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Old 03-17-2016, 03:34 PM   #11
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a bit of water and then some chemical.. We' ve been told by our dealer not to be afraid to use water in the tank. Its our friend. One of the nastiest jobs is to get dried gunk off the walls as well as stuck tp.

He gave us a tip on adding ice cubes at the start of a travel day in the toilet and flush.. they jostle around and scrape off gunk

We are new with a virgin tank and have not actually tried this.
Check out this video on ice cubes to clean the tank, doesn't look like they do anything. https://youtu.be/iH6acEmqvcw
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:52 PM   #12
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More of the same!
LOL!

Same here!
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As a newbie last fall I made the mistake of leaving the black tank valve open during camping. Hope I can get rid of whatever lurks inside. I know better now. As soon as we dump the antifreeze I am going to add a lot of water to the tank. Probably 5 gallons to start and not dump until we leave 4 days later.
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After dumping, we put in a few gallons of water and 2 oz. of TST Orange. The trip home, and then back out again on the next trip sloshes everything around and breaks up any accumulation. But lots of water is the important part.
+1; that's how I do it now. Liberal use of water when flushing the toilet, and liberal use of water when using the tank flush. After dump and flush of the tank, I add 5 gals of water and some TST orange; let is slosh around all the way home.

I have used the GEO method before, and was happy with the results, but making up my "concoction" was getting to be a bit of a pain, so I simplified. I'll still dump a cup of Calgon down there every now and again to keep things "slick" down there. Now that I look at some other "GEO" methods, I might go back to it (maybe modified). We ALWAYS have Dawn and Calgon on hand...

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Check out this video on ice cubes to clean the tank, doesn't look like they do anything. https://youtu.be/iH6acEmqvcw
Yeah, I watched several of his videos. Very eye-opening. Turns out the best method is (surprise) using plenty of water and a tank flush.
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Didn't use anything for about 8 years then started getting an aroma. Besides using a lot water I also add a bit of Happy Camper.
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What do you put in the black tank once you have dumped it?
During the camping season, I always keep the black tank "wet" but putting ~1-2 gal of water with a packet of Thetford Aqua-Kem after dumping and cleaning.

I found, for us, Thetford Aqua-Kem to be the preferred black tank chemical.
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As a newbie last fall I made the mistake of leaving the black tank valve open during camping. Hope I can get rid of whatever lurks inside. I know better now. As soon as we dump the antifreeze I am going to add a lot of water to the tank. Probably 5 gallons to start and not dump until we leave 4 days later.
Add a cup of liquid fabric or water softener to the tank right away. Both of them makes the water wetter, by changing the surface tension, thus allowing the water to penitration into the poo, and paper. This will allow it to break down faster. After the trip, add another cup with a few gallons of water for the return trip.
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Usually plenty of water will suffice. Although I do use TST in the summer season; the extra heat seems to bring out the odors.
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Add a cup of liquid fabric or water softener to the tank right away. Both of them makes the water wetter, by changing the surface tension, thus allowing the water to penitration into the poo, and paper. This will allow it to break down faster. After the trip, add another cup with a few gallons of water for the return trip.
Fabric softener works too? Calgon is pretty expensive so I'd like something cheaper.
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Fabric softener works too? Calgon is pretty expensive so I'd like something cheaper.
I use liquid fabric softener all the time, I also found it works good to clean paint brushes.
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