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Old 09-13-2014, 08:54 PM   #15
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Dump some draino granular in...or other lye based stuff.

Will not hurt anything in the tank but will attack anything organic.

We use it for electolytic rust removal and it gets oil paint or anything else on the parts.

Just be careful with it.
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Old 09-14-2014, 08:45 PM   #16
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We had Kevin Waite replace standard readout with a See Level system about four years ago. Reads out in %. Very reliable. I would not go back to standard system. When dry camping you need to know exact levels not approx.
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Believe it or don't, our tank level system works fine after 13 years of service. I contribute this to using plenty of water when flushing and using the tank flush when dumping. Every once in awhile I'll use the water softener and dish soap as an added measure.
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Don,

Our Country Coach installed system worked too. What I liked about the See Level system was that it was far more detailed on it's instrumentation. When dry camping I like to know how much fresh water I have exactly. Same with black and grey. The CC system we have was five levels. Our system from CC usually worked just fine right after cleaning. on Black and grey tank. Later on, not so good. Our See Level system works all the time. And tells me I have 18% fresh water left and not an approx value.
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Just an update to my first attempts. All good advice from other posters.
Tried a bottle of Calgon water softener with a few cups of liquid dishwasher detergent on a six hour trip home last week - no success. I will next try the granular draino, but realize these sensors may be past saving. The PO did not follow any regimen of full-tank dumping, flushing or cleaning, which appears to be the key to long-term tank health.

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Draino will work...mix strong and just let it work.
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Draino will work...mix strong and just let it work.
TQ60, Do you have a specific mix/rate recommendation? Is the 12 oz bottle too "strong" with 20-30 gals water?
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We use about 1/3 cup in a 30 gallon can for derusting snd it will attack paint and grease at that strength.

So start with about 1/3 cup and fill it about 1/4 to get it to mix.

Drive round block to mix well then fill rest of way and let is soak a few days.

Longer is better if not in rush...it will not hurt anything in the system unles you have aluminum which you should not.
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Zep makes a drain and line cleaner that works well if your camper will not be used for a while fill the tanks with warm water and add a couple of scoops. Dump and flush your tanks when your ready to use it again then add zep every time you dump. You can buy it at Home Depot or Lowes it is an enzyme based cleaner that is made for cleaning sewer lines it won't damage your tank or seals it doesn't contain any kind of acids or harmful chemicals. It works and it's not expensive.
Can you give us a link or name to the exact product? Zep makes dozens of product from septic cleaners to 10 minute hair removal.
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Zep drain care, it comes in a eight ounce container last time I bought it it was about eight dollars at hd.
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