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Old 09-11-2019, 11:56 AM   #1
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When I flush my 04 Adventurer toilet I can see white that looks like toilet paper however I have just drained the black water tank? Is this stuck paper or am I seeing the holding tank bottom?
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After I empty my black tank I mix a third of a cup of dawn dish soap in a large glass and then dump it in the toilet after which I run about two gallons of water in the toilet.

Let that sit for 24 hours, fill the tank and empty again. If it's toilet paper it should clear out.
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When I dump I fill the black tank with fresh water and then dump again. I do this 2 or 2 times. This rinses out the tank. When I drive from one location to another I fill the black tank about 1/3 full with fresh water after dumping and then pour a half bottle of Dawn anti bacterial dish washing soap down the toilet. While I drive the tank is being washed. When I get to my new location I dump and flush about 2 or 3 times to rinse all the suds out.
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You don't need that much Dawn. You can also just put 2 or 3 bowls full of water and some Bath Salts into to the toilet just prior to leaving camp and let it splash around until your next camp and then empty it also add dawn also when you do this.
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When I flush my 04 Adventurer toilet I can see white that looks like toilet paper however I have just drained the black water tank? Is this stuck paper or am I seeing the holding tank bottom?
wdweldon,
Well, here's maybe my answer to your inquiry. Drain that black water tank to make sure it's empty. Then, shut the water pump off or, if you're hooked to shore water, shut it off. Now, either put head lamp on or, hold flashlight in one hand and, with your foot, open your toilet flush valve, all the way open. Since the water is off, you should have no flow while the valve is open. Now, have ready, a stick or smaller diameter dowel that, will reach all the way down to what you're seeing. If you can move it around, you're seeing TP and might break it loose. If you're seeing what I think you're seeing, it's the bottom of the tank. Hope I've explained this correct to test what you need to know.
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I just run the Black Tank Flush for 10 minutes and watch the water coming out change from darker colors to clear water. I use a clear attachment at the coach end of the black tank to observe what is coming out.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:28 PM   #7
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I respectfully submit this thought..

A cup of anti bacterial dish soap? A properly designed septic system does not smell. Period. It vents out the top.

I like to dump my tank with its "natural contents" - bacteria and all - so that it can be processed. If we put anti bacterials in there, we make a non-biodegradable "witches brew" that is much more difficult to treat. Let the bacteria do their natural job!
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A flushing wand supplied with high water pressure will clean your black tank out. I made a longer one that may be purchased to clean my black tank.(purchased MH in 2013)

I also had a white bottom in the black tank(which is made of black plastic). After I had the tank clean, and no trace of white; I discovered the TP was sealing a crack in the tank.
I won't go through the details of repairing the crack, but I use plenty of flushing water and no problems since.
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I like to dump my tank with its "natural contents" - bacteria and all - so that it can be processed.<snip>

It's a holding tank, not a septic tank. I don't want the crap in there long enuf to be eaten by bacteria.



On my seasonal site with 50 gal *holding tank* I dump once a week. Never any odor. And the 18 yr old sensors still work.
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It's a holding tank, not a septic tank. I don't want the crap in there long enuf to be eaten by bacteria.



On my seasonal site with 50 gal *holding tank* I dump once a week. Never any odor. And the 18 yr old sensors still work.
Clearly either missed my point or bypassed my point.. Somewhere it needs to be processed.. But that's not your problem, right?
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Is this stuck paper or am I seeing the holding tank bottom?
Hopefully it's the tank bottom and not the summit of a poop pyramid. I'd give it a shot with one of those black tank wands and see how that goes.

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If you can see it, just stick a stick down in it and move it around, that should tell you what it is.
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You're probably seeing the tp that is collected at the elbow of the pipe that leads to the black tank. This has happened twice to me because of people who just use too much tp and not enough water. Also, unfortunately, because of the arrangement there's an elbow and not a direct connection from the bottom of the toilet to the tank itself. So- like some have mentioned, just gently put a coat hanger down there and help move the tp or try to wind it up and pull it out.
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