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Old 03-14-2013, 09:42 PM   #11
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As everyone else has said tank maintanence isn't difficult but necessary.

Be sure to use plenty of water, don't dump till at least 2/3 full...if your on a short trip just add water to get it full before dumping. Use a solution or good tank chemicals, I use store bought with good results. Always add chemicals/solution and a few gallons of water right after you dump. The only time my tanks are 100% empty is when it put away for the winter.

If your 26BH doesn't have a tank rinser get one. I installed the quickie flush DIY, very easy, very affordable and absolutely worth it. The wands work but you are then dragging hoses through your TT or worse the kitchen window.

Again as others mention...Never, Never, Never leave the black tank valve open while camping at a full hookup site. The liquid will drain leaving solids and that is a mess. Leaving the grey open is up to you just as long as you close it a day or so before dumping black to get some water stored up to rinse the hose after dumping the black.

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Question on all your tanks being 100% empty during winter. Do you empty the water out of your black completely during winter? What if any solid id still down there? I think I put 2 gallons of rv antifreeze down my toilet during winterization. I wasn't sure but figured it couldn't hurt.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:54 PM   #12
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Question on all your tanks being 100% empty during winter. Do you empty the water out of your black completely during winter? What if any solid id still down there? I think I put 2 gallons of rv antifreeze down my toilet during winterization. I wasn't sure but figured it couldn't hurt.
Yes, completely empty them in the winter. I can't imagine any solids being left. I significantly flush the tanks at every dump. Then when returning from the last trip of the year I add 1/4 tank water, Chemicals and 10+/- lbs of ice for the ride home. Once back in town I make a final dump at the city yard and call it good.

I don't winterize with anti-freeze here in CA, I just blow out the lines and drain the water heater. Until last month, reading on this forum, I never even thought of adding antifreeze to the sink traps or draining the water pump. Next winter I probably will do that, and any left over antifreeze may find its way into the black/grey tank just so I don't have to store it for a year.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:56 PM   #13
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If maintained through out the year as stated, it should be good to go for the winter.
A gallon of anti freeze is fine, if there's any water left in the seal etc it will protect it over winter.
Certainly won't hurt anything.

I have a small trailer, so I put what is left over from a gallon of anti-freeze in the toilet. I leave a little after closing valve in toilet.

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Old 03-14-2013, 10:08 PM   #14
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All I can say is...dont be scared of the poo....

Seriously...I just emptied my 26BH a few hours ago...easy as can be....I have friends that dont like to use their tanks because they dont like the "mess"....but I have NEVER gotten Poo on me...and if so...it is just NOT a big deal...

You just take your time and empty the black and then the grey....no gloves...no fancy stuff....sure you wash your hands when you are done...but that is about it....if you do it right you have nothing to worry about...isnt what why you purchased the bathroom?
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The only chemical I add to the black tank is 8oz of Dawn Blue Ultra dish washing liquid. I've done this for many years. It's readily available at any grocery store or Walmart.
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I agree with Terry. Once I got the plumbers outlook, everything became easy.

As far as cleaning your tank goes: Don't use cleaners that will damage the valve seals. My habit is to contact the manufacture of the different components and see what they recommend.

As far as winter storage goes: I wouldn't leave anything in the tank that would freeze.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:48 PM   #17
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All good advice and make sure after flushing to leave some water in the bowl (an inch or 2) to keep the seal tight and the smell out of the bathroom...
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Thanks everyone for the advice I love this site because everyone is so helpful!!
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #19
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TCNashville hit the nail on the head. A rinse is key, I have either added or ordered with a rinse on all my Jaycos (3 of them) and use exactly as he described.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:41 AM   #20
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Ditto to all statements,

I would add... When using full hookups, don't keep your valves open to drain constantly, this will drain off all the liquid and all the solids will just sit there. This could cause a bunch of problems and may be what happened from all the people telling you not to use the toilets.

I've never had any issues with the tanks that I can't laugh about today...
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