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Old 04-07-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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New to the Travel Trailer Life & my Head is spinning

I'm trying to get a handle on all the in's and out's of a travel trailer, doing a lot of reading, and going over what is needed to maintain ones TT. HELP!!!! What chemicals are really needed, when I go through the RV Catalog, I'm flooded (no pun) with all the different ones, liquid, drop in, powdered... chemicals for the toilet / black water / grey water... maybe I'm just making this over complicated, but I'm just getting my feet wet with a lovely little new to me Used Feather Sport. I just want to keep things nice and simple..... Please direct me to a safe haven for newbies!

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Old 04-07-2014, 07:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!!

Go to Wal Mart and buy your favorite flavor of toilet chemicals. I like the orange stuff. Then go down the automotive aisle and throw a gallon jug of car wash soap and some spray on wipe off wax. I use turtle wax soap and eagle 1 wax.

If some tree sap or pitch falls on the awning or tent ends, use some cheap clear hand sanitizer to remove it.

Next fall go to Menards and buy a couple gallons of RV anti freeze for $1.50/gallon and you're pretty much done with the essentials.

That wasn't so bad, was it??
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:34 PM   #3
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I think you will find that JOF in general is a safe and comfortable environment to communicate with others that have the same interests in mind, whether one is a newbie or seasoned RV traveler.

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It can be a little overwhelming at first, but don't fret too much. I use one liquid chemical in the black tank. It takes 4-8 oz. per tank. Don't remember off the top of my head. I have also put it in the grey tank on occasion to kill odor in there.
Just pour the required amount in the toilet bowl and flush it down with a gallon or two of water. That's all there is to it. One gallon will usually get me through the entire season.
I pull through the car wash whenever the need arises and give it a good washing, so no need to try and figure out which soaps and such you need to buy either. I also like to keep it simple. This is supposed to be restful, not stressful.
Give it a couple of trips and you will be stress free. Enjoy it.
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Welcome to the forum!!

Go to Wal Mart and buy your favorite flavor of toilet chemicals. I like the orange stuff. Then go down the automotive aisle and throw a gallon jug of car wash soap and some spray on wipe off wax. I use turtle wax soap and eagle 1 wax.

If some tree sap or pitch falls on the awning or tent ends, use some cheap clear hand sanitizer to remove it.

Next fall go to Menards and buy a couple gallons of RV anti freeze for $1.50/gallon and you're pretty much done with the essentials.

That wasn't so bad, was it??
Holy Cow, no that wasn't so bad at all! THANK YOU! Your shopping list, compared to the RV Stores $$ I can easily save a nice tidy sum! I do thank you for that great advice! :-)
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Old 04-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #7
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I've always felt at home with my fellow campers! Thank you for being so welcoming! :-) I'm looking forward to my new adventures, as well as those here in the forum!
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I use the drop in dissolvable tank baggies
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Good advice from mcfarmall! It cuts through the hype. You will decide from advice and eventual experience. I also use the dry biodegradable enzyme stuff for holding tanks that looks like small flakes, in the black water tank (toilet access) and in the grey water drains occasionally to keep them free flowing and odour free. We use it in the household drains as well.
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Welcome to the forum and like yourself, I have been reading and ingesting information. I am new to all of this as well and can not wait to finally use the trailer I bought in Feb!
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