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Old 03-17-2016, 11:31 PM   #21
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After flushing out I put another chem packet in with about 3-4 gals of water.

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Old 03-18-2016, 06:36 AM   #22
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I use liquid fabric softener all the time, I also found it works good to clean paint brushes.
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:28 PM   #23
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If at a full-hookup site, I take the time to dump the tank, fill it up with water from the shower, dump it again, and then fill it about 1/4 way full and drop a Walex TOI-91799 Porta-Pak Holding Tank Deodorizer tablet (from Amazon) into it. That way the water and tablet swoosh around while driving and clean the tank.

If using a dump station, I will just dump it and then fill it with a few gallons of potable water and add the deodorizer tablet.

Seems to be keeping my tank nice and clean and smelling fresh so far...
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:40 PM   #24
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We put approx. 2 gals water and a scope of happy camper in black & grey tanks.
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Old 03-21-2016, 03:11 PM   #25
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I'm a newb and am surprised by the fabric softener technique. The way fabric softener gunks up my washing machine at home I'd feel skeptical.
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Old 03-21-2016, 04:33 PM   #26
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I add a small amount of Lemon Scented Pine Sol (generic versions work well too) to the geo method on a regular basis in both the black and gray tanks.

Heard from more than one "seasoned" camper that the Pine Sol also helps to lubricate the valve mechanisms as well as keeping odors under control. Can't say if there is any truth to that but so far so good.

I also use a Camco sprayer wand connected to my power washer feeding a bleach/water solution into the black tank a couple times a year to clean the walls of the tank really well and sanitize the entire tank.

Overkill? Maybe, but a clean smelling camper goes a long way to keeping the DW happy!

Now, I just gotta find a way to concoct a setup where the bathroom exhaust fan automatically shut off when the flush pedal is pushed!
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:22 PM   #27
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After draining and flushing (if I'm not holding up the dump station line), we ad 2 to 3 gallons of dawn dish soapy water to slosh around on trip home. Then I drain and flush thoroughly at home in my septic tank. I like to close the drain valve while flushing black tank, this fills that black tank as full as I want then drain until clear. Then add chemical tab with required water before next outing.
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:35 PM   #28
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We always dump the black. Then dump 2 5 gallon buckets in the tank to flush out. Then put about 3 gallons in there to leave it with chemicals until the next trip. Never stinks. Be sure to flush out a step that most skip. Then I dump my grey tanks
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:02 PM   #29
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I saw a mod somewhere where someone modified his toilet flush system to pump water from the grey water tank to use for flushing, instead of using fresh water. While this would be a great way to conserve water especially when boondocking, it also makes me wonder if adding the soapy water to the black tank would have any benefit.
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Old 03-22-2016, 10:32 PM   #30
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I bought one of those hoses with a spinner on the end at WalMart. Works great. Especially if the sensor is not reading properly after dumping. Just hook up the hose and stick it down the toilet and it seems to clean most of whatever is still left behind. I do not back flush any more with this tool.

I leave my black tank valve shut until the tank is full before dumping even when I have full hookups. Leaving the tank empty just encourages dry areas that will not come clean as time passes.

Plenty of water is also part of my regimen when flushing. No chemicals at all.

I do not see how anyone can have odor problems with a good seal.

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