleaning prior to storage?
Dump the black tank first and rinse it. Then drain the grey tank. The grey water, if the grey tank is moderately full, will do a good job of getting the yucky stuff out.
6. The two part sewer hose I bought doesn't fit in the bumper when the two sections are connected. I was worried that if put them in both ends of the bumper, one might slide to the center during travel & be hard to remove. Is this a real concern or not?
I haven't used the bumper for hose storage.
In addition....
.... When camped in a site with a sewer hookup, leave your dump valves CLOSED until you are ready to dump.
.... Always (as often as possible) use a black tank flush when you dump.
.... After you dump, add ~5 gallons of water into your black tank. Solids can build up under the toilet into a tower of poo. Getting rid of that can be a problem.
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Every other trip or so, I put a bag off ice and a gallon of water down the toilet with a couple of chemical packets right before leaving. The drive sloshes the ice cubes around and they break up any solids. Heard it is an old trick, but it works for me...
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Hello. First time owner with basic questions. Any and all advice is welcomed.
1. Do I really need RV TP to prevent clogs?
Have always used household TP
2. Anyone ever use Flushable toilet bowl cleaning wands on TT?
See above
3. Do the chemical treatments work fast enough to break down solids in tanks for weekend trips.
No
4. How do you store the sewer connector (elbow)? I was thinking of an airtight plastic box. Is this a mistake?
I use an open plastic box for other sewer goodies
5. When disconnecting the drain hose, any advice for cleaning prior to storage?
See above
6. The two part sewer hose I bought doesn't fit in the bumper when the two sections are connected. I was worried that if put them in both ends of the bumper, one might slide to the center during travel & be hard to remove. Is this a real concern or not?
I put each separate piece in each end of the bumper. They have never moved so that's not a problem. The inside of the bumper will rust so paint the interior with some Rustoleum using a small roller.
As far as chemicals, they're generally not required.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:28 AM   #5
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#1 I'm not sure if RV paper is to be used exclusively. We use either RV or septic approved TP and have never had issues.
#2 I'm not familiar with the toilet cleaning wands, but I would suggest against it.
#3 I'm not sure if they will "work fast enough" for a weekend, but I have to honestly tell you that we rarely use the black tank additives. If your black tank system is operating correctly, you don't get any smells in your RV and if you are draining and flushing properly, you don't have any real need to break stuff down.
#4 I have a small Rubbermaid bin with a lid that I store the elbow, a clear 45 angle so I can see what is draining, and the threaded connection for the hose.
#5 Always drain your black tank first, then your grey tank. The soapy water from the gray tank should be suitable for flushing out the hose. No need to make it sanitary, so I wouldn't overthink this.
#6 I have a 2 part Rhino hose, and I can have it connected and get it in the rear bumper. If they aren't connected then one of them will be pushed in and it will be a bear of a time getting it out. I would suggest leaving them connected. Some brands are just a little too wide, but you can probably get a file and shave down the small portion that is too wide.

Flushing is way easier than a lot of people make it out to be. I have a clear 45 degree connector so that I can monitor what is coming out of the tanks. I have a 10' section of vinyl gutter (roof gutter) that is cut into a 6' and 4' section. I lay the sewer hose in the gutter and place blocks under the gutter to ensure a downward pitch in the hose. I have found this is the easiest and cheapest way to do it. Having proper pitch with no low spots helps keep everything clean and running right.

I drain the black tank, then every couple of trips I flush it with the factory installed black tank flush. I let the tank flush run for several minutes, occasionally closing the valve to let some water build up, then opening the valve again. The rush of a lot of water will help dislodge anything that may have stuck around. After that, I drain the gray.

After everything is drained I disconnect from the RV and lift the hose up to ensure everything is drained and then put it back in the rear bumper.

Its not rocket surgery, but watching some people drain tanks can be a fun experience at times... as long as you aren't waiting behind them at a dump station.
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Every other trip or so, I put a bag off ice and a gallon of water down the toilet with a couple of chemical packets right before leaving. The drive sloshes the ice cubes around and they break up any solids. Heard it is an old trick, but it works for me...
x2, though I use more like 3-4 gallons of water w/ the ice
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The two part sewer hose I bought doesn't fit in the bumper when the two sections are connected. I was worried that if put them in both ends of the bumper, one might slide to the center during travel & be hard to remove. Is this a real concern or not?
Measure the length of compressed hose, then drill self tapping screws through the bumper to act as a stop for the hose just a bit further down than where the hose ends. This should prevent any movement of the hose. Total cost about $0.50.
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I'll concur with all the answers above. In addition, if you have a manual awning, the wand to pull it out with makes a great "hook tool" to snag the hose from the bumper.
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2. Anyone ever use Flushable toilet bowl cleaning wands on TT?
Welcome to the forum! I'm confused by the term "Flushable". Do you mean a wand that can be attached to a garden hose and inserted into the toilet in order to clean the tank? If so yes, I have used one of these (in addition to my factory installed rinser) and they do a good job. If that's not what you are referring to, then I would say not to put anything down the toilet other than tp and bodily waste . BTW, I always use Scott RV tp and LOTS OF WATER. Good camping!
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Old 03-05-2016, 11:16 AM   #10
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Welcome!!!

The flushable cleaner wand pad, as mentioned above, would advise against it!!!

For sewer hose storage, check out the 5" vinyl fence post sleeve mod a lot of us have done. I have some pics in my signature link. Put a 4" u shaped gutter inside to act as a tray. That way if the hose gets pushed in some, slide the gutter tray out to reach the hose! The gutter tray can also be a way to support the sewer hose when the ground is lower between the trailer hook up and the sewer connection. That way it all flows down!!! Lol I have 1 gutter the full length of the fence post sleeve, the cut another in half for a couple shorter ones if/ when needed.

I then store my hot dog forks in one side of the bumper, and the fire tongs and poker in the other side. I cut a 4" gutter down to fit inside the bumper also. Cut a 2x4 and screwed it in the middle to keep the items in place.

A larger container from sidewalk chalk is what I store my sewer elbow and "doughnut" in! It is just big enough for them. Maybe 5"x5"x10" +/-..... Works great!!!

We use some chemicals, can't recall exactly what it is at the moment. Won't break stuff down in a w/e, but can possibly help with the tank sensors..... Maybe!!!! Lol Biggest thing is to use a fair amount of water when flushing solids!!!!
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